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School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Faculty

Jana Sue Memel

Executive Director, School of Motion Pictures & Television and School of Writing for Film, Television, & Digital Media

Academy Award-winning producer and writer.

Has Produced 25+ movies and 65+ half-hour, live-action shorts that have played as television series I more than 30 countries. Films she has produced have won Writers Guild and Directors Guild Awards, Emmys, CableACE Awards and the Humanitas Prize.

Stuart Thomas

Associate Director, 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

Part-Time 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

Part-Time 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.