“Getting Noticed In Hollywood”
Adam recently wrote his first produced hour of television — an episode of ”Drop Dead Diva”. A former Wall Street attorney, he received his JD at NYU, where he worked at the the U.S. Attorney’s Office and for a federal judge. Adam also maintained an active and varied career in the theatre, working as director (NY Fringe), dramaturg (the Obie-winning Transport Group), and journalist (BackStage, Newsday). He earned his bachelors from Harvard.
“Persevering in Hollywood”
Holly Schlesinger currently writes for Fox’s animated series Bob’s Burgers. She previously wrote for the shows Lucy, The Daughter Of The Devil on Adult Swim and Silent Library on MTV. Holly developed the animated series O’Grady, which aired for two seasons on Teen Nick (formerly The N). She also voiced the character Beth on the show. Before writing, Holly was a comedy producer and worked on several projects for MTV, Adult Swim, Fuse and the Huffington Post.
UPDATE: Fox has just renewed Bob’s Burgers for a second season.
“Breaking Through Writers’ Block”
Rob Kutner was a writer for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and is the the author of the satirical end-of-times bestseller Apocalypse How: Turn the End Times into the Best of Times! He has also won four Emmies writing for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, and contributed to its bestseller, America (The Book).
Other writing includes HBO’s “Dennis Miller Live,” as well as humor and feature pieces for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, and Maxim.
“Balancing Work & Life / The Future of the Industry”
“Achieving Long Term Career Success”
Raised in the suburbs of Boston and then Ann Arbor, Michigan, Barry L. Levy graduated Washington University with bachelor degrees in both Psychology and American Culture & Film. Upon graduating, Levy received an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing program at the University of Southern California before entering the executive ranks at Nelvana Communications, where he worked on shows for Comedy Central, Showtime, CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV, Fox Kids, Fox Family, The Disney Channel, among other networks.
“Importance of Developing Your Craft”
Michael Borkow is a television comedy writer/producer whose credits include “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Friends” (Executive Producer, ’97-’98 season) and “Roseanne.”
Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University School of Law, and is the founder of the annual explanatory High Holiday experience, The “I Wish I Got More Out of Services” Services.
“How To Take A Hollywood Meeting”
Born and raised in New York City, David Sacks attended Harvard College, graduating with a degree in Government in 1984. While there he began his comedy writing career as an editor of the school’s humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon. Upon graduating, David moved to Los Angeles and began writing for television.
Among the shows he’s worked for are “The Simpsons”, where he won an Emmy Award, and “Third Rock from the Sun” for which he won a Golden Globe Award, “Malcolm in the Middle”, and “Lewis Black: The Root of All Evil”. David is the co founder and Senior Lecturer of The Happy Minyan of Los Angeles. David is married and raises his family in Beverly Hills, CA.