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The Write Environment

A compelling new series that takes us backstage into the heretofore unseen world of the writer's room for an intimate one-on-one interview with some of Hollywood’s most prolific TV writers.

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LIVE with Robert Hewitt Wolfe

The Write Environment, in conjunction with The Writer Store, is pleased to announce a live interview with Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Writer/Executive producer of several successful TV series, including, Star Trek; Deep Space Nine, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, The 4400 and The Dresden Files.

Hosted by Jeffrey Berman, the live interview will be conducted at on February 7 at The Writers Store in Westwood California and aired at 1 PM right here at Strike.TV. For more information on the event please contact the Writers Store at 866.229.7483.

Joss Whedon

Writer/Director Joss Whedon is one of the most prolific figures in television, but it wasn’t always that way. He started his career as a staff writer for the sitcom, “Rosanne”. From there he moved onto feature films, where he worked for several years as a script doctor, on films such as Speed and Toy Story. Tired of seeing his visions rewritten, Whedon eventually returned to television, bringing with him an adaptation of his first feature film, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In this candid interview, Joss talks openly about the early days of his career, his showbiz family, his legion of fans, and the trials and tribulations of taking a cult TV hit to the big screen.

Damon Lindelof

Treating Los Angeles as a de facto grad school, Damon Lindelof got his first staff position as a writer on Kevin Williamson’s drama, “Wasteland”. He then went on to become a staff writer for “Nash Bridges” and a writer/producer for “Crossing Jordan”, before hooking up with J.J Abrams to create the ABC hit series, “Lost”. In 2006, Lindelof brought his unquestionable talent to Marvel comics when he wrote the limited series “Ultimate Wolverine vs. The Hulk.” In this interview, Lindelof discusses the challenges of writing for an ensemble cast, the pressures of keeping a TV series fresh, and the need to please both his fans and himself.

Tim Kring

Tim Kring’s life is anything but ordinary. As the Executive Producer of the NBC Emmy nominated series “Heroes”, an epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, he came to the show with a long and extensive background writing for network television. Over the life of his career, Kring has written for such well known TV hits as “Knight Rider”, “Chicago Hope”, and more recentlly “Crossing Jordan” (which he also created). In this interview, Tim looks back at his early days as a TV writer and shares some of the lessons he learned about creating a hit TV series.

LIVE with Tim Minear

LIVE from The Writer's Store! Join us at 11am on Saturday, March 28th when we interview Tim Minear  (Strange World, The X-Files, Angel, Firefly, and currently Dollhouse).

Phil Rosenthal

Prior to his success as Creator and Executive Producer of CBS's long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Phil Rosenthal journeyed to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor. His quick wit and effusive charm seemed to make him a natural. Rosenthal was quickly disgruntled and soon found himself writing for a sitcom starring legendary dramatic actor, Robert Mitchum. In this interview, Rosenthal discusses his on the job training in the world of TV sitcoms. He also reveals how he kept Raymond fresh for nine years, the importance craft service plays on creating and keeping a happy writing staff, and why his best work comes from lying down on the job.

Sam Simon

Sam Simon started out wanting to be an animator, so it's no surprise that he is one of the Executive Producers who co-created Fox's longest running animated TV series, “The Simpsons”. The recipient of a dozen Emmy’s as well as a Peabody Award, Simon has written for some of TV's most notable series including “Taxi”, “Cheers”, and “The Drew Carey Show”. In this candid one on one with Simon, this critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director discusses his early days in Hollywood, shaping the face of “The Simpsons”, and his fondness for comedian, George Carlin.

Doug Ellin

Doug Ellin arrived in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Life however threw him a curve ball while working in the mail room for New Line Cinema. It was there that he met Mike DeLuca, President of New Line and shortly thereafter, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to create "Entourage," which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. In this interview Ellin reveals his method of preparation when it comes to each new episode, writing for a unique cast, and his fear of failure.


 

LIVE with David Hayter

Live from The Writers Store in West L.A., host Jeffrey Berman interviews screenwriter David Hayter, writer of Watchmen, X-Men, X-Men 2, and The Scorpion King.

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman

Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman

  Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman’s first spec script was purchased by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Films. Since then he has written feature film projects for Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Studio, as well as several independent film companies. His most recent script, Young Robin Hood, co-written with Tony Caballero, has been optioned by Dreambig Entertainment.

In the television market, Berman has co-written and sold several MOWs including The J.K Rowling bio-pic for NBC television and The Last Rainmaker for Hallmark.

Recently, Berman co-founded UnitedHollywood.com and is producer/co-host of UnitedHollywood Live. He also created and hosts, The Write Environment, a compelling series of one-on-one interview with some of today’s most prolific writers.

“I have learned so much about the craft of writing while conducting these interviews,” says Berman about the series. “Each episode is like a master class with these A-List writers and I’m looking forward to sharing them with both the fans of their seminal shows, as well as students of screenwriting.”

Carter Dyal

Carter Dyal

Live Producer / Director

Carter Dyal

  Live Producer / Director

Chip Proser

Chip Proser

Series Director

Chip Proser

  Series Director

Amy Gollnick

Amy Gollnick

Series Producer / Editor

Amy Gollnick

  Series Producer / Editor

Eric Bucklin

Eric Bucklin

Sound Mixer

Eric Bucklin

  Sound Mixer

George Wymenga

George Wymenga

Sound

George Wymenga

  Sound

Ben Booker

Ben Booker

Camera Operator

Ben Booker

  Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

Matthew Skala

Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

  Camera Operator

Mark W. Fletcher

Mark W. Fletcher

On-Line Editor

Mark W. Fletcher

  On-Line Editor

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman

Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman

  Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman’s first spec script was purchased by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Films. Since then he has written feature film projects for Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Studio, as well as several independent film companies. His most recent script, Young Robin Hood, co-written with Tony Caballero, has been optioned by Dreambig Entertainment.

