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.


Paul Scheuring  

The creator of Prison Break and author of the new novel The Far Shore discusses prose writing, TV writing, compromising his vision, his Buddhism, and more. Recorded at Book Soup in Los Angeles on March 10, 2017.

Gina Fattore, Courtney Lilly & Kathleen Robertson  

Gina Fattore (Dawson's Creek; Californication; Better Things); Courtney Lilly (Black-ish; My Boys), Kathleen Robertson (writer: upcoming: Swimming with Sharks; Your Time Is Up; actor: Murder in the First; Beverly Hills 90210).

Simon Rich, Dave Holstein, Richard Keith & Erin Cardillo  

Simon Rich (creator, Man Seeking Woman); Richard Keith & Erin Cardillo (creators, Significant Mother, Life Sentence), Dave Holstein (I'm Dying Up Here; Weeds).

Barbara Hall  

The creator of Madam Secretary, Judging Amy, and Joan of Arcadia talks about tackling politics, writing about what's important, what she's learned from each experience, getting her start on Northern Exposure and I'll Fly Away, her country rock band, and more.

Fantasy TV from ATX  

John Wirth (V; Falling Skies), Krista Vernoff (Charmed; Wonderfalls), and Joanna Klein (SVP Scripted Development, The CW) discuss fantasy TV from building the look of a new world and the characters that inhabit it to placing supernatural characters into our everyday lives. Moderated by Emily Moss Wilson.

PLUS: The Ugly Betty reunion with creator Silvio Horta and cast members America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius, Michael Urie, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz, Mark Indelicato, Rebecca Romijn, Ashley Jensen, and Judith Light.

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

Christine Lennon/Bob Daily  

Superior Donuts co-creator Bob Daily talks about finding new material with every show, from his earliest days on Frasier to Desperate Housewives, The Odd Couple, and more, what he's learned from rooms he's worked in, how to write good characters, and more.

But first, Christine Lennon discusses The Drifter, her first novel after twenty years as a journalist. Lennon talks about her process, the serial killer on her college campus that inspired the story of friendship, and more.

The Drifter is available now via Amazon or your local bookstore!

Betsy Beers  

Shondaland's partner who isn't Shonda talks about working in one of the top pods in the business, where it's headed, and more. In conversation with EW's editor-in-chief Henry Goldblatt.

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

Jon Bokencamp  

The creator of The Blacklist and its spin-off, The Blacklist: Redemption, discusses why he made the move to television after fourteen years in features, leaving and returning to LA, his collaborators, how he does and doesn't like writing, and more. 

Crisis of Faith panel from ATX  

Comedies and dramas alike are finding the humanity and nuance in faith-based storylines, whether it’s reconciling concepts of self and sexuality in religion or questioning a long-standing ideology. How does a series navigate what role a character’s faith will play in his or her story or the show as a whole? Jessica Goldberg (The Path), Brenda Lilly & Hollis Rich (State of Grace), Glen Mazzara (Damien), Jack Amiel (The Knick), and Tom Fontana (Oz) discuss navigating questions of God and church within their series and the role of religion in an ever-expanding landscape of content. Moderated by Sandra Gonzalez (Mashable).

PLUS: The Preacher panel with series creator Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) and stars Anatol Yusef, Ruth Negga, and Dominic Cooper. Moderated by Eric Goldman (IGN).

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


Brian Koppelman & David Levien, creators of Showtime's Billions, discuss their long road to creating a hedge fund show, dole out valuable advice on screenwriting and working as a writer, their successes like Oceans 13, their disappointments like Runner Runner, their breakthrough script Rounders, and so much more. Definitely listen to Brian's podcast, The Moment, if you enjoy this podcast!

Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke  

The creators of NBC's Timeless discuss their collaboration, the tricks of writing time travel, how creating their own shows—The Shield and Supernatural, respectively—as young writers informed their process, and more. 


Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, creators of Channel 4/AMC's Humans, talk about artificial intelligence in storytelling, what Westworld does well, their earlier work on MI-5, and lots more.

Incorporated's Ted Humphrey and David Pastor  

The showrunner and co-creator of the Syfy series Incorporated discuss their working relationship, their show's relavence, and more. 

Will Beall, Dan Newmark and Ben Newmark  

Will Beall (developer/showrunner, Training Day); Dan Newmark and Ben Newmark (Gigi Does It; Coupled).


Escapist Comedy from ATX  

Take a break from reality with a double header from ATX, a Television Festival. First, Jennie Snyder Urman (creator, Jane the Virgin), Kevin Biegel (creator, Enlisted and Cougartown), Justin Adler (creator, Life in Pieces), and Dana Tuinier (VP Original Programming, TVLand) talk about why a kinder approach to storytelling may be exactly what viewers want and need.

Moderated by Dan Fienberg (THR). Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 12, 2016.

Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at

Can We Get Back to Politics? from ATX  

The American political system often lends itself to some of TV’s bleakest and most inspiring moments. In this conversation, Kevin Falls (The West Wing), Rosemary Rodriguez (The Good Wife), and Bryan Seabury (SVP Drama Development, CBS) examine working with an existing framework of D.C., what happens when fictional politics meet real-world expectations. and why the subject lends itself to rich storytelling and keeps an audience tuning in. Moderated by Henry Goldblatt (EW).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 11, 2016.

Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at

Throwing Shade  

Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi talk about translating their Maximum Fun podcast into a TV Land late-night style series, their performance backgrounds, and more. 

Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton  

The It's Always Sunny in Philadephia writers and co-stars discuss their now-airing 12th season, changing the face of TV comedy, how their show is written, and more. Co-hosted by Sunny super-fan Jenny Klein (Supernatural; Jessica Jones).

Roundtable with Peter Tolan, Brannon Braga, Y. Shireen Razack and Adam Nussdorf  

Peter Tolan (co-creator/showrunner, Outsiders, Rescue Me); Brannon Braga (co-creator/showrunner, Salem; Star Trek: Next Generation); Y. Shireen Razack (Shadowhunters); Adam Nussdorf (creator, Beyond).

Year in Review  

Phillip Iscove (co-creator, Sleepy Hollow), Gloria Calderon Kellett (co-creator, the new One Day at a Time), and Dierdre Mangan (iZombie) look back on 2016 and try to find hope in the trends, movements, and good TV from this annus horribilis.

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