Ep 55 // Dan Shaki on Writing A Sitcom Pilot / ‘Disobedience’ / ‘Duck Butter’

Premiere DateApr 27, 2018
00:00 Intro
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01:16 START /// Dan Shaki on Writing A Sitcom Pilot (w/ Matt Ruby)
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01:48 Pitching a show to networks with Nate Bargatze & Jerrod Carmichael
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06:02 About Jerrod Carmichael
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07:34 About Nate Bargatze
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08:49 Meeting and working with Nate
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12:57 Crash course in the business side of selling a script
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13:57 “Selling a world” / forward in the process / defining the show
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19:41 Nate vs. Jerrod / exploring issues / multicam vs. singlecam
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25:35 Outlining classic sitcoms to learn from them
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26:43 The ‘Golden Girls’ pilot is “unbelievable”
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28:38 ‘The Cosby Show’ pilot
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33:08 From pitch to ‘story area’ to outline to script and rewrites
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36:24 Current status of the pilot
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40:12 Differences in the Netflix model
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41:54 1st Person: Summer // Being Proactive About Helping Others
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44:45 Movie Review: ‘Disobedience’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
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46:08 Movie Chat: ‘Disobedience’ (spoiler alert)
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59:38 Movie Review: ‘Duck Butter’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
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61:09 Movie Chat: ‘Duck Butter’ (spoiler alert)
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73:06 Molly Knefel // Dems Move To The Left On Jobs
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75:41 “Sunk” (BTR Live Studio, 2018) Operator Music Band
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80:15 Outro / Credits
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81:04 Finish.
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Contributor Matt Ruby speaks with comedian and writer Dan Shaki about his experience of working on a sitcom pitch and pilot with Nate Bargatze and Jerrod Carmichael. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Soller to discuss two newly released movies: Disobedience, directed by Sebastián Lelio and starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola; and Duck Butter, directed by Miguel Arteta and starring Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel about how Democrats are moving to the left on jobs and related policies; we’ll hear from a woman named Summer about being proactive in helping others; and we’ll hear a song from a recent BTR Live Studio session featuring Brooklyn’s Operator Music Band.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Matt Ruby Jacqueline Soller

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