2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Peter Mehlman

writer/co-executive producer Seinfeld
Twitter: @PeterMehlman
Peter Mehlman started his career as a sportswriter for The
 Washington Post. He slid from print journalism to television when,
 from 1982 to 1984, he wrote for SportsBeat with Howard Cosell. For the next five years he returned to writing full sentences for numerous national publications including The New York Times MagazineGQ, Esquire and dozens of women’s magazines due to his deep understanding of that gender. 
In 1989 he  moved to Los Angeles where he bumped into Larry David, whom he’d met a few times in New York. David, was developing “a little show with Jerry Seinfeld”, and invited Mehlman to submit a sample script. Having never written a script, Mehlman sent a humor piece he had written for The New York Times Magazine. Off that came the series’ first freelance episode, ”The Apartment.” Mehlman was hired for the first full season of 
Seinfeld and over the next six years, worked his way up to co-executive producer. Mehlman is most famous for his “Yada Yada” episode, and for coining 
such Seinfeld-isms as “spongeworthy”, “shrinkage” and “double-dipping.” In 1997, Mehlman joined DreamWorks and created It’s like, you 
know…, a scathing look at Los Angeles. In recent years, he returned to full sentences, writing humor pieces for Esquire, The New York Times and LA Times. A collection of his essays was recently published under the title “Mandela Was Late.” He also created the Webby nominated series Peter Mehlman’s Narrow World of Sports and the award winning short film Blank.