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.

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3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast is hosted and executive produced by Steve Trautmann,
Aaron Fullerton, and Brian Gary.

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JANUARY 12, 2017

Episode 42 - Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
Aaron Fullerton talks with co-showrunners Jonathan Nolan (Dark Knight, Interstellar) & Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies, Person of Interest) about their new series, Westworld.

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JANUARY 5, 2017

Bonus - Whit Stillman
In this bonus episode, Aaron Fullerton talks with writer/director Whit Stillman (Love & Friendship, The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan) about literary adaptation and directing his own work.

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DECEMBER 29, 2016

Bonus - 2016 Sublime Prime Time Panel
Bob Odenkirk moderates this TV writers panel with Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg (The Americans), Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck (Veep), Marti Noxon & Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (Unreal), Carolyn Omine (The Simpsons), and Alex Rubens (Key & Peele).

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DECEMBER 22, 2017

Episode 39 – Jon Spaihts
Brian Gary goes in depth with screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Passengers, Dr. Strange, Prometheus) about his approach to science fiction and fantasy and the path that made him one of the go-to genre writers in Hollywood.

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DECEMBER 15, 2016

Bonus – Joe Henderson
In this bonus episode Aaron Fullerton talks with showrunner Joe Henderson (Lucifer, Graceland, 11.22.63) about staffing and life in the room.

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DECEMBER 8, 2016

Episode 37 – Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick; and WGAF Annual Appeal
Steve Trautmann talks with Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland) about their friendship, career, and collaboration. WGF Executive Director Katie Buckland makes her pitch for contributions to the Writers Guild Foundation.

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NOVEMBER 24, 2016

Episode 36 – Howard Rodman; and Alex Cunningham
A brief message from WGAW President Howard Rodman, and Aaron Fullerton talks with Chance co-creator/showrunner Alex Cunningham (Aquarius, Bates Motel, Desperate Housewives) about her new Hulu series, creative process, and career.

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NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Episode 35 – Stephen Falk
Steve Trautmann & Monique Sorgen talk with Stephen Falk (You're the Worst, Weeds, Orange Is the New Black) about his career, diversity, and creating You're the Worst.

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OCTOBER 27, 2016

Episode 34 – Eric Heisserer; and WGF Archivist Hilary Swett
Brian Gary talks with Arrival/Lights Out screenwriter Eric Heisserer about adapting stories for film and the project that jump-started his career—and also speaks with the Writers Guild Foundation archivist Hilary Swett about the library’s extensive holdings and her role as researcher.

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OCTOBER 13, 2016

Episode 33 – Chris Kelly; and the WGF Poker Tourney
Aaron Fullerton talks with writer-director Chris Kelly (SNL, Broad City) about improv, sketch writing, and his semi-autobiographical movie, Other People. Also: a preview of the Writers Guild Foundation's first annual Texas Hold 'Em Tournament.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Episode 32 – Prentice Penny; and Sublime Primetime 2016
Prentice Penny discusses his career and showrunning the new HBO series, Insecure. Also a snippet of WGAW’s recent Sublime Primetime 2016 panel with Emmy-nominated writers.

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

Episode 31 – Corinne Brinkerhoff
Aaron Fullerton talks to American Gothic creator/executive producer Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane the Virgin, Elementary, The Good Wife) about her career and showrunning.

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AUGUST 25, 2016

Episode 30 – Jose Molina & Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Brian Gary talks with Jose Molina (Agent Carter, The Vampire Diaries) & Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100) discuss their careers as writers and producers, and also about their podcast, The Children of Tendu.

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AUGUST 11, 2016

Episode 29 – Justin Marks; and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran of the Genre Committee
Justin Marks discusses The Jungle Book, Starz’ upcoming Counterpart series, and more; also Hilliard Guess talks to Dwayne Johnson-Cochran about the WGAW's Genre Committee.

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JULY 28, 2016

Episode 28 – Neil Druckmann; and the WGAW Elections
Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us and Uncharted 4) talks with Gennifer Hutchison about story in videogames, and Aaron returns to the podcast to discuss WGAW elections.

