Who: Brothers and comedy writing duo originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia, who resettled in Louisville, Kentucky to escape civil war, and now live in L.A. Currently staffed on CBS’s comedy The Great Indoors.
How did you break in or get your start in screenwriting?
We moved to Los Angeles without any industry contacts—our only option was to write our way in. So we neglected our personal lives, wrote nonstop and submitted to every writing contest, fellowship and program in town, until we won enough to finally get noticed. Our biggest break was getting accepted into the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, which opened many doors and launched our television writing career.
Who are some of your favorite screenwriters?
We’re huge fans of Neal Marlens and Carol Black, the creators of The Wonder Years, which is hands down our favorite television series. It pretty much inspires everything we write. We also admire Larry David, Greg Daniels and Tina Fey.
What’s been your favorite experience at Austin Film Festival?
Meeting Peter Mehlman at a roundtable discussion was pretty surreal. We’re both big fans of Seinfeld, and hearing him recount his days in the writer’s room was incredible. What a hilarious, cool, generous guy—we could’ve talked to him all day.