In the television market, Berman has co-written and sold several MOWs including The J.K Rowling bio-pic for NBC television and The Last Rainmaker for Hallmark.

Recently, Berman co-founded UnitedHollywood.com and is producer/co-host of UnitedHollywood Live. He also created and hosts, The Write Environment, a compelling series of one-on-one interview with some of today’s most prolific writers.

“I have learned so much about the craft of writing while conducting these interviews,” says Berman about the series. “Each episode is like a master class with these A-List writers and I’m looking forward to sharing them with both the fans of their seminal shows, as well as students of screenwriting.”

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Guest Writer

Joss Whedon

  Guest Writer

Writer/Director Joss Whedon is one of the most prolific figures in television, but it wasn’t always that way. He started his career as a staff writer for the sitcom, “Rosanne”. From there he moved onto feature films, where he worked for several years as a script doctor, on films such as Speed and Toy Story. Tired of seeing his visions rewritten, Whedon eventually returned to television, bringing with him an adaptation of his first feature film, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In this candid interview, Joss talks openly about the early days of his career, his showbiz family, his legion of fans, and the trials and tribulations of taking a cult TV hit to the big screen.

Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof

Guest Writer

Damon Lindelof

  Guest Writer

Treating Los Angeles as a de facto grad school, Damon Lindelof got his first staff position as a writer on Kevin Williamson’s drama, “Wasteland”. He then went on to become a staff writer for “Nash Bridges” and a writer/producer for “Crossing Jordan”, before hooking up with J.J Abrams to create the ABC hit series, “Lost”. In 2006, Lindelof brought his unquestionable talent to Marvel comics when he wrote the limited series “Ultimate Wolverine vs. The Hulk.” In this interview, Lindelof discusses the challenges of writing for an ensemble cast, the pressures of keeping a TV series fresh, and the need to please both his fans and himself

Tim Kring

Tim Kring

Guest Writer

Tim Kring

  Guest Writer

Tim Kring’s life is anything but ordinary. As the Executive Producer of the NBC Emmy nominated series “Heroes”, an epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, he came to the show with a long and extensive background writing for network television. Over the life of his career, Kring has written for such well known TV hits as “Knight Rider”, “Chicago Hope”, and more recently “Crossing Jordan” (which he also created). In this interview, Tim looks back at his early days as a TV writer and shares some of the lessons he learned about creating a hit TV series.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

Guest Writer

Phil Rosenthal

  Guest Writer

Prior to his success as Creator and Executive Producer of CBS's long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Phil Rosenthal journeyed to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor. His quick wit and effusive charm seemed to make him a natural. Rosenthal was quickly disgruntled and soon found himself writing for a sitcom starring legendary dramatic actor, Robert Mitchum. In this interview, Rosenthal discusses his on the job training in the world of TV sitcoms. He also reveals how he kept Raymond fresh for nine years, the importance craft service plays on creating and keeping a happy writing staff, and why his best work comes from lying down on the job.

Sam Simon

Sam Simon

Guest Writer

Sam Simon

  Guest Writer

Sam Simon started out wanting to be an animator, so it's no surprise that he is one of the Executive Producers who co-created Fox's longest running animated TV series, “The Simpsons”. The recipient of a dozen Emmy’s as well as a Peabody Award, Simon has written for some of TV's most notable series including “Taxi”, “Cheers”, and “The Drew Carey Show”. In this candid one on one with Simon, this critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director discusses his early days in Hollywood, shaping the face of “The Simpsons”, and his fondness for comedian, George Carlin.

Doug Ellin

Doug Ellin

Guest Writer

Doug Ellin

  Guest Writer

Doug Ellin arrived in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Life however threw him a curve ball while working in the mail room for New Line Cinema. It was there that he met Mike DeLuca, President of New Line and shortly thereafter, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to create "Entourage," which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. In this interview Ellin reveals his method of preparation when it comes to each new episode, writing for a unique cast, and his fear of failure.

Chip Proser

Chip Proser

Series Director

Chip Proser

  Series Director

Chip Proser, a Director-Cameraman and Producer for 7 years at WCVB-TV in Boston, won multiple awards and Emmys at the Peabody Award-winning ABC Affiliate, called "Arguably the Best TV Station in America" by the New York Times. He was captured by Gypsies and forced to become a screenwriter in 1980 after selling his original feature screenplay INTERFACE to Zoetrope Studios. Called "One of the Best Films Never Made" by American Film Magazine, the project resides at Paramount. Proser did the major page 1 rewrite on TOP GUN, wrote ICEMAN, created and wrote INNERSPACE. He Created, Wrote, Produced and Directed "Sworn To Secrecy (Secrets Of War, Int'l), a documentary series for A&E; History Channel and Pearson Television. He has written projects for CBS, NBC, HBO, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Columbia, Disney, ABC and wrote the interactive game "Top Gun - Fire At Will". He recently Wrote/Directed/Produced "GAIA SELENE - Saving the Earth by Colonizing the Moon", a feature documentary on climate change, the energy crisis and the harvesting of clean, renewable energy from Lunar Solar Power and Helium 3 Fusion. As a Strike TV member, he's shot the projects "Urban Cowgirl", "Smartest Man in The World," "Don't Get a Boner" and "The Write Environment." He is producing/directing a documentary on the Strike, and his own Strike TV online series, "The Crew" in addition to "Tranquility Dome".
 

