Economist and TV Writer Glen Whitman on Making It in the Industry as an Outsider

October 3, 2016

Today we’re talking to Glen Whitman, a television writer on the long-running Fox series Fringe, the El Rey series Matador, FX’s The Strain,  and he currently writes for The Blacklist: Redemption, the spinoff of the popular and long-running NBC series The Blacklist.


But what’s unusual about Glen is that he’s also a Professor of Economics at California State University, Northridge.

In this episode, you’ll hear Glen talk about moving from a intellectual and logically rigorous field like economics to an intuitive and creative one like TV writing. You’ll learn how cultivating skills or acquiring expertise in fields uncommon in the entertainment industry could help your career and, in a similar vein, you’ll hear about the value of an outsider’s perspective. We’ll also discuss the evolution of TV story structure in a changing technological landscape, such as how on-demand viewing affects the creative process in the writer’s room. And you’ll get a peek into what it’s like to work in Hollywood as someone who holds views in the political minority.

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