19 Penn Alumni you should know about: Vol. 8


Meredith Stiehm (C’90) debuted her new FX series “The Bridge” to solid numbers!

Scott Neustadter’s (C’98) new film The Spectacular Now (8/2/13) recently released a trailer.  Rotten Tomatoes synopsis:

“With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths.”

Sonny Lee (C’03, Penn Six, Full Measure, Penn Admissions) will be writing Holly DiMarco’s iPhone for Universal. Per Deadline, “A couple of high school losers find themselves in wish-fulfillment mode after they find the iPhone belonging to the hottest and most popular girl in school.” The film will be produced by Penn alum Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions partners Penn alum Jon Hurwitz (C’00) and Hayden Schlossberg.   …More Penn alumni working together here

Jake Avnet (C’05) has teamed up with his father Jon Avnet (C’78) to produce WIGS, the #1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube, brings you high-end, original series, short films, and documentaries, all starring female leads.  Below watch “Paloma” written and directed by Julia Stiles.  Watch all episodes here

Lori White’s (C’05) recently shot a short “48 hour film project” film, Fun Run starring Katie Foster (C’06). In the film that Lori wrote and directed, Lori had only 48 hours to make the film and incorporate the genre ‘sports and competitions/games” and was required to include “character Cat dean, ad exec, the line “when do you expect her” and a trophy”:


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