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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Lovecraft Country’

Right from the first few frames of Lovecraft Country, we know this is no ordinary story. We also simultaneously know this is a story of the American dream, so often broken before it can even get started. Atticus Freeman, aka Tic (played by the steadf...

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The Fast Five: Is Network TV Comedy Dead?

It feels like major changes happen across the industry on a weekly basis. This week, it looks like independent studios are no longer developing network comedies, and a group of major agents are planning a coup to create their own joint venture. While...

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The Writer & The Rep: A Conversation with Screenwriter Steven Canals & Lit. Manager Allard Cantor

Emmy-nominated co-creator and EP of POSE Steven Canals and his Literary Manager Allard Cantor from Epicenter answer pre-submitted audience questions about Steven's writing journey, their writer/manager relationship, share writing advice for budding w...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 5 Ways to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Do you ever feel like an impostor? Like you’re receiving credit or accolades or attention for something you haven’t earned or don’t deserve? That maybe luck or error has gotten you to where you are? Or that perhaps you’ve been cheating your way throu...

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Netflix 'Ozark’s' Chris Mundy Talks Season 3 Character Work

If you've been watching Ozark, you’ve been watching Wendy Byrde (played by recent Emmy® nom Laura Linney) rise from housewife to co-operator of a money laundering business fronted by the casino underworld of Missouri’s lake country.

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Netflix ‘Unorthodox’ Creator Anna Winger Talks Self-Discovery

Netflix’s Unorthodox focuses on an unusual female protagonist, Esther “Esty” Shapiro, played by recent Emmy® nominee Shira Haas. Esty’s world is a place where women are still valued most for their ability to reproduce and are expected to treat their ...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘The Kissing Booth 2’ and Tried-and-True RomCom Tropes

The original The Kissing Booth is rumored to be the most re-watched movie on Netflix—undeniably a huge success for the streaming giant’s first foray into romantic comedies. Old and new fans alike can now move on to The Kissing Booth 2, and while it’s...

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Afro Horror: How To Write Black Characters

So, you want to write a horror film with Black characters but you’re not Black? How do you do that without making them flat and stereotypical, and above all, without being racist? It’s probably easier than you think. To figure out how to do it better...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways from Hulu's 'Normal People'

There is no doubt that American entertainment has long failed its audience in the intimacy department. Violence, no problem, you’ll probably get a PG-13 rating, but anything beyond a kiss and you’re looking at a hard R. This has often caused intimacy...

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