Faculty Bios

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Jim Mendrinos wrote, directed and starred in the web series Living in Exile (New Media Comedy), and he is the creator of the sitcoms MAX, King's Castle, The Yuk Hut (optioned by f/x, WB, Fox), and creator/writer for Comedy USA TV (developed by Sony Pictures). He has written numerous screenplays and appears nationwide as a stand-up comic. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing (Alpha). He holds a BA from Baruch College.

Marco Shalma is a filmmaker and the lead producer of Round Seven Films, which produces film and TV projects, as well as branded content. Among his current projects in development: The feature films ‘Til Winter's End, Deuce Seven, and The Mercedes Ladies, and the TV series Dirty Dishes and She Will Be Heard (Netflix). He holds a BA from Tel Aviv University and a Masters in Film Studies from NYU.