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Neil’s film and television credits include the cult teen 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, Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime, and Freemantle. 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 3D animated feature “Tad:The Lost Explorer” (aka “Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones”) which earned him a Spanish Academy “Goya” Award and Cinema Writers' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2013). He co-wrote and is serving as Co-Executive Producer on the new 3D animated feature “Capture the Flag” for Paramount. Neil is also credited as screenwriter on the new animated movie, “Sheep & Wolves,” for Wizart Animation (“The Snow Queen”); currently in production, the movie will be released in 2016.
Neil is a professor in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television (his alma mater). He is the author of the bestselling books 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010); The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2014); The Screenwriter’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2012); and the forthcoming TV OUTSIDE THE BOX: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution (Focal Press/Taylor & Francis Publishing, 2016).