At the November Writer’s Room an audience filled The Basement to hear Carl Gottlieb (Jaws, The Jerk) talk to Nick Ward (Stickmen, Second-Hand Wedding) about the film that made box-office history. 30 years ago Gottlieb co-wrote what was to become the world’s first blockbuster, Jaws, a film that  scared those with the steeliest nerves and has since been labeled the first “high concept film”.

Gottlieb entertained the audience with a multitude of crazy holywood stories including details of the time he spent holed up with Stephen Spielberg in a country house writing Jaws.

Gottlieb voiced dismay at the way in which screenwriting gurus have “popped up everywhere” and are telling writers that a specific structural formular is the only way to go.  He believes that mainstream producers have bought into this practice thus breading generic, formulaic cinema.

He argued that Jaws doesn’t follow such a structural model at all and left writers with the advice, “Don’t write to a formular – it never works”.

Gottlieb is a key figure in the American Writers Guild.


The Road Less Travelled with Kath Shelper

June 7, 2018 - June 7, 2018, Auckland

We are excited to bring you award winning Australian producer, Kath Shelper (SAMSON AND DELILAH,TENDER, BLACK COMEDY) in conversation with Philippa Campbell (TOP OF THE LAKE) about how she has shepherded projects for the screen through unconventional paths, enabling talented writers and directors to find their voice & their audience.... Read more



March 28, 2018

EPISODIC LAB AOTEAROA is our brand new pilot programme and is an initiative designed to develop distinctive NZ writing talent in television drama. Up to 8 writers and/or teams will be awarded a place in the immersive lab where they will workshop their concepts with experienced television writers from NZ, Australia and beyond.... Read more