Category Archives: Interviews

A hub for all of our interview segments.

“Amazing Spider-Man” Director Marc Webb on Making His Smaller Film “The Only Living Boy in New York”

MarcWebbOLBExcerptAfter making two Amazing Spider-Man movies, the prolific music video director and (500) Days of Summer filmmaker is going back to the basics. “I think big studio movies can be made really beautifully, but it requires time and caretaking,” the director tells the Tracking Board.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Landline” Star Abby Quinn on Her First Sex Scene, Dancing on Camera and Working With Jenny Slate

Abby Quinn LandlineThe 21-year-old actress was just cast in the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, and she said she looks to Ellen Page and Shailene Woodley for inspiration.

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“Glow” Star Britney Young on Playing the Fan Favorite Carmen and Bringing Truth to Her Projects

Britney Young ExcerptOne of the biggest stand-outs of the new Netflix series GLOW is Britney Young who plays Carmen, aka Machu Picchu. Talking to the Tracking Board, Young explains the joy of playing Carmen, what a female-focused project like this means, and bringing truth to everything she does.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Ryan Simpkins Poised for Breakout Summer Between “The House,” “Brigsby Bear”

Ryan Simpkins The HouseAfter playing the daughter of Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the forthcoming New Line comedy, Simpkins will be seen playing Kyle Mooney’s sister in the Sundance sensation co-starring her Star Wars hero Mark Hamill.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Baywatch” Breakout Jon Bass on Singing Katy Perry in the Shower and Learning to Swim With Kelly Rohrbach

Jon Bass BaywatchBass plays lovable lifeguard Ronnie Greenbaum and the script puts his character through the ringer, dealing him one public embarrassment after the next. Bass makes the most of the comic opportunity, delivering some killer lines while holding his own against his muscled-up co-stars.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Sleight” Star Jacob Latimore Has More Tricks Up His Sleeve, Including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

Jacob Latimore SleightSleight star Jacob Latimore may play a street-smart magician in J.D. Dillard’s impressive directorial debut, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. The charismatic 20-year-old is a multi-talent who got his start in the music business before discovering his passion for acting. A natural-born performer, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker helped prepare him for his biggest role yet.

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Denise Di Novi on Her Directorial Debut “Unforgettable,” Working with Tim Burton and the Looming Writers’ Strike

Denise Di Novi directing UnforgettableThe veteran producer talks about working with Tim Burton early in her career, WB’s commitment to diversity, the possibility of another writers’ strike and the collapse of exhibition windows.

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“Bone Collector” Author Jeffery Deaver on New Book “The Burial Hour,” His Stalker, and Which Oscar Winner Should Play Lincoln Rhyme Next

Jeffery Deaver The Burial Hour“I carry a gun from time to time… I’m less concerned about a terrorist attack by ISIS or Al Qaeda than the guy next to you in line who flips out when you bump into him and he spills his soda,” says the crime writer.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Isabella Amara on Her Breakout Role in “Wilson,” Woody Harrelson’s College Advice and the Magic of Sundance

Isabella Amara WilsonThe 18-year-old actress tells the Tracking Board about the film’s audition process, her magical experience at Sundance and whether college is in her plans during this very exciting time in her life.

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Web Series Creator Ben Rodriguez Is Ready to Start a “Pushy Riot”

Ben Rodriguez ExcerptCristian Barros interviews Ben Rodriguez on the creation of his new digital series, Pushy Riots, a buddy adventure story with a unique voice. Rodriguez discusses why digital is the new platform for creators as well as the challenges it poses.

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The Tracking Board Interviews “Versailles” Creator David Wolstencroft

david wolstencroft excerptWith the Season One finale of Ovation’s new drama series Versailles fast approaching, The Tracking Board was able to speak with co-creator David Wolstencroft about the genesis of the series and what it’s like creating a show unlike any period drama you’ve seen before.

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“The Edge of Seventeen” Star Hayden Szeto Talks Awkward High School Years and Being Asian in Hollywood

hayden-szeto-excerptAs his major motion picture debut, Hayden Szeto is a standout as the anxiously adorable love interest of Hailee Steinfeld’s cynical Nadine in The Edge of Seventeen. We had a chance to talk to Szeto about being the leading man, his experiences as an Asian Canadian in Hollywood, and how his character in the movie is similar to his high school self.

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“Battlefield 1” Directors Fredrik Akerstrom and Marcus Kryler On Their Transition From Short Films to Blockbuster Video Games

kryler-akerstromThe directing duo that helmed award-winning sci-fi short Reset, talked to us from Sweden about the highly anticipated Battlefield 1 and the merging of cinema and video games and the obstacles that go along with it.

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“Don’t Think Twice” Stars Keegan-Michael Key, Kate Micucci, And Mike Birbiglia Talk Improv And The Definition Of Success

dont-think-twice-excerptWe had the chance to talk with Don’t Think Twice stars Mike Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key and Kate Miccuci about the improv-driven dramedy , their experiences in the comedy world, and whether or not they feel like they have “made it” in the industry.

