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Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging Media, Documentary, Producing, Film Music, and Theater.

In this video, five tv showrunners reflect on their creative journeys and share advice for emerging creators. Join Erica Rivinoja, Graham Yost, Teresa Hsiao, LaToya Morgan and Charles "Chic" Eglee as they recount their experiences writing and developing series across genres. You'll learn about their individual writing process, what makes a compelling idea for a series and the essential ingredients for a solid pilot. They reveal what they look for when staffing for a show and share insights about the writers' room. This conversation will benefit anyone seeking to create and write tv series.

Other conversations in the series include those with editor Dylan Tichenor, actor/director Ed Harris, writer/director Karyn Kusama, writer/director/producer Kasi Lemmons, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, and others.

Writer / Producer
Graham Yost began writing for television in 1989 on the Nickelodeon series HEY DUDE. Next, he joined the writing staff of FULL HOUSE (where he only lasted nine-and-a-half weeks); the day after he quit, he learned that his script for SPEED had been sold to Paramount (it was later produced by 20th Century Fox). His other feature film credits include BROKEN ARROW, HARD RAIN, MISSION TO MARS, and THE LAST CASTLE. more...
Writer / Producer
Erica Rivinoja is a television and feature writer. She spent eleven years as a writer/producer on SOUTH PARK, where she won two Emmy awards. She has also written for numerous television shows including UP ALL NIGHT, MARRY ME, BAD TEACHER, GROUNDED FOR LIFE, and the short-lived, but much-loved CLONE HIGH. She was also a Co-Executive Producer on the critically-acclaimed comedy THE LAST MAN ON EARTH. more...
Writer / Producer
Born and raised in Los Angeles, LaToya Morgan is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory where she received a MFA in Screenwriting. She's an alumna of several prestigious fellowships including the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop, the Producers Guild Power of Diversity Fellowship, Film Independent's Project: Involve more...
Writer / Producer
Charles Eglee was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He graduated cum laude from The Williston Northampton School and went on to receive a B.A. in English from Yale University. After a brief stint teaching film history at Yale, Eglee moved to California and worked for Roger Corman, where he met James Cameron. With Cameron, Eglee wrote PIRANHA II: THE SPAWNING under the screen name H.A. Milton. Subsequently, he wrote and produced the mutant rodent, canuxploitation classic, DEADLY EYES. more...
Writer / Producer
Teresa Hsiao is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS. Teresa has written for shows such as AMERICAN DAD, FAMILY GUY, FRESH OFF THE BOAT, and BLACK MONDAY. She has developed television pilots for Sony, 20th Century FOX, Warner Horizon, and currently has a feature in development at Lionsgate. more...

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