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The Newsroom: Episode 304

3 Dec

It was fun to see my name in the opening credits of Episode 304 of “The Newsroom” last Sunday. There’s only two more episodes left, so tune in.IMG_7079

The Newsroom Premiere

7 Nov

The premiere for the last season of “The Newsroom” was last Tuesday at the Directors Guild in LA. Here’s a picture of me with my go-to HBO premiere date, Sarah Heyward, a writer on “Girls.” (It was election night so my husband was busy working in Sacramento). The series premiere is this Sunday night at 9PM. Tune in!image

News

7 Oct

Ron Perlman and Dana Delany in "Hand of God."

Ron Perlman and Dana Delany in “Hand of God.”

Next week I start writing for “Hand of God,” a new drama from Amazon Studios. It’s the TV directing debut of Marc Forster (“World War Z,” “Finding Neverland”) and stars Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy.”) I’m also a producer on the series. Check out the pilot on Amazon.

Porter Magazine

14 Sep

Liberty Ross

Liberty Ross

I wrote about the lovely model and designer Liberty Ross for the cover of Porter magazine, which is published by Net-A-Porter. I also wrote about stylist Maryam Malakpour of NewbarK for the June issue of Porter.

The Newsroom Airs Nov 9

10 Sep

cdn.indiewireTune in to HBO on Sunday nights starting Nov.9 for the 3rd and final season of “The Newsroom,” which I worked on. Here’s the trailer.

The Lulu Show

28 Jun

I sold a show inspired by my New York Times Styles story about Lulu, an app that lets women anonymously review and rate men. I’m excited that Lulu’s co-founder, Alexandra Chong, will be a producer on the project. I sold the pitch to E! which is trying to develop more scripted dramas. The studio is Warner Brothers. So, this is what I’ll be working on now that we just finished writing Season 3 of “The Newsroom.” It was a great experience and I learned a ton from working with Aaron Sorkin. The show airs in November.

Shining Shondaland

10 Jun

imgresI love Shonda Rimes’ commencement speech at Dartmouth, especially this part:

Shonda, how do you do it all?
The answer is this: I don’t.
Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life.
If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I am probably missing bath and story time at home. If I am at home sewing my kids’ Halloween costumes, I’m probably blowing off a rewrite I was supposed to turn in. If I am accepting a prestigious award, I am missing my baby’s first swim lesson. If I am at my daughter’s debut in her school musical, I am missing Sandra Oh’s last scene ever being filmed at Grey’s Anatomy. If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother. You never feel a hundred percent OK; you never get your sea legs; you are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost.
Something is always missing.
And yet. I want my daughters to see me and know me as a woman who works. I want that example set for them. I like how proud they are when they come to my offices and know that they come to Shondaland. There is a land and it is named after their mother. In their world, mothers run companies. In their world, mothers own Thursday nights. In their world, mothers work. And I am a better mother for it. The woman I am because I get to run Shondaland, because I get write all day, because I get to spend my days making things up, that woman is a better person—and a better mother. Because that woman is happy. That woman is fulfilled. That woman is whole. I wouldn’t want them to know the me who didn’t get to do this all day long. I wouldn’t want them to know the me who wasn’t doing.
Lesson Number Three is that anyone who tells you they are doing it all perfectly is a liar.

LA in DC

5 May

photo (9)I spent last weekend in DC for the White House Correspondents Dinner. Well, I didn’t actually go to the dinner but I went to many parties associated with it. I was on a bit of a research mission for a project I’m working on. I went to the Vanity Fair party with my friend Vanessa Grigoriadis who writes for the magazine. It was incredibly fun and fabulous. Here’s a picture of us at the Facebook/BuzzFeed pre party which was fun, too. The highlight of the weekend was hanging out with the casts from Veep, Scandal and House of Cards who were the belles of the ball.

Mad Woman

7 Apr

Christina-Hendricks--Rhapsody-2014--08-720x972I wrote the cover story for this month’s Rhapsody magazine about Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men.” She was a lot of fun to hang out with. I can’t wait for the next season of the show to start already. I’m a big fan.

New Job at “The Newsroom”

5 Feb

Today was my first day as a Co-Producer on the third season of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” created by Aaron Sorkin. I’m really excited about it. More as this story develops. images