Here’s a Los Angeles Times article from 1990 about screenwriter Shane Black. At one point he was the highest-paid writer in Hollywood, then he fell out of favor with the movie studios and had to wander the desert for forty days and forty nights — okay, more like sixteen years — until he was tapped to direct Iron Man 3. Now he’s on top again, and I’m sure he appreciates it more the second time around.
Also, check out this lengthy interview with several executives on The Simpsons. Or, even better, this video with Conan O’Brien and a few of the show’s staff writers.
Finally, I bring you an impromptu Q&A session with Joss Whedon. The full transcript is fascinating.