The Download ft. Former BTFC Advisory Board Member x Emmy-winning writer-producer, show runner Jeff Melvoin

The Download ft. Former BTFC Advisory Board Member x Emmy-winning writer-producer, show runner Jeff Melvoin

Join us for this exclusive virtual conversation! 

On Tuesday, October 24th at 7PM ET, join us at the virtual table for The Download with Jeff Melvoin, Former BTFC Advisory Board Member x Emmy-winning writer-producer, show runner, educator, and author!


We’re discussing how Jeff sustained a 30 year TV writing career in Hollywood, and created hit after hit. This veteran writer/producer has created hits like Designated Survivor and Killing Eve, was an EP on Early Edition and Picket Fences and a Supervising Producer on Hillstreet Blues and Remington Steele. He is the co-founder of the WGA Showrunners Training Program, and currently touring the country celebrating his new book: Running the Show: Television From the Inside, where he shares his fascinating insider’s perspective on how to call the shots and make the final decisions in the world of TV showrunning. 

This is a do not miss event if you have dreams of being a great showrunner.

Join us and get the information and inspiration you need to #MakeYourWork!

Meet Jeff Melvoin

Jeff Melvoin has spent the last 30 years as a writer-producer in episodic television, most recently as Executive Producer of the Lifetime series Army Wives, which ended its seven-year run in 2013. Prior to that, Melvoin was Executive Producer of the ABC series In Justice, Alias, and Line of Fire, Executive Producer of the Showtime series Going to California, and Executive Producer of the CBS series Early Edition and Picket Fences. He also served as Supervising Producer of the CBS series Northern Exposure, for which he wrote 18 episodes.

A five-time Emmy nominee for his work on Northern Exposure, Melvoin earned a 1992 Primetime Emmy Award, shared for Outstanding Drama Series, two Golden Globes, and a Television Critics Association Award, as well as receiving Emmy nominations (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series) for penning the episodes “Democracy in America” (1992) and “Kaddish for Uncle Manny” (1993). Melvoin’s other writing-producing credits include the NBC series Hill Street Blues and Remington Steele.

A Writers Guild member since 1983, Melvoin has been a strong presence at the WGAW over the past two decades, whether serving on the WGAW’s Board of Directors (2001-04) or as founder and Chair of the Guild’s Writers Education Committee from 2002 to present. Under Melvoin’s direction, the Writers Education Committee has put on 50 programs for Guild members to date. In addition, he has served on a wide range of other vital Guild committees, including: Board Nominating (2006, 2008), Officers Nominating (2001), Television Writers Council (1999-08). In 2004, Melvoin co-authored the WGA booklet, Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner, which offers practical knowledge for aspiring TV writers.

A graduate of Harvard University, Melvoin worked as a Time magazine correspondent early in his writing career before entering the television industry. In the academic field, he has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and UCLA Extension and has been a Visiting Lecturer in Dramatic Arts at Harvard. He is also a past board member of the Mystery Writers of America (Southern California Chapter). He and his wife, Martha Hartnett Melvoin, live in Los Angeles and have two sons, Nick and Charlie.

The Download

Offered multiple times a year, The Download is a special virtual guest conversation series hosted by the Black TV & Film Collective. It features impactful filmmakers who provide insider knowledge to help Black creatives do their work. Recent guests on The Download have included Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Charlene Polite Corley, the editing team of A Black Lady Sketch Show, Janine Sherman Barrois and Pete Chatmon. 


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Oct 24 2023


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