NYU Alumni Magazine Fall 2007


An Alumni Hit Parade—from the Multiplex to Broadway to your living Room

After penning a series finale that launched a thousand debates, executive producer David Chase (ARTS '68) nabbed Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series for HBO’s The Sopranos, as well as Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the show's final episode, titled “Made in America”…

David Javerbaum (TSOA '95) also won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series as executive producer for Comedy Central's hit political satire The Daily Show With Jon StewartEileen Heisler (TSOA '88) and Deann Heline (TSOA '87) are the women behind NBC's new dramedy Lipstick Jungle, starring Brooke Shields and based on the book by Candace Bushnell (GAL '81), whose racy newspaper columns inspired HBO's Sex and the City… Renewed for a fourth season on ABC, executive producer Damon Lindelof's (TSOA '95) hit show Lost, starring fellow alumnus Daniel Dae Kim (TSOA '96), continues to follow plane-crash survivors as they try to escape from a mysterious island… Also returning this season are NBC's Heroes, directed by Allan Arkush (TSOA '70), executive producer Katie Jacobs' (TSOA '87) House on Fox, and Daniel Pino (TSOA '00) in CBS's Cold Case… After stepping in to complete the comic book trilogy with last summer's X-Men: The Last Stand, film director Brett Ratner (TSOA '90) returned with a third installment of Rush Hour, which rejoins Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker—this time tearing up Paris…William Speck (TSOA '93) and Joshua Gordon (TSOA '93) had audiences roaring with their hit comedy Blades of Glory, their first feature-length film. Now the directorial duo are turning their popular Geico Insurance ads into an ABC sitcom called CavemenBen Garant (nongrad alum) and Thomas Lennon (TSOA '92), popular for their roles as Deputy Junior and Lieutenant Dangle, respectively, from the Comedy Central series Reno 911!, traded in their badges for Ping-Pong paddles this summer to pen the comedy Balls of Fury, which Garant also directed and stars Christopher Walken, about the underground world of competitive Ping-Pong… Since directing Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction, director Marc Forster (TSOA '93) has taken a more serious turn with this fall's The Kite Runner, based on Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel about an Afghani man who returns to his homeland after many years to save a childhood friend… At this year's Tony Awards, Billy Crudup (TSOA '94) won Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for Tom Stoppard's epic trilogy of prerevolutionary Russia, The Coast of Utopia, and Michael Mayer (TSOA '83) took home Best Direction of a Musical for Spring Awakening, a tale of sexual discovery in 19th-century Germany. Tisch earned a total 15 nominations among alumni, faculty, and Dean's Council members…Andre De Shields (GAL '91) scored an Obie Award, off-Broadway's top honor, for Sustained Excellence of Performance for such roles as King Lear in a production by the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

—RenÉe Alfuso

Photo © Gemma La Mana; Phill Bray © 2007 Dreamworks Pictures