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 Final Draft and Variety, 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):

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

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

Additional panelists and moderator TBA.

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

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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

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. 

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.

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]