Neil Landau, a screenwriter whose work includes “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” “Melrose Place” and “The Magnificent Seven,” will give a talk March 29, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the Peyton Anderson Forum at Grady College.
His talk, “Breaking into TV: Getting a Job vs Making a Career,” will be part of the Hearst Foundation Visiting Professional series.
Landau is currently associate director of screenwriting for the MFA program in Writing for Television in the Department of Film, Television & Digital Media at UCLA, his alma mater. He is co-chair of the Time-Warner Foundation Curriculum Development Committee which is working toward launching the UCLA MFA TV Institute in 2017-2018 with an emphasis on creating new opportunities for diverse voices. Landau is the author of several bestselling books including his most recent, “TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution.”
As a screenwriter, Landau’s credits “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “MTV’s Undressed” and “The Young & the Restless.” Neil also served for several years as executive script consultant in the international divisions of Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures. 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 (2013).