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Showrunning Daybreak ft. Aron Eli Coleite (PT159)

Alex and Nick invite Aron Eli Coleite, executive producer, co-creator, and showrunner of Netflix’s Daybreak, to learn all about his writing process and running (or curating) the post-apocalyptic dramedy.

From staffing a writers’ room and breaking character stories, to communicating a creative vision and producing the show, we take a deep dive into what goes into creating a series from the inside.

PT159 Aron Eli Coleite


1 – Beginnings and becoming a showrunner (00:01:09)
2 – Staffing Daybreak: reading samples, assembling the right staff, showrunner meetings, and creating opportunities (00:20:16)
3 – The Daybreak writers’ room and writing process: blue-skying, breaking episodes, structure, and character arcs (00:37:26)
4 – Production of Daybreak: department heads and casting (01:05:37)
Final advice, resources, and next week on (01:17:09)


Daybreak on Netflix
“The Only Podcast Left” – Daybreak scripted podcast on Spotify
Aron Eli Coleite on Twitter
Aron Eli Coleite on Instagram


“Understanding Comics” – Scott McCloud

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