Monday, August 10th, 2020
Hollywood Salon…on Zoom!
Our Special Guest: JON BOKENKAMP – Showrunner
We hope you can join us a week from tomorrow for what promises to be an epic Salon with a showrunner from the heart of Nebraska! Tune in on Zoom to hear how the NCC shaped his path in becoming a successfully sought-after storyteller in Hollywood. Prior to the Covid realities of working from home, he regularly commuted from Kearney to LA, digitally and in-person. His process now makes him a pioneer of the remote writer’s room!
JON BOKENKAMP created and serves as an executive producer on the NBC drama THE BLACKLIST. A native of Kearney, Nebraska, Bokenkamp’s feature film work includes the thriller THE CALL for Halle Berry and IFC TriStar Pictures, an adaptation of the serial-killer novel TAKING LIVES for Angelina Jolie and Warner Bros., and PERFECT STRANGER for Halle Berry, Bruce Willis and IFC Columbia Pictures. He has collaborated with such directors as Tony Scott (TOP GUN), William Friedkin (THE EXORCIST) and Joe Carnahan (THE GREY). He also served as a creator and executive producer on NBC’s THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION, a spinoff of the original series.
Bokenkamp attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, before graduating with honors from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to his work in television and feature films, Bokenkamp is the founder and creative director of the World Theatre in Kearney. To adapt to the realities of the pandemic, the World Theater moved heaven and earth to build a new drive-in movie theatre. In a full circle twist, drive-ins were the subject of Jon’s thesis project at USC, the documentary, AFTER SUNSET.
Production of THE BLACKLIST was interrupted due to Covid, and Jon quickly adapted that episode to serve as the season finale – finishing out scenes using animation. We’ll be showing you part of that successful episode, the evolution of the idea, and the preparations being put in place to shoot post-Covid. We also have to know more about the launch of the World Theater’s Drive-In! Join us as we cover these subjects and more next Monday. What will be your next Coast Connection? Whether you have an interest in writing or producing hit shows, you’ll want to connect with Jon at the next Salon on Monday, August 10th! And mark your calendars – September’s special guest is Writer and Executive Story Editor HEATHER MARION of BETTER CALL SAUL. More to come soon!
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NCCers have joined us from all over the globe with Zoom.