Sublime Primetime 2018

Sublime Primetime 2018

About This Event

Emmy season is upon us, so you know what that means. Sublime Primetime 2018 is around the corner! 

Join WGF and the Writers Guild of America West, in partnership with Variety and Final Draft, for a fun conversation about this season's most talked-about episodes with this year's Emmy-nominated writers. Plus, we have VIP tickets available that guarantee a reserved seat among the front rows plus admission to an exclusive pre-reception with the panelists before the show at 6:30 p.m.

Panelists (See "About Our Panelists" section below):

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Writers: Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Mike Drucker, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Travon Free, Joe Grossman, Miles Kahn, Nicole Silverberg, Melinda Taub

The Handmaid’s Tale – “June”
Teleplay by Bruce Miller

Bob's Burgers - "V for Valentine-detta"
Written by Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux

Written and Directed by Brett Morgen
Based on the Writings and Research of Jane Goodall

Atlanta – “Barbershop”
Written by Stefani Robinson

Barry – “Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast and Keep Going"
Written by Liz Sarnoff

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – “House By the Lake"
Written by Tom Rob Smith

Moderator: LISA JOY
Emmy-nominated writer and co-creator, Westworld

Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm.

All events advertised on our “Events” page are open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket – not just WGA members!

In the case the event is sold out, we will have a first come, first serve stand-by line at the event. The stand-by line does not guarantee entry into the event. We will only accept credit card transactions for any additionally-released tickets.

Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s library, archive and other outreach programs.

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Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 135 South Doheny Drive
  • Beverly Hills, CA 90211
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Sep 12, 2018 07:30 pm to
  • Sep 12, 2018 09:00 pm

Our Partners

The Writers Guild Foundation

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.

About Our Panelists

TRAVON FREE is a two-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television writer, actor, and comedian from Compton, California. He is the creator of Him or Her, executive produced by Issa Rae.  Free is also currently a writer/producer for Lena Dunham’s new production Camping on HBO, and most recently was co-head writer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. His other writing and producing credits include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central), Any Given Sunday with Bill Simmons (HBO), Larry Wilmore’s 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Hood Adjacent with James Davis (Comedy Central), and many more. His writing work can also be found all over the web, as one of the most sought after young comedic voices on social, political, and pop-culture issues.

Free has also been featured and seen on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up, Tosh.0, Chelsea Lately, The Stephanie Miller Show, the hit web series The Gentlemen's Rant, the “Twitter Come Alive” national comedy tour, and "The Daily Show Political-ish Stand Up Tour." He was also co-host of a podcast called “The Room Where It’s Happening: A Hamilton Fancast.”

He currently lives between New York and Los Angeles with no pets and over 250 pairs of shoes that he often refers to as his “children.”

BRUCE MILLER is the creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy, Writers Guild, Golden Globe, and Peabody Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s groundbreaking novel.

The series recently aired its second season on Hulu, for which it was nominated for 20 Emmy awards, and has been renewed for a third season. The show was the recipient of multiple Emmy awards for season one, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for Miller.

The Handmaid’s Tale also won the Peabody Award; the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Drama; the Critics Choice Award for Best Drama Series; the PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama; two Writers Guild Awards, for Best Drama Series and Best New Series; and was honored by AFI as one of the top ten TV programs of the year.

Miller began his writing career on NBC’s long-running hit E.R., and has been a writer/producer on Syfy’s Eureka and Alphas, and the CW’s The 100.

Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, Miller attended Brown University, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Tracy, with whom he has three children. 

Sisters LIZZIE MOLYNEUX [left] and WENDY MOLYNEUX have been writing on Bob's Burgers since its first season, and received an Emmy in 2017 for their work on the show. They’ve also written a bunch of pilots you’ve never seen, probably because they were way too great to be viewed by humans. On the feature side, they’ve written the female reboot of 21 Jump Street, and several projects for Universal, Legendary, and Paramount, which you also haven’t seen, probably for the same reason. Rumors that they live in a tiny cottage and sleep in bunk beds and that their mom writes all their scripts for them have yet to be definitively verified. They are with WME, Kaplan/Perrone, and Morris Yorn.

