ELLEN SANDLER was nominated for an Emmy for her work as a Co-Executive Producer of the CBS hit series, Everybody Loves Raymond. She has written for many other prime time network television comedies, including ABC's Coach, and has created original television pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Family, Oxygen Network, and the Disney Channel.
Internationally, she has consulted on series development for The ABC, Australia and The Australian Children's Television Foundation in Melbourne; the CBC, Canada; and for producers in Dubai, UAE, Egypt, ermany , and Tokyo. Most recently she ran a two week training intensive for 40 South East Asian writers sponsored by MediaCorp, Singapore's major producer of television content.
Currently, she is Executive Producer and Director of Marisa Rules, a webisode series for teenage girls, and is the author of The TV Writer's Workbook (Bantam/Dell), which is used as a text by both UCLA and USC film schools.
Ellen is also a playwright and director.Her most recent project was a theatrical adaptation of N.Y. Times food writer Mimi Sheraton's book, The Bialy Eaters, which Ellen adapted, produced and directed for the Jewish Women's Theatre.Her play Jewish Roots was produced at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles and later performed as a fund raiser for the WGA Strike Fund starring Fran Drescher. How'd It Go? which she co-wrote and directed, starred Megan Mullally at the HBO/Warner Bros. Workspace and was subsequently developed as a pilot for the Oxygen Network.
Both a teacher and a consultant, Ellen provides script development and career coaching for professionals and emerging writers in the entertainment industry, as well as writing workshops and seminars at conferences and universities both in the US and abroad.She teaches Comedy Writing for the UCLA Extension Writer's Program, and Television Writing for Playwrights at The Herbert Berghof Playwrights Foundation in New York.She has been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, including New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, The New School, and the University of Southern California.
Ellen is a member of the Writers Guild of American and The Dramatists Guild. She holds a BS from Syracuse University, and an MFA from The American Film Institute.