3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast

The official podcast of the Writers Guild of America West, WGAW, Info and updates about the Guild and interviews with screenwriters about screenwriting,,movies, television and the entertainment business.
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Apr 27, 2017

Steve Trautmann talks to Jim & Jeannie Gaffigan about their careers and the challenges of making a TV series.

Apr 20, 2017

Aaron Fullerton interviews screenwriter and Iraq War Veteran Chris Roessner about his debut feature film on Netflix: Sand Castle.

Apr 13, 2017

Monique Sorgen talks with Gina Prince-Bythewood & Reggie Rock Bythewood about their careers and new show "Shots Fired." Monique also sits down with Kat Smith from the Activities Committee about this year's upcoming writers retreat.

Apr 6, 2017

Negotiating Committee member, Kate Erickson, and the chairs of the WGA Negotiating Committee, Billy Ray, Chip Johannessen and Chris Keyser, discuss the negotiations with the AMPTP.

Mar 30, 2017

Brian talks with playwright and showrunner Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Treme, Law & Order) about his Amazon series Bosch and a long career in scripted television.

Mar 23, 2017

Monique Sorgen speaks with screen/TV writer Tracy Oliver (Barbershop: The Next Cut) about her upcoming film, Girls Trip, as well as writing for Survivor’s Remorse & more.

Mar 16, 2017

Steve talks playwriting with Gary Goldstein and Hilliard Guess interviews GOLD writers Patrick Massett & John Zinman (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Blacklist) about their careers in film and TV.

Mar 9, 2017

Steve interviews writer, director, and actor Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms, Captain Fantastic) about his career and process.

Mar 2, 2017

Aaron Fullerton interviews The Path creator and showrunner Jessica Goldberg (Parenthood) about her Hulu series and her roots as an award winning playwright. 

Feb 23, 2017

Monique Sorgen talks with "Jackie" screenwriter Noah Oppenheim about his career in news and screenwriting. We also discuss the 2017 Writers Guild Awards winners.

Feb 16, 2017

Monique Sorgen speaks with writer/director/showrunner Dan Fogelman (Cars, Danny Collins) about his WGA Award nominated series, This is Us along with the projects from his varied career.

Feb 9, 2017

Steve Talks with Academy Award nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) about Hell Or High Water and his upcoming film, Wind River.

Feb 2, 2017

A wide-ranging conversation between WGA and Oscar winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and WGA and Oscar nominee Barry Jenkins (Moonlight).

Jan 26, 2017

Brian talks with Hidden Figures writers Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi about their Oscar and WGA-nominated screenplay. Also Hilliard sits down with the Writers with Disabilities Committee co-chairs David Radcliffe and Michael Dougherty.

Jan 19, 2017

Brian Gary speaks with writer/director/playwright Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret) about his latest film, Manchester By the Sea along with exploring the authentic voice for every story. 

Jan 12, 2017

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

Jan 5, 2017

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

Dec 29, 2016

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).


Dec 22, 2016

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.

Dec 15, 2016

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

Dec 8, 2016

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.

Nov 24, 2016

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.

Nov 10, 2016

Steve & Monique talk with Stephen Falk (You're The Worst, Weeds, Orange Is The New Black) about his career, diversity and creating "You're The Worst."

Oct 27, 2016

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 Writers Guild Foundation archivist Hilary Swett about the library’s extensive holdings and her role as researcher.

Oct 13, 2016

Aaron Fullerton talks with Chris Kelly (SNL, Broad City) about improv, sketch writing, and his semi-autobiographical movie, "Other People." Also, information about the Writers Guild Foundation's first annual Texas Hold 'Em Tournament.

Sep 22, 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.

Sep 8, 2016

Aaron Fullerton talks to American Gothic Creator/Executive Producer Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane the Virgin, Elementary, The Good Wife) about her career and showrunning.

Aug 25, 2016

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.

Aug 11, 2016

Justin Marks discusses The Jungle Book, Counterpart, TopGun 2 and more. Also Hilliard Guess talks to Dwayne Johnson-Cochran from the Genre Committee.

Jul 28, 2016

Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us and Uncharted 4) talks with Gennifer Hutchison about story in video games, and Aaron returns to the podcast to discuss WGAW elections. Feature writer survey questions:

Jul 14, 2016

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

Jun 23, 2016

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.

Jun 9, 2016

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.

May 26, 2016

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.

May 12, 2016

Ron 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 Diversity Report, conducted by Tery Lopez, Director of the WGAW Diversity Department.

Apr 28, 2016

Bryan Sipe, the writer of "Demolition" is interviewed by Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), and a recap of the "Creating Your Webseries event.

Apr 14, 2016

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.

Mar 24, 2016

Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszweski, who developed "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" for TV are interviewed by Daniel Waters. Also Lesley Mackey, Senior Director of Credits, returns discuss credit arbitration.

Mar 10, 2016

Brent Forrester discusses his career in comedy writing and showrunning, and Lesley Mackey from Credits discusses how writers can protect their credits.

Feb 25, 2016

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

Feb 11, 2016

Chrissy Pietrosh & Jessica Goldstein interviewed by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker, also Lauren Mackenzie & Andrew Gettens discuss their upcoming panel, "Go Team."

Jan 28, 2016

James LaRosa, Creator/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

Jan 14, 2016

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.

Dec 31, 2015

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.

Dec 24, 2015

John August from the Scriptnotes podcast interviews Peter Landesman about his career and new movie, Concussion. Brian Gary talks with Katie Buckland the Executive Director of The Writers Guild Foundation.

Dec 10, 2015

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.

Nov 26, 2015

Chuck Rose discusses "The Art of More," the new show, and Steve and Aaron talk to Caroline Chacon and William Bly from the Registration Department.

Nov 12, 2015

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

Oct 22, 2015

Writer/Director Billy Ray is interviewed by Ari Rubin, and Aaron and Steve talk with Richard Stayton, the editor of Written By.

Oct 8, 2015

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

Sep 24, 2015

Ian Fried interviews screenwriter T.S. Nowlin, and Steve talks with Maureen Oxley the Senior Director of Residuals at the WGAW.

Sep 10, 2015

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 Espinoza discusses the services provided by the Contracts Department, and the importance of sending in your contracts.

Aug 27, 2015

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

Aug 13, 2015

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 Dept., Tery Lopez, about all of the events, projects and committees under the Diversity Dept. umbrella.

Jul 23, 2015

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, show runners from "Ben and Kate" and the writers of "Hot Pursuit" interview each other in a very funny interview.

Jul 9, 2015

The creator of Burn Notice and 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.

Jun 25, 2015

Margaret Nagle is back interviewing Emmy winning writer Danny Strong. 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.

Jun 11, 2015

The inaugural episode. Interviews with WGAW President Chris Keyser and Margaret Nagle.

Jun 2, 2015

We're Coming Soon! Check back for news, info, and interviews with screenwriters.