The Writers Panel

The Writers Panel

United States

The Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supah Ninjas, Supernatural, among others) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Covering TV, film, comic books, music, novels, and any other kind of writing about which you'd care to hear. Proceeds from the live panels benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program.


Samantha McIntyre, Jennifer Muro and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong  

Samantha McIntyre (People of Earth; Unicorn Store); Jennifer Muro (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny); Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy).


Northern Exposure  

Creator Josh Brand, writers/executive producers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, writer/producer Cheryl Bloch, and cast members Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Cynthia Geary, and Adam Arkin reunite to discuss the series’ enduring strangeness, how the self-proclaimed comedy became an award-winning drama, and why we we’re still thinking about that moose more than 20 years later.

Moderated by Variety's Maureen Ryan who can be found on Twitter at @MoRyan and who is co-releasing this episode on her own podcast, Talking TV. Subscribe now for lots of great TV talk!

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 9, 2017.

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“I'll Have What Phil's Having... for Breakfast!”  

A double feature with Everybody Loves Raymond creator and food-lover Phil Rosenthal. Breakfast with Phil has become an ATX Television Festival tradition. From last year's fest, Ben Blacker join Phil to talk breakfast tacos, coffee, travel, and more, while Phil resists the narrative.

Then, from 2017's season six, Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson joins Phil to discuss his favorite moments from the first season of I'll Have What Phil's Having, his favorite places he visited on this upcoming season, what he thinks Raymond would look like if it were on the air today.

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Fargo & The Leftovers  

A double dose from ATX Teleivion Festival.

First, following a screening of Episode 309 (“Aporia”) , creator Noah Hawley, executive producer John Cameron, and actors Michael Stuhlbarg and Mary McDonnell discuss the series, season three, and the future of Fargo.

Then, creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta and executive producer/director Mimi Leder discuss the end of HBO's The Leftovers, from the creative collaboration that shaped three incredibly distinct seasons, a departure from the book, and a look back at their favorite moments from the final episode. Moderated by Variety's Maureen Ryan who can be found on Twitter at @MoRyan and who is co-releasing this episode on her own podcast, Talking TV. Subscribe now for lots of great TV talk!

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 8-9, 2017.

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The Americans  

Fresh off the heels of The Americans' penultimate season, creator/showrunner Joe Weisberg and executive producer/showrunner Joel Fields reflect on the gripping, nail-biting journey of the Jennings family across the last five years, as viewers prepare themselves for the final episodes of FX's critically acclaimed drama. Moderated by Variety's Debra Birnbaum.

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10, 2017.

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Misha Green, Jake Fogelnest, and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel  

Misha Green (creator, Underground); Jake Fogelnest (Girlboss; Difficult People); Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show; New Girl).

Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz, Lindsey Allen and Heather V. Regnier  

Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth; Brooklyn 99); Lindsey Allen (MacGuyver; Agent Carter); Heather V. Regnier (Sleepy Hollow; Falling Skies).

Full Frontal  

Writer/performers Ashley Nicole Black, Allana Harkin, and Mike Rubens discuss keeping a sense of humor when things get dire, putting the show together, keeping up with the news, the guidance of Samantha Bee, and more. 

Liz Hara Part 1  

Writer Liz Hara just completed her first week as a professional TV writer on a network show, Life In Pieces. In this first of what we hope will be many chats with Liz, she describes how she got the job, her previous work as a costumer and puppet-wrangler on Sesame Street, her concerns and expectations of being in a writers' room and the reality she faced there. 

Powerful TV and The Shield Writers' Reunion  

Powerful TV panel from ATX, Jack Amiel (co-creator, The Knick), Jason Katims (creator, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), Jennie Snyder Urman (creator, Jane the Virgin), Mike Royce (co-creator, Men of a Certain Age; Enlisted), and Carter Covington (creator, Faking It) discuss how their series have surpassed diversity trends and token characters by organically weaving in storylines of race, religion, the foster care system, immigration, abortion, health care, and many many more. Moderated by Maury McIntyre (President of the Television Academy).

