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Neil Landau

Assistant Dean, UCLA Department of Film, Television & Digital Media
Neil Landau is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, author, and screenwriting professor. His screen credits include the cult comedy Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead starring Christina Applegate; Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV's Undressed, The Young & the Restless, Monarch Cove, and one-hour drama pilots for CBS, ABC, ABC Family (aka Freeform), Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime, and Freemantle. His animated movie projects include the animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer (aka Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones) for which he earned a Spanish Academy “Goya” Award and Cinema Writers’ Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2014); Tad2 (Tadeo Jones and the Secret of King Midas), from Paramount, premiered in August, 2017 (once again to record box office). Neil is working on the Tad3 for a 2021 release by Paramount. He also co-wrote the animated feature Capture the Flag (also for Paramount); and the animated movie, Sheep & Wolves, for Wizart Animation (The Snow Queen), 2017 release. He’s currently Head Writer and Co-executive Producer on the new animated feature film Finnick for Riki Animation Studios, and serving as Co-EP and Executive Script Consultant on Mummies for 4 Cats Pictures and Warner Bros. Both are currently in pre-production.

Neil is Assistant Dean of Dean’s Special Programs at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. He also serves as Co-Director of MFA Screenwriting, Writing for Television, in the Department of Film, Television & Digital Media.  This Spring, Neil led the second annual Cannes Storytelling Institute in partnership with Vivendi/Canal Plus, the Cannes Festival du Film, the City of Cannes, and Université Côte d’Azur. This six-week intensive writing residency serves as a laboratory in which to develop eight original screenplays under a first-look deal with Vivendi/Canal Plus/Studio Canal. In July, in his role as Assistant Dean of Special Programs at UCLA TFT, began a partnership with Festival d’Avignon, the world-renowned theatre festival.

Neil is author of several bestselling books: 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010, now in 12 languages; to be reissued by Random House/Crown in 2020); The Screenwriter’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2012, now in 10 languages); and The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2014, now in 7 languages).  His fourth book, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution, published by Focal Press/Taylor & Francis/Routledge (2016), was sponsored by NATPE. His latest and fifth book, TV Writing On Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era, was published in January, 2018 (Focal Press/Routledge).

Neil served for several years as Executive Script Consultant in the international divisions of Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures. He gives lectures, keynotes, and hosts workshops around the world on the art and craft of screenwriting, including at USC School of Cinematic Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, La Femis in Paris, Met Film School in London, University of the Andes in Santiago, Alexander Mitta Film School in Moscow, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Shanghai Film Art Academy, Starlight Media in Kiev, and Accademia Nazionale del Cinema in Bologna, Italy.  He’s a member of the WGA west, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and PEN west. He earned his BA in film and television at UCLA, and his MFA in Screenwriting at Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications (home of the prestigious Peabody Awards) at the University of Georgia.

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