Episode 208 | TABLE READ

Mar 17, 2016

The Hitch

We asked you listeners to choose which Black List script you wanted to hear for the Season 2 finale of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard and The Hitch by Troy Anthony Miller prevailed. While visiting Los Angeles in 1927, young British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock is accused of murder and must go on the run to prove his innocence. Bringing The Hitch to life is Tom Rhys Harries, Jack Falahee, Shelley Hennig, Angela Gots, Dave Hill, Graham Hamilton, Louis Herthum, John Getz, Jayne Taini, Lauren Bass, with narration from Cooper Thornton.

Troy Anthony Miller

Troy Anthony Miller grew up in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City) and is a graduate of the film production program at Northwestern University. After spending a couple years teaching English in Japan, Troy landed in Austin, Texas, where he wrote and directed the micro-budget indie film SEVERANCE, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival to audience and critical acclaim. In 2013 he returned to AFF with his feature screenplay THE HITCH, which won the Horror Screenplay Award and is currently under option with Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions. In 2014, he was one of six writers selected to participate in the 2nd annual Screenwriter’s Lab sponsored by The Black List. Troy is also an accomplished improv comedian, and since 2002 has been performing, teaching, and directing shows all across the country. His nationally-touring comedy troupe CONFIDENCE MEN: IMPROVISED DAVID MAMET is a two-time winner of the B. Iden Payne Award — Austin’s version of the Tony’s — for Best Improvisational Theatre. He currently lives in Los Angeles and has a great view of the Hollywood sign that is somewhat obscured by the tops of three oddly placed and tightly bunched pine trees.

Episode 19 | INTERVIEW

Mar 11, 2016

Screenwriter Jason Hellerman, Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson of ATX TV Fest

On this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, screenwriter Jason Hellerman chats with Franklin about being blown away by Raiders of the Lost Ark as a child, being kicked out of an Anatomy class in college for being a class clown, and how his 2013 Black List script Shovel Buddies became a feature length film. Then, Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson, founders of the Austin Television Festival (ATX TV Fest) join Franklin to talk about how their love of movies and shared interests lead them to creating their very own festival which has a very special event for all the Friday Night Lights fans out there.

Episode 65 | TABLE READ

Mar 03, 2016

Screenwriters Mike Rosolio and Chad Hartigan

On this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads, Franklin chats with Mike Rosolio, screenwriter of the 2015 Black List script Reagan and Chad Hartigan, screenwriter of Morris from America which won him the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Mike talks to Franklin about growing up in a family of movie lovers, going from writing sketches with the sketch group Sketchup to writing scripts, and what lead him to writing Reagan. Then, Chad talks to Franklin about being the son of missionaries in Cyprus, engrossing himself in all kinds of films, and how the film festival world changed his life. LA: Join us for the first live, staged reading of 2016 featuring the 2015 Black List script REAGAN, Written and Directed by Mike Rosolio on Saturday, March 5th at 8:00pm at The Montalban Theater and starring JOHN CHO and LENA DUNHAM. Go to https://blcklst.com/ for tickets.

Mike Rosolio and Chad Hartigan

Chad Hartigan is an actor and director, known for This Is Martin Bonner (2013), Morris from America (2016) and Luke and Brie Are on a First Date (2008).

Episode 63 | TABLE READ

Feb 26, 2016

Loose Women Screenwriter Jeffrey Belanger

Jeffrey Belanger, screenwriter of Loose Women joins Franklin this week to chat about how judging movies by their covers as a child began his lifelong his interest in movies, writing parody films in middle school, what inspired him to write Loose Women, and being okay with making mistakes.

Jeffrey Belanger

Jeffrey Belanger was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Jersey. He attended the Dramatic Writing Conservatory at SUNY Purchase where he received the President’s Award for his screenplay IT KILLS! He also wrote and produced for New York based theater company The International Brain Transplant Committee. He currently lives in Los Angeles and makes nonsense on the Internet.

Episode 64 | TABLE READ

Feb 25, 2016

Loose Women

Put your spurs on and rustle up the latest Black List Table Reads script, Loose Women by Jeffrey Belanger. The Loose Women are an infamous gang of sharpshooters led by Pistol Dick Pete Daly, but when the Women have a falling out with Pete, they’re forced to discover just what sort of gang they want to be. Loose Women stars Robin Weigert, TaiVon McKinney, Sandy Martin, Lee Garlington, Sarah Jane Morris, Bailey Noble, Rya Kihlstedt, John Billingsley, John Piper Ferguson, and Robert Baker, and it’s narrated by Evan Todd.

Jeffrey Belanger

Jeffrey Belanger was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Jersey. He attended the Dramatic Writing Conservatory at SUNY Purchase where he received the President’s Award for his screenplay IT KILLS! He also wrote and produced for New York based theater company The International Brain Transplant Committee. He currently lives in Los Angeles and makes nonsense on the Internet.

