A native of Guide Rock, Nebraska, Hunter has a bachelors degree and honorary doctorate from Nebraska Wesleyan University (where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity) and has masters degrees from Northwestern University and UCLA. Lew was head of the screenwriting program at UCLA for 20 years, as professor and mentor for the top screenwriters in the business. He is now the Chairman Emeritus and Professor of Screenwriting at UCLA’s Department of Film & Television, in addition to teaching programs at the Sorbonne in Paris, at the Croatian Film Academy, and around the world. Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434 is a top-selling how-to screenwriting book used to teach screenwriting in college courses worldwide. Lew has been Writer and Producer on dozens of projects for ABC, CBS, NBC, Columbia TV, Lorimar, Paramount, and Warner Brothers, including the telefilms Fallen Angel, Desperate Lives, The Yellow Rose, and many more. He was a Director of both Movies and Comedy/Drama at NBC, as well as an Executive at Disney, Hanna-Barbera and ABC. Steven Spielberg has called Hunter “the best screenwriting teacher going”.