In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Craig Mazin, the writer, creator, and executive producer of the HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, discusses his approach to creating a dramatized account of the historic 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine which was then part of the Soviet Union. The critically-acclaimed miniseries tells the story of the men and women who made sacrifices to save Europe from an unprecendented disaster while battling the USSR's culture of disinformation.

 

Guest

Craig Mazin is the writer and executive producer of the five-part series Chernobyl, which tells the true story of the world’s worst nuclear disaster and the remarkable acts of bravery and sacrifice that followed. The series premieres on HBO in May and stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson. Mazin’s previous writing credits include the blockbuster films Identity Theif, The Hangover 2 and 3, and The Huntsman: Winter's War. Mazin currently cohosts the popular weekly screenwriting podcast “Scriptnotes” with fellow writer John August.

 

Moderator

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.