Episode 62 | INTERVIEW

Feb 18, 2016

Screenwriters Kristina Lauren Anderson and Isaac Adamson

On this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads, Franklin chats with Kristina Lauren Anderson, screenwriter of Forever Jiayang, 1937 and the No. 1 script on the 2014 Black List, Catherine the Great. They’ll discuss Kristina’s transition from quiet theater kid to writer, the importance of research, and how did Catherine happen. Then, Franklin chats with Isaac Adamson, screenwriter of the No. 1 script on the 2015 Black List, Bubbles. They’ll discuss his fiction writing career, his transition into script writing, and what on Earth led him to write a biopic about Michael Jackson’s chimp Bubbles. LA: Join us for the first live, staged reading of 2016 featuring the 2015 Black List script REAGAN, Written and Directed by Mike Rosolio on Saturday, March 5th at 8:00pm at The Montalban Theater and starring JOHN CHO and LENA DUNHAM. Go to https://blcklst.com/ for tickets.

Kristina Lauren Anderson and Isaac Adamson

Kristina Lauren Anderson is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles, hailing from Laguna Niguel, CA. Her screenplay CATHERINE THE GREAT was the number one script on the 2014 Black List. The script is being produced by Gil Netter (LIFE OF PI, THE BLIND SIDE) and will be directed by Barbra Streisand. Kristina has since written films for Warner Bros, Paramount, and StudioCanal. FOREVER JIAYING, 1937 was her first script.

Episode 61 | TABLE READ

Feb 11, 2016

Forever Jiaying, 1937

This week, The Black List Table Reads brings you a powerful and poignant script set in China during the Nanking Massacre. “Forever Jiaying, 1937” by Kristina Lauren Anderson, follows an American woman who moves to Shanghai to be with her husband, unaware that her world is about to be upended. Forever Jiaying stars Jessika Van, Georgina Haig, Erin Cummings, Amy Hill, Kerr Smith, Ryan McPartlin, Patrick Fabian, Chris Pang, Tom Choi, and Cooper Thornton.

Kristina Lauren Anderson

Kristina Lauren Anderson is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles, hailing from Laguna Niguel, CA. Her screenplay CATHERINE THE GREAT was the number one script on the 2014 Black List. The script is being produced by Gil Netter (LIFE OF PI, THE BLIND SIDE) and will be directed by Barbra Streisand. Kristina has since written films for Warner Bros, Paramount, and StudioCanal. FOREVER JIAYING, 1937 was her first script.

Episode 60 | INTERVIEW

Feb 10, 2016

Josh Singer, Screenwriter Of Spotlight

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads, Franklin chats with Josh Singer, the writer of Oscar-nominated sensation Spotlight. They’ll discuss Josh’s beginnings in theater, writing for The West Wing, and how working on The Fifth Estate led to Spotlight.

Josh Singer

Josh Singer is an American film and television writer and producer, whose work includes writing and producing episodes of The West Wing, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Lie to Me, and the FOX science-fiction series Fringe. In 2006, he was nominated for a WGA award. He co-wrote Spotlight (2015), which won him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Episode 59 | INTERVIEW

Feb 04, 2016

Lindsay Doran

No one knows story better than Lindsay Doran. Lindsay has been a substantial part in some of the most iconic films of the last four decades, everything from This Is Spinal Tap to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In Part 2 of Franklin’s interview with Lindsay, she discusses the production of Stranger Than Fiction, making movie deals when cell phones were brand new, how Lindsay became involved with Positive Psychology, and what it can teach us about storytelling.

Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran is an American film producer and studio executive who has worked on such films as This Is Spinal Tap, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sense and Sensibility, Stranger Than Fiction, and Nanny McPhee.

Episode 57 | INTERVIEW

Jan 28, 2016

Jody Screenwriters Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle

Jody screenwriters Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle join Franklin this week to talk about how they met because Chris was roommates with Jason’s future wife, coming up with the idea of Jody as the love story they we wanted to tell, and why writing in a room together helped them flesh out their script.

Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle

Jason Wilborn is a film and television writer with experience working on one-hour dramas across multiple genres. He has written and produced episodes for a number of award-winning, critically acclaimed series including: DAMAGES (DirecTV), BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC), AMERICAN DREAMS (NBC), and CASTLE (ABC). He co-wrote JODY, which appears in the second season of the Black List Table Reads. A native Californian, Jason earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley and played linebacker on two nationally ranked Golden Bear football teams. He signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks at the end of his senior year. Jason resides in Culver City with his wife and their two young daughters. Chris Kyle is a film and television writer who has written screenplays for Disney and Universal, and he co-wrote JODY, which appears on the second season of the Black List Table Reads. He’s developing an animated TV series with Cosmic Toast Studios, and he won the award for best screenplay at the British Animation Film Festival in 2013. Chris received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Jack Nicholson, Samuel Goldwyn, and Abraham Polonsky awards. Chris studied English and Latin at Duke. “He’s a pretty good guy," says one source who wasn't willing to go on-the-record. Chris lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two daughters. And dog.

