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*POSTPONED* 'Modern Family' Writer and Producer Visits Ithaca College


Because of uncertainties surrounding his travel plans due to the possible impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, Dan O’Shannon has had to postpone his visit to Ithaca College scheduled for this Sunday, Oct. 28. We will announce the new date for his visit once it is rescheduled.

 ITHACA, NY — One of the creative masterminds behind the hit comedy “Modern Family” is serving as this year’s Park Distinguished Visitor at Ithaca College. Dan O’Shannon, a writer and executive producer for the Emmy Award–winning ABC series, will give a free public presentation on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

O’Shannon’s presentation will be in the form of an interview — think “Inside the Actors Studio” — conducted by assistant professor of television-radio Jack Powers, who has served as a consultant for the show. There will be ample time for audience Q&A as well. The two first met when O’Shannon asked Powers for advice on a book he was writing about humor, “What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event.”

“Modern Family” has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its three years on the air. In addition to serving as an executive producer, O’Shannon has written or cowritten nearly a dozen episodes. He cut his comedy teeth writing and producing some of the most acclaimed network comedies of the past 25 years, including such classics as “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Newhart.”

In addition to his slew of Emmy, Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America nominations and awards, he earned an Academy Award nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category for writing the Disney cartoon “Redux Riding Hood.”

O’Shannon has previously visited Ithaca College’s Pendleton Center in Los Angeles to talk with students about the elements necessary to succeed in Hollywood as a writer. While on campus, he will speak in several classes and host a writers’ workshop.

The Park Distinguished Visitor series is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and is made possible through the generosity of the Park Foundation. Past visitors have included Randi Zuckerberg, James Carville, Arianna Huffington, Tom Wolfe, Christiane Amanpour, Ken Burns and Bill Moyers.

For more information, contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or