Legendary Writer/Producer Alan Zweibel Visits TVWS

Alan Zweibel. Can we call him a household name? Certainly; but only if you have any interest in comedy in the last forty years. Allan Zweibel was one of the original writers on Saturday Night Live when the show first aired in 1975. He created John Belushi’s famous “Samurai” sketch. The New York Times said “Alan Zweibel has earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture.”  That ain’t all.  Read on.

BUT FIRST, mark this down: Alan Zweibel will be joining us “live” at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard this Monday, October 30th at 2:30 pm.

Zweibel has had a varied and storied career as a screenwriter, book author, actor, producer, playwright but, first and foremost, as a comedy writer.  He’s won five Emmy Awards, two WGA Awards, another from the Television Critics of America, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the WGA East and a Tony for co-writing Billy Crystal’s one-man Broadway show, 700 Sundays. If that weren’t enough, he also co-created and produced It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and has been a contributing producer on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

To make it even easier for you, do yourself a favor and download and read this article about Alan Zweibel’s career that is appearing in today’s (Sunday, October 29thBuffalo News. It will tell you exactly who will be joining us on Monday.

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We’re thrilled to have Alan share the insight and experience he’s gained over a four-decade career with our students who are poised and eager to begin theirs. Please join us either “live and in person” or virtually on your laptops.

The live stream of the lecture and Q&A will be available to watch on our YouTube channel. starting at 2:15 PM on Monday, October 30th. To view the live stream click (or copy and paste) the link below and the Zweibel session will be available.


Academy Award-Winning Director David Frankel Visits TVWS

David Frankel, director of The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, last year’s Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith as well as many others, will be joining us this Monday, October 23rd at 5:30 PM EST. 

A New York native, exiled to Miami Beach years ago, Frankel has had an extraordinary and varied directing and writing career that anyone would kill for, spanning thirty years thus far. Mr. Frankel began in television with The Ellen Burstyn Show on ABC, Doctor, Doctor on CBS, and the innovative Grapevine, also on CBS, but quickly moved to the big screen with Miami Rhapsody, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Antonio Banderas.

Mr. Frankel has had an extraordinary career, alternating between the big and small screens.  Along the way, he directed Meryl Streep’s Oscar winning performance in The Devil Wears Prada. Following thathe directed the box office smash Marley & Me and The Big Year, both starring Owen Wilson. While working in film Frankel has also done acclaimed work in television on two legendary miniseries,Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon, and the long-running HBO series, Sex & The City and Entourage. His direction of the Entourage pilot was nominated for an Emmy. And let’s not leave out his writing and direction of the short film, Dear Diary, which won Frankel an Academy Award in 1997.

During his storied career, Mr. Frankel has worked with every Hollywood movie studio and major television and cable entities. The list of A-list actors that Frankel has directed goes on and on.  It includes Meryl Streep of couse, Will Smith, Steve Martin, Jack Black, Jennifer Anniston, Tommy Lee Jones, James Cordon, Steve Carrell, Keira Knightly, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Emily Blunt, Helen Mirren…  There are many more, but I’ll stop there.  Monday’s talk will be a rare treat to hear first-hand about David Frankel’s artistic journey, now at its mid-point. This is a can’t-miss session.

The live stream of the lecture and Q&A will be available to watch on our youtube channel starting at 5:15pm. To view the live-stream click (or copy and paste) the link below and the lecture will be available on your computer.


If you have any questions for David that you would like asked during the session, we urge you to email them in advance of the session to alauzon12694@gmail.comso that we might incorporate them into the “live” Q&A.

If you have any issues with the live stream, please email alauzon12694@gmail.com and we will do our best to alleviate the issue.

Manager/Producer Jack Greenbaum Visits TVWS

This week we are excited to host Jack Greenbaum, New York based talent manager and producer who will be joining us on Monday, October 2nd at 2:15PM EDT. Jack Greenbaum heads the New York office of the prestigious Arlook Group, headquartered in Los Angeles.

Originally from Kansas City, Jack’s career began in Los Angeles as a set intern for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia while he was earning a degree from Occidental College. He knew what he wanted. After graduating, Jack joined The Gersh Agency in the motion picture literary department. From the Gersh office, he segued from literary work into                                          feature development at Walt Disney Studios. The next stop for Jack was at the Weinstein Company, headed by Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Recognizing his talent, he was courted and signed by Richard Arlook at The Arlook Group and tasked with opening and running their New York office, which is where we find him today. In addition to managing traditional screenwriters, Jack represents playwrights and comedians, transitioning them into the entertainment landscape. On the producing side, he develops projects for film and television. 

As we know all too well, one of the most difficult and trying things for any fledgling writer/producer to secure is representation.  That representation can come from an agent or a manager.  But, landing the right personal representation is even more important. Finding someone who truly believes in your talent and will spend the time and effort in starting and maintaining your career can be a frustrating and daunting endeavor. Representation is a vital element in the building and the continuation of a career.

Why is it so hard to get an agent or manager?  How do I find representation?  Am I being represented by the right person? Is my representative really working for me?  Jack Greenbaum will answer all these questions and more, while giving us the value of his insight about guiding a career, ultimately to production. 


If it is at all possible for you to join us in person at The Steiner Studios on Monday, October 2nd, please let us know in advance and we will accommodate you.  It’s not often one gets to question an agent or manager face to face.  Come to Steiner and join us, “live and in person.” 

The live stream of the lecture and Q&A will be available to watch on our youtube channel starting at 2:15PM EDT. To view this live stream click (or copy and paste) the link below and the lecture will be availableas well as writers, producers, directors actors and executives, etc who have visited us in the past ten years.


If you have any questions for Mr Greenbaum during the session, you can email them at alauzon12694@gmail.com and we will do our best to incorporate them into the Q&A. In addition, if you have any issues with the live stream, please email alauzon12694@gmail.com and we will do our best to alleviate the issue.