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Advisory Board

Carol Barbee
Carol Barbee is a television writer and producer who has been executive producer and showrunner on series such as Touch, Three Rivers and Jericho. She was a writer/producer on Falling Skies for TNT. She began her career as an actress, appearing on L.A. Law, as well as movies such as Die Hard 2. In 2001, Barbee wrote her first credited script for NBC’s Providence and has since written for Judging Amy (where she also served as executive producer), Close to Home and Swingtown.

Ken Brecher
Ken Brecher is president of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. For 14 years, he served as executive director of Sundance Institute. Brecher has also served as president of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia. He has been the director of the Boston Children’s Museum and associate artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. An anthropologist trained at Oxford, he is the author of "Too Sad to Sing: A Memoir with Postcards" published by Harcourt, and edited the classic work "Xingu: The Indians and Their Myths," by the legendary Brazilian brothers Orlando and Claudio Villas Boas. 

Bruce Cameron
Bruce Cameron is The New York Times best-selling author of the books "A Dog’s Purpose," "Emory’s Gift" and "A Dog’s Journey." He wrote the best-selling self-improvement book "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," which became an ABC sitcom. His book "8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter," released in 2008, had a Hollywood movie deal before its publication, with 89 Fils and Wendy Finerman, producer of The Devil Wears Prada. His newest book, "The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man," came out in Fall 2014. 

Alexa Junge 
Alexa Junge is a television writer, producer and screenwriter. four-time Emmy and WGA Award nominee. Junge grew up in Los Angeles, attended Barnard College and then continued her education at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. A nationally recognized playwright and lyricist, Junge returned to Los Angeles where she wrote for Friends from 1994-99. Nominated for two Emmy awards and two Writers Guild of America awards, Junge also won the National AOL Poll for writing the “All Time Favorite Friends Episode" for '"The One Where Everybody Finds Out." Junge branched out into one-hour drama, went on to write for Once and Again and The West Wing (where she was nominated for two Emmys and two WGA Awards) as well as Sex and the City, the HBO series Big Love and the BBC comedy Clone. With longtime collaborator, composer Jeanine Tesori, Junge wrote lyrics for Disney's Rapunzel Unbraided, Mulan 2 and wrote the screenplay and lyrics for Disney’s Lilo & Stitch 2. She also served as executive producer and showrunner for Showtime’s series The United States of Tara. She just completed a two-year deal at NBC where she was the executive producer and showrunner for Best Friends Forever, among others. Junge is a proud member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild and Writers Guild, which her grandfather, screenwriter Marvin Borowsky, helped to found.

Elizabeth Keyishian
Elizabeth Keyishian is a television writer and producer who began her career writing for Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years. She was a writer/producer for the series Queen of Swords and Mutant X and has also written for The Dead Zone and Dead Man’s Gun. She has written many episodes of animated series for young audiences, including Babar and the Adventures of BadouSofia the First and Paw Patrol. She was executive producer of the web series Swallow. She holds an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from California State University at Northridge (CSUN). 

Stu Kreiger
Stu Kreiger has written a dozen Disney Channel original movies, including Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Phantom of the Megaplex, Smart House, Tru Confessions and the Humanitas-nominated Going to the Mat. He wrote three hours of the Emmy-winning mini-series A Year in the Life and episodes of Amazing Stories, Jack’s Place and To Have and To Hold. Feature credits include the animated classic The Land Before Time for producers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, as well as family movies Monkey Trouble and A Troll in Central Park. In 2009, he was the head writer and story editor on 26 episodes of the preschool series Toot and Puddle for Nickelodeon’s Nick, Jr. Kreiger is chair of the Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside, teaching writing for film and television. He also is on the faculty of the USC Peter Stark M.F.A. Producing Program. 

Emily Laskin
Emily Laskin has served as director of advancement for Sundance Institute, where she competed the Sundance Institute’s first major endowment campaign. She was Senior Associate Dean, External Relations, USC Marshall School of Business, and for 15 years she served as Vice President, Development, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, where she planned and executed the plan for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She was director of development for the American Film Institute and has served on the board of Women in Film.  

Rob LaZebnik
Rob LaZebnik is a television writer who has been a writer/producer on The Simpsons for the past eight seasons. He has written and produced for a variety of comedy series, including Monk, Less Than Perfect, The Ellen Show and Empty Nest. He co-created the series Greetings From Tucson and created and ran the very first WB series, Muscle. He co-created the Macromedia Flash cartoon series Starship Regulars on, which was picked up by Showtime. He is the winner of three Emmy awards and currently has an animated film in production. 

Claire Scovell LaZebnik
Claire Scovell LaZebnik has written five novels for adults, "Same as It Never Was," "Knitting Under the Influence," "The Smart One and the Pretty One," "If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now" and "Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts." She has also published two YA novels with Harper Collins: "Epic Fail" and "The Trouble with Flirting." With Dr. Lynn Koegel she co-wrote  "Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life" and "Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love and Learning for Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s." She contributed to an anthology play called Motherhood Out Loud and has been published in The New York Times, Self, Vogue and other magazines.

