Master class and Q&A with Glen Mazzara @glenmazzara Showrunner & Writer of The Walking Dead at #banff2012

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Glen Mazzara, Showrunner, Writer of AMC hit series The Walking Dead

Fans of AMC hit series The Walking Dead: I hope you will enjoy and learn as much from this master class with Glen Mazzara @glenmazzara, Showrunner & Writer of The Walking Dead, as I did at 2012 Banff World Media Festival.

update: Just realized that Glen was co-executive producer and writer of some of the episodes of “Life“, a show I LOVE.

Here is a Q&A with Glen Mazzara

Here is Glen’s official festival bio,

Glen Mazzara
Executive Producer
AMC – The Walking Dead
Glen Mazzara is currently showrunner and Executive Producer for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” He was most recently showrunner/Executive Producer of TNT’s medical drama, “Hawthorne.” Mazzara was previously a member of the core writing staff of Golden Globe®-winning “The Shield,” FX’s groundbreaking cable police drama, and has also written for “Life” and “Nash Bridges.” In 2008, he served as creator, executive producer, and showrunner of “Crash,” the first scripted drama on the pay-cable network STARZ”


Signe Olynyk, Writer/Producer of Below Zero – 2011 Calgary International Film Festival interview

Friday, 16 September, 2011

Below Zero @ 2011 Calgary International Film Festival

It was my great pleasure to talk to Signe Olynyk, Writer & Producer of Below Zero a film that is world premiering at 2011 Calgary International Film Festival. (watch trailer here) In my video interview with Signe, she talked about her experiences in locking herself in a meat freezer for five days to write a script, and her amazing cast members Edward Furlong, Michael Berryman, Kristin Booth, and Sadie Madu (who celebrated her 8th birthday during production), and the experience of filming in Edson, Alberta. And I just find the following really cool! (emphasis added)

I call this film an autobiographical horror,” says writer/producer, Signe Olynyk, who struggled with her own case of writer’s block. “You’ve heard of method acting? You could say I’m a ‘method writer’.” In order to complete the script, Olynyk arranged to have herself physically locked in the meat freezer of an abandoned slaughterhouse near Edson, Alberta. After camping out for five days, she emerged with the script for “Below Zero.”

Here are some film stills and production notes.

Below Zero (film still) pix 01 - Gunnar stalks
Below Zero (film still) pix 02 - Eddie in freezer
Below Zero (film still) pix 03 - Kristin attacks


Ian Brennan, creator/writer Glee (19 Emmy nominations) @ 2010 Banff World TV Festival

Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Ian Brennan, creator/writer Glee (19 Emmy nominations) @ 2010 Banff World TV FestivalThe 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.

Press conference

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The following is Ian’s bio from Banff.

Ian Brennan
Writer, Glee
“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. Read the rest of this entry »


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