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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.

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...
Graham Yost began writing for television in 1989 on the Nickelodeon series HEY DUDE. After a brief stint on FULL HOUSE his script for SPEED was picked up by 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...
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...
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 and its Producer's Lab, as well as the WGA's Feature Access Project. She's been a writer on SHAMELESS, PARENTHOOD, COMPLICATIONS, TURN: WASHINGTON'S SPIES, INTO THE BADLANDS, and THE WALKING DEAD. After back-to-back overall deals at AMC, this two-time NAACP Image Award nominee inked a new multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television to write and develop new television series across their family of prestige networks and across digital platforms. She has been tapped by J.J. Abrams to co-create and executive produce the upcoming HBOMax series DUSTER, which has been given a series production greenlight. more...
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. more...

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