Episode 56 | TABLE READ

Jan 28, 2016

Jody

We have another great script this week on The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Jody by Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle is a great way to bridge the gap between the NFL’s Conference Championships and Sunday’s Super Bowl. A Black List reader wrote about the script, “This script fires pitch perfectly on all cylinders. From start to finish, this script surprises. Its characters and plot throwing left right punches making for edge of your seat drama.” Jody stars Ed Quinn, Ashley Greene, Constance Zimmer, Emily Osment, Michael Dempsey, Jonathan Goldstein, Aimee Teegarden, Matt Barr, Carter Hastings, JR Lemon, and Cooper Thornton.

Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle

Jason Wilborn is a film and television writer with experience working on one-hour dramas across multiple genres. He has written and produced episodes for a number of award-winning, critically acclaimed series including: DAMAGES (DirecTV), BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC), AMERICAN DREAMS (NBC), and CASTLE (ABC). He co-wrote JODY, which appears in the second season of the Black List Table Reads. A native Californian, Jason earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley and played linebacker on two nationally ranked Golden Bear football teams. He signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks at the end of his senior year. Jason resides in Culver City with his wife and their two young daughters. Chris Kyle is a film and television writer who has written screenplays for Disney and Universal, and he co-wrote JODY, which appears on the second season of the Black List Table Reads. He’s developing an animated TV series with Cosmic Toast Studios, and he won the award for best screenplay at the British Animation Film Festival in 2013. Chris received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Jack Nicholson, Samuel Goldwyn, and Abraham Polonsky awards. Chris studied English and Latin at Duke. “He’s a pretty good guy," says one source who wasn't willing to go on-the-record. Chris lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two daughters. And dog.

Episode 55 | TABLE READ

Jan 26, 2016

Hosers: LIVE from The Fast Company Innovation Festival

On a bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we are proud to present a live script reading of Jacob Isser’s “Hosers,” a half-hour television pilot recorded at The Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City. Hosers stars Jason Biggs, Bruce Altman, Katrina Bowden, Nick D’Agosto, Rumer Willis, Amy Rutberg, Geoffrey Arend, Anthony Ramos, Judy Gold, and is narrated by Franklin Leonard.

Jacob Isser

Jacob has sold, optioned, and written projects on assignment, including feature comedy DANNY GRAVES’ MAN CAVE, sold to Joe Roth and Sony Pictures, graphic novel THE EXPENDABLE ONE, adapted for Intrepid Pictures, and HOW THE FRENCH DO IT, a short story for Nikki Finke’s HollywoodDementia.com. His pilot HOSERS was presented as a live reading at the Skirball Center in New York, in association with Fast Company and Black List Live!. Recently named to the 2015 Young & Hungry List.

Episode 54 | INTERVIEW

Jan 21, 2016

Screenwriters Charles Randolph and Billy Ray

On a bonus interview episode, Franklin chats with screenwriter Charles Randolph about his 2016 Academy Award nominated screenplay The Big Short (directed by Adam McKay and now in theaters). Then, Franklin talks with screenwriter Billy Ray (2014 Academy Award nominee for Captain Phillips and 2014 Black List Labs Mentor) about his most recent project, Secret in Their Eyes, which he wrote and directed.

Charles Randolph and Billy Ray

Billy Ray is an American screenwriter and director. He began writing for television and movies in 1994 with Color of Night. He has written numerous movies including Volcano and Hart's War. He was one of the creators and writers of the science fiction show Earth 2. On August 10, 2015, it was announced that he will be writing the screenplay that Martin Scorsese will direct of an adaptation of The Devil in the White City, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio. Charles Randolph is an American screenwriter and producer for film and television. Randolph has written screenplays for several films and TV movies including The Life of David Gale (2003), The Interpreter (2005), and Love & Other Drugs (2010). Randolph received nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Big Short in 2015.

Episode 53 | TABLE READ

Jan 14, 2016

Angel’s Flight (Pt. 1)

The first Black List Table Reads script of 2016 is so action packed that it comes in two parts! Angel’s Flight from screenwriter Jill Isaacs has been described by a Black List reader as “An LA origin story in the high noir tradition of Chinatown. A spectacular script that is as ambitious as it is satisfying.” It stars Ignacio Serricchio, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Anne Heche, Richard Cabral, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Trucco, W. Earl Brown, Rod McLachlan, Alex Quijano, and Tara Sands. Look for part two over at http://blacklist.wolfpop.com/! Don’t forget to vote for the Season 2 finale script over at https://blcklst.com/podcast/vote/!

Jill Isaacs

Jill Isaacs is a bilingual, bicultural native of Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Writers Guild since 1990, and often gravitates towards true stories -- mystery, history, politics and biographies, and is known for her quirky dialogue and surprise endings. In addition to writing for film and television, Jill distributes World Cinema throughout the Spanish-speaking world. As Chief of Acquisitions for Cine Mundial, Jill works closely with Cineteca Nacional to bring foreign and art house films to Mexico. Jill is also developing and curating two new subscription Video-on-Demand channels, World Cinema and Films of the Spanish-Speaking World. ANGEL'S FLIGHT is a passion project on many levels for Jill. Having worked for years in various segments of the Spanish language motion picture industry, the U.S. Latino landscape is an area of tremendous interest to her, especially the general market interest in the immigrant experience. ANGEL'S FLIGHT was recently honored by the Writers Guild of America and selected for their 2015 Feature Writer Access Program.

