Behind the Screen: Getting to Know Neil Landau

Neil Landau is a professor in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at UCLA School of Film, Television and Digital Media, and a guest lecturer in the MFA Screenwriting Division at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

He’s the author of “101 Things I Learned in Film School” (Grand Central Publishing, 2010). His film and television credits include the cult teen comedy “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” “Melrose Place,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “The Secret World of Alex Mack,” “Twice in a Lifetime,” MTV’s “Undressed,” plus sold one-hour drama TV pilots for CBS, ABC, Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime, and Freemantle.

He serves as writer and co-executive producer on the new 3D animated feature “Tad, the Lost Explorer” forthcoming from Paramount and StudioCanal. Neil is also developing an original historical miniseries for HBO Europe.

His second book, “The Screenwriter’s Roadmap,” arrives in bookstores in next week from Focal Press. The book features nuts and bolts screenwriting guidance from Landau, plus interviews with 21 A-list Hollywood screenwriters, including Tony Gilroy, David S. Goyer, Scott Z. Burns, Billy Ray, Melissa Rosenberg, David Koepp, and Eric Roth.

In this Q&A, Neil discusses how he entered the industry and continues to drive success to the stories he brings alive on screen.

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