The Disney Dilemma

John and Craig discuss the small, currently leaderless world of Walt Disney Studios, along with its challenges and opportunities.

Professional screenwriting, and why no one really breaks in

Craig and John just have to talk about the double-barrel craziness of the Joe Eszterhas/Mel Gibson spat. How often do you have screenwriters lobbing incendiary accusations at movie stars?

Go, while you can get it

The deal between Starz and Netflix expires March 1st, so if you have any titles you’re eager to watch online, get cracking. Among my movies, that includes Go and the first Charlie’s Angels. The Nines and Titan A.E. will still be available.

Etiquette for screenwriters

This week, Craig and John get all Miss Manners to talk about best practices, bad behavior and throwing writers under the bus.

Say hello to Highland

Our new screenwriting utility, Highland, converts between three major formats screenwriters use: PDF, Fountain and Final Draft. It’s in beta today.

Introducing Fountain

Fountain lets you write screenplays in any text editor on any device, from computers to iPads to smartphones. It’s as simple as we could make it, which is what makes it so useful.  

Warners adds 28 days of hassle

In a move that will help absolutely no one, Warners has apparently convinced Netflix to make their site slightly worse for users by imposing a 28-day delay before users can even add a DVD to their queue.

Introducing Bronson Watermarker

Our new Mac app, Bronson Watermarker, does exactly one thing: watermark PDFs. There are other apps that let you do that (including Adobe Acrobat), but none of them are particularly good. They make simple jobs complicated, and they cost a lot more.

Sun-Dragon Eyes

Earlier this year, I was asked to come up with a name for a line of sunflower seeds, part of a Canadian school program aimed at increasing environmental awareness, through gardening, for elementary school children.

What do producers do?

Craig and John explain what producers do — at least, what they’re supposed to do — and discuss the myriad subclasses of producers that litter the opening titles of many movies.

Comment holiday

As an experiment, I’m doing away with comments on the site through the of the year.

FDX Reader updated, on sale

FDX Reader, our app for reading Final Draft screenplay files on the iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 1.1.4, and is on sale for $1.99 through Monday, December 12th.


We’re launching to answer basic questions about screenwriting.

Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011

Dennis Ritchie, the father of the C programming language, has died. He was 70.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Without Steve Jobs, we’d still have computers and mobile phones and other wonderful devices. But they’d be different.

Timely vs. timeless

Television has the blessing and curse of short production schedules, so it’s possible to land a joke about something happening in popular culture. But it’s not always a good idea.

Oh, they’ll remember his name

Aspiring screenwriter leaves locked suitcase at talent agency. Bomb squad destroys it.

Suing to get an agent

Screenwriter Justin Samuels is suing CAA and WME for not taking him as a client, alleging systematic racial discriminatory practices.

Stuart is the new Matt

Matt Byrne, my assistant since post-production on The Nines, has been hired as a staff writer on the new ABC drama Scandal. Stuart Friedel will be taking over.

Big Fish, the musical

We’re doing Big Fish as a Broadway musical, aiming for Fall 2012. Susan Stroman is directing. Andrew Lippa wrote music and lyrics. I wrote the book. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are producing.

We made an app

FDX Reader lets you open Final Draft (.fdx) files on your iPad, and makes them look nice. It’s not an editor. It’s just a reader, like iBooks or the Kindle app. And it’s available in the App Store now.

Watch this space

Big news coming tomorrow.

New dates for Anatomy of a Script

Because of a travel situation, I had to swap dates for my Anatomy of a Script session on Big Fish. I’ll be coming two weeks later.

Anatomy of a script series

Every year, the Writers Guild Foundation holds a series of discussions with film and television writers focusing on one of their past or current projects. This year, I’ll be a guest, talking about Big Fish.

Less IMDb updated

We pushed a minor update (1.0.8) to Less IMDb, which makes three requested changes.