Honors Lecture Series: I Feel Seen featuring Matt Huether

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Honors Lecture Series

The television landscape has changed drastically over the past 20 years, going from mostly multi-camera sitcoms and procedural dramas on a handful of networks to a boom of binge-watching, streaming services, and nearly 500 scripted TV shows a year. Writing for Degrassi throughout that time— as well as programs like The LA Complex and Mary Kills People— Matt Huether has worked on shows that cut through the noise by creating bold characters and confronting controversial topics. He’ll take you inside the TV writers’ room, explore how television producing and storytelling have changed over the past two decades, and talk about how to make exciting TV that connects to viewers not through sheer spectacle, but by doing the hard work required to dig deep on real and often boundary-pushing issues— making the audience feel seen.

Matt Huether is an Emmy-nominated, Humanitas Prize-winning TV writer/producer who's most recently served as Supervising Producer on the darkly funny drama Mary Kills People and as Executive Producer on the Netflix original series Degrassi: Next Class. All told, he’s written for the acclaimed teen franchise Degrassi for 12 seasons, which allowed him to tell the kinds of stories he loves— exciting, authentic, delightful, and emotionally-grounded stories about real people from all walks of life. Born in small town Sarnia, Ontario, and raised by 80s and 90s television, Matt has also written for shows as varied as The LA Complex and Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, has been nominated for three WGC Screenwriting Awards, has won four Canadian Screen Awards, and was named one of Playback Magazine's "Ten to Watch" in 2010. Matt currently lives in Toronto with his talented wife, two delightful kids, and a dog named Pirate.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Tempe Campus - Vista Del Sol Theater

Hosted By: Tempe

More Info: Shannon Osgood