Yesterday showrunner, writer and UArizona alum Wendy Mericle shared insight gained from an extensive television career with students in Jordan Fuller‘s class Writing the Short Screenplay.
Wendy currently serves as executive producer of Willow alongside Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Jonathan Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy, Roopesh Parekh, and Michelle Rejwan. The fantasy adventure series, based on the film of the same name, is scheduled to premiere next month on Disney +. Among her many previous credits, Wendy served as producer on the long-running series Arrow and Desperate Housewives and was a writer on Smallville.
Students were rapt as Wendy discussed the inner workings of a writer’s room and instilled the importance of persistence and developing a unique voice in the changing Hollywood landscape. The discussion was followed by a pitch session: students presented their concepts to Wendy and received invaluable feedback from one of the top showrunners in the business.