3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast
3rd & Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America West, features information and updates about the Guild and interviews with top writers.
Executive Producers: Brian Gary and Steve Trautmann
Hosts: Aaron Fullerton, Brian Gary, Josephine Green Zhang, Hilliard Guess, Jon Gutierrez, Christopher Kubasik, Luciano Saber, David Sheftell, Monique Sorgen, Steve Trautmann, Moon Zappa
Ep. 249 – Katori Hall
The Pole Truth: Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with P-Valley creator-showrunner and 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall (The Hot Wing King) on her Starz series which explores sexuality, gender, and race, destigmatizing stripping and combating stereotypes in the process.
Ep. 248 – Ethan Hawke
Host Christopher Kubasik talks with The Good Bird Lord co-creator and 2021 Writers Guild Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, The Hottest State) about co-writing and starring as abolitionist John Brown in Showtime’s acclaimed limited series set in Antebellum-era America.
Ep. 244 – Sierra Teller Ornelas & Jana Schmieding
Rutherford Falls co-creator/showrunner Sierra Teller Ornelas and co-star/writer Jana Schmieding speak with writer Tazbah Chavez about the groundbreaking Peacock comedy series that explores Native identity and history with indigenous representation in front of the camera and in the writers’ room.
Ep. 243 – Tracey Wigfield
Host Monique Sorgen talks with Saved by the Bell developer-showrunner and Emmy/Writers Guild Award-winning writer Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, The Mindy Project) about bringing Bayside High up to date for the teen comedy series’ Peacock reboot.
Ep. 240 – Eric Heisserer
Host Christopher Kubasik talks with screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box) about the new fantasy-adventure Netflix series, Shadow and Bone (based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo), that he serves as developer, showrunner, writer, and executive producer.
Ep. 239 – Ben Falcone
Host Josephine Green Zhang talks with screenwriter-director Ben Falcone (Life of the Party, The Boss, Tammy) about his latest film, the superhero comedy Thunder Force, his creative collaboration with his wife/co-star Melissa McCarthy, and more.
Ep. 235 – Todd Robinson
Host Luciano Saber talks with screenwriter-director Todd Robinson (Phantom, Lonely Hearts) about making his film The Last Full Measure, a military drama chronicling U.S. Air Force Pararescueman William H, Pitsenbarger, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery on the battlefield.
Ep. 234 – Will Berson & Shaka King
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with Judas and the Black Messiah screenwriters, 2021 Writers Guild Award-nominees, and Paul Selvin Award honorees Will Berson & Shaka King (director) about bringing the life and legacy of slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton to the screen.
Ep. 231 – Moisés Zamora
Host Josephine Green Zhang talks with Selena: The Series creator/co-showrunner Moisés Zamora (American Crime, Star) about honoring the life and legacy of the late pop icon on Netflix’s hit show, the importance of an inclusive writers’ room with Latinx and LGBTQ+ voices, and more.
Ep. 230 – Sofia Coppola
Host Moon Zappa speaks with Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Beguiled, Marie-Antoinette) about her latest film, On the Rocks, reteaming with co-star Bill Murray, her filmmaking process, and more.
Ep. 228 – Tara Miele
Host Moon Zappa talks with screenwriter-director Tara Miele (The Nomads, Starving in Suburbia), about how real-life experience inspired her latest film, Wander Darkly, about parents forced to deal with trauma amidst their troubled relationship.
Ep. 226 – Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines
Host Steve Trautmann talks with Borat Subsequent Moviefilm screenwriters Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines (Who is America?, Ali G. Rezurection) about devising their stealth satire that skewers sacred cows and made headlines of its own.
Ep. 225 – Kemp Powers
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with screenwriter-playwright Kemp Powers on adapting his play for the new Amazon film One Night in Miami, when four legends—Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke—came together for one legendary night.
Ep. 222 – Lang Fisher
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Never Have I Ever co-creator/showrunner Lang Fisher (The Mindy Project, 30 Rock) about the hit Netflix series chronicling an American-Indian teenage girl’s coming-of-age, inspired by co-creator Mindy Kaling’s own childhood.
Ep. 220 – David E. Talbert
In the spirit of the season, host Gary Goldstein speaks with screenwriter-director David E. Talbert (Almost Christmas, Baggage Claim, First Sunday) about creating his Netflix holiday film, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and the power of inclusion and representation.