The Zicree Simkins Podcast
By David Simkins and Marc Zicree
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David Simkins and Marc Zicree work in television. They realized one day they knew some interesting people so they cajoled them into talking into microphones. Listen in. Hear how TV really works. And doesnt.
||CleanEpisode 27 – Eddie McClintock (55:21)||Eddie McClintock, big dog on Syfy’s WAREHOUSE 13, spends an hour with us talking about his continuing journey along the Thespianic Trail. Get your Eddie on. Download the mp3 Note: Right-Click in Windows or Control-Click in OS X.Posted in Podcasts Ta||9/13/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 – Bob Goodman and Drew Greenberg (48:08)||Bob Goodman and Drew Greenberg join David Simkins in this edition to discuss writing for Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Dexter, Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project, Warners Bros. Animation (to name a few endeavors). Oh, and we’re||6/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 – Jennifer Yale (54:13)||Jennifer Yale is off to a fast start. Her first job in Hollywood was working for Mel Brooks helping to shape the filmed remake of The Producers and the musical of Young Frankenstein. Along the way she’s won an Emmy, pitched pilots, written screenpla||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 – Del Reisman (1:29:58)||Let Del Reisman take you back to the Golden Age of Television. When he was a kid hanging out on the Universal backlot, or later in the midst of 35 missions as a bombardier flying over Germany during WWII, Del had no idea he’d wind up smack in the mi||12/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 – Trey Callaway (45:17)||Trey Callaway sits down with David to talk about creating a sci fi series for UPN, working with Tim Burton and the Rubik’s Cube of writing and producing for CSI: New York. Download the mp3 Note: Right-Click in Windows or Control-Click in OS X.Posted||10/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 – Lee Goldberg (1:24:27)||Lee Goldberg’s resumé reads like a TV what’s-what for the last twenty years. His television creations are legion not only in the U.S. but he’s dabbled a bit in Europe as well. And if that’s not enough, he’s also a published n||9/20/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 – Joe Dougherty (59:49)||Joe Dougherty is a playwright, novelist, director and Emmy Award winning writer for television. Currently penning plots and dialog for Holly Hunter on SAVING GRACE, he took some time out from his big deal successful writing career to talk with us pikers.||9/10/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 – Barbara Nance and Dan Truly (1:31:29)||Barbara Nance (X-Files, Blade, Army Wives) and Dan Truly (Blade, Law and Order: SVU) have been slogging it out in the TV-Writer trenches for years. In this week’s discussion they unload a lot of personal history, insights and advice for anyone inter||8/3/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 – Saul Rubinek (49:09)||Saul Rubinek chats it up with David Simkins on the set of WAREHOUSE 13, a pilot for the Sci Fi Channel shooting in Toronto during June, 2008. Download the mp3 Note: Right-Click in Windows or Control-Click in OS X. PS: The episode o||6/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 – Neil Johnson (46:11)||Neil Johnson is the writer, producer, director behind a slew of homegrown science fiction films and countless rock videos. Determined to make films his own way he found himself in unlikely company when his tradition-breaking foray||5/26/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 – Jackson Douglas and Daniel Myrick (1:11:38)||Daniel Myrick, co-director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, and Jackson Douglas, one of the stars and directors of the hit tv series THE GILMORE GIRLS, are the guests this week on The Zicree Simkins Podcast. Join us in the airlock fo||5/4/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 – Ross Martin (47:25)||Boomers will be familiar with the late Ross Martin as the actor who, in the mid-1960s, played Artemus Gordon on tv’s THE WILD WILD WEST. But before that Ross acted in THE TWILIGHT ZONE. In 1978 Marc Zicree was 22 years old and just beginning the res||4/20/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 – Jim Dunn and Sam Ernst (38:18)||In a break from tradition The Zicree Simkins Podcast reaches out to fellow podcasters and writers Jim Dunn and Sam Ernst and swipes their podcast. Well, actually, we borrowed their 40th episode with their permission. Sam and Jim were restaurant owners in||4/16/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 – Mark Fergus (1:22:21)||Mark Fergus, one-half of the writing team sharing credit on IRON MAN, talks with Zicree/Simkins about what life is like working with legends. Download the mp3 Note: Right-Click in Windows or Control-Click in OS X.