Kathleen Bonann Marshall
Kathleen Bonann Marshall is an educator and scholar of the poet James Merrill. She is a longtime administrator at Pepperdine University who also worked for many years at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She has organized gatherings of Merrill scholars at the Merrill House and has written extensively on the late poet. A native of Los Angeles, she also has strong ties to the screenwriting and television world, working with her brother, longtime writer and producer Greg Bonann.

Kathleen McGhee-Anderson
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson is a writer of television, stage and screen. She was the executive producer of Soul Food on Showtime, and for four seasons was the executive producer/showrunner of the critically acclaimed series Lincoln Heights (ABC/Family), which garnered the NAACP Image Award for Best Drama. Her television writing credits include Touched By An Angel, 413 Hope Street, Little House on the Prairie and Any Day Now. McGhee-Anderson has written feature films for Columbia Pictures, Paramount Motion Pictures, Bruckheimer Films and Twentieth Century Fox Films. Jersey Films/Sony produced her film, Sunset Park, and the movie The Color of Courage, dealing her grandparents' landmark Supreme Court Housing battle, (in which racially restrictive housing covenants were abolished throughout America), was produced by Studios USA. Her TV drama, The Story of Blind Tom (PBS), garnered the first of several NAACP Image Awards and the Ruby Slipper Award for Children’s Programming.

Jeffrey Melvoin
Jeffrey Melvoin is an acclaimed television writer and producer who founded the Writers Guild of America Show Runner Training Program. He was executive producer and show runner of Army Wives, the most successful scripted series in the history of Lifetime Television. He served as executive producer of In Justice, Alias and Line of Fire, all on ABC television. He was executive producer of Going to California, as well as the CBS program Early Edition, and the Emmy award-winning program Picket Fences. He has also written for Northern Exposure, where he was twice nominated for Emmy Awards, and Hill Street Blues. He has taught at his alma mater, Harvard University.

Cathryn Michon
Cathryn Michon is an award-winning actress, writer and stand-up comic. She has written for both comedy and drama for television, as well as feature films. Her television writing credits include Designing Women, China Beach, Sisters, South Park and Diagnosis Murder. She has been featured at the Montreal comedy festival, The Toyota Comedy Festival and her stand-up show The Grrl Genius Club has played at the Hollywood Improv, Carolines and Madison Square Garden. She has guest-starred on television series of ABC, CBS, HBO and AMC. She is the author of the "Grrl Genius Guidebooks: The Grrl Genius Guide to Life" (HarperCollins) and "The Grrl Genius Guide to Sex With Other People" (St. Martin’s Press). From 2001-02 she starred in her own series, Grrl Genius at the Movies on AMC. Her film Muffin Top, which she wrote, directed and stars in, premieres in 2014. 

Victoria Riskin
Dr. Victoria Riskin is a writer and producer for television with credits that include The Last Best Year, The Member of the Wedding, My Antonia, A Town Torn Apart and World War II: When Lions Roared. She is past president of the Writers Guild of America West and was a trustee and chair of the Writers and Producers Pension and Health Fund and founding chair of Hollywood Health and Society. Riskin was a founding member of Human Rights Watch/California and currently serves as its co-chair in Los Angeles and chair of the Santa Barbara Committee of Human Rights Watch. She sits on the International Board of Human Rights Watch and is chair of the Hellman-Hammett Committee that oversees the distribution of funds from the estate of Lillian Hellman to writers persecuted around the world. She is a Stephens College alumna.  

Robin Schiff
Robin Schiff is a writer and producer best known for the classic comedy Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Her television credits include writing and producing on such series as Are You There, Chelsea?, Huge, Lipstick Jungle, Ten Things I Hate About You, The Bad Girl’s Guide, The War At Home and Party of Five. She was a member of the Los Angeles based comedy troupe, The Groundlings. With writer Winnie Holzman, Schiff has done an interview series for the Writers Guild Foundation called Anatomy of a Script.

Nell Scovell
Nell Scovell is a television writer/producer/director who is co-author of The New York Times number one best-selling book Lean In. She created and was executive producer of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, which aired on ABC and the WB from 1996 until 2003. Following graduation from Harvard, Scovell was the first staff writer hired at Spy magazine, and then began her television career writing for Newhart and The David Letterman Show. Her television writing credits include Coach, Monk, Murphy Brown, The Critic and The Simpsons. She has also written for VogueRolling Stone and The New York Times Magazine. She has directed two television movies, Hayley Wagner, Star, for Showtime and It Was One of Us for Lifetime. 

Guinivere Turner
Guinivere Turner is a screenwriter and actress who co-wrote the screenplay for Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho and wrote the screenplay for The Notorious Bettie Page. She has written for the television series The L Word, as well as making guest appearances on the show as Gabby. She began her film career by co-writing and co-producing the film Go Fish. She also stars in the film. Turner has also directed several short films, including The Hummer and Hung, which have appeared in numerous international film festivals.  

Madeline Warren
A veteran motion picture executive with over 20 years of experience in Hollywood, Madeline Warren has developed and supervised production of many major studio films, including Academy Award winner L.A. Confidential. In 2007, she began teaching film at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, which led to an appointment as the founding associate dean and director of Chapman’s global campus in Singapore (2008-10). As a trustee professor of film at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., she teaches courses in producing and story development, reviews applications to the creative producing major, sits on the Advisory Board to Chapman Singapore and is developing feature films for international co-production in Asia.

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