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From Alaska to the CIA to being the funny drama guy… this week host Gray Jones interviews TV writer and Script Anatomy instructor Zach Ayers.

Zach Ayers is a versatile TV writer who has found his stride as the funny guy in a drama room. Although before his TV career, Zach spent five years in a deadly-serious job at the Central Intelligence Agency. There he wrote and produced top-secret training films that taught US intelligence officers how to do their job well and survive doing it. He knows all the scary stuff. Which, in retrospect, Zach finds hilarious. 

Recently, Zach wrote and produced the bio-series “American Soul” (BET). Other credits include “Siren” (Freeform), “State of Affairs” (NBC) and “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney). He’s also developed and sold several TV projects of his own across genres and formats. Zach’s one of those oddball writers who actually loves to pitch. 

Zach’s an alumnus of the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship, Second City and Ithaca College. He grew up in rural, working-class Alaska, learning how to drive a forklift before he learned how to drive a car. But now he’s 100% city kid, living with his family and his cat Balki on the eastside of Los Angeles. He still does his own yardwork.

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Graham “Gray” Jones is a seasoned TV editor/writer located in Valencia, California (on the northern outskirts of LA). He has an honors Screenwriting BFA from York University, where he graduated with distinction in 1994.

He hosted one of the world’s leading TV-themed podcasts, "Chuck vs. the Podcast," about NBC’s Chuck, and currently hosts the "TV Writer Podcast," in partnership with Script Magazine.

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