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JULY 13, 2016

Episode 27 – Katie Dippold & Paul Feig
Katie Dippold and Paul Feig discuss their careers and their latest movie Ghostbusters. Also, Steve and Brian discuss the past year of WGAW podcasts.

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JUNE 23, 2016

Episode 26 – Simon Kinberg; and the LGBTQ Writers Committee
John August talks with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse, Sherlock Holmes) about writing and producing; and Hilliard Guess interviews Gary Goldstein, the chair of the LGBTQ Writers Committee.

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JUNE 9, 2016

Episode 25 – Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely on Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely are interviewed by fellow scribe Jose Molina (Agent Carter) about their career and writing in the Marvel Comics Universe.

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MAY 26, 2016

Episode 24 – Aziz Ansari; and the 2016 Hollywood Writers Report, Part 2
Aziz Ansari discusses his career and new Netflix show, Master of None. Also we have the second half of the Darnell Hunt interview about the 2016 Hollywood Writers Report.

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MAY 12, 2016

Episode 23 – Ronald D. Moore; and the 2016 Hollywood Writers Report
Ronald D. Moore, the showrunner of Outlander, is interviewed by fellow Outlander writer Toni Graphia; and an interview with UCLA Professor Darnell Hunt regarding the 2016 Hollywood Writers Report, conducted by Tery Lopez, Director of the WGAW Diversity Department.

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APRIL 28, 2016

Episode 22 – Bryan Sipe; and Creating A Web Series
Bryan Sipe, the writer of Demolition, is interviewed by Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club); and a recap of the "Creating A Web Series: Empowering Writers to do their Own. From Concept to Completion" event.

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APRIL 14, 2016

Episode 21 – David Windsor & Casey Johnson; and The Latino Writers Committee
David Windsor & Casey Johnson from The Real O'Neals are interviewed by showrunner Nahnatchka Khan; and Hilliard Guess talks with Maria Escobedo and Evette Vargas from the Latino Writers Committee.

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MARCH 24, 2016

Episode 20 – Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszweski; also Lesley Mackey from Credits
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszweski from American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson are interviewed by Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns). Also Lesley Mackey, Senior Director of Credits, returns to discuss credit arbitration.

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MARCH 10, 2016

Episode 19 – Showrunner Brent Forrester; and Credits Senior Director Lesley Mackey
Brent Forrester (Love) discusses his career in comedy writing and showrunning; and Lesley Mackey tells writers how to protect their credits.

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FEBRUARY 25, 2016

Episode 18 – Josh Safran; and the Committee of Black Writers
Josh Safran, creator and showrunner of Quantico, is interviewed by Liz Tuccillo, and Hilliard Guess interviews Michelle Amor, the co-chair of the Committee of Black Writers.

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FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Episode 17 – Chrissy Pietrosh & Jessica Goldstein; and "Go Team"
Chrissy Pietrosh & Jessica Goldstein (Telenovela) interviewed by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker, also Lauren Mackenzie & Andrew Gettens discuss their upcoming panel, "Go Team."

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JANUARY 28, 2016

Episode 16 – James LaRosa interviewed by Margaret Oberman; and Board members of the Writers Guild Foundation
James LaRosa, creator and showrunner of VH1's Hit The Floor, talks with Margaret Oberman; and Brian Gary interviews Elias Davis and Tom Schulman, Board members of the Writers Guild Foundation.

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JANUARY 14, 2016

Episode 15 – Adam McKay interviewed by Judd Apatow; and the 101 Funniest Screenplays
Adam McKay, co-writer and director of The Big Short, is interviewed by Judd Apatow, and Ken Pisani and Aaron Mendelsohn discuss the 101 Funniest Screenplays list and event.

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DECEMBER 31, 2015

Bonus – Full Miranda Banks Interview
Our first bonus episode. This is the full Miranda Banks interview, which was edited and split between Episodes 3 & 4. Happy New Year, and thanks for listening.

