080 – UK Writers James Whitehouse & Hannah George

In the UK, TV pilots get “optioned” the same way feature scripts do in the US! Learn about this and many other fascinating differences between writing in the UK, the US, and Canada, in Gray’s fun interview with UK writing team James Whitehouse and Hannah George.


James Whitehouse and Hannah George started working together nearly four years ago.

Since then, they have worked for the BBC, writing six episodes of the award-winning new CBBC children’s drama series ‘Wolfblood,’ which has since been acquired by Disney for international release. They have also written on Nickleodeon’s hit series ‘The House of Anubis.’

They have a had several of their own scripts optioned in genres as diverse as children’s sci-fi, and adult sitcom, and drama. They are currently in development with several companies for these, and writing on CBBC comedy show ‘The Slammer.’

In this fun interview, they tell what you should look for in a writing partner, and describe many fascinating differences about writing in the UK versus writing in Hollywood or Canada, including optioning TV specs, writing without a full time writers room, and much more!

They are represented by Harriet Pennington-Legh at Troika.

Follow James on Twitter: @JMJWhitehouse

Follow Hannah on Twitter: @HannahMGeorge

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079 – Aaron Ginsburg (The Finder, The Good Guys)

Think there’s only one way to break in? You won’t after watching this interview with Aaron Ginsburg! He could win a prize for the most outrageous way of breaking in.


Aaron Ginsburg (now on The CW’s THE 100) is a writer/producer who has worked in television, film and video games for over a decade. Along with his longtime writing partner, Wade McIntyre, he was recently a Co-Producer on NBC’s DO NO HARM, he wrote the next installment in the popular family comedy HOME ALONE franchise (HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST), and he is currently co-writing a new comic for SKYBOUND (The Walking Dead) entitled CLONE.

Ginsburg & McIntyre have also written for FOX’s quirky comedies THE FINDER and THE GOOD GUYS, and Ginsburg spent three months in Bogotá, Colombia producing USA Network’s BURN NOTICE prequel feature, THE FALL OF SAM AXE. Their comedy short, A NINJA PAID HALF MY RENT, was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival several years ago and where it went on to be featured at dozens of other festivals (including HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, SXSW and the LA Film Festival). Ginsburg & McIntyre sold the 1/2 hour single-camera comedy CROWDED APARTMENT to SPIKE TV, and wrote the dark indie thriller INSIGHT (starring Justified’s Natalie Zea, Chuck’s Adam Baldwin, and Christopher Lloyd) which was released in over 40 theaters and is currently streaming on Netflix.

In the gaming world, Ginsburg & McIntyre wrote the script for Activsion’s mega-hit videogame, CALL OF DUTY 2: BIG RED ONE which won the prestigious award for Outstanding Achievement in Story and Character Development from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. For the past 7+ years, Ginsburg has directed LA’s hit stage show, THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR at Largo at the Coronet.

Follow Aaron on Twitter: @DrLawyercop

Transcript from Aaron’s guest chat on the TV Writer Chat: CLICK HERE

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078 – Tawnya Bhattacharya (Script Anatomy, The Client List)

Tawnya Bhattacharya has worked as a TV writer, feature writer, teacher, and consultant, and has great tips to share on both writing and developing your career!


Tawnya Bhattacharya currently writes for the hit TV series, THE CLIENT LIST on Lifetime, along with her writing partner, Ali Laventhol.  The team previously worked on USA’s FAIRLY LEGAL and are repped by ICM Partners and Rain Management Group.  Before that, their NURSE JACKIE spec got them into the NBC Writers on the Verge fellowship program.  The duo are currently in development with Battleplan on their original pilot.

Tawnya’s solo work includes several optioned features and writing assignments.  She was one of a handful selected for the Fox Writers Initiative in 2009, where she optioned her original pilot to Fox.

