From Podcast to Television: Widening the Lens

Mar 14, 2022

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

The investigative podcast "Somebody," a Pulitzer finalist from Topic Studios, The Intercept and the Invisible Institute, documents Shapearl Wells’ fearless quest to discover the truth about what happened to her son Courtney, who was found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound. With the Studio’s TV adaptation now in development, the panel will consider the opportunities and challenges of moving from podcast to TV. How to widen the lens and reinterpret the story cinematically? How to give voice and dimension to characters both existing and new? And how to protect the story’s integrity? Join us for a discussion into the dynamic process of reshaping stories for different mediums, while discovering the collaborative way the Studio’s verticals work together across formats.

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Alison Flowers

Invisible Institute

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Christy Gressman

Topic Studios

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Quan Phung

Topic Studios

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Shapearl Wells

The Courtney Copeland Memorial Foundation

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