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This is the Official Page for "Hilliard Guess' SCREENWRITER'S RANT ROOM!" Our host is Hilliard Guess, a WGAw writer, director and in demand TV/Film producer. Hilliard and his amazing team drop industry knowledge in this unfiltered, hilarious podcast series that delivers nuthin’ but REAL TALK… from real working writers… while at the same time… puttin’ you on game! With co-hosts: award-winning scifi/horror “Fan Girl” writer & author, Lisa Bolekaja and director/writer/cinephile - Chris Derrick. Our motto: “Keep it street. Keep it opinionated and keep it what... 2022!" Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/screenwriters-rant-room/support

This is the Official Page for "Hilliard Guess' SCREENWRITER'S RANT ROOM!" Our host is Hilliard Guess, a WGAw writer, director and in demand TV/Film producer. Hilliard and his amazing team drop industry knowledge in this unfiltered, hilarious podcast series that delivers nuthin’ but REAL TALK… from real working writers… while at the same time… puttin’ you on game! With co-hosts: award-winning scifi/horror “Fan Girl” writer & author, Lisa Bolekaja and director/writer/cinephile - Chris Derrick. Our motto: “Keep it street. Keep it opinionated and keep it what... 2022!" Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/screenwriters-rant-room/support

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This is the Official Page for "Hilliard Guess' SCREENWRITER'S RANT ROOM!" Our host is Hilliard Guess, a WGAw writer, director and in demand TV/Film producer. Hilliard and his amazing team drop industry knowledge in this unfiltered, hilarious podcast series that delivers nuthin’ but REAL TALK… from real working writers… while at the same time… puttin’ you on game! With co-hosts: award-winning scifi/horror “Fan Girl” writer & author, Lisa Bolekaja and director/writer/cinephile - Chris Derrick. Our motto: “Keep it street. Keep it opinionated and keep it what... 2022!" Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/screenwriters-rant-room/support

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Episodes

415: "SEND HELP" Writer's Room

8/8/2022
In this episode, Hilliard talks with first time Staff Writers, Tiffany Beacham, Josh Meyers and Jordan Dumbroff -- from the new AllBlk Network series SEND HELP --dropping on August 11, 2022 -- from the artistic minds of Co-Showrunners Mike Gauyo & Jean Elie (you can hear their journeys on ep 414). This podcast is full of game for all of you writers who desire to work in their first writers' rooms and also gives tons of tips and tricks to help to prepare you for the next gig! A special...

Duration:01:53:05

414: Co-SHOWRUNNERS - MIKE GAUYO & JEAN ELIE

8/1/2022
In this episode Hilliard and Chris have a super inspiring conversation with Mike Gauyo & Jean Elie, the co-showrunners on the new dramedy SEND HELP on the popular @watchallblk Network! We talk about (you can hear Mike's story on ep 369) Jean's journey, his rise to the top of the call sheet and how these two, strong, black Haitian writer/producer/actor/filmmakers came together to produce a series that is loosely based on the hilarious and dramatic stories that were inspired by Jean's life....

Duration:01:43:39

413: Emerging Writer - NATASHA M. HALL

7/25/2022
In this episode, Hilliard sat down with lil' sis, Emerging Writer Natasha M. Hall to talk about her amazing journey: growing up as a Caribbean girl in Brooklyn, being bullied by mean girls and fighting back with her smarts, dedicating herself to school and her multi-degrees, receiving a scholarship to Vancouver to study Film and Screenwriting, The Cosby Fellowship in LA, working in Post Production at HBO, The CBS WMP Program, being the 2020 AMC Austin FF Winner, finding her true voice after...

Duration:01:15:16

412: Writers' Room Chat

7/18/2022
In this episode, Hilliard, Chris and Tracy talk a little about the Covid outbursts in California and then jump into the innerworkings of writers' room for a serialized series or stand alone. The three writers compare notes from different kinds of rooms they've been in over the years and give tricks of the trade for aspiring and pros to help add to their arsenal. In the end, they shift to must read (Audible) Will Smith book WILL (we're not at all condoning what happened at the Oscars), but...

