The Creator Of 'The Bold Type' On Getting Started In TV Writing & What It Takes To Run A Show

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The Creator Of 'The Bold Type' On Getting Started In TV Writing & What It Takes To Run A Show

You might not know Sarah Watson's name, but you know her work. She’s the creator of The Bold Type on Freeform and she was a writer and executive producer on NBC’s Parenthood. She’s sold pilots to ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and Amazon, and back in the '80s, she played in muddy creeks and caught tadpoles near her northern Californian home with her best friend, Katrina Sophia. That’s me.

Sarah's passion for television and storytelling is what led her to create the kind of TV she wanted to watch. In 2017, when The Bold Type premiered, she began as showrunner and executive producer. After the first season wrapped, Sarah stepped away from her day to day role on the series.

She may not be involved with The Bold Type any longer (she'll always be the creator of the show— that will never change) but she's still a big fan of the series, having seen it off the ground.

Sarah and I caught up over Zoom (where else) and, because I had never really talked to her about all this before, we discussed what it was like pitching and creating The Bold Type and what it’s really like being a TV writer and creator.

It's always fun to chat with your childhood best friend, but it's even better when they're super talented and successful. Let's go.

Sarah Watson, right, with the cast of The Bold Type. Image courtesy of Sarah Watson

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