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Bill Persky       Writer, Director and Producer

BILL PERSKY is an award winning writer, director, and producer for such shows as the Dick Van Dyke Show, Sid Caesar, and Kate & Allie. Bill created the Marlo Thomas classic, That Girl and from 1975 to 1982. Bill directed 22 television pilots of which 16 became network series including, “Who’s The Boss?”  He won 5 primetime Emmys and was nominated 4 additional times.

 Bill is a contributing writer to USA Today and the LA Times, a guest lecturer at NYU Film School, Yale University and Columbia University.

Bill is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writer’s Guild of America; Giant of Television Award from The Radio and Television Executive Society, a Humanities Prize, and Doctor of Humane Letters from New Haven University where he taught and was the commencement speaker in June 2015.  His memoir, My Life Is A Situation Comedy can be found in bookstores everywhere.

Bill Persky joiined with Dr. Bonnie Dow, Writer and Creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason, and Actor Peter Bergman for the forum "Who Put The Funny In Feminism?", a fascinating round table conversation about the influence of television on the Women’s Movement and American cultural shifts from the 1960’s until today.  They were interviewed by actor, director and Saint Helena Forum Chairman, Douglas Barr.

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