Interview w/ Wendy Calhoun, Co-Exec Producer & Writer on Empire

Jen Grisanti • September 20, 2015

Wendy Calhoun is a Co-Executive Producer/Writer for Fox’s new hit series Empire. Her prime time drama writing and producing credits include FX’s Justified, ABC’s Revenge, and Nashville. She is also the Narrative Consultant for Electronic Arts’ BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE video game. Calhoun has written, produced, and/or directed over 40 hours of non-fiction programs for PBS, Animal Planet, VH1, TLC, The Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel, and FBC including Co-Producing the second season of Hell’s Kitchen. Calhoun received a 2010 Peabody Award and WGA Best New Series Nomination for Justified, which was named as one of the WGA’s Best 100 Written Series of all time. She received her second WGA Best New Series Nomination in 2012 for Nashville. Most recently, EMPIRE was awarded 2015's Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association.


TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

·      Moving from one show to another

·      Benefits of writing for cable

·      Politics in the room