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Autobiographical Sitcom Lab with Director Brian Levant

  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 108 Cathedral Place Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map)

Fresh Off the Boat, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs: Turn on your TV, and you're sure to find a show that comes from the personal experiences of its creator. Autobiographical shows can be heartfelt, funny, sincere, and moving, so it makes sense that they're an integral part of the TV landscape.

What's missing? Your own story! In this one-day sitcom laboratory, participants will create situational comedies based on their own lives. We’ll make original TV pilots and learn to pitch (show biz for “sell”) them. Think about it: You know the main character better than you know anyone else, you have hundreds of storylines to work with, and you already have a supporting cast of wacky friends, family, and cute pets. So what are you waiting for?

This is a fantastic opportunity for young writers and students interested in the television industry. We have room for only 10 lucky students, so if you're between the ages of 14 and 25, RSVP soon to reserve your spot!


About Brian Levant

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Now in his fifth decade in the entertainment industry, director/writer/producer Brian Levant has been at the creative helm of some of the biggest franchises in family entertainment. Levant's more than 400 television credits include being the showrunner of Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, and The Bad News Bears. Levant also co-created the series Brothers & Sisters and My Secret Identity. After winning the 1989 Cable Ace Award as Best Director in a Comedy Series for his long-running Still the Beaver cable series, Levant turned his attention to writing and directing feature films. Among Levant’s feature directing credits are the original Beethoven, the two Steven Spielberg–produced Flintstones films, Jingle All the Way, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Snow Dogs, Are We There Yet?, and the 2010 Jackie Chan vehicle The Spy Next Door. In addition, Levant has produced, written or directed another 10 network and cable films, including the Starz Network’s first original production, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, and the two live action/CGI Scooby Doo films. Additional awards his works have collected include a 1981 NAACP Image Award for The Bad News Bears, a 1987 Youth in Film Best Series Award for Beaver, and the 1988 International Emmy for Best Children and Young People’s Series, for My Secret Identity. Since the late 1970s, Levant has lectured nearly annually at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico, where, for the second year in a row, he is currently teaching a television writing class. Levant recently completed a semester as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where for the last 20 years, he has regularly spoken to and worked with film students, in addition to making dozens of appearances at Columbia College’s Semester in L.A. program, Arizona State University, Long Beach State, USC, and the American Film Institute.