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Norman Steinberg is the Director of the MFA in Writing and Producing for Television Program Director.  Before accepting his current position as Parsons Family University Professor at Long Island University, Steinberg’s screenwriting career began under the tutelage of his mentor and friend Mel Brooks when he became part of the team with Andrew Bergman and Richard Pryor that wrote Blazing Saddles.  What followed was an almost forty year screenwriting career that includes My Favorite Year starring Peter O’Toole; Johnny Dangerously and Mr. Mom starring Michael Keaton; Bryan DePalma’s Wise Guys starring Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo; and many others including the film that ended Luciano Pavarotti’s screen career, Yes Georgio. Steinberg’s screenwriting career continues to this day. 

Stephen Molton is the Cohort IV Leader for the MFA Writing and Producing for Television Program.  An award-winning author, Molton has also written movies (Deep Blue) and mini-series (Live By the Sword and Weaveworld) for such companies as Showtime, Nw Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures and Viacom Networks, and produced two documentary features, L.A. Homefront eand Generation 9/11.  His books include Brave Talk and Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros and the Politics of Murder (co-authored with Gus Russo), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  He has worked for HBO and MTV Networks and as a creative executive for Showtime Networks, Inc.   Molton has also taught at Columbia University, NYU’s Tisch School and SUNY Stony Brook/Southamton. 

Larry L. Banks is the Media Arts Department Chair. During the past twelve years, Larry Banks has distinguished himself as a feature cinematographer on such films as Juice, Strapped, Fly By Night and Substitute 2. He has also been the Director of Photography on numerous music videos and TV shows. Working with notable directors such as Spike Lee and Forest Whitaker, Larry has also been the Director of Photography on, and directed commercials for Nike, Levi's and AT&T.  In the latter part of 1997, Larry directed a documentary called Blues Stories, on the roots of American music from the '20s and '30s featuring Taj Mahal as narrator. Most recently, Larry completed work on a TV pilot called Black Jaq produced by Sony TriStar and directed by Forest Whitaker

Bernard Orenstein is a seasoned television writer and producer who will be teaching the History of TV.  There are few people as qualified as Bernard Orenstein to take students on a guided tour through the history of the medium simply because he because he has been a significant part of that history. In a writing career that spans more than fifty years, he has been associated with some of the most successful and long-running series in television.  During that half century, he has worked with Icons like Dick van Dyke, Redd Foxx and Bill Cosby.  By virtue of his extensive experience on series like Sanford and Son, What’s Happening!! and Cosby, he has become a sought-after authority on the history and impact of African American performers and the TV series in which they appeared.

Susanna Styron teaches Genre Theory and Writing the Pilot .  She wrote and directed the acclaimed Columbia Pictures feature film, SHADRACH, starring Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell.  She has written for Tom Fontana’s television series BORGIA; and written and directed for Sidney Lumet’s series 100 CENTRE STREET. She co-authored (with Bridget Terry) the television movies IN FROM THE NIGHT, starring Marcia Gay Harden, and BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWN-UPS, starring Blythe Danner and Peter Fonda, for Hallmark Hall of Fame; as well as CROSSING THE LINE and TAKING BACK OUR TOWN for Lifetime.  Susanna has published articles in The New York Times, the Yale Review, Spin Magazine, and Real Simple Magazine.  She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the American Film Institute.  Susanna has taught screenwriting and directing in the MFA film programs at Columbia University and at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and undergraduate screenwriting at Princeton University.

A. Dean Bell teaches Intellectual Property and Cutting the Deal.  He is a writer/director whose feature, What Alice Found, won the Special Jury Prize for Emotional Truth at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and Grand Prize at the 29th Deauville Festival of American Film in France. He has developed a pilot for a nighttime drama under contract with Fox Broadcasting and directed the theatre sequences in the PBS film Margo Jones: A Life in the American Theater, starring Judith Ivey, Marcia Gay Harden, and Richard Thomas.  Mr. Bell is also an Assistant Professor part-time in the School of the Arts at Purchase College where he teaches directing and screenwriting.  He is currently in production on the feature length documentary 3 years 3 months 3 days.

Jorge Rivera teaches New Media: An Introduction.  He is a multi-platform screenwriter and producer whose work includes a number of award-winning New Media productions. An early adopter of digital narrative media, Jorge’s accolades include the 2011 SYFY Network “Imagine Greater” development award, the Independent Film Quarterly’s Best New Media / Web Series of 2011, and two 2010 Webby Honorees. His work has included frequent collaborations with Al Thompson (The Royal Tenenbaums), Craig "muMs" Grant (HBO's OZ), Dorian Missik (The Cape, SouthLand), and Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire).  As an adjunct professor, he teaches a variety of New Media subjects that include screenwriting and video production for the web; and he holds an MFA in Television Writing and Producing via the TV Writers Studio at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.

Kevin Lauth teaches single camera film style video, and multi camera-studio production classes. Professor Lauth is an experienced television director, videographer, editor, and an authority on cable television programming and regulation. He has worked as a cable television consultant for several New York State municipalities.  He currently serves as Associate Dean of Conolly College, LIU/Brooklyn Campus.

Additionally, students will be exposed to industry professionals and guest lecturers such as: Mel Brooks (writer, producer), Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles), David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs) Jeff Pinkner (Spiderman 2, Fringe, Lost) Tom Fontana (Homicide), Gail Berman,(BermanBraun) John Markus (The Cosby Show), David Picker (studio head/producer), Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond), Mike Reiss (The Simpsons), Jay Tarses (Newhardt, Carol Burnett Show, Molly Dodd), Keith David ( Enlisted, Platoon, Pitch Black, Princess and The Frog), Terry Minsky (Lizzie McGuire, The Carrie Diaries) Allan Burns (Mary Tyler Moore, Munsters),  Pancho Mansfield, (studio executive),  Joseph Wanbaugh (The Onion Field, Police Story) Jane Espenson (Once Upon A Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Buffy the vampire Slayer, Husbands), and some “surprise guests”.