Neil Landau is an award-winning screenwriter, creative producer, bestselling author, and screenwriting professor. His screen credits include the cult comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead starring Christina Applegate; Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed, The Young & the Restless, Monarch Cove, and one-hour drama pilots for CBS, ABC, ABC Family (aka Freeform), Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime, and Freemantle.
As Associate Director of Screenwriting, Neil currently runs the MFA in Writing for Television Program in the Department of Film, Television & Digital Media at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (his alma mater). He currently facilitates a first-look writing the one-hour drama development workshop at UCLA for Sony Crackle (this initiative is now in its 4th year).
Neil is author of the bestselling books: 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010); The Screenwriter’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2012, now in ten languages); and The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2014, now in 5 languages). His latest book, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution, published by Focal Press/Taylor & Francis/Routledge, was sponsored by NATPE. His new book, TV Writing on Demand: Creating Content in the Digital Era will be published in Fall, 2017.