New Money, Old Rules: The Gilded Age Podcast (Julian Fellowes and Sonja Warfield Interview)

Welcome to New Money, Old Rules: The Gilded Age Podcast!  Join Caroline and Mike each week as they discuss HBO’s new period drama, The Gilded Age!

On a special episode of New Money, Old Rules: The Gilded Age Podcast, Caroline and Mike sit down to chat with series creator, writer, and executive producer, Lord Julian Fellowes and series co-writer and co-executive producer, Sonja Warfield!  

NOTE: This interview was recorded via Zoom and so it has less optimal audio than we’re used to.

Guest Bios:

Writer, director, producer, novelist and actor Julian Fellowes has had an extensive and lauded career in film, television, publishing and the dramatic arts.  He received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2002 for Gosford Park, which was his first produced film.  Fellowes is creator, sole writer and executive producer of the worldwide hit series Downton Abbey which over its six seasons received 69 Emmy Award nominations; winning 15, including writing and Outstanding Miniseries or Movie for Fellowes.  He also received a Golden Globe Award and Special BAFTA Award for Downton Abbey.  His film writing credits include Vanity Fair, Separate Lies (National Board of Review Directorial Debut Award), From Time to Time, The Young Victoria, The Tourist, Romeo & Juliet, The Chaperone, the Downton Abbey movie and the upcoming Downton Abbey: A New Era.  His television writing credits include Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Prince and the Pauper, Titanic, Doctor Thorne, Belgravia, The English Game and The Gilded Age. He is responsible for the ‘book’ of the Broadway musicals, Mary Poppins and School of Rock – The Musical for which he received a Tony nomination.  He also wrote the books for Half a Sixpence and The Wind in the Willows, both of which played in the West End in 2017.  He has written three Sunday Times Best Sellers, SnobsPast Imperfect and Belgravia.  In January 2011, he was given a peerage and entered the House of Lords as the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford.

Sonja Warfield is a television writer and author best known for her work on the Emmy Award-winning NBC sitcom Will & Grace as well as BET’s hit comedy The Game. Currently, she’s Co-Executive Producer for HBO’s highly anticipated historical drama The Gilded Age. Over the course of her nearly 20-year career, Sonja’s also picked up credits from a diverse range of television shows including Disney Channel’s popular Liv and Maddie; BET’s Zoe Ever After, which featured pop star Brandy; the animated series She-Ra for Dreamworks/Netflix, where she also penned an original song; and the ABC comedy Jake in Progress. She’s developed and written pilots/projects for ABC, NBC, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Lifetime, Universal TV, Sony Pictures Television and HBO. Ms. Warfield also writes feature films, including a screenplay adaptation of a novel for Alcon Entertainment and 2S, a Hilary Swank production company.

In addition to television and film, Ms. Warfield is author of the entertaining, empowering and inspiring book Get Your Butt Off My Couch (And Your Hand Outta My Wallet), a woman’s guide to getting rid of her deadbeat husband, boyfriend or boo-thing. Sonja and her book have been featured on numerous radio and television programs including The Dr. Phil Show.

Ms. Warfield has a B.A. in Cinema/Television-Critical Studies from the University of Southern California where she has taught television writing.

Follow Sonja online at Twitter and at her Website.


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New Money, Old Rules: The Gilded Age Podcast is a Pod Clubhouse original production, recorded and produced at Pod Clubhouse studios. This episode was edited by Caroline Daley and assembled by Michael Caputo.