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Team Writing US style - Frank Spotnitz

Fiona Mahon | 10:28 UK time, Monday, 25 July 2011

We've just uploaded some excerpts from one of the most engaging sessions at this year's TV Drama: The Writers' Festival - The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz's 'Team Writing US Style' workshop.

Currently based in the U.K. working on a new spy drama for the BBC, Frank talked about the differences between writing for British and U.S. television, exploring in depth the crucial role the writers' room and showrunner play in American television writing, and how he has managed to adapt this model whilst working in the U.K.

Listen back to some highlights from the session below:


  • Comment number 1.

    Wonderful to gain this peek into this event from the festival. Frank's insights into his craft are never less than engaging and always insightful. As well as reference to his long-standing association with "The X-Files", so nice to hear a name check for the excellent "Millennium" too!

    The notion of writers gaining a fuller understanding of every aspect of production to help them improve their scripts makes a lot of sense to me. Given the success of "Torchwood: Miracle Day" and the way that Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner talked of their work on that series, I do wonder if we may see more and more series developed as some kind of hybrid between US and UK approaches to the craft. Great stuff - thanks for sharing!


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