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Chad Gervich

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Television producer, bestselling author and award-winning playwright Chad Gervich is a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

As a writer and producer, Gervich’s credits come from across the globe. He has written or produced for E!’s hit comedy After Lately, starring Chelsea Handler, Disney Channel’s sitcom Dog With a Blog, ABC’s Wipeout, Cupcake Wars and others. He created Style Network’s hit comedy/reality show, Foody Call, before going on to write, produce and develop shows (both scripted and reality) for ABC, FOX, Warner Bros., Endemol, CBS Studios, TruTV, Fox Reality Channel, Food Network, Hypnotic and The Weinstein Company.

Gervich recently completed a sitcom development deal with 20th Century Fox before heading to Singapore to produce MediaCorp/Channel 5’s hit single-camera comedy, Spouse for House, which has gone on to win three Asian Television Awards: Best Comedy, Best Comedy Screenplay and Best Performance in a Comedy.

Prior to producing, Gervich spent five years as a development executive with the Littlefield Company, former NBC president Warren Littlefield's production company, developing projects for ABC, FOX, NBC, UPN, WB and Paramount.

Gervich has also worked in production on the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards and shows such as Star Search, The Wanda Sykes Show and Malcolm in the Middle.

As an author, Gervich’s best-selling TV-writing handbook, Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writers Guide to the TV Business (Random House/Crown), debuted in November 2008, to critical acclaim. It has become television’s go-to “bible” for writers, producers, executives and assistants throughout Hollywood, and is now being used as a textbook in several studio and network training programs, as well as at universities throughout the United States.

Gervich also authored the bestselling book Psych's Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified, a tie-in with USA's hit series Psych, which hit shelves in May 2013, and immediately shot to the top of Amazon’s bestselling charts.

His third book, How to Manage Your Agent: A Writer's Guide to Hollywood Representation, helps writers and producers understand and navigate today's world of literary representation; published December 2013, it has been adopted in classrooms around the country. As a journalist, Gervich writes for Daily Variety and pens Script magazine's weekly TV-writing column/blog, “PrimeTime.” In addition, he created and produced Morning Call Time, Hollywood’s first daily audio news podcast. He also contributes regularly to Orange Coast, Script, Fade In and Moving Pictures magazines, and is a contributing editor for Writers Digest — America’s top magazine for and about writers and writing.

Gervich teaches numerous classes and workshops around the world, including those in Singapore, Israel and the United Kingdom. In addition to his work at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, he has taught sitcom writing, pitching, pilot-writing, spec-writing, storytelling and TV business seminars in the California State University system and at Vanderbilt University, as well as at Gotham Writers Workshop, MediaBistro, MediaCorp, Nike, StoryStudio Chicago, and the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop.