Monday, September 11, 2006



Now that we're settled in a bit and you're back to reading the blog (see, here you are -- cool, huh?), I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new Professional-in-Residence in our LA program.

Steven Ginsberg, who has been an adjunct faculty member in the program for several years, will this year be with us full-time, teaching and advising student internships (among a million other contributions he will undoubtedly make....the guy has ENERGY). We are so happy to have him with us in this new capacity.

For those of you who already know Steven, no introduction is needed. For those of you who have not had the pleasure, here's a little background:

Steven Ginsberg has worked as a screenwriter for numerous films studios and independent production companies. He wrote Family Prayers, an original coming-of-age drama starring Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Patti LuPone and Paul Reiser, and has written and developed scripts for such actors as Brenda Blethyn, Richard Dreyfuss and Peter Fonda.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Ginsberg began his career as a film critic and reporter for Daily Variety. In that capacity, he originated its first weekly national film box office column, which sparked a nationwide trend in reporting on the true business of Hollywood films. He has also worked in film marketing and publicity for such directors as Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich and Lawrence Kasdan, and has written for both series television as well as for the stage.

For the last six years, Ginsberg has taught screenwriting and other industry-related courses for such schools as Ithaca College; Hobart And William Smith Colleges; and National University. He has also served as a guest lecturer at UCLA and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as both the Seattle and Palm Springs International Film Festivals.

Susan Reiner, who was a valuable member of our faculty in LA for three years, this summer returned to her professional career as a producer. We will miss her....but she does promise to stay in touch.


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