Steve Ginsberg

Prof. Ginsberg is the Pendleton Chair of the Los Angeles Program. He has worked as a screenwriter for numerous films studios and independent production companies. He wrote Family Prayers, an original coming-of-age drama starring Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Patti LuPone and Paul Reiser, and has written and developed scripts for such actors as Brenda Blethyn, Richard Dreyfuss and Peter Fonda. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Ginsberg began his career as a film critic and reporter for Daily Variety. In that capacity, he originated its first weekly national film box office column, which sparked a nationwide trend in reporting on the true business of Hollywood films. He has also worked in film marketing and publicity for such directors as Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich and Lawrence Kasdan, and written for both series television as well as for the stage.