BRETT MORGEN is an award winning writer-director-producer and editor.  His credits include Jane (2017), Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015), Rolling Stones’ Crossfire Hurricane (2012), 30 for 30: June 17, 1994 (2010), Chicago 10 (2007), The Kid Stays In The Picture (2002), and On the Ropes (1999).  He has been awarded the DGA, WGA, PGA, and A.C.E. awards for his work along with two Peabody Awards, 9 Emmy nominations, three Writers Guild Award nominations, two IDA Awards, an Oscar and BAFTA nomination amongst several other honors.  His latest film Jane was named Best Documentary of 2017 by the PGA, WGA, MPSE, CAS, A.C.E., 18 national critics groups, the National Board of Review, and the Critics Choice Awards.  Jane recently received 7 Primetime Emmy nominations, including four for Morgen.

STEFANI ROBINSON is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer on FX’s award-winning comedy series Atlanta. She has won two Writers Guild Awards for her work the past two seasons.

Season-to-season, Robinson has continually elevated the show’s presence in the television landscape through her work. In the first season, she was responsible for the episode “Value,” as well as “Juneteenth,” the standout episode of the season. This past season, Robinson wrote the scripts for “Woods” and “Barbershop,” with the latter episode garnering her an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category.

In October 2017, Robinson signed an exclusive overall production deal with FX Productions, and under the agreement, she is developing television series for FX Networks and other outlets. She is currently writing on FX’s upcoming half-hour comedy What We Do in the Shadows by co-creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, as well as an original script for Fox Searchlight and the Princeless feature adaptation for Sony. Her additional credits include writing on the FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman.

Robinson currently resides in Los Angeles.

[photo: Ibra Ake]

LIZ SARNOFF is a showrunner and feature writer who works in both drama and comedy. Currently writing on Barry (season 2), Sarnoff is Emmy-nominated both for Best Comedy Series and her episode “Loud, Fast, and Keep Going.” She recently created and executive produced the TNT pilot Highland starring Margaret Cho and directed by Nisha Ganatra.  Sarnoff was executive producer of Marco Polo for Netflix and the co-creator/showrunner of the FBC/Bad Robot series Alcatraz.  She rose through the ranks on HBO’s Deadwood and ABC’s Lost, where she won a Writers Guild Award for Best Dramatic Series and was nominated for numerous Emmy and Writers Guild Awards. Sarnoff has also worked on noteworthy series including The Leftovers, Happy, Salem, Crossbones, Crossing Jordan, and NYPD Blue.  She recently developed at HBO and Amazon.

TOM ROB SMITH is a celebrated writer, author and producer. Graduating from St John’s College, Cambridge University in 2001, with a first-class degree in English Literature, his work expands into a diverse background in television and film.

Recently, Smith served as writer/executive producer of FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, nominated in several 2018 Emmy categories, including Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series for his episode “House by the Lake.”

Smith wrote his first novel Child 44 at the age of twenty-six, which became an international publishing sensation garnering numerous awards, was translated into over thirty five languages, and sold over two million copies. In 2015, Child 44 was adapted for film, starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, produced by Scott Free.

In 2014, Smith’s fourth novel, The Farm, was the number one international bestseller and first crime thriller longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Smith created and wrote his first BBC2/BBC America television show London Spy (2015), starring Ben Whishaw and Golden Globe-nominated Charlotte Rampling. The five episode mini-series received much acclaim, including BAFTA and RTS (Royal Television Society) nominations for Best Mini-Series.

Up next, Smith just finished writing his second original mini-series for BBC2, MotherFatherSon with eight episodes currently in production in London. Starring Richard Gere, in his first television role in thirty years, alongside Helen McCrory and Sarah Lancashire, the show debuts Spring, 2019.

Born in 1979 to a Swedish mother and an English father, Smith splits his time between Los Angeles and London.

[photo: James Hopkirk] 

About the Moderator

LISA JOY is co-creator, co-showrunner, and executive producer of HBO's Westworld. Highly regarded for her genre writing, Joy directs and produces the show through her multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Additionally, Joy serves as President of Production at Kilter Films, the production company she and Jonathan Nolan set up, which produces Westworld under its banner.

Westworld was 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. The show 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.

Along with Westworld, Joy has several highly-anticipated film projects in the works, including the film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica for Universal and the feature script Reminiscence, which placed on the 2013 Black List.

Prior to her career in entertainment, Joy graduated from Stanford undergrad and Harvard Law School. She then went on to work as a management consultant in the tech sector and practice law in California.

Joy’s writing career began on the Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated ABC show Pushing Daisies, which earned her a Writers Guild nomination. She later joined the staff of USA Network’s Emmy Award-nominated show Burn Notice as a co-producer.

Joy grew up in New Jersey. She is biracial and a first generation Asian American. Joy currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

[photo: John P. Johnson]