Podcast Episodes

July 30, 2021

Join Professional Programs instructors Chris Kyle and Simon Herbert as they pick the brain of Ed Solomon, writer of all of the Bill and Ted movies, the Now You See Me franchise, HBO’s Mosaic series, Levity, Men in Black and many more. Learn what Ed believes a screenwriter’s role is on set, why every movie has its own structure, why he took his name off X-Men, and — after having a major motion picture released in each of the last five decades — his plans for the future.




UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting instructors, Chris Kyle and Simon Herbert, talk to screenwriter/director Billy Ray for a second podcast about what it took to create “The Comey Rule” — the most anticipated political television mini-series of the upcoming Fall 2020 season.

How did Billy Ray convince real-life Comey that he was the chronicler to tell his story; even as the country descends into polarized hysteria on the next roundabout? Billy answers this and more.

This is a podcast you’ll want to share.





Simon Herbert and Chris Kyle Zoom with writer/producer/director and UCLA alum Billy Ray, whose recent credits include Richard Jewell, Terminator: Dark Fate, Gemini Man, Overlord, The Last Tycoon, Secret in Their Eyes, Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games and the upcoming The Comey Rule.




Simon Herbert and Chris Kyle visit with showrunner Liz Tigelaar, whose credits include Little Fires Everywhere, The Morning Show, Causal, The Astronauts Wives Club, Bates, Motel, Nashville, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Melrose Place and Brothers and Sisters.




Simon Herbert and Chris Kyle sit down with television showrunner and director Felicia D. Henderson, whose credits include Empire, Soul Food, The Punisher, Gossip Girl, Fringe, The Quad, Family Matters, Everybody Hates Chris, Sister Sister, Moesha, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and more.




Simon Herbert and Chris Kyle visit with Pose co-creator Steven Canals, who shares his story and how he wrote the pilot of the acclaimed TV series while a student at UCLA. (46 mins.)




Simon Herbert and Chris Kyle sit down with television writer and producer Susan Hurwitz Arneson to discuss her journey from film school to writing for South Park, The Tick, Preacher and more. (36 mins.)

















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