PLUS: The Shield Writers' Room Reunion with creator Shawn Ryan (co-creator, Timeless), Glen Mazzara (Damien; The Walking Dead), Scott Rosenbaum (Queen of the South), Kurt Sutter (creator, Sons of Anarchy), and Charles ‘Chic’ Eglee (Hemlock Grove; The Walking Dead). Moderated by Lynette Rice (EW). Recorded June 2016 at ATX Television Festival.

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Downward Dog  

The showrunners of ABC's terrific Downward Dog, John Hoburg & Kat Likkel, talk about being a married couple and writing partners, protecting and translating the show creators' vision, what they learned working on My Name Is Earl, The Neighbors, and more, running Galavant in its second season, their approach to comedy, and lots more. Downward Dog premieres May 17th on ABC. Watch it! It's like a terrific indie movie that happens to have a dog as its narrator.

Mary Kills People  

Creator Tara Armstrong, showrunner Tassie Cameron (co-creator, Rookie Blue), and lead actor Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal; Wonder Falls) discuss their new Lifetime show, writing complicated characters, their hectic shooting schedule, adding comedy and crime to a euthanasia drama, and more.

The OC Writers Room reunion from ATX  

With creator Josh Schwartz (creator, Gossip Girl, Chuck, and more), Stephanie Savage (creator, Gossip Girl, The Astronaut Wives Club), Leila Gerstein (creator, Hart of Dixie), and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas. Moderated by Alan Sepinwall (HitFix). Recorded June 12, 2016 at ATX Television Festival on June 12, 2016. Plus: Blind Casting panel featuring casting director Jennifer Euston (Orange Is the New Black; GLOW), casting director Tracy Lilienfield (Superior Donuts; Grace & Frankie), Justin Spitzer (creator, Life in Pieces), Brian Michael Bendis (creator, Powers, Jessica Jones), Brad DeLima (VP casting, NBCUniversal).

Recorded June 10, 2016 at ATX Television Festival on June 12, 2016. Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at

Gerry Duggan/Philipp Meyer  

A double header today. First, TV and comics writer Gerry Duggan (Attack of the Show) talks about his new Guardians of the Galaxy book for Marvel, bringing humanity to Deadpool, comedy in comics, and lots more. Gerry's All New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is out tomorrow, May 3, and the Free Comic Book Day special is out on Saturday! Then, Philipp Meyer, creator of AMC's new series The Son, discusses bringing his sprawling novel to TV, working in a writers' room for the first time, artistic integrity, and more.

The Handmaid's Tale  

Executive Producer Warren Littlefield (former president of NBC) and creator Bruce Miller (The 100; Eureka; ER) discuss their adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel, why the time is right for the story, working with Hulu, their history together, and lots more.

The Handmaid's Tale premieres April 26 on Hulu.

David Caspe, Amanda Lasher and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson  

David Caspe (creator, Happy Endings and Marry Me); Amanda Lasher (Togetherness; Gossip Girl; Sweet/Vicious); Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator, Sweet/Vicious).

Hilary Winston, Henry Alonso Myers and Lon Zimmet  

Hilary Winston (creator, Bad Teacher; Community; My Name Is Earl, Happy Endings); Henry Alonso Myers (Ugly Betty; The Magicians; Charmed), Lon Zimmet (Superstore; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Happy Endings).

Negotiations special  

Former WGA President Christopher Keyser (co-creator, Party of Five) is joined by guild members Marqui Jackson (Rosewood; Battle Creek) and Deirdre Mangan (iZombie) to talk about today's return to the negotiating table with the AMPTP (the studios and networks), what the WGA is asking for, what's at stake, bagels, and more. 

Krista Vernoff, Stefanie Leder, Wendy Molyneux & Lizzie Molyneux  

Krista Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy; Private Practice; Shameless); Stefanie Leder (Faking It; Melissa & Joey); Wendy Molyneux & Lizzie Molyneux (Bob's Burgers).

Amy Aniobi, Charles Murray and Ben Wexler  

New pal Amy Aniobi (Insecure; Silicon Valley) joins returning champions Charles Murray (Luke Cage; Sons of Anarchy) and Ben Wexler (The Grinder; creator, The Comedians) to talk about what they all learned as assistants, common mistakes new writers make, ruining friendships, and lots more. 

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