David Frankel’s work as a director includes The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci; Marley & Me, starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and Alan Arkin; The Big Year, starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Wilson; Collateral Beauty, starring Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, and Michael Pena; One Chance, starring James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Colm Meaney and Julie Walters; Miami Rhapsody, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Antonio Banderas and Mia Farrow; and Hope Springs, starring Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. He won an Academy Award for Best Short for his film, Dear Diary, and an Emmy for his direction of HBO’s Band of Brothers. His other work for television includes the pilot for Entourage, several episodes of Sex and the City and From the Earth to the Moon, and the pilot for NBC’s Manifest. He lives in Miami with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children.
Aline Brosh McKenna
Aline Brosh McKenna is an award-winning writer/producer/director, and one of the highest-grossing female screenwriters of all time. McKenna is best known for the film adaptation of the popular novel, “The Devil Wears Prada.” The screenplay is considered a modern classic, and features one of Meryl Streep’s signature roles as the imperious magazine editor, Miranda Priestly. In 2006, McKenna garnered Writers Guild, BAFTA and Scripter award nominations for the worldwide box office hit. Read More
In 2014, McKenna added television to her resume when she co-created the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning comedy series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” on which she serves as head writer, showrunner, and executive producer. The series recently returned for a fourth and final season on the CW. In addition to writing and producing, McKenna directed the finale episodes of all three seasons of the show, and will be directing again this year. She created the series with its star, Rachel Bloom.
McKenna has film projects in development as a producer at Paramount Players with writers Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope, and is developing multiple pilots with CBS Studios where she has an overall deal, including “Big Men,” which she co-created with Rene Gube, and “Arranged,” which she co-created with Sono Patel, and also directed the pilot.
McKenna’s other feature film credits include the worldwide hit and perennial wedding favorite, “27 Dresses,” starring Katherine Heigl; “Morning Glory,” starring Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford; the Cameron Crowe-directed, Matt Damon-starrer, “We Bought a Zoo;” and her adaptation of the musical “Annie.”
McKenna’s graphic novel Jane, a contemporary version of the Jane Eyre story illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Ramon Perez, recently received two prestigious Eisner Award nominations, including Best Publication for Teens.
Brendan Scannell is an actor, comedian, and writer from beautiful Valparaiso, Indiana. Brendan stars as Heather Duke in Heathers (the tv reboot based on the cult classic film) and as the lead in the upcoming show Bonding from Blackpills and Anonymous Content. As a comedian, he can be seen in the standup movie Out On Stage. His work has been featured on Funny or Die, College Humor, Super Deluxe, and Comedy Central Digital. You might recognize him from commercials for FedEx, Snapple, Pepsi, BlueCross, or as the title character in the PSA “Evan” for the gun safety organization Sandy Hook Promise. Brendan hosts two monthly shows in Los Angeles, The Cure at UCB Franklin and See What Sticks at The Lyric Hyperion. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in LA.