Adam Schlesinger is a songwriter and music producer. He is a founding member of the band Fountains Of Wayne and has also been a member of the bands Ivy and Tinted Windows. He also writes songs for film, television, and theatre, has won a Grammy and two Emmys, and has been nominated for an Oscar, two Tonys, and three Daytime Emmy Awards.
Credits include the title song of Tom Hanks’ film That Thing You Do; original songs for the Tony Awards telecasts, performed by Neil Patrick Harris; songs for Stephen Colbert’s special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All; original songs for the Hugh Grant/Drew Barrymore film Music and Lyrics; the Broadway musical adaptation of John Waters’ Cry-Baby; and numerous songs for children’s television. His songs have been performed by a diverse array of artists including Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Lopez, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Brad Paisley, Snoop, Will.I.Am, Sarah Silverman, The Muppets, and many others.
Aline Brosh McKenna
Aline Brosh McKenna, Executive Producer/Co-Creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is one of the most accomplished screenwriters in Hollywood, telling modern, character-based stories that have resonated with a wide audience. She is also one of the highest-grossing female writers of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $850 million. As The New York Times said, “McKenna has reached a level of success that…allows her to make movies that leave a cultural impression.”
McKenna is best known for her 2006 adaptation of the popular novel The Devil Wears Prada. The screenplay has become a modern classic, filled with memorable and oft-quoted lines, featuring a signature role for Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly. For that film, McKenna was nominated for Writer’s Guild, BAFTA, and Scripter awards.
She has also written seven other films, among them the popular wedding perennial “27 Dresses” starring Katherine Heigl. She also wrote Morning Glory, produced by JJ Abrams and starring Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford, and We Bought A Zoo, directed by Cameron Crowe.
In 2014, McKenna’s adaptation of the musical Annie earned $130 million worldwide. The film was notable for its diverse cast and its unique approach to updating a Broadway classic.
McKenna began her career in television, where she had overall deals at Castle Rock and Sony. She wrote and executive produced three pilots, including a planted spinoff that served as the last episode of All-American Girl.
She is the co-author of the book, A Coed’s Companion, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.
In The CW’s critically acclaimed musical comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom plays Rebecca Bunch, a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, CA. (It’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic).
Born in Manhattan Beach, CA, Bloom graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Theater. In addition to starring in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she is also co-creator and executive producer.
Bloom recently won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Her comedic music videos have appeared on the Onion/AV Club, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Cracked, among others. Her 2010 music video “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” was nominated for a 2011 Hugo Award and won “Best Music Video” at Dragon*Con. She has also released two albums: Please Love Me (a compilation of old/new hits) and Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album).
Bloom’s television writing credits include Robot Chicken, Allen Gregory, The People’s Choice Awards, and The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange. Her acting work includes Bojack Horseman, How I Met Your Mother, Robot Chicken, The Fuzz and the CW web-series Very Mallory. She has written and starred in two live musical sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and New York: Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat!!! and Sing Out, Louise! She performs all over Los Angeles, and her touring performance credits include Just for Laughs in Montreal, Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Arlington Drafthouse and The Limestone Comedy Festival.