Join us for 826LA's next Writing Seminar Series for Adults! Throughout April, our panelists will discuss different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. Panelists will also answer your questions and give some well-worn tips and tricks!
Writing Seminar Series for Adults
Sundays, April 10, 17, and 24 at 7:00 PM
Nerdist Industries at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
$12 per session, dates and authors listed below
Each session sold separately, ticket prices are non-refundable, and panels and authors are subject to change without notice.
All proceeds go to 826LA.
Each panel will feature 3-4 authors and will be moderated by Ben Blacker.
Aaron Ginsburg & Wade McIntyre
and more to be announced soon!
Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian and writer. She’s written for herself her whole life and for other people in show biz: The Disney Channel, on E!’s Chelsea Lately, and most recently NBC’s new sitcom Perfect Couples. Jen’s essays have been published in the books Bad Sex...We Did it So You Don’t Have To and Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped and Cancelled.
Ben Odenkirk is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the HBO sketch comedy series, Mr. Show. He has made appearances on Seinfeld, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Larry Sanders Show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, and will be joining the cast of AMC's Breaking Bad for five episodes as a 'slippery ambulence chasing lawyer'. He also directed the Super deluxe series Derek & Simon starring Simon Helberg and Derek Waters.
Brian Stack has been a writer/performer on Conan O’Brien’s shows for the last 14 years, 12 of them in New York at Late Night. Before that, he performed at Chicago's Second City for four years and at IO-Chicago and in other improv groups. While in NY, he frequently performed in ASSSSCAT at UCB, and continues to perform here in LA at UCB-LA and IO-West. He has also appeared in supporting roles on such shows as 30 Rock, The Office, and Human Giant.
Matt Nix graduated from UCLA with a political science degree and began a miserable career as an assistant. He started writing full time when he got sick of his girlfriend making fun of him for answering a phone for a living. He wrote, produced, and directed several award-winning short films, which were shown on the Sci-Fi network, FX, PBS, and at numerous film festivals around the world.
Since getting his first studio gig in 1997, Matt has written features for Columbia, Warner Brothers, Universal, New Line, as well as various independent companies. His first foray into TV was Burn Notice, the acclaimed one-hour spy drama on the USA network.
Burn Notice has more than doubled its ratings since its beginning in 2007. In May 2008, Matt won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allen Poe Award (the "Edgar") for Best Television Episode Teleplay for the pilot episode. Now in its fith season, Burn Notice is currently the highest rated cable show on television.
Last year Matt also sold The Good Guys, a one-hour cop dramedy starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks, to Fox Television Studios. It was picked up for a 20-episode run and ran for one season on Fox in 2010.
In addition to Burn Notice, Matt is also currently writing and producing the Burn Notice movie (a prequel to the series starring Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe), adapting a novel by Will Self, and writing a workplace comedy for Warner Brothers.
He currently resides in Altadena, CA, with his wife and three children.
David Schulner's writing for television includes Once and Again, Desperate Housewives, Tell Me You Love Me, Kings, and the current The Event on NBC. David's spec pilot The Oaks made a stir in 2008 when every major broadcast was a competitive bidding war for the project. Starring Jeremy Renner at Matthew Morrison the pilot was not picked up to series. It was then remade by ITV in Great Britian and has just finished airing a very successful five episode mini-series under the new title Marchlands.
Peter Tolan has written for such television shows as Murphy Brown, Ellen, and The Larry Sanders Show, the latter of which won him an Emmy for an episode co-written with Garry Shandling. With Denis Leary he co-created the series The Job and Rescue Me. He has also written the films Analyze This, America's Sweethearts, and My Fellow Americans. He made his directorial debut with the film Finding Amanda in 2008.
