‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Showrunner’ Aline Brosh McKenna Speaks

When the woman who wrote The Devil Wears Prada and runs Crazy Ex-Girlfriend speaks, we listen. Or, um, guess we should say read:

Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna

by Ramona Zacharias

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada27 Dresses) was taking a break from her latest film project when she stumbled across an animated Disney parody on YouTube. The woman behind it was Rachel Bloom, and after bingeing on every Bloom video she could find, Brosh McKenna knew she wanted to work with her.

Creative Screenwriting recently spoke with Brosh McKenna about the genesis of Crazy Ex, her adjustment to showrunner, and the long-lasting professional relationships that have stemmed from this project.Fast-forward a few years and the result of that collaboration, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, will be entering its fourth and final season this fall.

A comedy/musical series that stars Bloom in the title role, the show is about a young woman who leaves her career and life in New York City to follow “the love of her life” to West Covina, California. It also marks Brosh McKenna’s first turn at TV showrunner, but the experience was so positive that it certainly won’t be her last.

Tell me about discovering Rachel on YouTube – what was it that stood out to you about her? What made you want to be involved with the series to the degree that you are?

The first thing I was attracted to in Rachel’s work was the writing – that’s what jumped out at me. The first video I saw was the Disney princess parody. I don’t know what screenplay I was working on at the time, but I was literally procrastinating in my office. I was on Jezebel, linked to the article and watched it. Rachel’s not in it – because it’s animated – so I didn’t realize that she was also the voice singing the part. It seemed inconceivable that someone who wrote that could also sing that well!

So I watched that video and was bowled over by how funny the writing was. I went to watch her other videos, seeing her and what she was like as a performer. I researched her career a bit and spent a good part of an hour watching as many of her videos as I could find….

Read it all at Creativescreenwriting.Com

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WGAW 2018 Feature Writers Access Project Now Open

by TVWriter™ Press Service

If you qualify for this project, this is a hell of an opportunity. Definitely worth checking out for writers with the required relationship to the Writers Guild of America West.

Sounds awkward, yeah, but keep reading and you’ll understand:

Dear WGAW Member:

We are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Feature Writer Access Project. The project seeks to identify outstanding minority writers, writers with disabilities, women writers, writers age 60 and older and LGBTQ+ writers and make their scripts available to entertainment industry decision-makers, including producers, studio executives, agents and managers, in order to help raise their profile and generate potential employment opportunities. This program is modeled on the success of the TV Writer Access Project for mid-level television writers.

PLEASE NOTE: At the time of submission, a Project participant must be an Associate, Current Active (including Lifetime Current), Post-Current Active or Associate Caucus member in Active status of the WGAW. If submission is made by a writing team, both writers must be an Associate, Current Active (including Lifetime Current), Post-Current Active and Associate Caucus member in Active status of the WGAW.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 3, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. (PST)

The Feature Writer Access Project guidelines, application and release form can be accessed at: https://www.wga.org/fwap

Please e-mail or call the Diversity Department if you have any questions about the application process at: diversity@wga.org or 323-782-4589.

Sincerely,

Tery Lopez
Director, Inclusion and Equity Department

What’s Up with Apple’s TV Programming?

In case you’ve been wondering whether or not Apple’s push into TV is real, here’s what those crazy, zany gearheads have in store for us so far:

Apple’s TV Programming, a Comprehensive Guide
by Lesley Goldberg

Since tapping Sony’s Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht to lead worldwide video programming over a year ago, Apple has been on a spending spree for high-end TV series. Meanwhile, Apple’s plans for how — and when — it will to roll out its star-studded content remain shrouded in mystery.

As the iPhone maker and world’s most valued company continues to aggressively pursue top creators and TV packages with its $1 billion budget, here’s a guide to keep track of who’s running the show and all of Apple’s originals.

THE TOP DECISION MAKERS

Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg serve as heads of worldwide video and chief content officers. The duo were hired June 16, 2017, and effectively started Sept. 1 after their deals with Sony Pictures TV expired. They report directly to senior vp internet software and services Eddy Cue. For the past year, the duo have quickly built an impressive executive team (as well as programming slate).

Matt Cherniss, formerly of WGN America, is head of creative development (domestic) after buying multiple series from Erlicht and Van Amburg during their tenure at Sony.

Morgan Wandell serves as head of international creative development after serving in a similar position at Amazon Studios.

Kim Rozenfeld is head of unscripted and current programming, reuniting with Van Amburg and Erlicht, under whom he held a similar position at Sony TV.

Tara Sorensen oversees kids programming, joining the Apple team after serving in the same position at Amazon Studios.

SCRIPTED ORIGINALS

Amazing Stories  Apple’s first official scripted order, the individual episodic anthology is a reimagining of Steven Spielberg’s original series that transports viewers to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time) serve as showrunners, having taken over for Bryan Fuller and Hart Hanson. The series hails from Universal TV and Amblin TV, with Spielberg attached as an exec producer.

Are You Sleeping  The 10-episode drama offers a glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts. It challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage. Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan and Aaron Paul star. Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife) penned the script and serves as showrunner. Reese Witherspoon exec produces the drama from Hello Sunshine and Chernin/Endeavor Content. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping also exec produce….

Read it all at Hollywoodreporter.Com

Stop Sabotaging Yourself

Even the most successful among us – whatever your definition of success may be – have moments where our fears rear their unreclaimed little heads and screw us over, and as writers, we’re especially prone to this situation..

So here’s Tony Robbins his very self on how to conquer our worst enemies…ourselves:

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