Crazy Stupid Cancer – Scripting Compelling Cancer Storylines for the Screen

Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, brought together leading TV writers and producers and medical experts for a panel discussion titled “Crazy Stupid Cancer: Scripting Compelling Cancer Storylines for the Screen” on March 14 at the Writers Guild of America, West.

“We’re so pleased to bring together this incredible panel of experts to talk to us about one of the most important health topics of our time,” said HH&S Director Sandra de Castro Buffington in her introductory remarks. The participants included Dr. Lisa Richardson, an oncologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Vijay Trisal, a surgical oncologist and cancer researcher at the City of Hope National Medical Center; Darlene Hunt, the creator and executive producer of Showtime’s “The Big C”; Jessica Queller, a writer-producer for The CW’s “Gossip Girl” and author of “Pretty Is What Changes”; and Patti Carr, co-executive producer of “90210,” which also airs on The CW.