Episode 52 | INTERVIEW

Jan 14, 2016

Angel’s Flight screenwriter Jill Isaacs

Jill Isaacs, screenwriter of Angel’s Flight and 2015 Feature Writer Access Project Honoree joins Franklin this week to chat about how Angel’s Flight is her homage to Chinatown with a Latin twist, her first cinematic epiphany, and why you should write at your own pace.

Jill Isaacs

Jill Isaacs is a bilingual, bicultural native of Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Writers Guild since 1990, and often gravitates towards true stories -- mystery, history, politics and biographies, and is known for her quirky dialogue and surprise endings. In addition to writing for film and television, Jill distributes World Cinema throughout the Spanish-speaking world. As Chief of Acquisitions for Cine Mundial, Jill works closely with Cineteca Nacional to bring foreign and art house films to Mexico. Jill is also developing and curating two new subscription Video-on-Demand channels, World Cinema and Films of the Spanish-Speaking World. ANGEL'S FLIGHT is a passion project on many levels for Jill. Having worked for years in various segments of the Spanish language motion picture industry, the U.S. Latino landscape is an area of tremendous interest to her, especially the general market interest in the immigrant experience. ANGEL'S FLIGHT was recently honored by the Writers Guild of America and selected for their 2015 Feature Writer Access Program.

Episode 50 | INTERVIEW

Jan 07, 2016

Screenwriters Phyllis Nagy (Carol) and Emma Donoghue (Room)

The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard is starting 2016 with a special twofer interview episode with screenwriters Phyllis Nagy and Emma Donoghue. First comes a conversation with Indie Spirit Award nominated and New York City Film Critics Circle winning screenwriter Phyllis Nagy is the screenwriter of Carol, which itself is nominated for 5 Golden Globes and has won many Critics’ Choice Awards. Adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, it’s a story about a department store clerk who dreams of a better life and falls for an older married woman. Then, Franklin chats with Emma Donoghue, Golden Globe nominated screenwriter of Room, which she adapted from her own Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel. The film is about a five-year-old and his mother escaping from a room in which they have been trapped for the child’s entire life and is also nominated for 3 Golden Globes.

Phyllis Nagy (Carol) and Emma Donoghue (Room)

Emma Donoghue is an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international best-seller. Donoghue's 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award. and Slammerkin (2000) won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction.[4] Room was adapted into a film of the same name, which Donoghue wrote the screenplay for, and she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Phyllis Nagy is an American theatre and film director, screenwriter and dramatist. Nagy was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for writing and directing Mrs. Harris (2005), her screen debut. She received Academy Award and Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for Carol (2015).

Episode 49 | INTERVIEW

Jan 06, 2016

Cary Fukunaga, Screenwriter and Director of Beasts of No Nation

Happy New Year from The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard! On a bonus episode, Franklin sits down to chat with Cary Fukunaga, screenwriter and director of Beasts of Nation, director of the critically acclaimed first season of True Detective for which he won an Emmy, and writer/director of Sin Nombre. They’ll discuss the process of adapting Beasts of Nation from a novel to a major motion picture now available to watch on Netflix.

Cary Fukunaga

Cary Fukunaga is an American film director, writer, and cinematographer. He is known for writing and directing the 2009 film Sin Nombre, the 2011 film Jane Eyre and for directing and executive producing the first season of the HBO series True Detective, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. He has received acclaim for the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation, in which Fukunaga was writer, director, producer, and cinematographer.

Episode 48 | INTERVIEW

Dec 17, 2015

The Winter King screenwriters Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris

Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris are the screenwriters of The Winter King. They join Franklin this week to chat about how they met playing Santa Claus, coming up with the idea for the script walking around New York City on Valentine’s Day, and their actual writing process.

Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris

Brian Depetris is originally from the suburbs of Detroit. He moved to NYC to study theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating, he has performed everywhere from off-Broadway, to off-off-Broadway, to touring the country in various venues, as well as in film, television and commercials. For the past fourteen years, he's been taking on his all-time favorite role as Santa Claus at Christmas. As a writer, Brian is currently working on the sequel to THE WINTER KING, and has written a spec comedy pilot called SIDEKICK. Mickey Fisher is originally from a small town in Ohio and was a musical theater major at Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. There, he fell in love with writing and directing and by the time he moved to NYC, he was producing his own shows with former classmates and spending Christmas as Santa Claus. He wrote and directed three independent features as well as a bunch of original theatrical works before moving to LA to try to break into TV. In 2013, he got the opportunity of a lifetime when his spec pilot, EXTANT, was picked up by Amblin Television and sold to CBS. Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry, EXTANT ran for two seasons. He's still not sure it wasn't all a hallucination.

