Writer, director, producer Marshall Herskovitz is one of the most prominent figures in film and television. With partner Ed Zwick, whom he met while attending the American Film Institute, Herskovitz created and executive produced the highly acclaimed TV shows thirtysomething and Once and Again, and co-wrote the film The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise. He served as producer on the films Traffic, I Am Sam, and Dangerous Beauty, which he also directed. In this revealing interview, you'll learn his theories on why writing is hallucinatory, directing is a samurai job, and how movies are like aircraft carriers.
Your Host: A journalist since 1996, Jay A. Fernandez has written extensively about the entertainment industry for The Los Angeles Times, Premiere, The Washington Post, Time Out New York, Entertainment Weekly, Savoy, Variety, USA Today, Los Angeles, LIFE, USA Weekend, ELLE, National Geographic KIDS, In Style, Seventeen, and Code. He currently writes the Scriptland column for the Los Angeles Times.