Skip to main content

Past Mentors

Neil Landau

Mentor: Italy Screenwriting Retreat; guest lecturer

Neil Landau is the bestselling author of The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2013), The Screenwriter’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2012), and 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010). His numerous film and television credits include the cult teen comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead which was remade in 2021. His other credits include Melrose Place; The Magnificent Seven; Doogie Howser, M.D.; The Secret World of Alex Mack; Twice in a Lifetime; MTV’s Undressed; and Tad: The Lost Explorer, for which he earned a Spanish Academy “Goya” Award and Cinema Writers’ Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2014).

As a script consultant, Neil worked for Sony Pictures (2004-2007), and later on the Goya-award-winning Lope (for Warner Bros. and El Toro Pictures, Spain, 2010). He has also worked with many A-list screenwriters on many Hollywood blockbusters. Neil served as Vice-President of Scripted Development for Amedia Film Group in Moscow, Russia (2007-2008).

Neil served as an assistant dean at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television and co-director of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting Program for many years, until he left to become the founding Director of Screenwriting for the new MFA Film & Television Program at the University of Georgia.

Back to Mentors page.