Episode 47 | TABLE READ

Dec 17, 2015

The Winter King

The Holiday season is upon us and we have the perfect thing for you here at The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard this week as we present the action-comedy The Winter King from screenwriters Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris. Mickey and Brian met each other while working as Santa Claus at a major department store in New York City and hatched the idea for the script while walking around NYC on Valentine’s Day. The Winter King stars Jason Ritter, Haley Joel Osment, Mae Whitman, Darren Ritchie, Kristen Johnston, Gabriel Mann, Brandon Scott, Lori Alan, Abraham Benrubi, and Cooper Thornton. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris

Brian Depetris is originally from the suburbs of Detroit. He moved to NYC to study theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating, he has performed everywhere from off-Broadway, to off-off-Broadway, to touring the country in various venues, as well as in film, television and commercials. For the past fourteen years, he's been taking on his all-time favorite role as Santa Claus at Christmas. As a writer, Brian is currently working on the sequel to THE WINTER KING, and has written a spec comedy pilot called SIDEKICK. Mickey Fisher is originally from a small town in Ohio and was a musical theater major at Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. There, he fell in love with writing and directing and by the time he moved to NYC, he was producing his own shows with former classmates and spending Christmas as Santa Claus. He wrote and directed three independent features as well as a bunch of original theatrical works before moving to LA to try to break into TV. In 2013, he got the opportunity of a lifetime when his spec pilot, EXTANT, was picked up by Amblin Television and sold to CBS. Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry, EXTANT ran for two seasons. He's still not sure it wasn't all a hallucination.

Episode 46 | INTERVIEW

Dec 11, 2015

Screenwriter Abi Morgan (Suffragette) and Screenwriter Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

This week Franklin chats with two screenwriters from the other side of the pond. First he sits down to chat with Abi Morgan, screenwriter of Suffragette, the story of Maud Watts played by Carey Mulligan, a working wife and mother whose life is changed forever by the growing suffragette movement in early 20th century Britain. Then, Franklin chats with Alex Garland, the writer/director of A24 Film’s April release Ex Machina starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.

Episode 45 | INTERVIEW

Dec 03, 2015

Celeritas screenwriter Kimberly Barrante

Kimberly Barrante, screenwriter of Celeritas, joins Franklin this week to chat about how Celeritas started as her very first screenplay for a Screenwriting 101 class, writing a Sci-Fi novel titled “New Novel” as a child, and why talking to people could essentially lead to your next collaborator.

Kimberly Berrante

Kimberly Barrante was born and bred in Cheshire, Connecticut, the geeky offspring of a left-brained chemist and a right-brained librarian. She began her career as a playwright in New York City, after receiving a BA in Theatre from Emerson College. Kim won the 2008 Rob Parker Award for her play THE RUBIK’S CUBE, which received a full production on Emerson’s MainStage that year. Her next play, BELLY FULL OF STONES, was produced by Brown Box Theatre Project in 2010. Kim is an alum of People’s Theatre Project’s Professional Playwrights Unit, where she developed two full length works, including AN ALIEN IN INWOOD, which was a finalist in the Alliance/Kendeda National Playwriting Competition. She went on to study at Tisch NYU, earning an MFA in Dramatic Writing. Her thesis pilot, III, was later a finalist in the 2014 Script Pipeline Contest. Kim received her department’s Outstanding Writing for the Screen Award and won the 2014 Tisch Screenplay Showcase for her first feature, CELERITAS. The same script went on to be featured on Tracking Board’s Hit List and the Black List for 2014.

Episode 44 | TABLE READ

Dec 03, 2015

Celeritas

Season 2 of the new and improved The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard continues this week with the Sci-Fi/Drama earmovie Celeritas by screenwriter Kimberly Barrante. When a missing astronaut crash lands forty years after he launched having not aged a day, his elderly twin brother helps him escape the NASA scientists hunting him. As the government closes in, neither brother is who they claim to be. Our presentation stars Jake Abel, Justin Chatwin, Alexandra Daddario, Christine Estabrook, Matthew Del Negro, Kevin Weisman, Adam Grimes, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Matthew Jaeger, and Cooper Thornton.

Kimberly Berrante

Kimberly Barrante was born and bred in Cheshire, Connecticut, the geeky offspring of a left-brained chemist and a right-brained librarian. She began her career as a playwright in New York City, after receiving a BA in Theatre from Emerson College. Kim won the 2008 Rob Parker Award for her play THE RUBIK’S CUBE, which received a full production on Emerson’s MainStage that year. Her next play, BELLY FULL OF STONES, was produced by Brown Box Theatre Project in 2010. Kim is an alum of People’s Theatre Project’s Professional Playwrights Unit, where she developed two full length works, including AN ALIEN IN INWOOD, which was a finalist in the Alliance/Kendeda National Playwriting Competition. She went on to study at Tisch NYU, earning an MFA in Dramatic Writing. Her thesis pilot, III, was later a finalist in the 2014 Script Pipeline Contest. Kim received her department’s Outstanding Writing for the Screen Award and won the 2014 Tisch Screenplay Showcase for her first feature, CELERITAS. The same script went on to be featured on Tracking Board’s Hit List and the Black List for 2014.

