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Steven Kunes

4000 Warner Boulevard, Story Bldg. - Room 247 Burbank, California 91505 United States
(818) 927-3442 - Production/Studio City . none .
Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild, WGA, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys)


Ritual (working title) Writer (in development) Warner Bros.
The Theory Of Everything Writer (script doctor) Focus Features/James Marsh
Atlas Shrugged: Part I Writer (script doctor) 20th Century Fox/Paul Johansson
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince Writer (script doctor) Warner Bros./David Yates
Catch Me If You Can Writer (script doctor) DreamWorks/Steven Spielberg
Legally Blonde Writer (script doctor) MGM/Robert Luketic
Cast Away Writer (script doctor) DreamWorks/Fox/Robert Zemeckis
Wag The Dog Writer (script doctor) New Line Cinema/Barry Levinson
Groundhog Day Writer (script doctor) Columbia Pictures/Harold Ramis
The Pelican Brief Writer (script doctor) Warner Bros./Alan J. Pakula
Rain Man Writer (script doctor) MGM-UA/Barry Levinson


Over My Dead Body (in development) Creator/Executive Producer You Tube Red
South Park Executive Story Editor (34 episodes) Comedy Central
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Staff Writer (monologue) Carson Productions/NBC
Cheers Executive Story Editor (77 episodes) Paramount Television/NBC
Small Wonder Writer (one episode) Metromedia Television/Synd.
The Wonder Years Writer (two episodes) Warner Bros. Television/ABC
Mr. President Staff Writer Carson Productions/FOX
Trial & Error Writer (one episode) Columbia Television/CBS
Marblehead Manor Writer (one episode) Paramount Television/Synd.
What's Happening Now! Writer (one episode) Columbia Television/Synd.
Kate & Allie Writer (one episode) Alan Landsburg Productions/CBS
Family Ties Executive Story Editor (11 episodes) Paramount Television/NBC
Webster Writer (one episode) Paramount Television/ABC
a.k.a. Pablo Staff Writer Embassy Television/Norman Lear/ABC
High Mountain Rangers Writer (one episode) A. Shane Company/Robert Conrad/ABC
thirtysomething Writer (two episodes) Bedford Falls Productions/ABC
Our House Writer (one episode) Lorimar Television/NBC
Stir Crazy Writer (one episode) Columbia Television/CBS
Charley Hannah Writer (one episode) A. Shane Company/Robert Conrad/ABC
Moonlighting Writer (two episodes) Picturemaker Productions/ABC
Love Boat Writer (200th anniversary episode) Aaron Spelling Productions/ABC
Viacom Productions Writer - Overall Deal (1985) Viacom Television, Inc.
Embassy Television Writer - Overall Deal (1983) Norman Lear
Final Approach - MOW Writer Edgar Sherick Productions/CBS
Revenge From The Shadows - MOW Writer Helios Productions/NBC
Stolen Love - MOW Writer The Palone Company/ABC
My Mother Was Never A Kid - Afterschool Special Writer Tomorrow Entertainment/ABC
Split Ends - Afterschool Special Writer Ruby-Spears Productions/ABC
Salute To America's Pets - Prime-Time Special Writer Bob Hope Entertainment/NBC
The Magical World Of Disney - Prime-Time Special Writer Andrew Solt Productions/NBC
Alvin Goes Back To School - Prime-Time Special Writer Helios Productions/NBC
Coral Gables (half-hour pilot) Creator/Writer Falcon Productions/Univision
Out Of This World Executive Story Editor (23 episodes) Bob Booker Productions/Synd.
Is There A Lawyer In The House? (half-hour pilot) Creator/Writer Ron Dunas Productions/CBS
About Luis (half-hour pilot) Creator/Writer Viacom Productions/CBS
Ms. Liberty (half-hour pilot) Creator/Writer Grosso-Jacobson Productions/CBS
Jackson & Friends (half-hour pilot) Creator/Writer Centerpoint Productions/ABC
The MasqueRaiders (half-hour pilot) Creator/Writer American Greetings Productions/ABC
P.O.P. (half-hour pilot) Creator/Writer Embassy Television/Norman Lear/NBC
Good Evening, He Lied (half-hour pilot) Creator/Writer Embassy Television/Norman Lear/NBC
N.O.R.S.A.T. (one-hour pilot) Creator/Writer A. Shane Company/Robert Conrad/NBC
Hittin' Home (one-hour daytime pilot) Creator/Writer Michael Krauss Productions-Viacom/Synd.