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“Opening Night” Director Isaac Rentz Talks Broadway, Comedy, and “TRL”

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The director who has helmed music videos by Paramore, Tegan and Sara, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jazmine Sullivan, and Cage the Elephant talks about his feature film debut.

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Topher Grace Talks “Opening Night”, Musical Theater, And The Art Of The One-Hit Wonder

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We had a the opportunity to speak with the That ’70s Show star about what went into making Opening Night, jukebox musicals and his love for ensemble comedies.

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Michael Showalter Talks “Hello, My Name Is Doris” And How To Know When A Story Is Worth Telling

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We had the chance to speak with the Wet Hot American Summer co-writer about the inspiration behind Hello, My Name Is Doris, working in TV vs. film, and what makes a good story worth telling.

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10 Questions For @femscriptintros Creator Ross Putman

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Filmmaker Ross Putman created the Twitter feed @femscriptintros to expose some of the worst examples of misogyny he’s come across through reading thousands of screenplays. The account became a part of the conversation surrounding diversity in Hollywood, which is why we wanted to know more about the man behind the feminist feed.

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{Exclusive} The Tracking Board Interviews “Good Girls Revolt” Creator Dana Calvo

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The Tracking Board has a conversation with Good Girls Revolt creator Dana Calvo about breaking in, her timely new Amazon series, and why it’s the “single most rewarding thing” she has ever done in her career.

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BLOODLIST 2015: Q&A With Founder Kailey Marsh

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The Tracking Board sits down with BloodList creator Kailey Marsh to get her thoughts on the scripts and writers who made this year’s list, the state of dark genre in film and television, and why horror movies don’t necessarily need to be ‘low budget’.

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TB Mini Series: Part Two Of Our Interview With “Barely Lethal” Writer John D’Arco

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As part of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with Hit List writer John D’Arco, who wrote the teen/action feature Barely Lethal, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L Jackson, and Jessica Alba. We chat about the process of getting Barely Lethal from script to screen, writing lessons he learned, and advice he wished he knew when he was younger.

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TB Mini Series: Part One Of Our Interview With “Barely Lethal” Writer John D’Arco

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As part of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with Hit List writer John D’Arco, who wrote the teen/action feature Barely Lethal, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L Jackson, and Jessica Alba. We chat about his journey from film crew to writer, how branding works for you, his experience dealing with “heat,” and the long-term benefits of a general meeting.

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TB: Mini Series – Part Two Of Our Interview With TV Writer DJ Doyle

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As part of the Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. staff writer DJ Doyle to chat about the lessons he’s learned along the way, pitching in the writers room, and the advice he wish he knew when he was starting out.

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TB: Mini Series – Part One Of Our Interview With TV Writer DJ Doyle

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As part of the Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. staff writer DJ Doyle to chat about his journey to becoming a writer, what makes a good writer’s assistant, and learning how and when to pitch in the writers room.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part Two Of Our Interview With 2014 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Winner Sean Costello

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In part two of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with 2014 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Competition winner and Young and Hungry List Alum Sean Costello to chat about his experience developing and packaging his Launch Pad script, industry lessons he learned the hard way, how to query someone, and why you’ve got to have a killer page one.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part One Of Our Interview With 2014 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Winner Sean Costello

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In this week’s edition of the Mini Series, we sat down with 2014 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Competition winner and Young and Hungry List Alum Sean Costello to chat about his journey to becoming a writer, hanging out with Hollywood screenwriting legends, and his exciting experience winning the Launch Pad screenwriting competition.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part Two Of Our Interview With TV Writer Lewaa Nasserdeen

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In part two of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s The Goldbergs staff writer with Lewaa Nasserdeen to chat about how to create a diverse career, not waiting to make your own content, and lessons he learned along the way.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part One Of Our Interview With TV Writer Lewaa Nasserdeen

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As part of the Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s The Goldbergs staff writer Lewaa Nasserdeen to chat about his unusual journey into television writing, building your tribe, getting the reader to “lean forward,” and breaking story in the writer’s room.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part Two Of Our Interview With TV Writer/Launch Pad Mentor Michael Perri

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In part two of our “Get To Know Your Launch Pad Mentors ” interview with Young And Hungry List Alum and State Of Affairs staff writer Michael Perri, we sat down to talk about lessons he learned in the industry; finding time to write with a young family and a taste of the advice he’ll give to the new writers in his upcoming role as mentor for the Launch Pad Pilots Contest.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part One Of Our Interview With TV Writer/Launch Pad Mentor Alum Michael Perri

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As part of our “Get To Know Your Launch Pad Mentors ” edition of the Mini Series, we sat down with Young And Hungry List Alum and Staff Of Affairs staff writer Michael Perri to chat about the importance of branding as a writer; taking meetings; dealing with “heat” and what it’s like working in the writer’s room.

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