Amy Gollnick

Amy Gollnick

Series Producer / Editor

Amy Gollnick

  Series Producer / Editor

Eric Bucklin

Eric Bucklin

Sound Mixer

Eric Bucklin

  Sound Mixer

George Wymenga

George Wymenga

Sound

George Wymenga

  Sound

Ben Booker

Ben Booker

Camera Operator

Ben Booker

  Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

Matthew Skala

Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

  Camera Operator

Mark W. Fletcher

Mark W. Fletcher

On-Line Editor

Mark W. Fletcher

  On-Line Editor

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman

Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman

  Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman’s first spec script was purchased by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Films. Since then he has written feature film projects for Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Studio, as well as several independent film companies. His most recent script, Young Robin Hood, co-written with Tony Caballero, has been optioned by Dreambig Entertainment.

In the television market, Berman has co-written and sold several MOWs including The J.K Rowling bio-pic for NBC television and The Last Rainmaker for Hallmark.

Recently, Berman co-founded UnitedHollywood.com and is producer/co-host of UnitedHollywood Live. He also created and hosts, The Write Environment, a compelling series of one-on-one interview with some of today’s most prolific writers.

“I have learned so much about the craft of writing while conducting these interviews,” says Berman about the series. “Each episode is like a master class with these A-List writers and I’m looking forward to sharing them with both the fans of their seminal shows, as well as students of screenwriting.”

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Guest Writer

Joss Whedon

  Guest Writer

Writer/Director Joss Whedon is one of the most prolific figures in television, but it wasn’t always that way. He started his career as a staff writer for the sitcom, “Rosanne”. From there he moved onto feature films, where he worked for several years as a script doctor, on films such as Speed and Toy Story. Tired of seeing his visions rewritten, Whedon eventually returned to television, bringing with him an adaptation of his first feature film, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In this candid interview, Joss talks openly about the early days of his career, his showbiz family, his legion of fans, and the trials and tribulations of taking a cult TV hit to the big screen.

Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof

Guest Writer

Damon Lindelof

  Guest Writer

Treating Los Angeles as a de facto grad school, Damon Lindelof got his first staff position as a writer on Kevin Williamson’s drama, “Wasteland”. He then went on to become a staff writer for “Nash Bridges” and a writer/producer for “Crossing Jordan”, before hooking up with J.J Abrams to create the ABC hit series, “Lost”. In 2006, Lindelof brought his unquestionable talent to Marvel comics when he wrote the limited series “Ultimate Wolverine vs. The Hulk.” In this interview, Lindelof discusses the challenges of writing for an ensemble cast, the pressures of keeping a TV series fresh, and the need to please both his fans and himself

Tim Kring

Tim Kring

Guest Writer

Tim Kring

  Guest Writer

Tim Kring’s life is anything but ordinary. As the Executive Producer of the NBC Emmy nominated series “Heroes”, an epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, he came to the show with a long and extensive background writing for network television. Over the life of his career, Kring has written for such well known TV hits as “Knight Rider”, “Chicago Hope”, and more recently “Crossing Jordan” (which he also created). In this interview, Tim looks back at his early days as a TV writer and shares some of the lessons he learned about creating a hit TV series.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

Guest Writer

Phil Rosenthal

  Guest Writer

Prior to his success as Creator and Executive Producer of CBS's long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Phil Rosenthal journeyed to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor. His quick wit and effusive charm seemed to make him a natural. Rosenthal was quickly disgruntled and soon found himself writing for a sitcom starring legendary dramatic actor, Robert Mitchum. In this interview, Rosenthal discusses his on the job training in the world of TV sitcoms. He also reveals how he kept Raymond fresh for nine years, the importance craft service plays on creating and keeping a happy writing staff, and why his best work comes from lying down on the job.

Sam Simon

Sam Simon

Guest Writer

Sam Simon

  Guest Writer

Sam Simon started out wanting to be an animator, so it's no surprise that he is one of the Executive Producers who co-created Fox's longest running animated TV series, “The Simpsons”. The recipient of a dozen Emmy’s as well as a Peabody Award, Simon has written for some of TV's most notable series including “Taxi”, “Cheers”, and “The Drew Carey Show”. In this candid one on one with Simon, this critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director discusses his early days in Hollywood, shaping the face of “The Simpsons”, and his fondness for comedian, George Carlin.

Doug Ellin

Doug Ellin

Guest Writer

Doug Ellin

  Guest Writer

Doug Ellin arrived in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Life however threw him a curve ball while working in the mail room for New Line Cinema. It was there that he met Mike DeLuca, President of New Line and shortly thereafter, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to create "Entourage," which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. In this interview Ellin reveals his method of preparation when it comes to each new episode, writing for a unique cast, and his fear of failure.

