Three of today’s acclaimed political-intrigue showrunners discuss the new crop of Washington insiders on television—and what typifies these characters and their pursuits: ambition and corruption, cynicism and satire.
Danny Strong, "Recount," "Game Change" (HBO)
Joe Weisberg, "The Americans" (FX)
Beau Willimon, "House of Cards" (Netflix)
Moderator Stefan Forbes is the Writer/Director/Producer of Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.
This event is co-presented with The Writers Guild of America, East.
Premium Access $30 / General Admission $20.
Danny Strong wrote and produced the HBO Film Game Change, which was nominated for twelve Emmys and won five. His also wrote the HBO Film Recount and the upcoming film The Butler directed by Lee Daniels. He’s currently writing the final two films of the Hunger Games series. He has won 2 Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Peabody and 2 Writers Guild Awards. As an actor, he has many credits in film and TV, but is best known for his roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Gilmore Girls" and "Mad Men."
Beau Willimon is a screenwriter, playwright, producer and an executive producer, showrunner and creator of Netflix’s original series "House of Cards." His play “Farragut North,” became the basis for the motion picture screenplay Ides of March, which he co-wrote with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, and which earned Willimon Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition to his career as a writer and producer, Willimon served on a number of political campaigns, including Chuck Schumer’s 1998 senate race, Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential race, Hillary Clinton’s 2000 senate race and Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race.
Joe Weisberg is the creator, executive producer and writer of "The Americans." He grew up in Chicago and worked in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations in the early 1990’s. After leaving the Agency, Joe wrote the novels 10th Grade and An Ordinary Spy. He was a staff writer on the first two seasons of TNT’s "Falling Skies" and currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
Stefan Forbes is an Emmy-nominated writer and director. His documentary film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story won a national Edward R. Murrow Award and the Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism, and was nominated for a WGA Award for Best Theatrical Documentary. Seen by millions of viewers worldwide, it was a Critic's Pick in The New York Times, the Washington Post and other global newspapers. Forbes' socially-conscious production company InterPositive Media was named one of 2009's Global Top 100 Production Companies by RealScreen magazine.
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