MENTORS


MARTA KAUFFMAN

Marta Kauffman is the co-creator of Friends, one of the most important series in the history of television. She and her university colleague, David Crane, wrote the show inspired by the experiences they lived in Nova York during their University years. Originally broadcasted by American network NBC, Friends has been exhibited in several countries and continues to be shown in reruns, maintaining a large audience even long after its last episode in 2004. Over the course of 10 years it had 236 episodes, and the series finale was watched by 51.1 million people in the United States alone.

Friends was awarded with seven Emmys, one Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, plus 56 other awards and 152 nominations. On opinion surveys by TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly, Friends often appears among the three favorite sitcoms of all time.
In 2011, Marta created Five to Lifetime channel, a TV Movie that tell five stories focused on breast cancer, one of them produced and directed by Jennifer Aniston. Alicia Keys and Demi Moore also signed stories. 2013 will see the debut of Five More.

Marta Kauffman was born in Philadelphia and is married to the composer of Friends’ opening tune, Michael Skloff. They have three children: Hannah, Sam and Rose.


DAN HALSTED

Dan Halsted represents the main screenwriters and directors of American series and films. His agency, Manage-ment, created in 2004, showcases huge successes such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Royal Pains, The Sopranos. Plus, one of his young talents was the scriptwriter for Beasts of the Southern Wild, which has recently been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film.

Halsted’s Hollywood career began with legendary producer Scott Rudin, at 20th Century Fox. As an agent at United Talent Agency he made countless films possible, among them: The Fabulous Baker Boys, K-9, Alien, Predator, The Untouchables.

During the 1990’s, Dan Halsted started a partnership with Oliver Stone, creating Illusion Entertainment. Together they produced, among others, Nixon, Any Given Sunday, in addition to the documentary films The Last Days of Kennedy and King for Turner. In 1999, Halsted opened his own production company, signing The Virgin Suicides, SWAT and the Witchblade series for TNT. One of his most recent works as a film producer was the awarded Garden State, sold for 5 million dollars to Miramax and Fox Searchligh Pictures.

Nowadays, Dan Halsted is under contract with Fox Studios to develop TV series. Among his projects, there is The Enclave, from the same creators as Mad Men.


BARRY SCHKOLKICK

Barry Schkolnick has been writing and directing TV series for more than 20 years. He has recently co-directed USA Network’s In Plain Sight and was a screenwriter for CBS’s The Good Wife. He is currently part of the screenwriting team for the show Unforgettable, also on CBS.

Having graduated in Law from the New York University School of Law, it’s no surprise that Schkolnick stands out for his work as a screenwriter for legal drama series. His TV breakthrough came with David E. Kelly, the executive producer on the show L.A. Law, who had also started out life as a lawyer. Schkolnick was part of L.A.Law’s screenwriting team when the series was awarded its last Emmy for Best Drama.

From then on came Law & Order, The Guardian, The Division, Medical Investigation, In Justice, The Dresden Files and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But it was Law & Order that brought Barry Schkolnick the highest praise. He wrote 15 episodes for the show and was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Episode, with“Savages”, alongside Morgan Gendel and Michael S. Chernuchin. Additionally, Law & Order won the Emmy for Best Drama Series only once. Schkolnick was one of the screenwriters during that awarded season.

Barry Schkolnick lives in Los Angeles with his wife Caroline and has two daughters: Emily and Laura.


ANTHONY ZUIKER

Anthony Zuiker, creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise, has a legendary Hollywood rags to riches story. As a struggling young writer, Zuiker operated a tram for Las Vegas’ famed Mirage Hotel to make ends meet. Soon enough, his talent for writing brought him to Hollywood, where his work found its way to Hollywood mega- producer Jerry Bruckheimer. And not only did Anthony E. Zuiker develop a blockbuster television series; but in 15 years he built an entertainment empire that transformed television programming and advertising as we know it. A world-wide phenomenon, the CSI franchise has taken up regular residence in Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 broadcast ratings, received an astounding 28 Emmy nominations and helped CBS regain its spot as the number-one rated network on television.

In July of 2011, Zuiker, and his production company Dare to Pass, signed a three-year first-look deal with ABC Studios to develop new scripted series in partnership with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. They are currently producing two projects for the network, a one-hour drama called Wonderland, and a reality game show called Whodunnit?.

Anthony Zuiker has also been applying his creative talents to the emerging world of cross- platform storytelling. In 2012, he launched BlackBoxTV, a premium YouTube channel, with content geared towards suspense and sci-fi, and his own anthology series, Anthony E. Zuiker Presents, creating a testing ground for new pilots and projects that push the boundaries of scripted entertainment.

In addition to re-inventing television, online programming and motion pictures, Zuiker has delved in the world of publishing. His interactive three-part Digi-Novel series Level 26. The Digi-Novel took the best features of books, film, and interactive digital technologies and combined them into a unique storytelling experience. Written and directed by Zuiker, the digital component of Level 26 has been collectively viewed more than a million times and the site has grown to include over 100,000 members.

Zuiker’s memoir, Mr. CSI, published by HarperCollins, was released in November 2011.