Chip Proser

Chip Proser

Series Director

Chip Proser

  Series Director

Chip Proser, a Director-Cameraman and Producer for 7 years at WCVB-TV in Boston, won multiple awards and Emmys at the Peabody Award-winning ABC Affiliate, called "Arguably the Best TV Station in America" by the New York Times. He was captured by Gypsies and forced to become a screenwriter in 1980 after selling his original feature screenplay INTERFACE to Zoetrope Studios. Called "One of the Best Films Never Made" by American Film Magazine, the project resides at Paramount. Proser did the major page 1 rewrite on TOP GUN, wrote ICEMAN, created and wrote INNERSPACE. He Created, Wrote, Produced and Directed "Sworn To Secrecy (Secrets Of War, Int'l), a documentary series for A&E; History Channel and Pearson Television. He has written projects for CBS, NBC, HBO, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Columbia, Disney, ABC and wrote the interactive game "Top Gun - Fire At Will". He recently Wrote/Directed/Produced "GAIA SELENE - Saving the Earth by Colonizing the Moon", a feature documentary on climate change, the energy crisis and the harvesting of clean, renewable energy from Lunar Solar Power and Helium 3 Fusion. As a Strike TV member, he's shot the projects "Urban Cowgirl", "Smartest Man in The World," "Don't Get a Boner" and "The Write Environment." He is producing/directing a documentary on the Strike, and his own Strike TV online series, "The Crew" in addition to "Tranquility Dome".
 

Amy Gollnick

Amy Gollnick

Series Producer / Editor

Amy Gollnick

  Series Producer / Editor

Eric Bucklin

Eric Bucklin

Sound Mixer

Eric Bucklin

  Sound Mixer

George Wymenga

George Wymenga

Sound

George Wymenga

  Sound

Ben Booker

Ben Booker

Camera Operator

Ben Booker

  Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

Matthew Skala

Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

  Camera Operator

Mark W. Fletcher

Mark W. Fletcher

On-Line Editor

Mark W. Fletcher

  On-Line Editor

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman

Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman

  Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman’s first spec script was purchased by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Films. Since then he has written feature film projects for Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Studio, as well as several independent film companies. His most recent script, Young Robin Hood, co-written with Tony Caballero, has been optioned by Dreambig Entertainment.

In the television market, Berman has co-written and sold several MOWs including The J.K Rowling bio-pic for NBC television and The Last Rainmaker for Hallmark.

Recently, Berman co-founded UnitedHollywood.com and is producer/co-host of UnitedHollywood Live. He also created and hosts, The Write Environment, a compelling series of one-on-one interview with some of today’s most prolific writers.

“I have learned so much about the craft of writing while conducting these interviews,” says Berman about the series. “Each episode is like a master class with these A-List writers and I’m looking forward to sharing them with both the fans of their seminal shows, as well as students of screenwriting.”

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Guest Writer

Joss Whedon

  Guest Writer

Writer/Director Joss Whedon is one of the most prolific figures in television, but it wasn’t always that way. He started his career as a staff writer for the sitcom, “Rosanne”. From there he moved onto feature films, where he worked for several years as a script doctor, on films such as Speed and Toy Story. Tired of seeing his visions rewritten, Whedon eventually returned to television, bringing with him an adaptation of his first feature film, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In this candid interview, Joss talks openly about the early days of his career, his showbiz family, his legion of fans, and the trials and tribulations of taking a cult TV hit to the big screen.

Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof

Guest Writer

Damon Lindelof

  Guest Writer

Treating Los Angeles as a de facto grad school, Damon Lindelof got his first staff position as a writer on Kevin Williamson’s drama, “Wasteland”. He then went on to become a staff writer for “Nash Bridges” and a writer/producer for “Crossing Jordan”, before hooking up with J.J Abrams to create the ABC hit series, “Lost”. In 2006, Lindelof brought his unquestionable talent to Marvel comics when he wrote the limited series “Ultimate Wolverine vs. The Hulk.” In this interview, Lindelof discusses the challenges of writing for an ensemble cast, the pressures of keeping a TV series fresh, and the need to please both his fans and himself

Tim Kring

Tim Kring

Guest Writer

Tim Kring

  Guest Writer

Tim Kring’s life is anything but ordinary. As the Executive Producer of the NBC Emmy nominated series “Heroes”, an epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, he came to the show with a long and extensive background writing for network television. Over the life of his career, Kring has written for such well known TV hits as “Knight Rider”, “Chicago Hope”, and more recently “Crossing Jordan” (which he also created). In this interview, Tim looks back at his early days as a TV writer and shares some of the lessons he learned about creating a hit TV series.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

Guest Writer

Phil Rosenthal

  Guest Writer

Prior to his success as Creator and Executive Producer of CBS's long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Phil Rosenthal journeyed to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor. His quick wit and effusive charm seemed to make him a natural. Rosenthal was quickly disgruntled and soon found himself writing for a sitcom starring legendary dramatic actor, Robert Mitchum. In this interview, Rosenthal discusses his on the job training in the world of TV sitcoms. He also reveals how he kept Raymond fresh for nine years, the importance craft service plays on creating and keeping a happy writing staff, and why his best work comes from lying down on the job.

Sam Simon

Sam Simon

Guest Writer

Sam Simon

  Guest Writer

Sam Simon started out wanting to be an animator, so it's no surprise that he is one of the Executive Producers who co-created Fox's longest running animated TV series, “The Simpsons”. The recipient of a dozen Emmy’s as well as a Peabody Award, Simon has written for some of TV's most notable series including “Taxi”, “Cheers”, and “The Drew Carey Show”. In this candid one on one with Simon, this critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director discusses his early days in Hollywood, shaping the face of “The Simpsons”, and his fondness for comedian, George Carlin.

Doug Ellin

Doug Ellin

Guest Writer

Doug Ellin

  Guest Writer

Doug Ellin arrived in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Life however threw him a curve ball while working in the mail room for New Line Cinema. It was there that he met Mike DeLuca, President of New Line and shortly thereafter, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to create "Entourage," which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. In this interview Ellin reveals his method of preparation when it comes to each new episode, writing for a unique cast, and his fear of failure.

