Posts Tagged ‘David Crane’

“Five” Premieres Tonight on Lifetime!

Monday, October 10th, 2011

From Marta Kauffman and fellow executive producers Jennifer Aniston, Paula Wagner, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy, and Francesca Silvestri, comes Five, an anthology of five short films “exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives.” Known primarily for her comedies (she and writing partner David Crane co-executive produced Dream On, and co-created Veronica’s Closet and Friends), Kauffman shared a few words about incorporating humor into Five in her Archive interview:

“I’m working on a project for Lifetime … with Jennifer Aniston – she’s also executive producer. We’re doing five short films about breast cancer that will all air in one night, which I am very excited about. They’ll bring humor to a pretty dark subject … It’s a drama because it’s breast cancer, but there will be comedy in it.”

Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins, and Penelope Spheeris directed the films, and Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Kathy Najimy, Tony Shalhoub, Jeffrey Tambor, and Archive Interviewee Bob Newhart are among the stars. Five airs tonight at 9pm/8c on Lifetime.

View Marta Kauffman’s full interview with David Crane here:
http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/david-crane-and-marta-kauffman

The one where “Friends” creators tell their story: Marta Kauffman & David Crane’s interview now online

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The writers and co-creators of Friends and Dream On shared their story with the Archive in 2010. The longtime writing partners were interviewed together, and individually about their past and current projects. David Crane was recently nominated for and Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Episodes, which he briefly discusses. Their complete interview is now online at emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/david-crane-and-marta-kauffman

On the effect Friends had on American pop culture:

“At a certain point the show tells you what it wants, and you know you’re going in a certain direction and you had no idea that this arc would be so powerful and you have to go with it… When you do a show, your intention is not to affect American culture or to have people start wanting to wear their hair like this or dress like that.”

On what Friends means to them:

David Crane on advice to aspiring TV writers, from his solo interview:

On why their writing partnership was successful:

ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW
David Crane and  Marta Kauffman were interviewed for three hours in Burbank, CA. They spoke of how they began writing together, their partnership with Kevin Bright, and the creation of the popular series Friends as well as Dream On and other series and pilots they worked on together. They spoke in great detail about Friends; its development, cast, and writing process. Crane and Kauffman were also interviewed separately, speaking about their early influences as well as more current solo projects. The interview was conducted by Beth Cochran on October 7, 2010.