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2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Phil Rosenthal

writer/director Exporting Raymond; creator Everybody Loves Raymond
Twitter: @whereslunchphil
Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, raised in Rockland, N.Y., and attended Hofstra University on Long Island. Starting out as an actor in New York, Rosenthal also wrote and directed theater before relocating to Los Angeles.

Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series Down the Shore and Coach. He was the creator/executive producer of the hit CBS comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond, staying with the show for its entire nine season run, beginning in 1996. Everybody Loves Raymond was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 times, including for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005.

Rosenthal has the distinction of having directed President Bill Clinton in the White House Correspondents Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April, 2000 event. He co-wrote America: A Tribute to Heroes, the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing. Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his Everybody Loves Raymond script, “Italy.”

He returned to his roots as an actor in the James Brooks feature film Spanglish, in which he played Adam Sandler’s sous chef. He also appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jake Kasdan’s feature The TV Set, and The Simpsons Movie. Rosenthal is the author of You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom.

His first feature for Sony Pictures: Exporting Raymond, which he wrote and directed, the true story about the attempt to turn Everybody Loves Raymond into a Russian sitcom, was released in April of 2011.

Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on Everybody Loves Raymond), and their two children.