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From Features to Television ft. Cinqué Lee (She’s Gotta Have It) (PT114)

Alex and Nick invite Cinqué Lee, indie filmmaker and writer on Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, to have a fascinating discussion about transitioning from movies to television, as well as adapting features to TV series.

How does the writers’ room of She’s Gotta Have It work? How do life experiences help shame themes and characters? How does writing TV compare to writing ongoing issues of a comic? What is it like working for Jim Jarmusch? What are lessons to take into writing from being on set and from acting?

The Paper Team gets it…



Working in features and TV with Cinqué Lee (00:30)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (45:24)


Cinqué Lee
“She’s Gotta Have It” available on Netflix
The Answer
Mystery Train
Coffee and Cigarettes
“Floaters” – Cinqué Lee, Sean Fagan, Lance Tooks


“On Writing” – Stephen King

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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