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Neil Landau


Neil LandauNeil Landau ('85), teaches in the M.F.A. screenwriting and producing programs, and serves as the associate director of M.F.A. screenwriting, Writing for Television program.

His writing credits include the 1991 teen comedy feature Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, starring Christina Applegate; the Pax TV series Twice in a Lifetime; MTV's Undressed; CBS' The Magnificent Seven; Fox's Melrose Place; Nickelodeon's The Secret World of Alex Mack; ABC's Doogie Howser, M.D.; and one-hour drama pilots for CBS, ABC, Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime and Fremantle.

Among his animated films are Tad: The Lost Explorer, which earned him a Spanish Academy "Goya" Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Tad Jones and the Secret of King Midas, which was the highest grossing film in Spain in 2017 and won the Goya for Best Animated Film; Capture the Flag for Paramount; and Sheep & Wolves for Wizart Animation. He is currently working on the third film in the Tad series.

In 2013, Landau’s original screenplay, Flinch, was optioned by Avenue Pictures' multi-award-winning producer Cary Brokaw (Closer, The Player, Angels in America, Shortcuts, Drugstore Cowboy).

From 2004-2007, Landau worked as a script consultant for Sony Pictures Television International. In 2010, he consulted on the Goya-award-winning Lope (for Warner Bros. and El Toro Pictures, Spain) and Bruc (El Toro/Universal Pictures). He has also worked extensively with screenwriter/director David Koepp (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Angels & Demons.)

Landau is the author of TV Writing On Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era (2018) and TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution (2016), the first book to be sponsored by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). He also authored The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (2014), The Screenwriter’s Roadmap (2012) and the bestselling book 101 Things I Learned in Film School (2010).

Landau is on the leadership team of the UCLA TFT/UCA (Université Cote d'Azur) Storytelling Institute in Cannes, France, a six-week, in-residence screenwriting workshop sponsored by Vivendi/StudioCanal, the mayor of Cannes, and the Cannes Film Festival. He also facilitates an advanced Writing for Television workshop at UCLA TFT in partnership with Sony Crackle Television. Both these initiatives include a "first look" opportunity with the studios. Dozens of Landau's former students have launched highly successful careers in TV and film and have written their projects under his tutelage, including, most recently, Steven Canals' Pose for FX, and Gaia Violo's Absentia for Sony and Amazon.