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In the final Executive Hour of 2020, the Writers' Room members welcome Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning writer Vijal Patel who has written for comedy series including ABC’s BLACK-ISH, THE MIDDLE, and currently is the Co-EP on SCHOOLED with Tim Meadows. He also writes and develops feature film projects for DreamWorks and has a development deal with Sony Pictures Television. Vijal has built his career on writing comedy and using it to explore race, family, religion, politics, and class struggle. During this webcast, we discuss how Vijal entered the industry without going to film school, how he landed his first agent and manager, his thoughts on writing compelling dialogue, characters, and comedy, along with a lot more! It is one of the best Executive Hours of 2020! Full Bio »
In the final Executive Hour of 2020, the Writers' Room members welcome Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning writer Vijal Patel who has written for comedy series including ABC’s BLACK-ISH, THE MIDDLE, and currently is the Co-EP on SCHOOLED with Tim Meadows. He also writes and develops feature film projects for DreamWorks and has a development deal with Sony Pictures Television. Vijal has built his career on writing comedy and using it to explore race, family, religion, politics, and class struggle.
During this webcast, we discuss how Vijal entered the industry without going to film school, how he landed his first agent and manager, his thoughts on writing compelling dialogue, characters, and comedy, along with a lot more! It is one of the best Executive Hours of 2020!
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"This is my first Executive Hour with Writer's Room and it was so helpful. Thank you!" - Cameron M.
"This was so great! LOVED hearing from a comedy writer! One of the best guests ever in my opinion!" - Kelly S.
"This was amazing!! Thank you so much, Vijal!! Thank you, Jason!" - Alay
"This was awesome- thank you!!!" - Joan Marie W.
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with Lesley Paterson. Lesley Paterson is a 5x World Champion professional triathlete and Oscar nominated screenwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Originally from Scotland, Lesley has been acting, writing and producing for over 20 years alongside her sports career. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in film, Lesley co-wrote and produced All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix, 2022), directed by Edward Berger, which went on to win 7 BAFTA’s, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film, and 4 Oscar’s, including Best International Feature Film. She now writes and produces exclusively with her husband, Dr Simon Marshall, under their production banner Brave Art Entertainment. PRAISE FOR LESLY'S TEACHINGS: "Lesley, thank you!! You are so candid and spirited!!" -Christiane "Thank you Lesley! So inspiring." -Octavia P. "Excellent! thank you and congratulations Lesley. You are amazing and I love the idea of building a thicker skin (in the brain) with adversity. Good luck!" -Kathi W. "Thank you for sharing. Your journey is so informative on many levels, Lesley." -Laurie W.
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