Episode 43 | INTERVIEW

Nov 25, 2015

John McNamara, Trumbo screenwriter

In celebration of the 68th anniversary of the start of the Hollywood Blacklist, Franklin sits down to chat with John McNamara, screenwriter of Trumbo. They discuss if it was intimidating for John to write a screenplay about Dalton Trumbo, arguably one of the greatest screenwriters of all time, learning Trumbo’s voice through trial and error, and what helped guide him toward the story he wanted to tell with the film.

John McNamara

John McNamara is an American writer and television producer. He attended East Grand Rapids High School located in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan and New York University.

Episode 41 | INTERVIEW

Nov 19, 2015

Three Months screenwriter Jared Frieder

Jared Frieder, screenwriter of Three Months, joins Franklin this week to chat about how Three Months came to be, choosing comedy as a vehicle for a personal story, and why it’s important for writers to be constantly creating from a personal space.

Jared Frieder

Jared Frieder is a graduate of the Columbia University fiction writing program and his stories can be found in The Collective Press and The Newer York. His screenplay, THREE MONTHS, has taken top screenwriting prizes at the Austin Film Festival, the Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest, and the Big Bear International Film Festival Screenplay Contest. THREE MONTHS was also chosen for the 2014 Outfest Screenwriting Lab, the 2015 Sundance Intensive, and was the featured script on The Black List website. He's currently writing a dance comedy for Mason Novick's company, Lost City. He most recently co-wrote the series finale of the ABC Family drama, CHASING LIFE.

Episode 40 | TABLE READ

Nov 19, 2015

Three Months

Welcome to Season 2 of the new and improved The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Expect a full earmovie in its entirety with superb sound design. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house during our recording of Jared Frieder’s moving dark comedy, Three Months: the story of a queer Miami teen who gets exposed to HIV, and must wait for his diagnosis. Three Months won the Austin Film Festival Best Comedy Screenplay award in 2014, and for good reason! Our presentation stars Mindy Sterling, Ritesh Rajan, Jee Young Han, Philip Casnoff, Kofi Siriboe, Gerald Downey, Frances Fisher, Obba Babatunde, Christopher Cousins, Jared Frieder, and Cooper Thornton.

Jared Frieder

Jared Frieder is a graduate of the Columbia University fiction writing program and his stories can be found in The Collective Press and The Newer York. His screenplay, THREE MONTHS, has taken top screenwriting prizes at the Austin Film Festival, the Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest, and the Big Bear International Film Festival Screenplay Contest. THREE MONTHS was also chosen for the 2014 Outfest Screenwriting Lab, the 2015 Sundance Intensive, and was the featured script on The Black List website. He's currently writing a dance comedy for Mason Novick's company, Lost City. He most recently co-wrote the series finale of the ABC Family drama, CHASING LIFE.

Episode 39 | INTERVIEW

Nov 12, 2015

Chrome Noir screenwriter Kent Tessman

Kent Tessman, screenwriter of Chrome Noir joins Franklin this week for a one on one chat. They talk about how he came out to Los Angeles straight out of film school in Canada to write scripts, what lead to him creating the professional screenwriting software Fade In, and the early beginnings of writing his film noir with robots.

Kent Tessman

Kent Tessman is a writer, director, and Canadian, and has been responsible for a couple of independent feature films as well as Fade In Professional Screenwriting Software.

Episode 38 | TABLE READ

Nov 12, 2015

Chrome Noir

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we come to the end of our Season 1 earmovie binge-a-thon with our fourth earmovie – Kent Tessman’s Chrome Noir. Men in hats. Tommy guns. Robots. A film noir detective story that will have you riveted. Bringing the world of Chrome Noir to life is Colin Hanks, Zachary Levi, Rob Morrow, Katie Lowes, Billy Burke, Stephanie Drake, Matt Bohrer, Ben Schrader, Andrea Anders, and Cooper Thornton.

Kent Tessman

Episode 37 | INTERVIEW

Nov 10, 2015

Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz aka Jean-Ralphio of Parks and Recreation aka Clyde Oberholt of House of Lies joins Franklin for an in-depth conversation about how he became a writer. Ben tells us about his early days of submitting jokes to Late Night with David Letterman & SNL, sleeping in a tent at a friend’s house when he came to LA to write for Robot Chicken, and how his Black List script El Fuego Caliente (a remake of the 1991 film Soapdish) came about. LA: Come see a LIVE stage reading of Ben’s script El Fuego Caliente with special guests on November 21st at the The Montalban Theater at 8pm. Go to www.theblacklistlive.com for tickets!

Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is known for portraying Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. In 2012, he joined Showtime's comedy House of Lies as the ambitious, brash, and insecure management consultant Clyde Oberholt.

