Liz and Sarah talk to Ola Shokunbi about his journey from representing pharmaceutical companies as a lawyer in D.C. to being a staff writer for The Fix. His advice on switching careers? Be all in! Then Sarah shares her airplane hit, and Liz has a post-surgery bomb. This week’s Hollywood Hack is all about self-pampering: invest in a paraffin wax bath. Finally, Mary shares her Big Little Lies Celebrity Sighting: Laura Dern!
Liz and Sarah discuss good (and bad) time management skills— for showrunners, and anyone else in a leadership position. A couple tips: give feedback instead of taking on the work yourself, and have an out time. Then, in Take Two, they revisit Sarah’s zen acceptance of L.A. traffic. This week’s business-savvy Hollywood Hack comes from Mandeville TV’s Director of Development, Lea Cuello: pre-Google the person you (or your boss) are meeting with! Finally, Liz shares her Fryman Canyon Celebrity Sighting: Kyle Richards!
Liz and Sarah discuss the importance of doing press for their new show The Fix, and their recent Television Critics Association experience. Their advice? Be yourself… and Drybar! Also—know your talking points. Then they answer a listener question about building a social media presence. This week’s Hollywood Hack helps you find your favorite show online: JustWatch! Finally, Liz and Sarah (and Mary) share the many stars they saw at the Television Critics Association including Eva Longoria, Dax Shepard, Scott Foley, Lauren Cohan, Pam Grier, and Demian Bichir!
Liz and Sarah discuss how they pick their battles when they’re running a TV show. Their two most important questions: Is this inevitable? Does this move the needle? Then they call their agent, WME partner Matt Solo, to ask him a question from a listener whose dream is to be an agent herself. This week’s Hollywood Hack was inspired by an Eco-friendly gift Sarah received: felted dryer balls. And finally, Liz and Sarah reveal this week’s 80’s Celebrity Sighting: Alan Ruck!
Liz and Sarah discuss the pros and cons of having irons in the fire. Their advice? Have three to five GOOD irons in the fire at a time. Then they check in with their assistant Mary to talk about her adventures in stand-up comedy. This week’s Hollywood Hack is meaningful and fun: commission a piece of art. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal The Fix editor’s restroom Celebrity Sighting: John Mayer!
Sparked by a listener question, Liz and Sarah discuss the difference between writing for TV versus movies. One reason they chose to work in television: writers have more control. Then Liz and Sarah talk about why it’s important to have a “why.” In Hits and Bombs, Liz reveals her reading hit (Educated) and Sarah has a gyno bomb. This week’s earth-friendly Hollywood Hack is sweeping the entertainment industry: Scriptation. Finally, Sarah shares her vicarious Ojai Celebrity Sighting: Jason Segal!