Showrunner Sessions with Westworld's Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan
An event in support of The Writers Guild Foundation.
About This Event
Coming off the heels of an explosive second season, the critically acclaimed HBO series Westworld has become a massive hit, scoring the cable network its most-watched freshman series to date and receiving 21 Emmy nominations this year.
On this special evening, we're bringing in creators and showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan to get an inside look at how the duo crafts an expansive and intricate world, how they carefully navigate their time-bending narratives, and where they hope to take their audiences next.
Moderated by John August (Aladdin, The Nines, Big Fish).
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Doors open at 7 pm. Event starts at 7:30 pm.
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Location / Venue
- 7000 West 3rd Street
- Los Angeles, CA 90048
- Sep 19, 2018 07:30 pm to
- Sep 19, 2018 09:00 pm
Event to Support The Writers Guild Foundation
Founded in 1966, the Writers Guild Foundation is the premier resource for emerging writers and movie and TV lovers in Hollywood. Boasting a busy calendar of high-value events and a vast, seemingly bottomless toolbox for writers, the Foundation is unmatched in its mission to promote and preserve the craft, history, and voices of screen storytelling. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we’re proud of all we do for the community, including our Veterans Writing Project, our Volunteer and Mentorship Programs, our Archive, and the Shavelson-Webb Library – the world’s only library devoted entirely to writing for the screen.
Jonathan Nolan is a prolific screenwriter, director, and television producer who heads up his production company Kilter Films with his wife Lisa Joy. Nolan earned an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Screenplay” for the acclaimed noir drama MEMENTO, which was based on his short story “Memento Mori” and also marked his first feature film writing credit. The nomination was shared with his brother,Christopher Nolan, who also directed the feature.
The brothers subsequently teamed up on the screenplay for THE PRESTIGE, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Scarlett Johansson. Together, they also wrote the screenplay for the blockbuster THE DARK KNIGHT, for which they received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination, as well as THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,which became the most financially successful Batman movie of all time. Their fifth collaboration was on the film INTERSTELLAR.
In television, Nolan created the CBS hit drama Person of Interest under Kilter Films. This show starred Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson and ran for five seasons.
Nolan and Joy co-created HBO’s Westworld, which aired its first season in 2016 to rave reviews. Nolan also directed the pilot and finale of season one, for which he earned a DGA nomination in 2017. Westworld is the most-watched first season of an HBO original series ever. The show's second season premiered in April 2018 and received 21 Emmy nominations, it was picked up for a 3rd season in May 2018. In April 2018, Amazon acquired sci-fi drama project The Peripheral, based on William Gibson’s book, from Nolan and Joy.
Nolan was born in London, and grew up in the Chicago area. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.
About the Moderator
John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to screenwriters, including Highland 2 and Weekend Read. John co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast, and maintains two websites aimed at budding screenwriters, johnaugust.com and screenwriting.io.