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Nicholas Weinstock is the president of Invention Films, a movie and television company in Los Angeles.

Weinstock has worked as a book editor at Random House and Riverhead Books, a teacher in South Africa, a firefighter in New York state, an essayist for National Public Radio and a journalist for The New York Times, The Nation, Spy Magazine, Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Poets & Writers and many other national publications. He is the author of a nonfiction book, The Secret Love of Sons, and two novels, As Long as She Needs Me and The Golden Hour. Formerly the creative head of Apatow Productions, he oversaw comedy in television and movies for Chernin Entertainment before launching his own production company.

Weinstock teaches creative writing in the Compton and Crenshaw public schools of Los Angeles and serves on the council of the Authors Guild and on the board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the writer Amanda Beesley, and their three children.

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Three Is the Magic Number

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Recently I was walking from my production company's offices on the Fox lot when my friends Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, creators of How I Met Your Mother, came around the corner. They were walking with a younger writer -- and halted, wide-eyed, at the sight of me.

"That...

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Let's All Make Sequels

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 6:02 PM

The other day, as I readied my seven-year-old for a playdate at his friend Henry's house, he let me know that Henry had a video camera and that they were planning to make a movie about a lump of bread dough that descended from outer space and attacked people. I...

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Happy Hollywood 2011

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 10:26 AM

PRODUCER

Hey, look who it is: Exec of the Year. I thought I might run into you at one of these holiday things.

EXECUTIVE
This is our Christmas party. How did you get on the lot? This is just for studio employ--

PRODUCER
Found a way. I'm a...

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2010 (and Here's to 2011)

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 7:09 PM

PRODUCER

Hey, man!


STUDIO EXECUTIVE
Uh-huh.


PRODUCER
Grabbing some coffee?

STUDIO EXECUTIVE
Yep. Excuse me.

PRODUCER
No, dude, I'm not cutting you on line. I'm just saying hi. You don't remember me, do you? I brought that Yahtzee pitch into...

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The Year in Technology: 2009

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 8:47 AM

1.

ME: ... So the three dragons crept deeper into the terrifying castle. They shivered with fear. A knight could be lurking around any corner. It took all their courage to snort enough fire out of their nostrils to light the way further into the -

LINC, 4: Pause....

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The Corporate Survivor's Guide to Email (Now More than Ever)

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 6:40 PM

Thank you!

Translation:  Fuck you.  Generally found at the end of emailed instructions, as in "Please let me know, in the future, anytime you'll be occupying the conference room during an hour when my team is scheduled to use it.  Thank you!"  An expression of...

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Breaking News: Hollywood Execs Ahead of Curve

(4) Comments | Posted February 15, 2008 | 6:57 PM

LOS ANGELES - It's not surprising -- as has become clear in the giddy productivity and oceanic email volume of these post-strike days -- that many writers turn out to have written scripts on spec over the past few months. Who can blame a harried artist for seizing the rare...

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Love Sonnet from Building 103

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2007 | 8:47 PM

O Writers! As your art has turned, bradless, to signs,
So our sealed windows have gone noisy with honks.
We cower, heartsick, above your writhing lines
As our assistants pitch us game shows and their writing services on Monk.

O Writers! To beep ourselves, e'en to...

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The Good Knight

(5) Comments | Posted September 14, 2007 | 11:23 AM

The other day was Derek's birthday, which meant he was the boss. This is probably a parenting mistake, but that's our policy: whichever kid has the birthday has the sole right to choreograph the party down to the last quirky detail, from the flamboyant food, to the strict and...

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Fears of a Clown

(19) Comments | Posted June 20, 2007 | 7:42 PM

For years it's been opined in newspaper arts sections across the nation and in overcrowded Coffee Beans across Los Angeles, but only now does it seem to be factually accurate: comedy is dying. The Upfronts (television networks' annual presentation of new shows to national advertisers) has come and gone with...

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