A couple of weeks ago we introduced one of the mentors in Taliesin Nexus‘s new Liberty Lab program, Daniel Knauf, as a producer and writer of horror and other “darker” genre projects. Today we do an about-face and talk about comedy.
David H. Steinberg took a circuitous route to writing comedy scripts via law school. David entered Yale at age 16 and earned his law degree from Duke University. After four years of practicing law, he quit and entered USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program.
David sold his first screenplay, Slackers, which went on to become a cult classic starring Devon Sawa and Jason Schwartzman. He went on to write several films in the American Pie franchise (including American Pie 2), National Lampoon’s Barely Legal, and the remake of the 1980’s classic Porky’s. David has written several animated movies like Pixie Hollow Games. He’s also written several TV pilots for various networks.
David created and directed the award-winning short film, The Babysitter (with Brie Larson), which garnered more than four million online views on Atom.com, and made his feature directorial debut on the romantic comedy Miss Dial. He recently checked off one of his bucket-list items by writing an episode of The Simpsons.
And yes, David will be serving as the mentor to one lucky team of filmmakers this summer who are admitted to the Liberty Lab program. So apply soon, as applications are free until April 25 (and just $25 after that).