NYWIFT Talks with “Impeachment: American Crime Story” Showrunner Sarah Burgess

Welcome to NYWIFT Talks, a weekly series to bring updated news and vital information about the impact of COVID-19 on the media and entertainment industry. Industry professionals will be in conversation discussing what you need to know about theatrical releases, digital advances, virtual tools, festival opportunities, production updates and more. 

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On the Fall Season Premiere of NYWIFT Talks, we are joined by Sarah Burgess, the creator and head writer on Impeachment: American Crime Story. The series examines this American scandal from the perspectives of those who were overlooked and silenced, diving into sexism, power imbalances, and stifled resentments. Join us to discuss her new series, the industry during a pandemic, and what else is in the works. 

This discussion will be led by NYWIFT Board Member, Gretchen McGowan.

Date: Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
Time: 4PM ET
Cost: Free



Sarah Burgess is currently the showrunner, head writer, and executive producer of Impeachment: American Crime Story, the upcoming installment of FX and Ryan Murphy Productions’ Emmy-winning series, American Crime Story, set to premiere in September 2021. Impeachment: American Crime Story unravels the national scandal that swept up Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp as principal characters in the country’s first impeachment proceedings in over a century. The show features a stellar cast starring Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton, Clive Owen as President Bill Clinton, Anthony Green as Al Gore, Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg, Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge, and Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter. She is a New York playwright and screenwriter. Her play Dry Powder won the 2016 Laurents Hatcher Prize, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was nominated for an Olivier Award in London. It premiered at the Public Theater in a production directed by Thomas Kail, starring Claire Danes, John Krasinski, Hank Azaria and Sanjit De Silva. Burgess’ additional plays include Kings (Public Theater world premiere) and Camdenside (Ground Floor selection, Berkeley Rep), and she has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project.

Gretchen McGowan (moderator) is an award-winning producer and the Head of Production for Goldcrest Features in New York City where she oversees titles such as CarolMojaveSlumberRestrepoCarrie Pilby and Danger, Close. Gretchen has collaborated with Sebastian Junger on five films and she is now working with Junger and Fisher Stevens on a new film about the Mexican cartels and the caravan. Gretchen independently produced Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control, a Focus Features release and Magnolia Pictures’ American Swing. While Head of Production with Mark Cuban’s HDNet Films, Blow Up Pictures and Open City Films she supervised over 25 features including RedactedEnronBroken EnglishBubbleLovely and Amazing and Coffee and Cigarettes. She line produced The DancemakerBuffalo ’66Two Girls and a GuyAmerican Psycho and Heavy.

September 29 @ 4:00pm
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (1h)

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Free event.



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.