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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

Stuart Thomas is an award-winning writer with over 50 produced credits across theater, film and television. Stuart is currently writing projects under commission from the BBC, The Comedy Unit (UK), On the Rocks Films, The Queen’s Theatre and Zac Productions (UK). His latest feature, Out Here, is entering production in the UK.

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.