Malek Akkad '06
Production: of Trancas International Films will produce the horror thriller Hurt.
Will be honored at the 45th annual IGC Publicists Awards as 2007's outstanding film showman for his string of successful comedies, which have grossed more than $270 million domestically.
Daniel Barnz '95
Directed and wrote Phoebe in Wonderland, a feature drama that has been accepted by Sundance.
Elisa Bell '87
Is writing and executive-producing a pilot based in the world of high fashion for the CW Network. Isaac Mizrahi will serve as a consultant for the show and fellow alum Ian Sander will also produce.
Todd Black '82
Of Escape Artists will produce No Impact Man, an upcoming book by Colin Beavan, for Columbia Pictures. He will also produce the thriller Knowing, starring Nicholas Cage.
Joey Boukadakis '01
Will write the made-for-TV movie for ABC Family entitled Three Twins. His comedic short film RUSHers recently won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2007 Method Fest Film Festival.
Ted Braun '89
Received the International Documentary Association's Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.
Robert Greenblatt '87
Shepherded the development of the musical 9 to 5, which will premiere in fall 2008 at Center Theater Group's Ahmanson Theatre in L.A.
Victoria E. Johnson '97
Her new book Heartland TV: Prime Time Television and the Struggle for U.S. Identity has been published by New York University Press.
Don Klugman '56
His three vintage 1960s film spoofs won a prestigious national restoration grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Ashley Merryman '90
Received the 2007 Science Journalism Award in the Magazine category from the American Academy for the Advancement of Science for a piece she co-wrote with Po Bronson for New York magazine about the effects of praise on children. They are also writing a non-fiction book on the cutting edge research into child development and parenting.
Wendy Milette '04
Is directing the My Hero Short Film Festival in Laguna Beach.
Henry Miller '99
His first feature film Anamorph has been purchased by the IFC and will be released theatrically early next year. Fellow alums Geraud Brisson, Tom Phelan, and Richard Edlund also worked on the film.
Jon Poll '81
Directed the film Charlie Bartlett, which had its European premiere at the Torino Film Festival on November 23. Fellow alums Gustin Nash, Jay Roach, and Christopher Beck served as writer, producer, and composer respectively.
Blake Reigle '04
Wrote, produced, and directed Beneath the Surface, which won the Best Feature Award at the 2007 Sacramento Horror Film Festival this October.
Melissa Rosenberg '90
Adapted the screenplay Twilight, the thriller-romance based on Stephanie Meyer's young adult novel.
Quinn Saunders '04
Is attached to direct in March 2008 his first film, the independent feature Remorse, starring Katherine Moennig and Eion Bailey.
John Singleton '90
Will direct the thriller Executive Order: Six, financed by Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity.
Jennifer and Suzanne Todd
Will produce the 3-D films Alice in Wonderland and Frankenweenie with Walt Disney Studios, both of which will be directed by Tim Burton.
Blair Westlake '76
Of the media and entertainment group at Microsoft, received the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsels' honorary Founders' Award.
Films and TV Shows
Charlie Wilson's War
Richard Edlund '60, Visual Effect Supervisor
I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA
Steven Cantor '95, Director
I Am Legend
Neal Moritz '85, Producer.
Hank Nelken, Writer
Tom Johnson '81, Re-recording Mixer
Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants
Paul Wiesepape '95, Editor
Empire Earth III
Jared Yeager '02, Associate Producer.