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Drama ShowrunnersOn-screen violence is a touchy and controversial topic — even for a veteran indie filmmaking maverick like Quentin Tarantino. However, 6 drama writer/creators, Alex Gansa, (Homeland), Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom), D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones), Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Kevin Williamson (The Following), and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) sit down for a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter to talk openly and candidly about the subject of TV violence, as well as what it’s like to run some of the most popular shows on television.  More »

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Speaking of Aaron Sorkin, if you haven’t seen the first episode of The Newsroom, you should go check it out right now, or at least watch the first scene. In a recent GQ article, Sorkin writes about his own material, specifically how he arrives at the dialogue for the first scene in that episode of The Newsroom. Writing good dialogue is not easy, but knowing the real purpose of the scene and having a deep understanding of your characters will help the words flow out of you. Check out some excerpts from that GQ piece below. More »

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Not everyone can afford to pay for HBO — and there’s a good number who just prefer not to watch it — but if you’ve been living under a rock for the past five or ten years, some of the best writing anywhere is happening on pay TV. If there has ever been a golden age for writers, it’s right now, and it’s on TV. For most movies the director is the auteur, but TV is the medium of the writer. They are allowed to take more chances and spread their wings over 10-12 hours of content in a pay TV season. Academy Award winner (The Social Network) Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show, The Newsroom, is pure Sorkinese (fast dialogue). Though that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, his ability to sculpt characters with language cannot be understated. If you missed the first episode, it’s now available online from the link below: More »