Episode 36 | INTERVIEW

Nov 06, 2015

Mr. Malcolm’s List screenwriter Suzanne Allain

Suzanne Allain, screenwriter of Mr. Malcolm’s List, joins Franklin this week for a one on one chat. They talk about Suzanne’s origins in writing early on as a child growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, adapting the original Mr. Malcolm’s List novel into a script, and why taking constructive criticism is always a good idea.

Suzanne Allain

As a child growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, Suzanne Allain would frequently invent dialogue for her Barbie dolls. When Ken and Barbie were not engaged in witty repartee, Suzanne would smash their faces together while making smooching noises. Little did she know that these small beginnings, followed by a healthy dose of Jane Austen in middle school, would eventually lead her to pen a historical romantic comedy script, MR. MALCOLM’S LIST. In an attempt to break in to the industry from Florida, Suzanne uploaded her screenplay to the Black List site where it received high ratings and led to her being awarded a blind script deal at Warner Bros. Still based in Florida, Suzanne makes semi-annual trips to Los Angeles where she goes on meetings and tries to fit in with other screenwriters by hanging out in coffee shops.

Episode 35 | TABLE READ

Nov 06, 2015

Mr. Malcolm’s List

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we head across the pond and back in history about 200 years with our fourth earmovie – Mr. Malcolm’s List from screenwriter Suzanne Allain. Bringing Mr. Malcolm’s List to life is a team of classy folk from the Commonwealth, we have Rose McIver, Ashley Madekwe, Tom Riley, James Bloor, Sarah Armstrong, Sonya Walger, Jon Fletcher, Ben Schrader, and Parminder Nagra.

Episode 33 | INTERVIEW

Oct 29, 2015

Terrible Parents writer Kevin Oeser

Kevin Oeser, screenwriter of Terrible Parents, joins Franklin this week for a walk down his filmmaking memory lane. What do a high school field trip and financial pyramid schemes have to do with the writing of a comedy about upper middle class parents going to war over the last spot in a highly desirable private elementary school? Tune in to find out!

Kevin Oeser

Kevin Oeser is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and playwright. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, his short films have played at festivals around the world and frequently been featured by Funny or Die, Vimeo, and Reddit. His most recent film, GRAND ZERO, was a Vimeo Staff Pick and won Best Short at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. He is a fellow of the Black List Screenwriters' Lab, in which he workshopped his screenplay TERRIBLE PARENTS. In 2015, Kevin was named to Tracking Board's Young and Hungry List of top up-and-coming writers in Hollywood. For the stage, Kevin wrote and directed THE MILFORD PROJECT, a musical comedy whose premiere production was awarded Best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He's studied and performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater for some time. As a film and television editor, Kevin's credits include the Sundance hit HELL BABY, as well as Comedy Central’s ANOTHER PERIOD and GARFUNKEL AND OATES for IFC. Kevin's entire life is more or less summed up at kevinoeser.com. Originally from Sacramento, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and insecurities.

Episode 34 | TABLE READ

Oct 29, 2015

Terrible Parents

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we return to our earmovie binge-a-thon with our third earmovie – Terrible Parents from screenwriter Kevin Oeser. Terrible Parents is brought to life by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Rob Huebel, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Sarah Baker, Matt Gourley, Joel Spence, Michelle Lema, Lauren Flans, and Cooper Thornton.

Episode 30 | TABLE READ

Oct 22, 2015

The Other Side

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we return to our second earmovie – The Other Side from screenwriter Stacey Maltin. Set at the nexus of the Hasidic and hipster communities of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it’s a coming-of-age story about a boy who needs to decide how he wants to live his life. It’s about the clash between modernity and tradition, the high modern and the high holy. It stars Cooper Thornton, Darren Criss, Jerry Adler, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Andrew Polk, Tammy Blanchard, Wallis Currie-Wood, Pico Alexander, Ron Tsur, Bill Raymond, and Neal Lerner.

Episode 31 | INTERVIEW

Oct 22, 2015

The Other Side writer Stacey Maltin

Recorded in New York City, Franklin chats with The Other Side writer Stacey Maltin. Franklin and Stacey sat down and talked about how a secular Jew from San Francisco ends up a voice over actress in Israel and then returns to Brooklyn to write about a Williamsburg hipster and a Hasidic Jew falling in love.

Stacey Maltin

Stacey’s first feature film “The Other Side” was selected by the screenwriting website THE BLACK LIST as a Top 10 Finalist in the Hasty Pudding Fellowship for a screenwriter focusing on satire and social commentary. That script was further selected to be a part of the Black List Table Reads series and was produced as a podcast starring Darren Criss, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Jerry Adler. Her second feature

Episode 32 | INTERVIEW

Oct 22, 2015

Balls Out writers Malcolm Spellman and Tim Talbott

Franklin chats with BALLS OUT writers Malcolm Spellman (producer of Empire) & Tim (winner of the 2015 Sundance Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award) about the origins of the script beginning in an online message board for writers, the inspiration behind the protagonist Jim Simmers, and advice to any writers that want to do what they do.

