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Earning Your Way Into the Writers’ Room ft. Ning Zhou (Ozark) (PT135)

Alex and Nick invite Ning Zhou, story editor on Ozark, to discuss how she worked her way up through the assistant ranks and into the fabled writers’ room.

What is the process of writing for Ozark? How do you transition into the writers’ room? How can you nail that assistant interview? What are ways of being a valuable showrunner’s assistant and writers’ assistant? Why is it important for the support staff to make their career goals clear? Why is communication so important in television?

The Paper Team moves up the Ozark writers room…


Earning Your Way Into the Writers’ Room with Ning Zhou (00:32)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (47:08)


Ning Zhou on IMDb
Ozark on Netflix


“Bird by Bird” – Anne Lamott

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

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