Duration:01:15:06

411: DeP - ARTIST- SONGWRITER - PRODUCER

7/11/2022
In this episode, Hilliard sits down with lil' bro, artist, songwriter, producer Donald DeP Paige to talk about his amazing journey: growing up Houston as the Pastor's son, finding his voice while singing and producing for church choirs, being kicked out his house as a teenager and becoming independent, setting his sites on being a Triple Threat, fatherhood at a young age, signing a record deal and moving to DC and NY to join a popular R&B group, performing on 106 & Park, being replaced in...

Duration:01:53:11

410: Rant Room Chop It Up!

7/4/2022
In this episode, Hilliard, Chris and Lynelle chop it up , ranting about many interests for writers and filmmakers: the writers’ room, why old films and scripts matter for your growth, understanding when to put a script down and move on, making your own projects with tips on ways to gain production value and so much more! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at www.screenwritersrr.com for information, merch, or our Pateron! Support the show via the Patreon link. Remember support is love!...

Duration:01:15:53

409: Showrunner - MARK BLUTMAN

6/20/2022
In this episode, Hilliard does a one-on-one with good friend and big bro, Showrunner Mark Blutman (Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, Ghostwriter, etc). The two chop it up - ranting about the current state of writers' rooms, reinventing yourself, working from outside of Hollywood, bullet proof writing tips, producing TV and so much more! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at www.screenwritersrr.com for information, merch, or our Pateron! Support the show via the Patreon link. Remember...

Duration:01:03:28

408: Executive Producer MICKEY FISHER

6/13/2022
In this episode Hilliard has a super fun, 2 hour conversation with executive producer Mickey Fisher (one of the nicest, most giving guys we know) who created/developed such shows as EXTANT, REVERIE and wrote/produced on the series JACK RYAN, MARS and THE STRAIN! We talk about Mickey's long 20 year journey to becoming one of those Hollywood overnight success stories we all hear about. Mickey goes deep into lessons learned on his way up, working and struggling in theater as an actor and...

Duration:02:18:05

407: GAY PRIDE WRITERS RANT

6/6/2022
In this episode, Hilliard and Emerging sci-fi/comedy writer Skyler Ezell sit down for a hilarious, two hour discussion about being black, gay writers in Hollywood and their own personal ways they have learned to adapt, progress, network, find cool places to write, get more involved in the LGBTQ+ community and later talk about the new climate of Showrunner's and so much more... At the end of the episode, Hilliard finally reveals his new gig as Director of Development with one of the top...

Duration:02:26:39

406: KELLY EDWARDS - The Executive Chair

5/23/2022
In this episode, Hilliard, Lynelle and Tracy chop it up with writer and former TV executive, Kelly Edwards to talk about her rise from assistant to casting, to executive, to producer… and then, years later, how she reinvented herself as a screenwriter after hiding this secret for decades. A few months into 2020, Kelly sat down and wrote the amazing book THE EXECUTIVE CHAIR - A Writers Guide to TV Series Development and soon after, staffed on the Fox series Our Kind of People with Showrunner...

Duration:01:40:19

405: KIMBERLY ALLEN - "JOURNEY TO STAFFING"

5/16/2022
In this episode, Hilliard and Executive Producer Tracy Grant chop it up with lil' sis, writer/filmmaker Kimberly Allen about her amazing journey from Detroit to LA, working odd jobs that later came to play in her writing, building relationships at The Organization of Black Screenwriters, creating content, being your own boss and finally, staffing on the new, upcoming series "KOLD x WINDY" on the AllBlk Network! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at www.screenwritersrr.com for...

Duration:01:24:04

404: RASHIDI HENDRIX - LITERARY MANAGER

5/9/2022
In this episode, Hilliard, Chris, and writer Saeed Crumpler sat down with Literary Manager/Producer Rashidi Hendrix of Metallic Entertainment (my personal manager btw) to discuss his journey climbing the ladder in the music industry, to TV executive, to management/producer where he now represents an amazing list of hot, diverse, writers, producers, directors and actors y'all. Later in the interview, we gave Saeed the opportunity to ask some dying questions to Rashidi from an emerging...

