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Hollywood Penn Alumni you should know about: Vol. 5

UPenn and PenntertainmentIn our latest installment of Hollywood Penn alumni you should know about, this fall season has been a busy one for Hollywood Quakers…

After the jump, check out:

  • the animated episode a Penn alum wrote for a new children’s cartoon
  • a new big studio deal for one Penn alum
  • Penn alumni with new TV shows and promising TV pilots
  • a Penn alum development exec makes a big move
  • a Penn alum writer’s assistant gets promoted to staff writer!
  • a Penn alum appears on a popular TV drama



1) Writer Joelle Sellner’s episode of “Samurai! Daycare” can now be seen online:


2) Warner Bros Inks 2 Year First-Look Deal with Mike Karz (C’89, W’89) (more here)

3) Josh Goldsmith (C’92) and wife Cathy Yuspa will be producing two(!) pilots for two different networks!:

  • a pilot for NBC called “Gates”. Per Deadline, “Based on the British comedy of
    the same name, which premiered on Sky Living two weeks ago, Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off. It revolves around the parents,
    the school staff and the 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at
    the beginning and end of each school day.”
  • a sitcom shot and aired live each week! (more here)

4) Casting director Lesley Wolff (C’93) casts, Lifetime’s “Prank my Mom”.  Check out the preview below!

5) Sherri Cooper Landsman (C’95) premiered her new show, “Beauty and the Beast” last Thursday night on the CW

6) Nina Wolarsky (C’97) leaves George Clooney’s production company and joins Netflix, heading up their original-series. (more here)

7) John Legend (C’99, Counterparts) is producing a comedy for Fox inspired by his life.  I wonder if Penn will be featured in an episode… (more here)

8) Rob Forman (W’06) officially staffed as a writer on Lifetime’s “Army Wives”

9) Last week, actress Laura Parker (C’03) appeared on “CSI:NY” playing the mother of the villian in an 80’s flashback. (remember this other Penn alum who also appeared on a CSI?) Check out her clip below and also check out the commercials she has appeared on:


Laura Parker – CSI NY from Laura Parker on Vimeo.


Commercial Reel 2012 from Laura Parker on Vimeo.

More Penn alumni on TV HERE
-Penn alumni working on CBS
-Penn alumni working on NBC
-Penn alumni working on ABC
-Penn alumni working on FOX
-Penn alumni working on Lifetime

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