Episode 29 | TABLE READ

Oct 15, 2015

Balls Out

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we return to our first ever earmovie – the obscenely funny BALLS OUT, written by Malcolm Spellman (Empire) and Tim Talbott (Stanford Prison Experiment) – in one bingeable package. That’s right, the full earmovie. Narrated by Craig Mazin, it stars Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, Lauren Lapkus, Matt Walsh, Eugene Cordero, Casey Wilson, Chris Cox, and Joe Wengert.

Episode 28 | INTERVIEW

Oct 01, 2015

Lindsay Doran

No one knows story better than Lindsay Doran. Lindsay has been a substantial part in some of the most iconic films of the last four decades everything from This Is Spinal Tap to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Lindsay joins Franklin to talk about growing up in the movie business of Hollywood, leaving to make movies in London after graduating UC Santa Cruz, working in Public Television for 7 years in Pennsylvania, becoming an executive for This Is Spinal Tap, and adapting her favorite book of all time Sense and Sensibility into a feature film.

Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran is an American film producer and studio executive who has worked on such films as This Is Spinal Tap, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sense and Sensibility, Stranger Than Fiction, and Nanny McPhee.

Episode 27 | INTERVIEW

Sep 24, 2015

Lorene Scafaria

The extraordinary talented screenwriter/director/actor Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) joins Franklin Leonard for an in depth conversation on this week’s Black List Table Reads. They’ll talk about how she would write action screenplays in 3rd grade growing up in New Jersey, being the real life Lisa Simpson in college, becoming writing partners with her old roommate Bryan Sipeto, what lead to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and her latest film The Meddler.

Lorene Scafaria

Lorene Scafaria is an American screenwriter, playwright, actress, singer, and film director. She is best known for her work on the films Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, the latter her debut as director in 2012.

Episode 26 | INTERVIEW

Sep 17, 2015

Graham Moore

Academy Award winning Screenwriter Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) joins Franklin Leonard for an in depth conversation on this week’s Black List Table Reads. They’ll talk about growing up playing in a band in Chicago, how he went from a sound engineer to writing The Sherlockian, which became a New York Times Best Seller, and his thoughts on content anxiety.

Graham Moore

Graham Moore is an American screenwriter and author widely known for his 2010 novel The Sherlockian, as well as his screenplay for the historical film The Imitation Game, which topped the 2011 Black List for screenplays and won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (awarded February 2015).

Episode 25 | INTERVIEW

Sep 10, 2015

John August and Craig Mazin

Screenwriters John August (Big Fish, Dark Shadows) and Craig Mazin (Hangover 3, Identity Thief) of the Scriptnotes podcast, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters join Franklin Leonard for a in depth conversation on this week’s Black List Table Reads. They’ll talk about what lead them to start their podcast which has now hit over 200 episodes, the truth about paper teams, and when they realized when they were good as write

John August and Craig Mazin

On their podcast Scriptnotes, screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters, everything from the craft to the business to the best ways to actually get yourself writing.

Episode 24 | INTERVIEW

Sep 03, 2015

Uzodinma Iweala

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we hear an in depth conversation with author Uzodinma Iweala. Uzo’s novel “Beasts of No Nation” was published when he was twenty three years old. In 2006, he won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions of Fiction Award, and a year later he was named one of America’s 20 Best Young Novelists by Granta magazine. Uzo joins Franklin to talk about growing up in Washington D.C. to Nigerian parents, his early fascination with paper, and how his novel (originally his Harvard senior thesis) “Beasts of No Nation” became one of the most anticipated films of this year’s Awards season, directed by Cary Fukunaga, starring Idris Elba, and to be released by Netflix.

Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala is an author and physician who hails from Nigeria. His debut novel, Beasts of No Nation, is a formation of his thesis work (in creative writing) at Harvard. It depicts a child soldier in an unnamed African country. The book, published in 2005 and adapted as an award-winning film in 2015, was mentioned by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times, and Rolling Stone.

Episode 16 | INTERVIEW

Jul 13, 2015

Robert Towne

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we hear an in depth conversation with screenwriter and living legend Robert Towne as part of the Nantucket Film Festival’s Mentor’s Brunch Series. Robert Towne’s many credits include The Yakuza, Days of Thunder, Shampoo, and Chinatown. Robert talks about the role of film and TV in the arc of history, how he came to writing for the screen, the decline in good filmmaking, and working on the final season of Mad Men.

Robert Towne

Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood. One of the best script doctors in Hollywood, he contributed crucial scenes to such films as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Godfather (1972).

Episode 10 | INTERVIEW

Jun 10, 2015

Nightingale w/ Frederick Mensch, Elliott Lester, David Oyelowo

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we hear about the the story of Nightingale. On May 29th, Nightingale premiered on HBO. It was written by Frederick Mensch, directed by Elliott Lester, and stars David Oyelowo. It’s special to the Black List because it was the first movie made from a screenplay discovered on the Black List website. Frederick Mensch, Elliott Lester, and David Oyelowo join Franklin in studio for a special conversation on how Nightingale came into existence.