Aaron Sorkin is an Academy and Emmy-award winning American screenwriter, producer, and playwright, whose works include A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Social Network, and Moneyball.
In addition to the A Few Good Men play, Aaron Sorkin is probably best known for writing the first four seasons of The West Wing. The first season of the show was honored with nine Emmy Awards making the show a record holder for most Emmys won by a series in a single season.
In television, Sorkin is known as a controlling writer, who rarely shares the credit of penning screenplays. His trademark rapid-fire dialogue and extended monologues are complemented, in television, by frequent collaboratorThomas Schlamme’s characteristic directing technique called the “walk and talk”. These sequences consist of single tracking shots of long duration involving multiple characters engaging in conversation as they move through the set; characters enter and exit the conversation as the shot continues without any cuts.
Currently, Sorkin is the creator and head writer on the HBO show The Newsroom, a series about the behind the scenes workings of a cable news network.