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Reimagined for TV: Writing Shows Based on Popular IP – Paper Team Live at WonderCon 2018 (PT83)

For the second Paper Team Live event, Alex and Nick head to WonderCon 2018 to host a panel on adapting IPs to television.

From books, to comics and movies, it seems that all your favorite TV shows are adaptations of existing properties. But writing a fresh story within well-known worlds poses its own set of challenges. That’s why we’ve invited an all-star panel of TV writers and producers to hear their thoughts on this topic.

Panelists include Michael R. Perry (Altered Carbon, The Dead Zone), Ray Utarnachitt (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Person of Interest), Kai Yu Wu (The Flash, Hannibal), Britta Lundin (Riverdale), and Colleen McAllister (My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop).

What is the process of adapting something to television? How can writers stay true to established material while putting their own spin on it? Why do certain properties make for great TV? How do writers and producers interact with original creators and rights owners?

The Paper Team returns live to room 209…



Paper Team WonderCon 2018 panel on adapting IPs for television (00:41)
Next Time On (48:13)


Colleen McAllister on Twitter
Britta Lundin on Twitter
Ray Utarnachitt on Twitter
Kai Wu on Twitter
Michael R. Perry on Twitter
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
Littlest Pet Shop
Hanazuki: Full of Treasures
“Ship It” – Britta Lundin
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The Flash
Altered Carbon
Captain Cold
Justice League Action
Jughead Jones
Richard K. Morgan
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Bryan Fuller
Greg Berlanti
Geoff Johns
Heat Wave
Felicity Smoak
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Marc Guggenheim
Laeta Kalogridis
“TV Writer vs. Fandom: Writers’ Rooms and Fan Interaction” (PT38)
Ms. Marvel
Five Deadly Venoms
Nancy Drew (Film)
Into the Badlands
Little House on the Prairie books
Weird War Tales

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for the audio recording and Lauren Conoscenti for the photo.

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