It is said that “clothes make the man,” but before you go out and shop for your Writer Dad, study the threads worn by the writers of the best TV show ever made.

The writers room of Breaking Bad.

Clearly, the $200 Prada tie isn’t going to help Dad write a great show. Consider shelving the whole haberdashery idea in favor of the tools for success seen in this photo:

  1. Generic hand sanitizer
  2. Plain white index cards
  3. Tissues, square box only
  4. Comfortable shoes for resting on table
  5. Staring contest, where Dad is not allowed to smile for the entire day. (Top pick! Huge development deal ahead!)

Happy Father’s Day from THE WAY WE WORK!

Show Dad you care after all. Pre-orders are now available:

COMING SOON! The Way We Work: On The Job In Hollywood

Despite increasing corporate mergers and bottom-line thinking, the entertainment business will never function like a bank or an insurance company because it is an industry rooted in imagination. Rules are meant to be broken. The best work is often produced in an environment where plans change by the minute and nothing seems to make sense. To wit, those who choose this profession must alter preconceived notions of work itself, sometimes discovering that fantasy and horror describe both movie genres and life on the job. The phenomenon crosses class lines: From the writers, directors, and producers to the lawyers, agents, studio executives, and crew and right down to the porta-potty suppliers.

The Way We Work: On the Job in Hollywood provides a window into the skill sets and the insanity that make movies and television tick. Essays by award-winning writers, directors, and producers chronicle the process and the obstacles facing those at the top of the creative food chain. Oral histories from executives to “below-the-line” workers describe life in the trenches, which often present as Stud’s Terkel’s Working–on acid.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be profiling our talented contributors, keeping you posted on the pub date (tentatively, July 9), and giving you the scoop on the exciting book events we have planned.

Till next time… Bruce