Set in a time of leg warmers and Cold War–chill, The Americans follows two Soviet spies (Felicity’s Keri Russell and Brothers & Sisters’ Matthew Rhys) undercover as a troubled married couple trying to steal U.S. secrets and blend seamlessly into American suburban life of the 1980s. Vividly detailed, the show captures Reagan-era politics and pop culture with equal brilliance. Creative team members, Joe Weisberg—himself a former CIA officer—Joel Fields and Justin Weinberger, screen an episode and take you behind the scenes of crafting FX’s award winning drama. RSVP
JOEL FIELDS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/WRITER, THE AMERICANS
Joel Fields is a writer/executive producer/showrunner on FX’s critically-acclaimed series The Americans. The show has been nominated for fourteen Emmy® Awards, including two for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. The Americans has also been honored with a TCA Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, a Peabody Award and numerous AFI Awards.
Prior to The Americans, Fields served as a writer/executive producer on the first two seasons of TNT’s hit television show Rizzoli & Isles. He also served as a writer/executive producer on ABC’s Golden Globe®-winning series Ugly Betty and on the FX series Dirt. Other credits include Steven Bochco's Raising the Bar, Commander in Chief and Over There.
In addition to his TV work, Fields is also a playwright. His original play How I Fell in Love premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and ran in New York at The Abingdon Theater Company. Fields lives in New York with his wife, Jessica, and their two children.
JUSTIN WEINBERGER, WRITER/SCRIPT COORDINATOR, THE AMERICANS
This is Justin Weinberger’s television debut as a writer, and his third season on The Americans. He got his start on television dramas in 2004, honed his craft under Academy Award-nominated directors and producers, and is grateful to be on missions with this amazing, Emmy-nominated team.
He is also the author of the children’s book, Reformed (Scholastic Press, 2017) -- a novel about a reform school for bullies, the “innocent” kid who gets sent there, and the way he learns to stand up for himself and others.
Originally from in Easton, Pennsylvania, Weinberger studied writing and television production at Syracuse University, and now lives in Brooklyn.
JOE WEISBERG, CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/WRITER, THE AMERICANS
Joe Weisberg grew up in Chicago. He worked in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations in the early 1990s. After leaving the agency, he worked as a novelist and teacher.
Weisberg created FX Network’s critically-acclaimed and Emmy®-nominated drama series The Americans, now entering its sixth season, and on which he currently serves as co-showrunner.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
MODERATOR: SHRUTI GANGULY, FOUNDER, honto88
Shruti is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. She has made several feature films that have gone to Sundance, Venice, Berlin, Telluride and AFI.
Shruti recently launched her own production and media company, honto88, which focuses on scripted film and television, narrative features and videos and VR, with strong female voices and crafted through a socially responsible lens. She recently wrapped production on a feature with Keanu Reeves called Green Dolphin, and is developing several other scripted films and TV series, including Girly with Refinery29 and Rashida Jones, and Chain Reaction with First Look Media. She will be directing her first feature, Eternal Buzz, next year.
She was a founding partner at Fictionless, a production company that focuses on documentaries, TV series, and branded content. Prior to Fictionless, she ran the video departments and developed the video strategy at NYLON, MTV, and Conde Nast (crafting the CLIO-winning 73 Questions series for Vogue).
Shruti is a member of Obama’s ECCO committee and is on the Creative Council for Emily's List. She was a TED India (Ink) Fellow, a Global Economic Symposium Young Fellow, a Kenshin Oshima Scholar and a Wayfare Fellow. Shruti received her Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and was the first graduate of NYU's dual MFA/MBA program at Tisch and Stern. She hails from India, by way of Oman.