With credits ranging from Captain Phillips to The Hunger Games, plus several stints in WGA contract negotiations, Billy Ray knows as much as any screenwriter about the realities of working writers and the turmoil in the industry. He joins us to talk about his new Amazon pilot, The Last Tycoon, which charts the behind-the-scenes drama at a 1930s Hollywood studio.
From there, we look at how much people get paid for a $200 million movie, the wild success of Warcraft in China, and how great television is doing financially.
The 250-episode Scriptnotes USB drives are back in the store, so be sure to grab one before they sell out.
You can download the episode here.