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Posted: Feb 22, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm

Where to start with the comedy great, Carol Leifer? Most recently the Co-EP on "Better Late Than Never" with Henry Winkler and William Shatner, Carol was also recently a writer and Co-EP on "Devious Maids". A forever-stand-up comic, Carol came up the comedy ranks alongside Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld (among many others), and eventually became one of the long-time writers and Co-Producers on "Seinfeld". While we don't go into it in the interview, it is rumored that the Seinfeld character, Elaine Benes, was fashioned and inspired by Carol.


Not only one of my favorite comics, but quickly becoming one of my favorite people, Carol joined me on a quick call to talk about her recent book, "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying". The content of the interview couldn't have been a better match since we love offering an educational advice-oriented bent to the Curious About Screenwriting podcast. Carol delivered, to put it lightly.


We highly suggest checking out Carol's website - www.carolleifer.com - and keeping up to date on her stand-up schedule, especially for those of you in the Los Angeles area. We're thrilled to welcome Carol to the ISA family, and look forward to helping her inspire up and coming writers for years to come.

Posted: Feb 25, 2017 Hosted By: Jacob Krueger

...I had planned this week to talk about La La Land. But with the new Executive Order barring refugees, immigrants and green card holders from our country, I want to use this podcast for something much more important.


As filmmakers, writers, actors, directors, producers, executives, we have a sacred responsibility to our audience. Our films and TV shows shape the narrative of this country, and the belief systems of the hundreds of millions of people who see them.


In many ways, the most powerful political movies and TV shows are often the ones that are not overtly political. Because it's these shows that shape our worldview from the inside, sneaking past our defenses of what we think we believe, and slowly changing the way we view the world.


Which is why I want to implore you, as writers, as directors, as producers, as actors, as artists, as filmmakers, to recognize the power of mainstream Hollywood movies and TV shows.


These movies are not just popcorn movies. These TV shows are not just mind numbing entertainment. These movies and shows are the mythologies that shape our world. Working on us, through subtle repetition, to shape our view of the world. Powerful because they don't appear political, because they don't trigger our intellectual defenses.


For years, we've dismissed crappy reality programming like The Apprentice as mindless entertainment, not as the storytelling that shapes the worldview of America.


But in the wake of this election, we can now see the political power of even the silliest reality show, to shape the worldview of millions of people...

Posted: Feb 20, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm

In the first ISA Spotlight edition of 2017, the ISA Development Program is highlighting six of our star writers in a conversation with the co-head of the Development Program, and writing coach, Max Timm.  


Get to Know Timo Von Gunten (and let's all cheer him on during the upcoming Oscar ceremony): Born 1989 in Zurich, Timo von Gunten is a self-taught filmmaker. His creative childhood has helped him find his approach to the cinematic world. After some practical experience on film sets in his early 20s, he committed to writing and directing numerous short films and one feature, premiering at international festivals such as Locarno, Zurich, Sofia, Max Ophüls Preis and many more. 


In 2005 he created his own production company label, BMC Films. His most recent work, La Femme et le TGV, starring Jane Birkin, has been nominated for a 2017 Academy Award in the Live Action Short Film Category, after also winning the Grand Prize for the same short screenplay in the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest - Park City.



Endlesss Media, LLC Endless Media ‘s production logistics services are available to take you through your project as cost and time efficiently as possible. We’re here to assist you in every aspect of Chelsea Film Festival The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF), non-profit organization is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors. Interview w/ Ted Humphrey, Exec Producer on The Good Wife

A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Ted Humphrey spent two years as a litigator in a Washington D.C. law firm before migrating to the entertainment industry, where he has worked extensively as a writer and producer in both film and television.


Among his film scripts are sci-fi thriller “DUST” for Warner Brothers and director Jan De Bont; “THE ROOK,” a crime thriller for Alcon Entertainment; “TOP OF THE WORLD,” a drama for Hyde Park Entertainment and Mandeville Pictures; horror thriller “VIRAL” for MGM; “AZTEC,” an action adventure epic for Montecito Pictures and Dreamworks, and “215,” for HBO Original Films. His script “THE CODE” was made into a 2008 feature film starring Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas.



He began his television career with the critically acclaimed CBS drama “NOW AND AGAIN,” and continued as a writer and producer on shows such as the ABC drama “THE NINE” and CBS dramas “SHARK” and “THE UNIT.” He has also written numerous television pilots, including the ABC drama “PARADISE” and the FX drama “CROOKED RIVER,” and recently developed a British version of “CROOKED RIVER” for the BBC in conjunction with Scott Free Entertainment. Ted is currently a Executive Producer and writer of the CBS drama “THE GOOD WIFE,” starring Juliana Margulies, and is developing a new pilot with Paramount/CBS.



He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.



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Mark Robertson trained as an actor at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University, after which he appeared in numerous stage plays and London West End musicals. Since turning to writing full time, Mark has become a prolific writer on various UK television series, including Shaun the Sheep and Chop-Socky Chooks (Aardman Animation); Dennis and Gnasher (Red Kite/CBBC); and My Spy Family (Kindle/Cartoon Network). He recently optioned his pilot, Charles Dickens' Ghost Club to Eclectic Pictures, with Indomitable Entertainment co-producing. The ISA’s Development Program was directly involved in setting up Mark’s Dickens pilot with Eclectic and Indomitable.

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