Chip Proser

Chip Proser

Series Director

Chip Proser

  Series Director

Chip Proser, a Director-Cameraman and Producer for 7 years at WCVB-TV in Boston, won multiple awards and Emmys at the Peabody Award-winning ABC Affiliate, called "Arguably the Best TV Station in America" by the New York Times. He was captured by Gypsies and forced to become a screenwriter in 1980 after selling his original feature screenplay INTERFACE to Zoetrope Studios. Called "One of the Best Films Never Made" by American Film Magazine, the project resides at Paramount. Proser did the major page 1 rewrite on TOP GUN, wrote ICEMAN, created and wrote INNERSPACE. He Created, Wrote, Produced and Directed "Sworn To Secrecy (Secrets Of War, Int'l), a documentary series for A&E; History Channel and Pearson Television. He has written projects for CBS, NBC, HBO, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Columbia, Disney, ABC and wrote the interactive game "Top Gun - Fire At Will". He recently Wrote/Directed/Produced "GAIA SELENE - Saving the Earth by Colonizing the Moon", a feature documentary on climate change, the energy crisis and the harvesting of clean, renewable energy from Lunar Solar Power and Helium 3 Fusion. As a Strike TV member, he's shot the projects "Urban Cowgirl", "Smartest Man in The World," "Don't Get a Boner" and "The Write Environment." He is producing/directing a documentary on the Strike, and his own Strike TV online series, "The Crew" in addition to "Tranquility Dome".
 

Amy Gollnick

Amy Gollnick

Series Producer / Editor

Amy Gollnick

  Series Producer / Editor

Eric Bucklin

Eric Bucklin

Sound Mixer

Eric Bucklin

  Sound Mixer

George Wymenga

George Wymenga

Sound

George Wymenga

  Sound

Ben Booker

Ben Booker

Camera Operator

Ben Booker

  Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

Matthew Skala

Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

  Camera Operator

Mark W. Fletcher

Mark W. Fletcher

On-Line Editor

Mark W. Fletcher

  On-Line Editor

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman

Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman

  Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman’s first spec script was purchased by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Films. Since then he has written feature film projects for Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Studio, as well as several independent film companies. His most recent script, Young Robin Hood, co-written with Tony Caballero, has been optioned by Dreambig Entertainment.

In the television market, Berman has co-written and sold several MOWs including The J.K Rowling bio-pic for NBC television and The Last Rainmaker for Hallmark.

Recently, Berman co-founded UnitedHollywood.com and is producer/co-host of UnitedHollywood Live. He also created and hosts, The Write Environment, a compelling series of one-on-one interview with some of today’s most prolific writers.

“I have learned so much about the craft of writing while conducting these interviews,” says Berman about the series. “Each episode is like a master class with these A-List writers and I’m looking forward to sharing them with both the fans of their seminal shows, as well as students of screenwriting.”

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Guest Writer

Joss Whedon

  Guest Writer

Writer/Director Joss Whedon is one of the most prolific figures in television, but it wasn’t always that way. He started his career as a staff writer for the sitcom, “Rosanne”. From there he moved onto feature films, where he worked for several years as a script doctor, on films such as Speed and Toy Story. Tired of seeing his visions rewritten, Whedon eventually returned to television, bringing with him an adaptation of his first feature film, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In this candid interview, Joss talks openly about the early days of his career, his showbiz family, his legion of fans, and the trials and tribulations of taking a cult TV hit to the big screen.

Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof

Guest Writer

Damon Lindelof

  Guest Writer

Treating Los Angeles as a de facto grad school, Damon Lindelof got his first staff position as a writer on Kevin Williamson’s drama, “Wasteland”. He then went on to become a staff writer for “Nash Bridges” and a writer/producer for “Crossing Jordan”, before hooking up with J.J Abrams to create the ABC hit series, “Lost”. In 2006, Lindelof brought his unquestionable talent to Marvel comics when he wrote the limited series “Ultimate Wolverine vs. The Hulk.” In this interview, Lindelof discusses the challenges of writing for an ensemble cast, the pressures of keeping a TV series fresh, and the need to please both his fans and himself

Tim Kring

Tim Kring

Guest Writer

Tim Kring

  Guest Writer

Tim Kring’s life is anything but ordinary. As the Executive Producer of the NBC Emmy nominated series “Heroes”, an epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, he came to the show with a long and extensive background writing for network television. Over the life of his career, Kring has written for such well known TV hits as “Knight Rider”, “Chicago Hope”, and more recently “Crossing Jordan” (which he also created). In this interview, Tim looks back at his early days as a TV writer and shares some of the lessons he learned about creating a hit TV series.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

Guest Writer

Phil Rosenthal

  Guest Writer

Prior to his success as Creator and Executive Producer of CBS's long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Phil Rosenthal journeyed to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor. His quick wit and effusive charm seemed to make him a natural. Rosenthal was quickly disgruntled and soon found himself writing for a sitcom starring legendary dramatic actor, Robert Mitchum. In this interview, Rosenthal discusses his on the job training in the world of TV sitcoms. He also reveals how he kept Raymond fresh for nine years, the importance craft service plays on creating and keeping a happy writing staff, and why his best work comes from lying down on the job.

