The wildly popular TV show Glee (imdb), with 19 Emmy nominations, has become a favourite show of mine. Emmy nominees for best actress (Lea Michele as Rachel Berry), best actor (Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester), and in particular Best Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch as the mean and nasty Sue Sylvester) were a ton of fun to watch.
It was my great pleasure to meet, listen, and learn from Ian Brennan, creator/writer of Glee at the 2010 Banff World TV Festival. The following are video clips of Ian‘s Master Class and press conference.
The following is Ian’s bio from Banff.
“Glee marked Ian Brennan’s first foray into television writing. Brennan began his acting career in Chicago working with the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres. He later moved to New York to pursue other opportunities in television and film, and has been involved with off-Broadway plays at the Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theatres. Brennan is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. He was inspired to write Glee – a television show about a high school show choir – after participating in his high school’s show choir that never won anything and whose director later spent time in prison.”
An intro about the session,
“Brennan was inspired to write Fox’s smash hit show “Glee” – a television show about a high school show choir – after participating in his high school’s show choir that never won anything and whose director later spent time in prison. Alongside show creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, Ian has created a musical menagerie that is redefining TV drama. It has quickly gained a cult following with extreme fanatics watching, buying, and loving everything associated with the musical show about a misfit high school show choir, their supportive teacher (Matthew Morrison) and arch enemy (Jane Lynch). The series continues to rack up accolades earning a Peabody Award in its first season, the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy, and People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy in 2010. Join Ian as we delve into the creative and inspiring process around GLEE:
• You finished the script in 2005 with little success at first, how did you get your first break?
• What was your inspiration for writing Glee? When you started writing the series did you know where the storyline would go and how it would end?
• How did you seamlessly incorporate musicality into the storyline?
• How important is product placement and other ways to make money like CDs, tours, downloads in today’s market?
• You’ve had some guest stars participating like How I Met Your Mother’s, Neil Patrick Harris, how important is star power to a show, and are their any other guest stars lined up?
• Can we get a sneak peek into the next season of GLEE and your plans for the cast?”