Creator Talk: The Wilds

Recorded on March 31, 2021 at 6pm PST on VIFF Connect

Presented by
Creative BC

Part survival drama, part coming-of-age story, The Wilds follows a group of teenage girls from radically diverse backgrounds after an airplane crash leaves them stranded on a deserted island. Using daring narrative approaches to tackling very serious subject matter, the show is intended for a female audience and the production team behind The Wilds is predominately female: 9 leads, 6 directors, 4 executive producers, 4 writers, and a stunt coordinator. We’re thrilled to host Sarah Streicher, creator/executive producer, and Amy Harris, showrunner/executive producer, as they talk about the show’s cross-genre storytelling and its addictive, adrenaline-laced cocktail of drama, mystery and tension.

Session Participants

Sarah Streicher is a screenwriter and playwright from Toledo, Ohio. Among other projects, she’s written on the acclaimed third season of Netflix’s Daredevil and an upcoming Pixar feature to be directed by Domee Shi (BAO). Sarah created and is Executive Producer of THE WILDS, which premiered in December 2020 on Amazon and is currently in production on its second season. She has an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California and an MA in French Literature from Stanford University.

Amy B. Harris is the executive producer and showrunner for the Amazon series The Wilds. She also developed and executive produced The Carrie Diaries, the prequel to Sex and the City. Amy previously served as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series Sex and the City. Harris’ credits also include The Comeback, Gossip Girl, Wicked City and Designated Survivor.

Duana Taha is a TV writer & producer whose credits include six seasons on the award-winning Degrassi: The Next Generation, Slasher: Solstice, digital series Upstairs Amy, the upcoming Surrealestate on SYFY, and several series in active development.
Duana is also the bestselling author of ‘The Name Therapist’, and has been quoted in The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, and The Observer. She is a long-time contributor on www.laineygossip.com and co-host of popular podcast Show Your Work, where she and Lainey Lui explore the hard work behind the effortless-looking magic of Hollywood.

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