David Eick enters into his 21st year in association with Universal, much of which has centered around his role as executive producer of SCI FI's Peabody Award-winning Battlestar Galactica–a position he held since the production of the Pilot Miniseries in 2003. Eick also served as the Executive Producer of Battlestar's spinoff series, Caprica, as well as Syfy Channel's upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Prior to this, Eick was the Executive Vice President of USA Cable Entertainment (USACE), where he was the company's point person to the creative community and oversaw all aspects of the division, which developed, financed, and acquired product for initial exhibition on USA Network and SCI FI Channel. While there, the studio produced USA Network's critically-lauded drama series Touching Evil, as well as the hit series Monk, starring Tony Shaloub. In 2010, Eick entered into a multiple development deal to write pilots with celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro as his producing partner. The first, for ABC, is a new take on Marvel Comics' franchise property The Incredible Hulk. The second, for HBO, is a new interpretation of Zombie mythology called Awakening, based on the acclaimed graphic novel.
Prior to his tenure at USACE, Eick executive-produced the four-hour miniseries pilot Battlestar Galactica. Earlier, he spent over two years as Senior Vice President of Original Series Development for USA Network and SCI FI Channel, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and production of all orgiginal series for both networks. Series produced during his tenure include USA's acclaimed drama Cover Me, as well as the critically-celebrated comedy Manhattan, AZ. At SCI FI, he launched the network's first internally-produced hit, The Invisible Man.
Prior to his network experience, Eick spent six years at Renaissance Pictures, where he held a variety of positions, including Director of Development, Vice President of Television and President of Television. During his tenure there, he produced the hugely successful syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Eick also co-developed and launched its successful spinoff, Xena: Warrior Princess. In addition, Eick served as producer of the critically-acclaimed series American Gothic, co-produced five Hercules movies for first-run syndication, produced two direct-to-video sequels of the big-screen feature Darkman, and produced the two-hour pilot for the series M.A.N.T.I.S. Eick graduated from the Unversity of Redlands in California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He resides in Los Angeles with his sons, Jackson, David, and Alexander.
Aaron Ginsburg & Wade McIntyre were most recently writers on FOX's hour-long cop comedy The Good Guys. Previously, they sold an original comedy pilot to Spike TV and wrote and directed a controversial web series, S.W.I.P.E., which was produced (and subsequently banned) by Fox Digital Studios. Their first produced feature, the thriller InSight,
premiers in April at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Before breaking
into scripted television, they wrote for video games, reality TV, and
crazy Japanese game shows.
Ginsburg just returned from Bogota, Columbia, where he produced USA Networks' Burn Notice prequel The Fall of Sam Axe, starring Bruce Campbell.
Dan Harmon serves as the creator/executive producer of the NBC comedy series Community.
Harmon's pursuit of minimal work for maximum reward took him from stand-up to improv to sketch comedy, then finally to Los Angeles, where he began writing feature screenplays with fellow Milwaukeean Rob Schrab. Their first deal was with Robert Zemeckis at Imagemovers, for whom they wrote Monster House. They then wrote the Ben Stiller directed pilot Heat Vision and Jack, starring Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
Disillusioned by the legitimate industry, Harmon and Schrab retreated underground, during which time Harmon attended classes at nearby Glendale Community College. It was also during this time that Harmon and Schrab founded Channel 101, an untelevised non-profit audience-controlled network for undiscovered filmmakers, many of whom used it to launch mainstream careers, including the boys behind SNL's Digital Shorts. Harmon and Schrab then partnered with Sarah Silverman to create her series for Comedy Central, The Sarah Silverman Program. Harmon served as head writer for multiple episodes.
Harmon then created, wrote, and performed in a sketch series for VH1 called Acceptable TV; the series was short-lived. Then, as part of a blind deal with Sony and inspired by his experience as a community college student, Harmon pitched Community to various network executives and NBC picked up the show immediately. Community marks Harmon's first network series.
Harmon is a native of Milwaukee, Wisc. He's 38; he has chronic heartburn, a perfect girlfriend, and a cat with no teeth. Wish him luck on this new adventure in life.
Ben Blacker (moderator), with his writing and producing partner--named Ben Acker--is the creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a monthly staged production and podcast in the style of old-time radio, starring lots of actors you know from television. Acker and Blacker have developed pilots for Fox late night, Nickelodeon, USA, and Fox primetime. They wrote the feature film Drones, a sci-fi rom-com, available on DVD in March 2011. Currently, they are developing a pilot for the Spike network and writing a film for a company they can't talk about. For more information and pretty pictures, go to ThrillingAdventureHour.com.
Stay tuned for more authors to come!