Jack Epps, Jr. is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who first became involved in making films while an undergraduate at Michigan State University. His student film The Pigs vs. the Freaks, was purchased by NBC and made into a Movie of the Week, re-titled Off Sides. Epps joined forces with his screenwriting professor from Michigan State University, Jim Cash, and their first produced screenplay, Top Gun, went on to become the #1 world wide box office hit in 1986. Within eleven months, the writing team of Cash & Epps had three produced screenplays in the theaters: Top Gun, Legal Eagles, and The Secret of My Success. As a screenwriter, Mr. Epps co-authored over 25 screenplays and eight produced motion pictures including Dick Tracy, Turner & Hooch, and Anaconda.
Epps was recently honored as the recipient of the first Victoria and Jack Oakie Endowed Chair in Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts. Epps is a thirty-five year member of the Writers’ Guild of America, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
David Isaacs has worked as a TV and Screen Writer and Producer for over 35 years. He has been credited as a writer, co-producer or creative consultant on M*A*S*H*, Cheers, Wings, Frasier, Becker and Mad Men. His writing credits also include episodes of The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Jeffersons and The Tony Randall Show.
Isaacs has been nominated eight times for the Writers Guild of America Award and won three times for Cheers and Mad Men. He has six Emmy nominations with one win for co-producing the first season of Cheers. He was also nominated for the Humanitas Award and received a Peabody Award as a member of the staff of Frasier.
Barnet Kellman directed the feature film comedies Straight Talk (Disney), Key Exchange (Fox) and Stinkers (Sony). His highly regarded work on television includes directing the pilots of the network series Murphy Brown, Mad About You, Suddenly Susan, Something Wilder, The George Lopez Show and My Boys. His work on television has been recognized with two Emmy Awards and seven Emmy nominations, a Directors’ Guild Award and three nominations, and a Monitor Award. He has directed twenty-one pilots that became on-air series, and continued with many of them as Executive Producer/Director. In addition, he has directed episodes of the award-winning series Alias, Ally Mcbeal, Once And Again, Felicity and E.R. and most recently episodes of the ABC hit comedy The Middle, starring Patricia Heaton, and Mr. Sunshine, starring Matthew Perry.
He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in 1969. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he was a recipient of the prestigious Danforth Graduate Fellowship, and the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. He attended the Yale School of Drama, and received a Ph.D. from The Union Institute.