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Be The Change: Director-Writer-Producer Lexi Alexander

It's no secret that Hollywood has long had diversity issues both in front of and behind the camera. Plenty of classic cinema’s legacy has been marred by racism and/or sexist stereotypes—issues that still plague the industry today. 

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Rising Through the Ranks: 'Better Call Saul' Showrunner's Assistant Valerie Chu

Imagine working for the showrunner of one of the most esteemed shows in Hollywood.

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Write On with Oscar-Winning 'BlacKkKlansman' Writer David Rabinowitz

David Rabinowitz discusses how he and his writing partner Charlie Wachtel got the rights to adapt BlacKkKlansman, getting Jordan Peele and Spike Lee on board, and their Oscar win!

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Director Ryan White on 'Ask Dr. Ruth'

Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Two years ago, Dr. Ruth Westheimer — also known as Dr. Ruth, America’s most famous sex therapist — wasn’t on director Ryan White’s radar. He knew who she was — who in America doesn’...

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Rising Through the Ranks: Sydney Mitchel

Behind the scenes of the popular CBS procedural NCIS: New Orleans, you’ll always find 30-year-old Sydney Mitchel working to keep her boss on track. As the assistant to showrunner Chris Silber, Mitchel has been her boss's gatekeeper and confidant sinc...

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Write On with 'The Twilight Zone' Producer Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg discusses how he and fellow producer Jordan Peele came together to revive The Twilight Zone, the inspiration behind the show's unrelenting twists and how they maintain entertainment and enlightenment in each episode. 

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Rising Through the Ranks: Emlyn Crenshaw

Wherever showrunner Carol Barbee is, chances are, Emlyn Crenshaw's there, too.

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'Wild Nights with Emily' Director Madeleine Olnek

Imagine if everything you ever knew about a beloved writer was disproven in an instant.

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Write On with Screenwriting Career Coach Lee Jessup

For the last 20 years, Lee Jessup has been coaching screenwriters on all elements of a successful career. Brand assessment and strategy, effective networking, crafting a memorable origin story that makes writers shine in a general meeting - Lee discu...

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