Sam Simon

Sam Simon

Guest Writer

Sam Simon

  Guest Writer

Sam Simon started out wanting to be an animator, so it's no surprise that he is one of the Executive Producers who co-created Fox's longest running animated TV series, “The Simpsons”. The recipient of a dozen Emmy’s as well as a Peabody Award, Simon has written for some of TV's most notable series including “Taxi”, “Cheers”, and “The Drew Carey Show”. In this candid one on one with Simon, this critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director discusses his early days in Hollywood, shaping the face of “The Simpsons”, and his fondness for comedian, George Carlin.

Doug Ellin

Doug Ellin

Guest Writer

Doug Ellin

  Guest Writer

Doug Ellin arrived in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Life however threw him a curve ball while working in the mail room for New Line Cinema. It was there that he met Mike DeLuca, President of New Line and shortly thereafter, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to create "Entourage," which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. In this interview Ellin reveals his method of preparation when it comes to each new episode, writing for a unique cast, and his fear of failure.

Chip Proser

Chip Proser

Series Director

Chip Proser

  Series Director

Chip Proser, a Director-Cameraman and Producer for 7 years at WCVB-TV in Boston, won multiple awards and Emmys at the Peabody Award-winning ABC Affiliate, called "Arguably the Best TV Station in America" by the New York Times. He was captured by Gypsies and forced to become a screenwriter in 1980 after selling his original feature screenplay INTERFACE to Zoetrope Studios. Called "One of the Best Films Never Made" by American Film Magazine, the project resides at Paramount. Proser did the major page 1 rewrite on TOP GUN, wrote ICEMAN, created and wrote INNERSPACE. He Created, Wrote, Produced and Directed "Sworn To Secrecy (Secrets Of War, Int'l), a documentary series for A&E; History Channel and Pearson Television. He has written projects for CBS, NBC, HBO, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Columbia, Disney, ABC and wrote the interactive game "Top Gun - Fire At Will". He recently Wrote/Directed/Produced "GAIA SELENE - Saving the Earth by Colonizing the Moon", a feature documentary on climate change, the energy crisis and the harvesting of clean, renewable energy from Lunar Solar Power and Helium 3 Fusion. As a Strike TV member, he's shot the projects "Urban Cowgirl", "Smartest Man in The World," "Don't Get a Boner" and "The Write Environment." He is producing/directing a documentary on the Strike, and his own Strike TV online series, "The Crew" in addition to "Tranquility Dome".
 

Amy Gollnick

Amy Gollnick

Series Producer / Editor

Amy Gollnick

  Series Producer / Editor

Eric Bucklin

Eric Bucklin

Sound Mixer

Eric Bucklin

  Sound Mixer

George Wymenga

George Wymenga

Sound

George Wymenga

  Sound

Ben Booker

Ben Booker

Camera Operator

Ben Booker

  Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

Matthew Skala

Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

  Camera Operator

Mark W. Fletcher

Mark W. Fletcher

On-Line Editor

Mark W. Fletcher

  On-Line Editor

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman

Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman

  Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman’s first spec script was purchased by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Films. Since then he has written feature film projects for Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Studio, as well as several independent film companies. His most recent script, Young Robin Hood, co-written with Tony Caballero, has been optioned by Dreambig Entertainment.

In the television market, Berman has co-written and sold several MOWs including The J.K Rowling bio-pic for NBC television and The Last Rainmaker for Hallmark.

Recently, Berman co-founded UnitedHollywood.com and is producer/co-host of UnitedHollywood Live. He also created and hosts, The Write Environment, a compelling series of one-on-one interview with some of today’s most prolific writers.

“I have learned so much about the craft of writing while conducting these interviews,” says Berman about the series. “Each episode is like a master class with these A-List writers and I’m looking forward to sharing them with both the fans of their seminal shows, as well as students of screenwriting.”

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Guest Writer

Joss Whedon

  Guest Writer

Writer/Director Joss Whedon is one of the most prolific figures in television, but it wasn’t always that way. He started his career as a staff writer for the sitcom, “Rosanne”. From there he moved onto feature films, where he worked for several years as a script doctor, on films such as Speed and Toy Story. Tired of seeing his visions rewritten, Whedon eventually returned to television, bringing with him an adaptation of his first feature film, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In this candid interview, Joss talks openly about the early days of his career, his showbiz family, his legion of fans, and the trials and tribulations of taking a cult TV hit to the big screen.

Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof

Guest Writer

Damon Lindelof

  Guest Writer

Treating Los Angeles as a de facto grad school, Damon Lindelof got his first staff position as a writer on Kevin Williamson’s drama, “Wasteland”. He then went on to become a staff writer for “Nash Bridges” and a writer/producer for “Crossing Jordan”, before hooking up with J.J Abrams to create the ABC hit series, “Lost”. In 2006, Lindelof brought his unquestionable talent to Marvel comics when he wrote the limited series “Ultimate Wolverine vs. The Hulk.” In this interview, Lindelof discusses the challenges of writing for an ensemble cast, the pressures of keeping a TV series fresh, and the need to please both his fans and himself

Tim Kring

Tim Kring

Guest Writer

Tim Kring

  Guest Writer

Tim Kring’s life is anything but ordinary. As the Executive Producer of the NBC Emmy nominated series “Heroes”, an epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, he came to the show with a long and extensive background writing for network television. Over the life of his career, Kring has written for such well known TV hits as “Knight Rider”, “Chicago Hope”, and more recently “Crossing Jordan” (which he also created). In this interview, Tim looks back at his early days as a TV writer and shares some of the lessons he learned about creating a hit TV series.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

Guest Writer

Phil Rosenthal

  Guest Writer

Prior to his success as Creator and Executive Producer of CBS's long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Phil Rosenthal journeyed to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor. His quick wit and effusive charm seemed to make him a natural. Rosenthal was quickly disgruntled and soon found himself writing for a sitcom starring legendary dramatic actor, Robert Mitchum. In this interview, Rosenthal discusses his on the job training in the world of TV sitcoms. He also reveals how he kept Raymond fresh for nine years, the importance craft service plays on creating and keeping a happy writing staff, and why his best work comes from lying down on the job.

