J Stewart Burns
After writing for the Harvard Lampoon, J. Stewart Burns broke into the television industry with the dark 1995-1999 sitcom "Unhappily Ever After." By scripting (and later producing) episodes revolving around an alcoholic schizophrenic who talks to his stuffed bunny, Burns primed himself for the similarly surreal yet decidedly more lighthearted dysfunction of the creator Matt Groening's animated powerhouse "The Simpsons," for which he wrote and/or produced over 60 installments. The scribe won Emmys for his work on the episodes "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story" and "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind," the latter of which distinguished Burns as a writer unafraid to delve deep into the raw subconscious of one of television's most beloved characters. Aside from ribbing the image of the American TV family on two shows, Burns became a prominent writer on Groening's screwball sci-fi parody "Futurama," again winning an Emmy for the episode "Roswell That Ends Well." Beyond the world of television, Burns has garnered acclaim for his writing work on the video game "Spyro the Dragon" and many of its sequels.