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Backstory issue 16 – our TV issue – is now live on the iPad!

(all versions – even the mini)

We publish exclusively on the iPad and hope to have our magazine on the web soon, right here in fact, so please understand this is a temporary home page.

There’s a ton of great pieces in issue 16 – so – please check out a free PDF of our table of contents by clicking the link near the top right of this page.

Issue 16 contains plenty of in-depth interviews with top directors, screenwriters, playwrights, producers and artists and is enhanced with multimedia elements plus full length scripts and excerpts for you to read!

The sixteenth issue of Backstory is jam packed with full-length interviews from today’s most innovative storytellers and includes:

A Few Backstory Issue 16 Highlights:

**Cover Story: The TV Issue**

We binge-watch like the best of ‘em and for our first TV issue we examined the creative habits and processes behind some of our favorite shows!

House of Cards
Beau Willimon puts Frank Underwood through the ringer in the excellent third season of his acclaimed drama.

Better Call Saul
Breaking Bad vets Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison take us inside the writers’ room of the accliamed spinoff’s excellent first season.

Childrens Hospital
Rob Corddry, David Wain and Jonathan Stern on the sixth season of Adult Swim’s deliciously demented show. Plus read two episodes!

The Last Man on Earth
Writer-star Will Forte plus executive producers Philip Lord and Chris Miller discuss Fox’s apocalyptically clever new comedy.

American Odyssey
Co-creators Adam Armus and Kay Foster on the long, strange trip bringing their drama to the small screen. Plus read the pilot!

Veronica MarsRob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright return to the small screen with a brilliantly funny comic adaptation.

The Comedians
Co-creator/showrunner Ben Wexler on the hilarious FX mocumentary series starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad.

Billy & Billie
An edgy but amusing narrative from Neil LaBute flows to the small screen as he writes and directs a new 10-episode series for DirecTV.

ALSO: You’ll love these other in-depth storytelling pieces

Black List Tales: Rockingham
Adam Morrison’s fresh and unique take on the O.J. Simpson trial lands him on the coveteed compendium. Plus read the script!

Bookish: Independent Ed
Edward Burns details his filmmaking career in an inspiring book about his love of movies and the great lengths he goes to get his projects made. Plus read a chapter!

The Producer: George Schlatter
A TV legend of both comedy and variety shows refelects on his hits and misses.

The Short: Too Many Cooks
Casper Kelly sent the Internet into a frenzy with his subersive, twisted take on a family sitcom—plus see an outtake and the outline.

The Short: Power/Rangers
With his latest effort, producer Adi Shankar continues to delight fans and baffle Hollywood.

The Short: Unedited Footage of a Bear
Producer Alan Resnick and Ben O’Brien discuss their Adult Swim shorts and how they made the scariest film of 2014.

Staged: It’s Only a Play!
Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally and Tony-winning director Jack O’Brien discuss one of Broadway’s freshest revivals.

Current Cinema: While We’re Young
Writer-director Noah Baumbach returns with another crowd-pleasing comedy chronicling a midlife crisis.

Current Cinema: Ex Machina
Alex Garland hops into the director’s chair for the first time to shepherd his sic-fi drama to the screen.

Plus experience a full art gallery from Mondo’s recent Eyes Without A Face exhibit along with an artist interview and much, much more!

Backstory issue 16 delivers the winter read you’ve been craving!

Download or view a full issue 16 Table of Contents PDF by clicking on it on the top right of this page!

TO READ THE MAGAZINE RIGHT NOW: Type Backstory into the iPad App store and you can download the Backstory app for free.

Once you’ve downloaded the app – it will open in your Apple newsstand and when you touch the cover, it will then open the app offering you issue 01 for free (for a limited time) or issues 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 for $4.99 each.

If you want to save some money, please consider subscribing!

If you do not own an iPad – stay tuned for updates! We will be launching a fully interactive web version RIGHT HERE in 2015 – so please check back!

—Thank you for helping spread the word and remember the app and Issue 01 are still free on the iPad!—