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School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Faculty

Robert Keats

Executive Director, School of Writing for Film, Television, & Digital Media; Executive Director, The Network

Robert Keats has been writing for film and television since the 1970s. His television work includes Happy Days, The Love Boat, The Ellen Burstyn Show, Buck Henry's comedy sci-fi Quark, and the adaptation of Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He has written and produced pilots for networks and cable including the HBO presentation Women Without Men, produced in association with Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video. In film, Robert has written screenplays for MGM, Columbia and Warner Bros., and many independent production companies. Mr. Keats also oversees all writing in the School of Motion Pictures & Television.

Nancy Nigrosh

Director, School of Writing for Film, Television, & Digital Media

Nancy Nigrosh spent 23 years as a top Hollywood agent representing world-class directors, writers and authors at the Gersh Agency as head of the Literary Department and at Innovative Artists where she was a team member of both the Literary and Talent Departments. Her clients earned Academy Awards and nominations; wins and nominations for Golden Globes, WGA Awards, Emmys, DGA Awards, SAG Awards, BAFTA Awards, The Peabody Award, and Independent Spirit Awards. Some clients’ films had a White House screening, or enjoyed the highest festival honors, including Cannes’ Palm D’Or, SXSW, Telluride, Berlin, Venice, Toronto and Sundance. A partial client list includes Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig And The Angry Inch), Amanda Brown (Legally Blonde) and Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral). She earned her BFA in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School Of the Arts and is an MFA alumna of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television. She also holds an MA in Education and two Clear California Teaching Credentials from Antioch University.

Stuart Thomas

Graduate New Student Coordinator, School of Motion Pictures & Television and Online Coordinator, School of Writing for Film, Television, & Digital Media

A teacher, writer, actor and director, Stuart Thomas has extensive experience in the motion picture, television and theater arts. Additionally, he is an experienced musician and composer for productions, an author of numerous articles on arts-related subjects, and the former playwright-in-residence at the Citizens Theater in Glasgow, Scotland. He has been an Acting instructor at Academy of Art University since 2009. Previous to joining the Academy, Stuart was a Music and Drama Specialist for the Scottish Opera For All. Stuart is currently the Graduate
New Student Coordinator for the School of Motion Pictures & Television at the Academy. Stuart received his MFA in Motion Pictures & Television with an emphasis in Screenwriting from Academy of Art University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Glasgow.

Ken Estin

Instructor

Emmy Award-winning writer Ken Estin was a show runner on Taxi and Cheers. Ken also created The Tracey Ullman Show with James L. Brooks. The characters Estin developed with Matt Groening for the show’s animated segments evolved into The Simpsons, the longest running comedy series in television history. In film, Estin rewrote the script for Eddie Murphy's blockbuster comedy, Beverly Hills Cop. Along with his two Emmy Awards and 11 nominations, Estin has also won the Writers Guild of America Award.

Ellen Myers Fontana

Instructor

Ellen Myers Fontana co-wrote the Showtime Australia mini-series Cloudstreet, which was nominated for eight Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards. Fontana also worked in feature film development at 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Universal, where she worked with director Martin Brest on the Robert De Niro comedy, Midnight Run. In non-fiction, Fontana wrote Audrey 100, a photo biography of Audrey Hepburn and co-authored The Audrey Hepburn Treasures, a New York Times best seller.