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Comic-Con 2018

San Diego Comic-Con International is the world’s largest convention devoted to popular culture. Emphasis is traditionally placed on the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, but over the decades the convention has expanded its scope to encompass a range of genres and topics in a variety of forms, be it motion pictures, television, print, or digital media.

During the 2018 edition of Comic-Com, “Script to Screen” host Matt Ryan conducted over a dozen interviews with creative talent from television shows such as “The Man in the High Castle,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Mr. Mercedes,” and “Dear White People” – to name but a sampling – and the acclaimed feature film, “A Quiet Place.” Participants run the gamut from actors, producers, and directors to sound editors and composers. (The two latter professions are often underrepresented in industry profiles, so their presence here is particularly welcome.) Though of course familiarity with the programs is helpful, it’s not essential. The interviews focus less on plot details than on initial reactions to scripts and on preparations for the work at hand, be it acting, directing, or scoring. Put another way, the stress is on the individual artist’s contribution to the craft of collaborative storytelling. In this regard, all of the interviewees acknowledge the quality of the writing as the most critical component of a show’s potential success.

Though the shows and personalities highlighted in this program are necessarily just a small fraction of those on display at Comic-Con, they offer a sense of the depth of talent and narrative diversity currently available to the discerning consumer of popular media.

Watch Comic-Con: 2018

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Lloyd Braun: More Than Just a ‘Seinfeld’ Character

He was the inspiration for the character of George Costanza’s childhood friend Lloyd Braun on “Seinfeld,” but there’s a lot more to the real-life Lloyd Braun than a punchline.

The UC Hastings Law School alum began his career as an entertainment lawyer, but eventually moved over to the creative side of the business. Since then he’s had a hand in developing some of the biggest hit shows in television history, including “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Boston Legal,” and “The Sopranos.”  In 2007, after a stint as head of Yahoo’s media group, Braun co-founded BermanBraun, an independent media company.

In the latest installment of “Legally Speaking,” from UC Hastings and California Lawyer, Braun speaks with Hastings Law School Dean Frank Wu about his career and the profound changes that are now rocking the entertainment industry.

Watch “A Conversation with Lloyd Braun,” online now.

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Threading Film’s Next Reel: Dreamworks’ Stacey Snider

Daniel Day Lewis brings Abraham Lincoln to life in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” but it’s not just history buffs and movie mavens who are celebrating the big event.

In this edition of our terrific “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” series, Stacey Snider, co-chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios, joins James Fallows to talk about her role in helping to make the landmark film a reality, as well as her experiences bringing masterpieces like “The Help,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Philadelphia” to the big screen. Ms. Snider also speculates on the future of the film industry and reveals what she looks for in deciding to “greenlight” new productions.

Get the inside scoop on the silver screen with “Threading Film’s Next Reel with Stacey Snider — The Atlantic Meets the Pacific,” online now.

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Why We Need TV Comedy

Just when you thought academia wasn’t any fun.

This new series “All in the..Modern Family: Celebrating the Art and Impact of TV Comedy,” from UC Santa Barbara’s Carsey-Wolf Center  — as in legendary TV producers Marcy Carsey (“The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” to name a few) and Dick Wolf (“Law & Order” of every variety) — will make your casual TV watching feel like “research.”

The three-part series focuses on the powerful, constantly changing genre of television scripted comedies and lets you inside the writers’ room and the minds of TV’s most successful producers, plus commentary from journalists, scholars and more.

Check out the first episode, “Why We Need Scripted Comedies,” moderated by Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning former television critic for the Los Angeles Times.

 

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