Duration:00:35:30

403: RASHEED NEWSON - BEL AIR

5/2/2022
In this episode, Hilliard, birthday boy Chris, along with emerging writer Saeed Crumpler, chop game with Rasheed Newson - Executive Producer/Showrunner of Peacocks new, hit series BEL AIR! This is another super dope interview y'all. Rasheed really gives the inside baseball of the industry from the perspective of a showrunner who was thrust into this position after years of working with writing/producing partner T.J. Brady, excelling in the number two positions on some of the most popular...

Duration:01:51:45

402: Brian Austin - ScriptHop

4/25/2022
In this episode, Hilliard does a one-on-one with Brian Austin, CEO and Founder of ScriptHop, the popular screenwriting technology for writers! We also talk about growing up with depression, figuring out who you are as a person, challenges developing a software company and so much more! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at www.screenwritersrr.com for information, merch, or our Pateron! Support the show via the Patreon link. Remember support is love! We invest countless hours per week...

Duration:00:51:44

401: TRIBE WRITERS Talent Incubator

4/18/2022
In this episode, Hilliard talks with some dope, black, female Emerging Writers from Executive Producer (INSECURE) Amy Aniobi's new, inaugural TRIBE WRITERS Talent Incubator: writer/filmmaker Jasmine Ogunjimi who was also a professional basketball player, Sherean Jones, a writer/filmmaker who is a sought after 1st AD, currently in film school at USC and Colette Prosper, a comedy writer, journalist and podcaster of The Yummi CoCo Show has written articles for Elle, New York and many...

Duration:01:54:47

400th EPISODE!

4/11/2022
Hilliard, Chris, Lynelle White and Tracy Grant chop it up, celebrating, ranting and droppin' game on our 400th podcast episode y'all! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at www.screenwritersrr.com for information, merch, or our Pateron! Support the show via the Patreon link. Remember support is love! We invest countless hours per week to deliver the actionable content that goes into this podcast. Connect with Us on Social Media: Chris Derrick on Twitter Hilliard Guess on...

Duration:01:29:35

399: Assignment Writer Brian Gary

4/4/2022
In this episode, Hilliard does a one-on-one with Brian Gary, a busy assignment writer and executive producer of the popular '3rd & Fairfax' WGAW Podcast. We talk about this journey from The Actors Studio and studying acting and playwriting, landing work in Dramaturgy, starting over in LA, creating work for himself, landing assignments, tips for pitches that sale, how you can help companies turn signatory to the WGA and so much more! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at...

Duration:01:42:58

398: CARL SEATON - IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE

3/29/2022
In this episode, Hilliard & Chris talk with the homie, writer/director Carl Seaton about: strategies with crews, gauging the temperature on the set, prep through production, pre-tone and tone meetings, answering questions, using athletes and coaches to help understand adversity and leadership, lending your expertise, building a thematic thread, pivotal scenes, looming issues, getting out of your way, feeding your dreams and so much more! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at...

Duration:01:32:28

398: CARL SEATON - IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE

3/28/2022
In this episode, Hilliard & Chris talk with the homie, writer/director Carl Seaton about: strategies with crews, gauging the temperature on the set, prep through production, pre-tone and tone meetings, answering questions, using athletes and coaches to help understand adversity and leadership, lending your expertise, building a thematic thread, pivotal scenes, looming issues, getting out of your way, feeding your dreams and so much more! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at...

Duration:01:32:47

397: HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN

3/21/2022
In this episode, Hilliard sits down with childhood friend, Richie Parker a super cool Hollywood Stuntman/Choreographer/Coordinator who's worked on some of your favorite TV and Film projects from the past decade like -- Black Panther, BumbleBee, Dolemite is my Name, Snowfall, P-Valley and Animal Kingdom to list a few... You will hear all about Richie's journey from The Bay to LA, his trajectory into becoming a stuntman, tools you will need to succeed behind the camera, being a specialist,...

Duration:01:07:36