HBO Max Buys Romantic Comedy ‘Beth & Sam’ From Emily Wilson, Betsy Thomas, Jim Parsons & Jamie Tarses

She's repped by Karl Austen. Thomas created the romantic comedy series My Boys, which aired for four seasons on TBS and was executive produced by Tarses via FanFare. Her other recent directing credits include Mom, The Unicorn, Superstore and Mad About You. She most recently directed multiple episodes of Fox's Outmatched.
Tarses executive produces for FanFare along with Parsons and Todd Spiewak for That's Wonderful. Eric Norsoph co-executive produces for That's Wonderful. TV. FanFare and That's Wonderful co-produce in associate with Warner Bros. Wilson and Thomas executive produce and serve as co-showrunners.
She previously served as co-executive producer on The Kids Are Alright and co-producer on Cougartown. Wilson is a co-executive producer on The Conners. She's repped by Odenkirk Provissiero and attorney Gregg Gellman.
EXCLUSIVE: HBO Max has put in development Beth & Sam, a half-hour single-camera comedy from Emily Wilson (The Conners), My Boys creator Betsy Thomas, Jamie Tarses' FanFare Productions, Jim Parsons and That's Wonderful Productions and Warner Bros. TV, where That's Wonderful is under an overall deal.
Co-written by Wilson and Thomas, Beth & Sam is a romantic comedy about a relationship between two women who have every reason “not” to be together — including that one of them is supposedly straight and married.
Former Big Bang Theory star Parsons and That's Wonderful also has LGBTQ+ docuseries Equal set at HBO Max, with Greg Berlanti and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Additionally, the company is behind the upcoming Fox comedy series Call Me Kat, headlined by Parsons' Big Bang co-star Mayim Bialik.
FanFare's upcoming series include The Wilds on Amazon and The Mysterious Benedict Society on Hulu.” />

WGA West Workshops Take Aim At Sexual Harassment

The next workshops will be held at the guild’s offices Saturday at 10:30 AM; at the Intercontinental Century City on October 30 at 8:30 AM and 7 PM; and at the Beverly Hilton on November 8 at 8:30 AM and 7 PM.
The workshops were designed by the board’s Sexual Harassment Subcommittee and RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.
In January, the guild issued a Statement of Principles on Sexual Harassment that will “form the basis of our policies and actions going forward,” telling members the principles will serve “as our starting point toward meaningful change in our industry’s treatment of sexual harassment and discrimination.”” />
“The workshop is so helpful beyond just sexual harassment – including how to set the tone of a writers’ room, how to address bullying, and how to support a victim of harassment,” said writer and WGA West board member Betsy Thomas in a posting on the guild’s website.
A recent WGA survey of more than 2,000 members found that 64% of female writers – and 11% of male writers – had experienced sexual harassment sometime in their careers, and that “a significant amount of the harassment writers experience occurs in the writers’ room.”
In its ongoing campaign to end sexual harassment in the workplace, the WGA West has launched a series of workshops to help members recognize what sexual harassment looks like – including its causes and impacts – and to develop prevention and response strategies.