Neil Landau is the bestselling author of The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2013), The Screenwriter’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2012), and 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010). His numerous film and television credits include the cult teen comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead; Melrose Place; The Magnificent Seven; Doogie Howser, M.D.; The Secret World of Alex Mack; Twice in a Lifetime; MTV’s Undressed; Tad the Lost Explorer; and one-hour drama TV pilots for CBS, ABC, Warner Bros., Disney, and Lifetime. Neil’s new one hour drama series pilot, East/West, is currently set up at Freemantle and Mike Tollin Productions.
As a script consultant, Neil worked for Sony Pictures (2004-2007), and most recently on the Goya-award-winning Lope (for Warner Bros. and El Toro Pictures, Spain, 2010) and Bruc (El Toro/ Universal Pictures, 2010). He has also worked with many A-list screenwriters on many Hollywood blockbusters. Neil served as Vice-President of Scripted Development for Amedia Film Group in Moscow, Russia (2007-08).
Neil currently teaches in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at both UCLA School of Film & Television (his alma mater), and USC School of Cinematic Arts, and is a faculty advisor in the MFA in Writing Program at Goddard College.
Neil lives in Los Angeles and has two sons.