Rated 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Apple TV+’s Severance is one of 2022’s most acclaimed new shows. Already greenlit for a second season, this mind- and genre-bending series offers a heady mix of sci-fi dramedy, conspiracy mystery, and psychological thriller as it investigates the concept of work/life balance in a speculative realm in which office workers’ personal and professional experiences are eerily siloed.
We were thrilled to chat with creator/writer Dan Erickson, whose inventive series features a unique and brilliant script, sublime direction by Ben Stiller, incredible casting highlighted by Adam Scott’s note-perfect central performance and Christopher Walken’s biggest role on the small screen, and meticulous design.
Recorded on May 9, 2022
Dan Erickson began writing plays and making movies with his siblings and friends at a young age and went on to get his BA in English and Creative Writing from Western Washington University. He later attended NYU’s Tisch School, where he received a Masters in Dramatic Writing. Upon moving to LA, Dan delivered food and worked in a string of office jobs, all while conceiving and writing the original pilot for Severance. The script became the first TV pilot ever selected for the annual BloodList, which ultimately led to a creative partnership with Red Hour Productions, Endeavor Content, and Apple. Dan splits his time between LA and NY, while sneaking back to his beloved Washington state every chance he gets.
Host: Duana Taha
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, 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.