Adam Herz

Screenwriter, TV series creator, Production assistant
The young screenwriter responsible for the crass but undeniably charming 1999 teen romp "American Pie", Adam Herz went from production assistant to well-paid scripter when he brought to fruition his idea to revisit the ... Read more »
Born: 09/10/1972 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (12)

American Reunion 2012 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

American Pie Presents The Book of Love 2008 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

American Pie Presents Beta House 2006 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

American Pie Presents Band Camp 2005 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

American Wedding 2003 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

American Wedding 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

(From Story)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

(Story By)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Go Fish 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Writer

American Pie 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (6)

Flock of Dudes 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

American Reunion 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mardi Gras: Spring Break 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Best Friend's Girl 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Wedding 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

Younger Business Suit (Actor)

Biography

The young screenwriter responsible for the crass but undeniably charming 1999 teen romp "American Pie", Adam Herz went from production assistant to well-paid scripter when he brought to fruition his idea to revisit the sex comedy genre so popular in his youth for today's audience. Mixing the "can you top this?" gross-out nerviness so popular in "There's Something About Mary" (1998) with an unexpected old-fashioned romanticism, Herz's treatment for "American Pie" was written over his winter ski vacation in January of 1998 and within months was in production. Having hooked up with screenwriting agents Warren Zide and Chris Bender after impressing them with risk-taking sitcom spec scripts, he was encouraged by his representation to take the feature plunge. Goaded to be his most outrageous, Herz turned in a screenplay that was at once shockingly vulgar and heartwarmingly real. An obvious affection for his multifaceted characters (including a group of fully-realized, empowered females rarely seen in the genre) helped sell the Paul and Chris Weitz-directed film as more than just your average hormone fest thanks to a decided lack of mean-spiritedness and an abundance of heart. Impressive returns at the box office proved that audiences were ready for such a film, even when its cast was comprised mainly of unknowns.

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1996

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1996

Milestones

2012

Executive produced "American Reunion," first "American Pie" feature since 2003; original cast including Biggs and Hannigan reprised roles

2005

Wrote first direct-to-video release in franchise "American Pie Presents Band Camp"

2003

Wrote and produced "American Wedding"

2001

Scripted the sequel "American Pie 2"; also executive produced and made a cameo in film

2001

Was creator, writer and executive consultant of the high school-set NBC sitcom "Go Fish"

1999

Made feature writing debut with the teen sex comedy "American Pie," starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, and Seann William Scott

1998

Completed and sold the script that became "American Pie"

1997

Worked as a production assistant, with credits including the 1997 independent film "Polish Wedding" and the syndicated TV series "Sweet Valley High"

1997

Signed by managers Warren Zide and Chris Bender

1996

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1993

Interned for New Line Cinema

Raised in Grand Rapids, MI

Completed two sitcom spec scripts

Bonus Trivia

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Herz's "American Pie" disclaimer: "None of the jokes were from personal experience. They were more like, you take typical teenage situations and supply the worst possible outcome. If you're a high school kid gratifying yourself, then ten million of the worst possible scenarios run through your head." – quoted in Empire, November 1999

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