Marshall Herskovitz

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
A leading TV writer, producer and director who segued to feature directing with "Jack the Bear" (1993), Marshall Herskovitz began his career as a writer on the TV series "Family", "The White Shadow" and "Seven Brides ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Producer (18)

The Great Wall 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

About Alex 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Boys of Abu Ghraib 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Defiance 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cowboys and Idiots 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dangerous Beauty 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Relativity 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dream Street 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Extreme Close-Up (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sawdust (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Special Bulletin (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (10)

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Bleep! Censoring Hollywood 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside "thirtysomething" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

WOMEN vs. MEN (TV Show)

Actor
Director (6)

Quarterlife 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director

Once and Again 1987 - 1991, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Dangerous Beauty 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

My So-Called Life 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Thirtysomething 1987 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (4)

The Great Wall 2016 (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

A leading TV writer, producer and director who segued to feature directing with "Jack the Bear" (1993), Marshall Herskovitz began his career as a writer on the TV series "Family", "The White Shadow" and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". He went on to collaborate with fellow AFI alumnus Edward Zwick on "Special Bulletin" (NBC, 1983), a critically-esteemed, TV-movie about nuclear terrorism which garnered him his first two Emmy awards. In 1985, Herskovitz and Zwick formed the Bedford Falls Company. Their first project under the banner was the polished yuppie-angst drama "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-91). The two subsequent series produced by the Bedford Falls Company, My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95) and "Relativity" (ABC, 1996-97), both received critical kudos and found a fiercely loyal, albeit small, audience. Herskovitz returned to the big screen with the period romance "Dangerous Beauty" (1998), starring Catherine McCormack and Rufus Sewell.

EDUCATION

Brandeis University

Waltham , Massachusetts

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1975 - 1977
Graduated 1977

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California
attended on a directing fellowship

Milestones

2000

Served as one of the producers of the acclaimed film "Traffic"; earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination

1999

With Zwick, returned to series TV as creators and executive producers of the drama series "Once and Again" (ABC)

1998

Directed "Dangerous Beauty"

1994

Prodcued "Legends of the Fall", directed by Zwick

1993

Feature directorial debut, "Jack the Bear"

1989

Co-executive producer on the NBC series "Dream Street"

1987

Co-creator, writer, co-executive producer and occasional director on the series "thirtysomething"; produced under Bedford Falls banner

1985

Formed the Bedford Falls Company with Zwick

1983

TV-movie producing and screenwriting debut, "Special Bulletin"

1983

First collaboration with Edward Zwick, "Special Bulletin"

1978

Directed first feature-length film while at AFI, "Cambridge Nights"

1976

Awarded a directing fellowship at AFI

1975

Wrote and directed first short-film, "In Footsteps"

1975

Accepted to AFI on the basis of "In Footsteps"

Executived produced the critically-acclaimed but low-rated cult series "My So-Called Life" (ABC)

Met Edward Zwick while attending AFI

Was executive producer of "Relativity" (ABC)

Signed deal with ABC to create three new series, including one that would star Bob Saget

Wrote episodes for the TV series "Family", "The White Shadow" and "Seven Bride for Seven Brothers"

Bonus Trivia

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"I have always wanted to do period films. It's been my greatest desire as a filmmaker." --Marshall Hersokivitz quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, February 19, 1998

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"The film business is a terrible, soul-killing business. It is constructed to destroy your passion. Every time you make a movie, you go through the experience at least five times during the process of ahving the movie feel like it's being taken away from you. . . . Television is musch more immediate. Ed [Zwick] and I have always had complete creative freedom. . . . We follow our own instincts. We make our own mistakes and also have our own triumphs and feel so much more respected and in some way complete as creators in television because we can do what we want. But there isn't enough money and there isn't enough time and especially in series television you are trying to create 22 stories a year, and that's impossible to do really well." --Herskovitz in LOS ANGELES TIMES, February 19, 1998

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