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Tastemaker: Ann Powers

Ann Powers has written for a who’s who of respected publications. The Seattle native began her career at The Rocket, one of the first magazines to help break grunge acts like Nirvana.

Death Becomes Him: Noah Hawley on Bringing 'Fargo' to TV

Credit: Chris Large, Copyright 2014, FX Networks.Credit: Chris Large, Copyright 2014, FX Networks.It was an interesting challenge, one that some said was crazy, maybe even stupid to try. Take an iconic film more than two decades old, replace every major character audiences originally loved, squeeze the new story into a brand-new format, and ditch many of the traditional television writing conventions in the process. For Noah Ha

Make it Weird: Oren Brimer on Producing 'The Pete Holmes Show'

Pete Holmes isn’t afraid to freely quote his therapist, get personal about his divorce, or wax on about losing his virginity, and he encourages guests to do the same. Holmes, who originally gained a cult audience through both his stand-up and blisteringly honest podcast, currently helms TBSThe Pete Holmes Show, which carries his trademark brand of comedy rooted in sincerity.

Dina Hillier: Developing Network Comedies

Dina Hillier’s career started where her internship with Sony Pictures Television ended … or rather, didn’t end. After interning in the current programming department during her last semester in college, Hillier knew she wanted a job with Sony, so she refused to leave.

When my semester was over, I just kept showing up,” Hillier says. “I just kept coming in and just waited until something opened.”

Ben Blacker: Pitching a Television Series

Regardless of how innovative your concept or brilliant your script, you’ve got to convince a television network that your project is worth pursuing to see it on air.

Last Laugh: Dave Finkel

Photo credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOXPhoto credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOXComedy is all fun and games until your contract calls for 25 episodes per season. For Dave Finkel, current New Girl executive producer, it can be sleepless, frustrating work.

Full Steam Ahead: John Wirth

In the aftermath of the Civil War, one former Confederate soldier seeks to avenge his wife and son’s deaths amidst the chaos of the construction of the transcontinental railroad. That’s the world that fans of the AMC series Hell on Wheels plunge into every week. It’s also the environment that John Wirth is learning to navigate.

Pixel Shrink: Game Writer Susan O'Connor

User-friendly gameplay draws players in, but a compelling storyline is what keeps them engaged with the game’s universe. That’s where Susan O’Connor thrives.

Day Four: ATX Television Festival

Pitch competition winners, "I Made America."Pitch competition winners, “I Made America.”The last day of the ATX Television Festival began bright and early with the finalists of the festival’s pitch competition. Pitching the gamut from crime-based series to Saturday morning cartoons, the finalists had three minutes to provide a brief overview for their show idea to a panel of judges that included producers, show creators, and executives from CBS and Disney.

Day Three: ATX Television Festival

Photo by Gary MillerPhoto by Gary MillerDay Three of the ATX Television Festival was all about those who work behind the scenes in some of America’s favorite TV shows. The day kicked off with the Movies Versus TV panel that focused mainly on the differences between writing for each.