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29/03/2011

2011 NAB Show Session To Feature 'Modern Family' Creator Steven Levitan

NAB Show organisers have announced that Steven Levitan, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the hit comedy Modern Family will be featured in a Super-Session on Wednesday, April 13 during the 2011 NAB Show.
The session will examine the creative process involved in the development and execution of ABC's mockumentary-style hit series. Levitan will also discuss his views on the future of the situation comedy, the advent of on-line platforms such as Hulu and Netflix, and the economics of creating television shows for broadcast networks versus cable.
Levitan will be interviewed by Joe Flint, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.
Modern Family debuted in 2009 to universal critical acclaim, and it has continued to build audience share. USA Today television critic Robert Bianco said: "Not since Frasier has a sitcom offered such an ideal blend of heart and smarts, or proven itself so effortlessly adept at so many comic variations, from subtle wordplay to big-laugh slapstick to everything in between."
Prior to creating Modern Family, Levitan wrote and produced the NBC comedies Just Shoot Me!, Wings and Frasier, winning three Emmys as Co-Executive Producer for Frasier in the Outstanding Comedy Series category in 1996.
His Hollywood credits include a Producers Guild Award and Television Critics Association Award for Frasier, a People's Choice Award for the NBC sitcom Stark Raving Mad and a Golden Globe nomination for Just Shoot Me!
Executives who have spoken at past NAB Shows include chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television (tcftv), Gary Newman and Dana Walden; Barry Diller, Chairman and CEO, IAC; David Eick, Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Battlestar Galactica, Roger Enrico, Chairman of the board, DreamWorks Animation; Jason Kilar, CEO, Hulu; and Sumner Redstone, Chairman of the board, Viacom and CBC Corporation, to name a few.
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