Screenwriter, novelist, journalist to chair film, TV writing division

The USC School of Cinema-Television has named screenwriter Howard A. Rodman to chair its film and television writing division. Rodman replaces John Furia Jr., a former WGA president who steps down from the chair after a nine-year term.

Rodman’s “eclectic body of work is a testament to the broad range of creative outlets available to our students in today’s entertainment industry,” Dean Elizabeth Daley said.

A veteran screenwriter, novelist and journalist, Rodman just completed an adaptation of the nonfiction book “Savage Grace” for Killer Films, and he is working on the true story “The Mighty Atom” for producer and USC alumnus Ed Saxon and Universal.

His adaptation of Joseph Mitchell’s “Joe Gould’s Secret” was the opening night selection at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was released by October/USA Films.

Rodman co-wrote “Takedown” for Dimension/Millenium. He also wrote multiple episodes of the Showtime anthologies “Fallen Angels” and “The Hunger” for directors Steven Soderbergh, Tom Cruise and Tony Scott, garnering him a Cable Ace nomination for best writing.

He served as West Coast editor of Millimeter and as a monthly columnist for the Village Voice and has contributed several pieces to Los Angeles magazine. His debut novel, “Destiny Express,” was published by Atheneum.

Rodman is on the board of directors of the Independent Feature Project/West and was chair of this year’s Spirit Award committee. He is a creative adviser to the Sundance Institute labs in Park City, Utah, and Parati, Brazil, chair of the WGA West’s independent caucus and a member of the guild’s organizing committee.

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