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April 13 SALON with OUTLANDER Writer/Producers
Special Guests: Toni Graphia & Matt Roberts, OUTLANDER writer/producers
The April 13th Hollywood Salon will be an in-depth look at the writing team behind the STARZ hit series OUTLANDER. Our special guests in April have the fortunate jobs of writing one of the biggest and most ambitious shows on television.
Toni Graphia was our Salon guest two years ago, but her work on OUTLANDER was still top secret. Now that the show has become a big hit and the second season is just getting underway, we asked her back to bring us up to date. She has written multiple episodes of the series, spent several months on the set in Scotland, and was recently promoted to Executive Producer.
She is bringing one of her writing colleagues, Co-Executive Producer Matthew Roberts. Matt started his career as a development reader, where he wrote glowing coverage for the OUTLANDER novels by Diana Gabaldon and brought them to the attention of the show’s creator, Ron D. Moore. Now Matt writes for the show he helped bring to the screen.
OUTLANDER follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Toni, a Louisiana native, began her television career working on the critically acclaimed Vietnam drama China Beach. She’s gone on to write over 90 episodes of quality TV drama on shows such as Battlestar Galactica (named by Time Magazine as one of TV’s Top 5 Dramas), HBO’s Carnivale, Roswell, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, JJ Abram’s Alcatraz, and Grey’s Anatomy. She’s also sold and written 17 pilots for networks including NBC, CBS, FOX, USA and Lifetime. She’s been honored with a Writer’s Guild nomination, an AFI Award for Television Excellence, and the prestigious Peabody Award. Toni has also taught writing at USC, UCLA, UCSB and Emerson College.
In addition to his writing credits on OUTLANDER, Matt has also written for the Battlestar Galatica spin-off, Caprica, and CW’s cheerleader comedy, Hellcats, as well as a pilot for ABC. His beautiful photography of the Scottish highlands where OUTLANDER is shot can be seen on his photo blog here.
You won’t want to miss hearing Toni & Matt’s stories of working from the beginning of an epic television series, from the writer’s room to the sets on location with cast & crew in Scotland.
Hope to see you Monday, April 13th at the Culver.