Fred Rubin teaches television comedy writing, pilot writing, and room running in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.
Rubin graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972 with a B.F.A. in directing and playwriting. He spent the next three years in Chicago as a social worker, columnist, standup comedian and jingle writer. He moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and after a brief stint as a singing waiter began working full time in network television.
Since 1977 he has served as a writer on 15 network series and has been the producer of such shows as Diff'rent Strokes, Archie Bunker’s Place, Mama’s Family, Webster, Night Court, Family Matters, Step by Step and Two of A Kind. His career has included writing 60 episodes of primetime television, 10 pilots and two made-for-television movies.
In addition to teaching at UCLA TFT, he is an ongoing instructor for the Warner Brothers Writers Workshop, the Disney Writers Fellowship, the Nickelodeon Writers Fellowship, and Columbia College at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.
He is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, a member of SAG-AFTRA, and a 34-year member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Rubin lives happily in Valley Village, California with his wife Marley Sims, a writer and award-winning producer of Home Improvement. They have a daughter, Naomi, a language scholar and artist-designer who has worked in Tokyo designing, writing and translating anime books, and who currently does coding for a large hi-tech website company.
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