||4/5/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 – Laurence Walsh and Jack Bernstein (1:03:18)||Laurence Walsh and Jack Bernstein were writer/producers on the Sci Fi Channel’s short-lived cult favorite THE DRESDEN FILES. But who cares about that? Jack is the comedy stud behind ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE and for a while there Laurence made sure||3/28/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 – Michael Nankin (1:13:05)||Writer/Director Michael Nankin, one of Battlestar Galactica’s favorite directors, tells us how the series ends. Well, not really, but he does tell us how he threw out a script causing Ron Moore, David Eick and Mary McDonnell to love him forever. Rea||3/20/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 – Henry Alonso Myers and Curtis Kheel (59:09)||Henry Myers, co-executive producer for UGLY BETTY and Curtis Kheel, supervising producer for EUREKA, spend an hour with David and Marc talking about work, life and the need for an office with a window. Download the mp3 Note: Right-Click in Windows or Cont||3/13/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9a – Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander (1:10:21) Repost||Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander are screenwriters, film producers and directors. If you’ve seen ED WOOD, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, MAN IN THE MOON, MARS ATTACKS, AUTOFOCUS or 1408 then you’ve seen their work. In this episode Larry and||3/10/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 – Mark Altman and Steve Kriozere (1:07:16)||Mark Altman and Steve Kriozere have been writing partners for almost ten years. They’ve written and produced horror, action and comedy for television and film. In this episode they add podcast hotshots to their resumes. Download the mp3 Note: Right-||2/29/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 – George Noory (47:05)||George Noory is the host of the top-rated late-night radio show COAST TO COAST. He’s also a friend of Marc’s, a fan of sci fi and a purveyor of the strange who spends his nights navigating the sometimes bizarre world of America after dark. In||2/21/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 – Brad Kern and John Wirth (1:08:03)||John Wirth and Brad Kern have been writing for television and producing top-rated programs since 1980. They’re still at it. They’ve got experience, opinions and stories to tell. And they’re telling them here. Download the mp3 Download th||2/21/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
Zicree and Simkins Interview Hits the Mark!
As an aspiring screenwriter on the outside of “the business,” I was warned of numerous adversaries on the winding road to Hollywood success. Materialistic agents will see you as property, not a person. Manipulative studio executives will take control of your work. Callous professionals will try to abuse you, and combative peers will see you as competition. Such preconceived notions can poison a career before it begins. However, this incredible interview with CHILDREN OF MEN and IRON MAN co-writer, Mark Fergus is the best antidote to that poison. Mark is amazingly grounded for someone in the ever-shifting world of entertainment. He humbly and eloquently attributes his meteoric rise to A-list Hollywood screenwriter to letting go, and writing what you know. Sounds simple, but such concepts oppose those preconceived poisonous notions that scream “never give anyone control of your work,” and “write what sells!” Mark takes the enlightened position that giving up control of your work improves it in unimaginable ways. After spending years attempting to write for the fickle Hollywood marketplace, he instead began to work on projects he actually cared about. Mark’s approach works, as evidenced by the fact that he’s now working on a film project with Industry giants Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard! This interview offers hope of succeeding in Hollywood on your own terms, and encourages you to press toward your personal screenwriting best. It’s life-changing, and a must hear!
Excellent podcast for people who like to know how TV/Movies are written and produced
This is a great podcast for people who want to learn more about making TV shows, and the ups/downs of being a writer in Hollywood. There are many TV veterans being interviewed here. My favorite podcast featured Del Reisman, who was an editor/associate producer on Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. In other podcasts, they've had writers who worked on Monk, Dresden Files, Warehouse 13, X-Files, etc. Any new episode immediately becomes a high priority in my listening queue.
GREAT But is it over?
Just want to say to hear stories of love, hardships and battles in being an artist in the Hollywood world is great.
But I have not seen this podcast updated in a while? Is it over? I hope not - but like listening to a movie commentary
this is great and insightful.
Also check out - slashfilmcast, Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, On the page, as well as meet the filmmaker at the
KEEP IT GOING AND GIVE US MORE PLESE! (:
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