Ever wonder what a TV showrunner is or what he or she does? How they get hired? How they assemble a writing staff? Who they answer to?

If so, be sure to attend the upcoming panel of television showrunners and executive producer/writers on Saturday, November 7th where you’ll learn answers to all these questions and more.

Veteran television writer and longtime Writers’ Program instructor, Ed Scharlach, will be moderating a panel of colleagues and friends responsible for creating some of the best TV series around. Guests will be comprised of working television professionals in both the one-hour drama and half-hour comedy formats, all of whom will be discussing an array of topics including (but not limited to) how they broke into the business, what it’s like to work with television networks, how to sell and develop pilots, how to strike a work/life balance, how they manage writing, filming, and editing multiple episodes simultaneously during a single television season, and what it’s like working on a hit TV show.

This year, the panelists will include: George Schenck (NCIS), Frank Cardea (NCIS), Elisabeth Finch (Grey’s Anatomy), Sam Miller (Mom), Michael Price (The Simpsons), Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having).

Since the list is subject to change, feel free to check in with the Writers’ Program for updates.

Showrunners and Show Writers takes place on Saturday, November 7th at 10:00 am in the School of Public Affairs Bldg., Room 1246. Advanced enrollment required; no enrollment at the door.

Jeff Bonnett is the Program Assistant for Screenwriting (Onsite & Online). Contact him at jbonnett@uclaextension.edu or (310) 206-1542.

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