Then Again Playwright Theatre West (Los Angeles, California)
Captain Of A Lost Ship Playwright McCarter Theatre (Princeton, New Jersey)
Hopeless Romantic Playwright Center Stage Theater (Santa Barbara, California)
Clock Witrhout Hands Playwright Roundabout Theatre (New York City)


Johnny Carson Writer (stand-up material) Johnny Carson
Rodney Dangerfield Writer (stand-up material) Rodney Dangerfield
Chris Rock Writer (stand-up material) Chris Rock
Roseanne Barr Writer (stand-up material) Roseanne Barr
Larry Miller Writer (stand-up material) Larry Miller
Richard Jeni Writer (stand-up material) Richard Jeni
Dennis Wolfberg Writer (stand-up material) Dennis Wolfberg
Kathy Najimy & Mo Gaffney Writer ("Kathy & Mo Show" sketches) Kathy Najimy & Mo Gaffney
Paul Rodriguez Writer (stand-up material) Paul Rodriguez


It Was Me All Along (2016) Author Novel/Amazon
On A Clear Lake You Can See Forever (2007) Author Unpublished Novella
Benedictis (1983) Author Unpublished Novel


Sand Hill Road Publishing Company Founder/Chairman Palo Alto, California
MyGlobalClassroom Founder/Chairman Stanford University


  • New York University, Bachelor of Arts, New York, N.Y., 1978
    Creative Writing & Comparative Literature (double concentration) -- 3.92 GPA (summa cum laude)


  • City of Santa Barbara Annual Awards, Letter of Recognition, 2010
    Given by Mayor Helene Schneider and the City Council for fundraising efforts in connection with Center Stage Theater, a local non-profit community theater.
  • Social Venture Partners of Silicon Valley, iMagine Award, 2007
    First Prize: Sand Hill Road Publishing -- "Great Books" e-Curriculum
  • Greater Los Angeles Press Award, First Place, 2006
    "The Not-So-Ugly-Duckling"
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Humanitarian Award, 2005
    "Antelope Valley Fallen Heroes" event -- raised funds to aid families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty during the past year.
  • National Stuttering Foundation Annual Awards, Laura Pels Award, 2005
    "Story Reading Coordinator"
  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Annual Awards, Vivian Sheehan Award, 2004
    "Everybody's In The Book: Kids Writing Program"
  • Valley International Film Festival, Vision Award for Writing, 2004
    Recipient of their first Vision Award for the motion picture "Rain Man."
  • International Distance Learning Center Annual Awards, Helping Hand Award, 2003
    Given for founding MyGlobalClassroom
  • Writers Guild of America Annual Awards, William E. Kelley Award, 2003
    Given to Hollywood's Top 10 Unproduced Screenplays -- "Acquitted"
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Emmy Award, 1992
    Best Writing In A Comedy/Variety Show -- "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Annual Awards, Endurance Award, 1990
    "The Wonder Years" -- "Goodbye" episode
  • William Faulkner Annual Awards (NYU), William Faulkner Award For Short Fiction, 1978
    "The Mixologist-In-Residence" -- short story

Employment Details

  • Work History: Internet, Film, Radio, Theater, Journalist, Television
  • Job Categories: Writing
  • Are you willing to work unpaid?: No
  • Authorized to work in United States: Yes
  • Primary Citizenship: United States
  • Valid Passport: Yes
  • Prior Job Title 1: Playwright -- "Then Again"
  • Prior Job Title 2: Writer/Researcher -- The Lear Center/USC
  • Prior Job Title 3: Screenwriter -- "Where Is Joe Merchant?"

