Howard Burkons, Writer, Producer

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Howard Burkons is a screenwriter and producer best known for the feature John Q, the Emmy, DGA, WGA, SAG, ACE, CSA, BFC, Golden Globe nominated and Best Family Film and Christopher Award winning The Ron Clark Story, and the rom-com, Smooch. An early adapter, writer and designer of digital content, he was a consultant for Electronic Arts and instrumental in integrating story into game play and bringing Hollywood pros into the gaming industry by opening the door for entertainment union talent.  Current projects include: Redd Zone, a true story he is executive producing for Westbrook Studios at Netflix with ASU alum Brandon Magee; The Madrigals, a crime drama he co-created with Diane Weipert, at Atlas Entertainment, Alex Gartner, producing, Howard executive producing.  He is also a co-producer on the Paramount feature, Yes I Can, based on the1965 bestseller, Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr., by Sammy Davis Jr. and Jane and Burt Boyar; written for the screen by Charles Murray and produced by Lionel Richie, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mike Menchel.  As an actor he appeared in features, performed standup, and was an improv comedian, and credits his time as an actor with the entrepreneurially diverse approach that he’s taken to his profession, and longevity of his career.  Howard, who has lectured and taught graduate and undergraduate film and TV classes in screenwriting and producing at Loyola Marymount University and The Philadelphia Conservatory for the Arts, is the Program Director for ASU Film Spark’s Film & TV Career Boot Camp, which he created for his alma mater, Arizona State University, to teach students “how to” maximize their chances for success as they transition from the cocoon of academia to gainful employment.  A member of the Television Academy and Writers Guild, he is the father of two and grandfather to four, and married to retired Disney Imagineer, 20th Century Fox Executive and Producer, Donna Burkons.

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