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DECEMBER 24, 2015

Episode 14 – Peter Landesman; and the Writers Guild Foundation
John August interviews Peter Landesman about his career and new movie, Concussion. Brian Gary talks with Katie Buckland, the Executive Director of the Writers Guild Foundation.

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DECEMBER 10, 2015

Episode 13 – Billy Wilder; and the Legal Department
In honor of the 101 Funniest Screenplays, the Writers Guild Foundation supplies us with a Billy Wilder interview, and Katherine Christovich from the Legal Department informs us about their services. We also welcome Brian Gary to the podcast.

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NOVEMBER 27, 2015

Episode 12 – Chuck Rose; and the Registration Department
Chuck Rose discusses The Art of More, the new Crackle.com show, and Steve and Aaron talk to Caroline Chacon and William Bly from the Registration Department.

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NOVEMBER 12, 2015

Episode 11 – Moira Walley-Beckett; and the Signatories Department
Moira Walley-Beckett is interviewed by Tom Schnauz about her career and new Starz series Flesh and Bone. Steve and Aaron also talk to Valerie Kordisch from the Signatories Department.

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OCTOBER 22, 2015

Episode 10 – Billy Ray; and Richard Stayton the editor of Written By
Writer/director Billy Ray is interviewed by Ari Rubin, and Aaron and Steve talk with Richard Stayton, the editor of Written By.

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OCTOBER 8, 2015

Episode 9 - Ben Watkins; Marlana Hope discusses The Writers Salon
Ben Watkins, creator of Hand of God, is interviewed by Rashad Raisani, and we talk with Marlana Hope about producing the WGAW Writers Salon.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Episode 8 – T.S. Nowlin; and Maureen Oxley from the Residuals Department
Ian Fried interviews Maze Runner screenwriter T.S. Nowlin, and Steve talks with Maureen Oxley, WGAW Senior Director of Residuals.

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

Episode 7 - Issa Rae; and an interview with the Contracts Department
Issa Rae, author of Awkward Black Girl, is interviewed by fellow writer and co-chair for the Committee of Black Writers, Amy Aniobi. Also Laurie Espinosa discusses the services provided by the Contracts Department, and the importance of sending in your contracts.

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AUGUST 27, 2015

Episode 6 - Paul Weitz; and Jeff Melvoin discussing the Showrunner Training Program
Aaron Mendelsohn interviews Paul Weitz about his career and new movie, Grandma. Jeff Melvoin discusses the Showrunner Training Program.

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AUGUST 13, 2015

Episode 5 - David Slack & Joelle Garfinkel, and Diversity Department Director Tery Lopez
David Slack and Joelle Garfinkel discuss about converting Joelle's drama pilot, Cam Girls, to a Web series, and Steve and Aaron talk with the head of the Diversity Department, Tery Lopez, about all of the events, projects and committees under the Diversity Department umbrella.

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JULY 23, 2015

Episode 4 - Miranda Banks Part 2 and John Quaintance & David Feeney
The continuation of Jeff Melvoin's interview with Dr. Miranda Banks on Guild history and her book, The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and their Guild. Also, John Quaintance and David Feeney, showrunners from Ben and Kate and the writers of Hot Pursuit interview each other in a very funny interview.

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JULY 9, 2015

Episode 3: Matt Nix and Dr. Miranda Banks
Matt Nix, creator of Burn Notice and co-creator of The Comedians is interviewed by Ben Wexler, also Dr. Miranda Banks of Emerson College is interviewed by Jeff Melvoin about her book, The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and their Guild.

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JUNE 25, 2015

Episode 2: Danny Strong and Membership Department Head, Patrick Cannon
Margaret Nagle is back interviewing Emmy-winning writer Danny Strong (Empire). Also, Steve talks with Patrick Cannon, the head of the Membership Department about what it takes to become and stay an active member of the Guild.

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JUNE 11, 2015

Episode 1: Chris Keyser and Margaret Nagle
• WGAW President Chris Keyser interviewed by Board Member Ari B. Rubin
• 2015 Paul Selvin Award Winner Margaret Nagle (The Good Lie) interviewed by writer Bill Taub

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