February 3, 2023

‘On Story,’ the PBS series based on the Austin Film Festival, kicks off 12th season

With a podcast, a radio show and a PBS series, On Writing features interviews with screenwriters, producers, TV creators


“Austin City Limits,” which is in its 47th season on PBS, ranks as the longest-running TV show from Central Texas. But “On Story,” the PBS series that explores screenwriting, is proving to be a survivor, too.

The series that uses excerpts from the Austin Film Festival kicked off its 12th season May 28. The season will feature recorded conversations between screenwriters, TV creators and filmmakers from the 28th annual Austin Film Festival and Conference.

The new season will include conversations with Zac Baylin (“King Richard”), Jihan Crowther (“The Underground Railroad”), Derek Kolstad (“John Wick”), Brad Ingelsby (“Mare of Easttown”), Michael Schur (“The Good Place”) and many more.

“On Story” is available in more than 85 percent of U.S. markets, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston.

“On Story” content is also available through the following outlets:

  • A one-hour weekly radio program in collaboration with Public Radio Exchange.
  • A free podcast series on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.
  • Three books published by the University of Texas Press.
  • And archive material from 28 years of the Austin Film Festival, housed at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

Execution producer Barbara Morgan says that “On Story” helps to continue the Austin Film Festival “all year long as we capture the invaluable insights from our annual event and share with an audience of storytellers nationwide.”

The series, which is produced by Morgan, Olivia Crouch and Elizabeth Mims, is presented by Austin PBS, KLRU-TV, funded by the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation and Bogle Family Vineyards, and distributed by the National Educational Telecommunication Association. To view episodes from previous seasons, visit

Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy is a former movies editor for The Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

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