Entertainment Weekly, Sundance Channel launching 'Writers Room' TV show
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Entertainment Weekly has taken readers behind the scenes of Hollywood for 23 years and now the print and online publishing brand is launching a new television series. Sundance Channel is teaming with EW to present The Writers’ Room, a six-episode series that will show viewers the inner workings of TV programs that define pop culture.
“Television is today’s most exciting medium, and writers are its heart and soul,” said Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle. “We’re looking forward to giving the Sundance Channel viewers and the EW audience an all-access pass to see how these brilliant minds create great characters and addictive stories.”
The Writers’ Room will showcase an array of scripted dramas and comedies with a roundtable talk-show format that spotlights TV top creatives, revealing their most inspired story decisions, toughest calls and biggest mistakes. “We know that much of today’s best entertainment is on television, but Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly want to know—who, what, when, where and why?” added Sundance Channel general manager Sarah Barnett. “Social media has given us a lot of information about what our audience is craving— and we are listening. They want insider knowledge and a deeper perspective– this show will deliver that.”
Veteran reality executive Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) will serve as executive producer, with Marco Bresaz executive producing for Sundance Channel. “We’re television producers ourselves, so we couldn’t be more excited to finally show viewers how some of the best shows on TV get made. And trust us, we’re going to show all of it: the good, the funny, and the sometimes messy process that is television,” said Forman, CEO, RelativityREAL.
The Writers’ Room will premiere during the second half of 2013 on Sundance Channel.