Scriptnotes Podcast

John August and Craig Mazin

Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.


John and Craig look at phrases that have been banned from comedy writing rooms, and more generally why making a list of what you will never do can help you figure out what you should do. We also answer listener questions about character names, life rights and sticking to a genre. Links: Scriptnotes Midnight Blue T-shirt Scriptnotes Gold Standard T-shirt No, Gotham, That's Not How Tightropes Work Jay Allan Zimmerman's Broadway Concert John Quaintance's Tweet The List of Clams The Good Place on NBC Mike on Join Us in France Watch Dogs 2 Trailer John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Get your 250 episode USB Find past episodes Outro by Eric Pearson (send us yours!) Email us at You can download the episode here.