Bhattacharya taught screenwriting at Writers Boot Camp in 2005 to 2009 where she helped hundreds of writers at various levels create and develop their screenplay projects through courses and script consultations.  In 2010, she launched Script Anatomy: a company designed to help screen and television writers reach their personal writing goals and elevate their storytelling through private script consultation, group feature and television writing classes and workshops.

WEBSITE: scriptanatomy.com

Follow Tawnya on Twitter: @ScriptAnatomy

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077 – Own Your Career – Sterling Anderson (Sterling Writers Group)

Sterling Anderson is back! In an interview that is sure to change the path of your career, Sterling relates in great depth how and why some artists fail, and others succeed. This one is not just for writers!


No stranger to the podcast (interviewed in episode 053), Sterling Anderson is back for a full video in-person interview, to give us a much deeper look at his great career wisdom. He shares many tips from his second writing book, Writing Without Fear, 15 Steps Towards Becoming a Successful (Artist) Writer. If you haven’t read his books, you will want to after this interview!

In particular, Sterling shares about deconstructing the various forms of self sabotage, and what winning habits you can replace them with. The lessons are practical for any artist, or anyone with a dream!

Sterling also discusses his new script consulting / mentoring company, Sterling Writers Group, and has some strong words to say about why it’s important to do your homework when choosing a script consultant or mentor.

For more info:

– Watch Sterling’s first podcast interview: PODCAST 053
– Visit Sterling’s personal website: sterlingandersonwriter.com
– Visit the Sterling Writers Group website: sterlingwritersgroup.com

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076 – Mark Verheiden (Hemlock Grove, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville)

Are you a sci fi fan? Then you are certain to love this week’s interview with Mark Verheiden, EP of Hemlock Grove on Netflix! Mark is a veteran of sci fi in several forms: TV, features, and comics.


Mark Verheiden is an executive producer of the Netflix original series “Hemlock Grove.” His previous television work includes writing and producing the Peabody Award winning “Battlestar Galactica,” as well as “Falling Skies,” “Heroes” and “Smallville,” among others.

In the feature film world, Verheiden made his mark writing the #1 box-office feature films “Timecop” and “The Mask.”

His audience extends to the comic book world, as he has written more than 125 books for DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics, including “Superman,” “Superman/Batman,” “Aliens” and “Predator.”

Verheiden grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he was an active member of the comic book fan community while studying film. He is a lifelong science fiction fan, which has served him well in his twenty-five year career in film, television and comics.

Mark Verheiden on Twitter: @MarkVerheiden

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075 – Former Development Exec Scott Manville (TV Writers Vault)

This week we meet Scott Manville… an entrepreneur who used his experience as the former Head of TV Development for Merv Griffin Entertainment, to create the unique Television Writers Vault, a resource that connects writers with top producers and network executives.


With 15 years of professional experience in TV program development, Scott Manville is the Founder and President of the Television Writers Vault (tvwritersvault.com), an online marketplace used by top producers and network executives sourcing new show concepts and stories for TV.

As the former Head of TV Development for Merv Griffin Entertainment, his hands-on experience within that development and pitching process inspired this groundbreaking service for the protection and promotion of new concepts and formats being pitched to Industry buyers.

Back in his days of development, Scott worked on writing pitches and formats that were produced as “Click” (game show, which was Ryan Seacrest’s first TV hosting gig), “Men Are From Mars,” “Good Samaritan,” and other in-house projects for Griffin.

The Television Writers Vault is the first industry website to bring new TV show “ideas” from everyday people outside the industry, to production and global broadcast on major networks, such as A&E, Discovery Channel, SyFy, OLN, and other international outlets. Scott is also a professional pitch writer, offering services for writers and creators developing reality-based concepts for television.

Scott also created www.creatorsvault.com and www.castmyreality.com… Check them out!

For more info and great resources, visit www.tvwritersvault.com and www.scottmanville.com.

Scott Manville on Twitter: @tvwritersvault or @ScottManville

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