Episode 143: ‘Beetlejuice’ with Sydney Fleischmann and Mel Eslyn of HBO’s ‘Room 104’

Episode 143

30th July 2020

Executive producer & director Sydney Fleischmann (‘Room 104’), and executive producer, writer, director, & president of Duplass Brothers Productions, Mel Eslyn, join host April Wolfe to discuss ‘Beetlejuice.’

Episode notes

Film still from 'Beetlejuice' (1988). Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder in disturbing wedding outfits


We have two wonderful guests today, both from HBO’s excellent show, Room 104 – executive producer & director Sydney Fleischmann, and executive producer, writer, director, & president of Duplass Brothers Productions, Mel Eslyn. They join April to discuss Tim Burton’s, Beetlejuice. Both Mel and Sydney chat about writing dark material and keeping it rooted in character. They discuss the creative fulfillment that comes with being a producer. Plus, they also chat about their show, Room 104, and how it has allowed them to exercise their personal creative fantasies.

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You can watch Room 104 on HBO.

If you haven’t seen Beetlejuice, then you are an odd person.

With April Wolfe, Mel Eslyn, and Sydney Fleischmann

In this episode...


  • Sydney Fleischmann
  • Mel Eslyn

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Switchblade Sisters is a podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, screenwriter and former film critic April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie – horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others! Along the way, they cover craft, the state of the industry, how films get made, and more. Mothers, lock up your sons, the Switchblade Sisters are coming!

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