Podcast Episode 35 – Ralph Sevush

 

If you’re a writer, then you should know you’ve got a guardian angel.

And that guardian angel sits in an office in 1501 Broadway, is a Mets fan, and has made it his mission to make sure that your work, your rights, and your future are protected.

I’m talking about Ralph Sevush, the Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Wait – you don’t know about the Dramatists Guild?  Well, you’re about to, because in this podcast, Ralph is not only going to tell you how it started, but why it started, and why it ain’t never going away.  He also talks about . . .

  • What the heck is the APC (Approved Production Contract) anyway?
  • Why he’d like to sit down with Broadway Producers and recalibrate that APC for today’s unique producing market.
  • Does he agree with John Breglio about the potential for a Hollywood writer deal working on Broadway?
  • How the current Producer – Writer negotiation system is costing producers money, and how we can fix it.
  • Why the Boston Red Sox really are superior to the New York Mets. (Ok, ok, he didn’t talk about that – that was just me throwing that in there . . . hehe.)

What you’re going to love about this podcast is the passion with which this man works to protect every single writer out there, whether you’re a fivetime Tony winner, or a rookie who just joined the Guild . . . but also how Ralph acknowledges that the business has changed since the Guild was formed and how the Guild is eager to change with it.

Listen in, and if you’re a member of the Guild, you’re lucky to have someone like Ralph in your corner.

Click above to listen.

Listen to it on iTunes here.  (And give me a rating, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

Click here to read the transcript.

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  • Melissa Bell says:

    So funny that you mentioned Air Supply; funny enough Graham Russell wrote a new musical too: DEVIL AND THE DEEP, a musical reimagining of Treasure Island. The Dramatist Guild helped quite a bit with advice, too!

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