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Neil Landau is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, author and 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 (now Freeform), Warner Bros, Disney, Lifetime and Fremantle.
His animated movie projects include the feature "Tad: The Lost Explorer" (a/k/a "Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones") for which he earned a Spanish Academy "Goya" Award and a Cinema Writers' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2013). "Tad Jones and the Secret of King Midas" was released in August 2017, by Paramount (he is working on the sequel, "Tad 3"). Neil co-wrote the animated feature "Capture the Flag" (also for Paramount) and the animated movie "Sheep & Wolves" for Wizart Animation ("The Snow Queen"). He is currently writing a pilot and developing digital content for DarkLight Productions.
As Associate Director of Screenwriting in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (his alma mater), Neil runs the MFA in Writing for Television Program where he also facilitates a first-look Writing the One-Hour Drama development workshop in conjunction with Sony Crackle, now in its fifth year. Neil is honored to be on the leadership team of UCLA TFT's inaugural Storytelling Institute and Residency, in partnership with the Université Côte d’Azur, City of Cannes, Cannes Film Festival and sponsor Vivendi.
Neil is the author of several bestselling books: "101 Things I Learned in Film School" (Grand Central Publishing, 2010); "The Screenwriter's Roadmap" (Focal Press, 2012, now in ten 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 in 2016, was the first book sponsored by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and his fifth and latest book, "TV Writing On Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era" will be published by Focal Press in February 2018.
For several years, Neil served as Executive Script Consultant in the international divisions of Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures.
He gives lectures and hosts workshops around the world on the art and craft of screenwriting, including USC School of Cinematic Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, La Fémis 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 and Accademia Nazionale del Cinema in Bologna. Neil is an active member of the Writers Guild of America, West, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and PEN West and serves on the Advisory Board of the French Film & TV Office in Los Angeles.