Guest Lecturer

The Lear Center/USC (2012-2013), New York University (2005-Present), Pepperdine University (2003).

Musical Theater

"Singer!" (1979) -- a treatment for a Broadway musical based on the life and times of Isaac Merritt Singer, the man who made famous (and appropriated) the sewing machine which was actually invented by Elias Howe.

Spec Scripts

Hill Street Blues, Taxi, MAS*H, Barney Miller.


The Linderman Pyramid, The Empire State Building Turns 50, Wife/Mistress, The Money Debt, There's A Bit Of Bucks County In New York.

Short Stories

The Making Of A Heart Surgeon, Ashes, The Wee Road, The Scholarship, The Mixologist-In-Residence, Into The Fire, The Audition.


Who The Experts Were, Survivor In The Classroom, Teacher's Deserve Our Respect, No Forwarding Address, My Grandmother's Legacy, Lost & Found, Saving My Dog Rosie, The Not-So-Ugly Duckling, A Writer In The Family, September 1976, Talk Of The Town (3), About Men (2).


Jimmy Buffett, Martin Herskovitz (Malibu District Attorney), L.A. County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, Hal Linden, Milos Forman, Johnny Carson, Dustin Hoffman.


Jantzen Sportswear (1982), Greyhound (1982).

Fundraising Events

Laurence/2000 Turns 40 (1993), Tony Randall Celebrity Love Roast At Radio City Music Hall (1979).


Electronic publishing, books by Audrey Niffenegger, the works of Tennessee Williams, amateur "ham" radio (KQ6DF, formerly WA3MZV), Annual Vintage Automobile Show at Pebble Beach's Concours d'Elegance, California wines, Key West Cigar Factory, Lorelei the manatee, traveling with my children to distant lands.

Unproduced Screen Projects

Where Is Joe Merchant? (2006/Shimon Arama/Warner Bros.), Restoration (2006/Warner Bros.), Clock Without Hands (2000/Miramax), Acquitted (1999/Warner Bros.), Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant (1992/Tri-Star), The Linderman Pyramid (1992/Touchstone), First Comes Love (1992/Fox), Rum Runners (1988/Amblin'/Universal), Bonds That Tie (1985/Columbia), The Windows Of Richard Allen (1984/Paramount), Seascape (1982/Gil Evans Productions), Second Of Four (1979), The Graduate: Part Two (1978/Turman-Foster Productions).


Founder and Chairman of MyGlobalClassroom, a California non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Our international resource center provides, free of charge via the worldwide web and satellite broadband, access to a comprehensive K-12 education, including a vast enrichment curriculum, to underprivileged children around the world. Fundraiser and Instructor at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles' Kids Writing Program. Fundraiser and Volunteer for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (raised funds for the 2005 Antelope Valley Fallen Heroes campaign and the 1999 L.A.S.D. Rose Parade float in Pasadena, California.) Special Sponsor of the 2005 Malibu Arts Festival: KidzArt Program. Advisory Boardmember (2008-2010) of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary of Santa Barbara, California. Contributor to the Save the Manatee Foundation, the Turtle Rescue Mission of Montecito, California, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Heal the Bay.


Vanity Fair, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Santa Barbara Independent, The Santa Barbara Daily Sound, The Malibu Surfside News, The Malibu Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, Penthouse, Gallery, Woman's Day, Woman's World, Self, The Dial, Video Review, The Bucks County Courier Times, The New York Quarterly, The Minetta Review, High Times.


Writers Guild of America, Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscars), Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys), Social Venture Partners of Silicon Valley, Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Director's Circle), New York University Alumni Association, Who's Who In Entertainment, Save The Manatee Foundation, AARP.

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