Sam Simon

Sam Simon

Guest Writer

Sam Simon

  Guest Writer

Sam Simon started out wanting to be an animator, so it's no surprise that he is one of the Executive Producers who co-created Fox's longest running animated TV series, “The Simpsons”. The recipient of a dozen Emmy’s as well as a Peabody Award, Simon has written for some of TV's most notable series including “Taxi”, “Cheers”, and “The Drew Carey Show”. In this candid one on one with Simon, this critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director discusses his early days in Hollywood, shaping the face of “The Simpsons”, and his fondness for comedian, George Carlin.

Doug Ellin

Doug Ellin

Guest Writer

Doug Ellin

  Guest Writer

Doug Ellin arrived in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Life however threw him a curve ball while working in the mail room for New Line Cinema. It was there that he met Mike DeLuca, President of New Line and shortly thereafter, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to create "Entourage," which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. In this interview Ellin reveals his method of preparation when it comes to each new episode, writing for a unique cast, and his fear of failure.

Chip Proser

Chip Proser

Series Director

Chip Proser

  Series Director

Chip Proser, a Director-Cameraman and Producer for 7 years at WCVB-TV in Boston, won multiple awards and Emmys at the Peabody Award-winning ABC Affiliate, called "Arguably the Best TV Station in America" by the New York Times. He was captured by Gypsies and forced to become a screenwriter in 1980 after selling his original feature screenplay INTERFACE to Zoetrope Studios. Called "One of the Best Films Never Made" by American Film Magazine, the project resides at Paramount. Proser did the major page 1 rewrite on TOP GUN, wrote ICEMAN, created and wrote INNERSPACE. He Created, Wrote, Produced and Directed "Sworn To Secrecy (Secrets Of War, Int'l), a documentary series for A&E; History Channel and Pearson Television. He has written projects for CBS, NBC, HBO, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Columbia, Disney, ABC and wrote the interactive game "Top Gun - Fire At Will". He recently Wrote/Directed/Produced "GAIA SELENE - Saving the Earth by Colonizing the Moon", a feature documentary on climate change, the energy crisis and the harvesting of clean, renewable energy from Lunar Solar Power and Helium 3 Fusion. As a Strike TV member, he's shot the projects "Urban Cowgirl", "Smartest Man in The World," "Don't Get a Boner" and "The Write Environment." He is producing/directing a documentary on the Strike, and his own Strike TV online series, "The Crew" in addition to "Tranquility Dome".
 

Amy Gollnick

Amy Gollnick

Series Producer / Editor

Amy Gollnick

  Series Producer / Editor

Eric Bucklin

Eric Bucklin

Sound Mixer

Eric Bucklin

  Sound Mixer

George Wymenga

George Wymenga

Sound

George Wymenga

  Sound

Ben Booker

Ben Booker

Camera Operator

Ben Booker

  Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

Matthew Skala

Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

  Camera Operator

Mark W. Fletcher

Mark W. Fletcher

On-Line Editor

Mark W. Fletcher

  On-Line Editor

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman

Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman

  Creator / Host

Jeffrey Berman’s first spec script was purchased by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Films. Since then he has written feature film projects for Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Studio, as well as several independent film companies. His most recent script, Young Robin Hood, co-written with Tony Caballero, has been optioned by Dreambig Entertainment.

In the television market, Berman has co-written and sold several MOWs including The J.K Rowling bio-pic for NBC television and The Last Rainmaker for Hallmark.

Recently, Berman co-founded UnitedHollywood.com and is producer/co-host of UnitedHollywood Live. He also created and hosts, The Write Environment, a compelling series of one-on-one interview with some of today’s most prolific writers.

“I have learned so much about the craft of writing while conducting these interviews,” says Berman about the series. “Each episode is like a master class with these A-List writers and I’m looking forward to sharing them with both the fans of their seminal shows, as well as students of screenwriting.”

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Guest Writer

Joss Whedon

  Guest Writer

Writer/Director Joss Whedon is one of the most prolific figures in television, but it wasn’t always that way. He started his career as a staff writer for the sitcom, “Rosanne”. From there he moved onto feature films, where he worked for several years as a script doctor, on films such as Speed and Toy Story. Tired of seeing his visions rewritten, Whedon eventually returned to television, bringing with him an adaptation of his first feature film, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. In this candid interview, Joss talks openly about the early days of his career, his showbiz family, his legion of fans, and the trials and tribulations of taking a cult TV hit to the big screen.

Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof

Guest Writer

Damon Lindelof

  Guest Writer

Treating Los Angeles as a de facto grad school, Damon Lindelof got his first staff position as a writer on Kevin Williamson’s drama, “Wasteland”. He then went on to become a staff writer for “Nash Bridges” and a writer/producer for “Crossing Jordan”, before hooking up with J.J Abrams to create the ABC hit series, “Lost”. In 2006, Lindelof brought his unquestionable talent to Marvel comics when he wrote the limited series “Ultimate Wolverine vs. The Hulk.” In this interview, Lindelof discusses the challenges of writing for an ensemble cast, the pressures of keeping a TV series fresh, and the need to please both his fans and himself

Tim Kring

Tim Kring

Guest Writer

Tim Kring

  Guest Writer

Tim Kring’s life is anything but ordinary. As the Executive Producer of the NBC Emmy nominated series “Heroes”, an epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, he came to the show with a long and extensive background writing for network television. Over the life of his career, Kring has written for such well known TV hits as “Knight Rider”, “Chicago Hope”, and more recently “Crossing Jordan” (which he also created). In this interview, Tim looks back at his early days as a TV writer and shares some of the lessons he learned about creating a hit TV series.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

Guest Writer

Phil Rosenthal

  Guest Writer

Prior to his success as Creator and Executive Producer of CBS's long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Phil Rosenthal journeyed to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor. His quick wit and effusive charm seemed to make him a natural. Rosenthal was quickly disgruntled and soon found himself writing for a sitcom starring legendary dramatic actor, Robert Mitchum. In this interview, Rosenthal discusses his on the job training in the world of TV sitcoms. He also reveals how he kept Raymond fresh for nine years, the importance craft service plays on creating and keeping a happy writing staff, and why his best work comes from lying down on the job.

Sam Simon

Sam Simon

Guest Writer

Sam Simon

  Guest Writer

Sam Simon started out wanting to be an animator, so it's no surprise that he is one of the Executive Producers who co-created Fox's longest running animated TV series, “The Simpsons”. The recipient of a dozen Emmy’s as well as a Peabody Award, Simon has written for some of TV's most notable series including “Taxi”, “Cheers”, and “The Drew Carey Show”. In this candid one on one with Simon, this critically acclaimed television writer, producer and director discusses his early days in Hollywood, shaping the face of “The Simpsons”, and his fondness for comedian, George Carlin.

Doug Ellin

Doug Ellin

Guest Writer

Doug Ellin

  Guest Writer

Doug Ellin arrived in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Life however threw him a curve ball while working in the mail room for New Line Cinema. It was there that he met Mike DeLuca, President of New Line and shortly thereafter, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to create "Entourage," which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. In this interview Ellin reveals his method of preparation when it comes to each new episode, writing for a unique cast, and his fear of failure.

Chip Proser

Chip Proser

Series Director

Chip Proser

  Series Director

Chip Proser, a Director-Cameraman and Producer for 7 years at WCVB-TV in Boston, won multiple awards and Emmys at the Peabody Award-winning ABC Affiliate, called "Arguably the Best TV Station in America" by the New York Times. He was captured by Gypsies and forced to become a screenwriter in 1980 after selling his original feature screenplay INTERFACE to Zoetrope Studios. Called "One of the Best Films Never Made" by American Film Magazine, the project resides at Paramount. Proser did the major page 1 rewrite on TOP GUN, wrote ICEMAN, created and wrote INNERSPACE. He Created, Wrote, Produced and Directed "Sworn To Secrecy (Secrets Of War, Int'l), a documentary series for A&E; History Channel and Pearson Television. He has written projects for CBS, NBC, HBO, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Columbia, Disney, ABC and wrote the interactive game "Top Gun - Fire At Will". He recently Wrote/Directed/Produced "GAIA SELENE - Saving the Earth by Colonizing the Moon", a feature documentary on climate change, the energy crisis and the harvesting of clean, renewable energy from Lunar Solar Power and Helium 3 Fusion. As a Strike TV member, he's shot the projects "Urban Cowgirl", "Smartest Man in The World," "Don't Get a Boner" and "The Write Environment." He is producing/directing a documentary on the Strike, and his own Strike TV online series, "The Crew" in addition to "Tranquility Dome".
 

Amy Gollnick

Amy Gollnick

Series Producer / Editor

Amy Gollnick

  Series Producer / Editor

Eric Bucklin

Eric Bucklin

Sound Mixer

Eric Bucklin

  Sound Mixer

George Wymenga

George Wymenga

Sound

George Wymenga

  Sound

Ben Booker

Ben Booker

Camera Operator

Ben Booker

  Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

Matthew Skala

Camera Operator

Matthew Skala

  Camera Operator

Mark W. Fletcher

Mark W. Fletcher

On-Line Editor

Mark W. Fletcher

  On-Line Editor

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Comments (10)

LauraKoch (28th June 2012)
This is good to my environmental studies essays on my project. I appreciate the movie that you give to us. I hope you will put another episode like this.

Nova (4th February 2010)
This is great!

Scott Ellington (28th June 8542)
The linear reconstruction of Out of Gas is an invaluable drop-in-the-bucketful of insights into the process of making spectacularly satisfying television.

Jeffrey Berman 1 (4th April 2009)
What a great interview. Tim was charming, witty, thought-provoking, really funny and an all around nice guy. Whether you're a fan of Angel, The X-Files and/or The Dollhouse, you're going to enjoy this hour long interview with one of the masters the small screen.

And if you want to keep up with my other interviews then check out my blog at http://thewriteenvironment.blogspot.com/

britta (23rd March 2009)
I just found that wonderful website on the internet and I gotta say that I love Joss Whedon. I`m a big Buffy fan and I`m looking forward to see more from the write environment!

landercello (28th June 7928)
I just wanted to say I attended this event and it was very well done. Great questions.

ErinNick1 (8th February 2009)
Very insightful! We look forward to many more episodes.

Jeffrey Berman 1 (7th February 2009)
The next live interview is scheduled for march 28th.

julygem1959 (7th February 2009)
I appreciate the opportunity to listen to the interview today. It was worth the trip! I'd certainly like to come back again!

TimStotz (7th February 2009)
Great Episode.

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