Bryce Zabel

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Bryce Zabel

Bryce Zabel

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Bryce Zabel

Date of Birth

Birthday: May 17
Birthplace: Newport, Oregon

CNN correspondent-turned-screenwriter Bryce Zabel has created five primetime network television series and worked on a dozen TV writing staffs. A produced feature writer in both live-action and animation, he has written and produced for nearly all major networks and studios and collaborated with talents like Steven Spielberg, David Kelley, and Stan Lee on projects that include series, video-games, comic books and web content.

CNN correspondent-turned-screenwriter Bryce Zabel has created five primetime network television series and worked on a dozen TV writing staffs. A produced feature writer in both live-action and animation, he has written and produced for nearly all major networks and studios and collaborated with talents like Steven Spielberg, David Kelley, and Stan Lee on projects that include series, video-games, comic books and web content.

In 2008, Bryce (with his wife, Jackie) received the Writers Guild of America (WGA) award for writing his third four-hour Hallmark mini-series, Pandemic. He has received credit on produced films and miniseries that include Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Blackbeard, and NBC’s primetime The Poseidon Adventure. He wrote Syfy’s first original film, Official Denial, and the first film in the Unsolved Mysteries MOW franchise, Victim of Love. He has also worked for ABC, CBS, FOX, HBO, Showtime, SONY, Warner Bros., 20th Fox, Universal, USA, Animal Planet, etc.

As an author, Bryce has written a series of “what if” novels under the Breakpoint umbrella for Diversion Books. His debut novel, Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? won the 2014 Sidewise Award for Alternate History (previously won by Philip Roth and Michael Chabon).

In addition to the Emmy-winning Dark Skies (NBC), Bryce has received the WGA “created by” or “developed by” credit on Kay O’Brien (CBS), M.A.N.T.I.S. (FOX), The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (syndicated) and E.N.G. (CTV). His other series work includes Steven Spielberg’s Taken, L.A. Law, Life Goes On, and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Bryce served as the elected chairman/CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from 2002 to 2003, the first writer in that position since Rod Serling. During his term, he was responsible for handling the post 9/11 Emmy awards, the negotiations that led to an unprecedented 250 percent license fee increase for the telecast, the move to the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live, and the creation of the Interactive Media and Stunt Performers peer groups.

An adjunct professor for the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts since 2006, he has taught advanced television writing and series creation to both undergraduate and graduate students.

He has been an award-winning on-air journalist for PBS (investigative reporter), CNN (correspondent), and NBC (general assignment reporter). He is an active, dues-paying member of the WGA, DGA, and SAG.

Besides his WGA, Gemini and Sidewise award wins, his work has also been nominated by the Environmental Media Association, Mystery Writers of America, Golden Mike, and Emmy Awards.

Bryce is an often-featured speaker, moderator, keynoter and panelist, invited to paid engagements in and out of the US. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio interviews that include The Today Show, CBS Morning News, Politically Incorrect, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, and Coast-to-Coast AM as well as being interviewed by news organizations that include Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, etc. His essays have been featured in Variety, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, emmy magazine and LinkedIn Pulse. He has appeared three times on the Primetime Emmy awards, introducing legends Tom Hanks and Walter Cronkite.

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2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Bryce Zabel

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Former Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel attend the 24th Television Academy Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California.

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