A Conversation with Tom Fontana & David Simon

A Conversation with Tom Fontana & David Simon

Date: Saturday, 6/11
Time: 10 AM
Venue: Google Fiber Space

After more than a decade of reporting crime from the streets of Baltimore, how did a career journalist like David Simon learn to navigate a TV writers’ room? The outcome was in no small part due to the indispensable guidance of veteran TV producer Tom Fontana. Together, they brought Simon’s realistic characterization of the BPD’s Homicide division to life in the provocative and critically-lauded, Homicide: Life on the Street. Separately, the two would go on to create two series that began to define HBO and stand out as part of the TV revolution: Oz and The Wire. Join Simon and Fontana as they reflect on their earlier and vastly different experiences in the realm of 90s broadcast TV.

Panelists: Tom Fontana (OZ, Homicide: Life on the Street), David Simon (The Wire, Treme)
Moderator: Beau Willimon (House of Cards)