Film New Zealand, Wellington, 10 September 2014: The Big Screen Symposium in partnership with Film New Zealand and supported by New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is delighted to announce Lee Aronsohn, eminent screenwriter, producer and co-creator of Two and a Half Men will be joining the line-up for the September event.
Mr Aronsohn, who has been making memorable television for more than 30 years, began as a writer on The Love Boat in 1978 before going on to contribute to such 80’s classics as Charles in Charge and Who’s the Boss. In the 90’s, as writer and producer, he helped shape some of the decade’s most popular sitcoms such as Murphy Brown, Grace Under Fire and Cybill and in 2003 he co-created Two and a Half Men, which quickly became TV’s number one comedy and the anchor of CBS’s Monday night line-up.
In addition to writing and executive producing Men for nine seasons (and directing several episodes), from 2007 to 2011 he also served as a writer and executive producer of The Big Bang Theory, another CBS hit.
Script to Screen Executive Director Esther Cahill-Chiaroni is delighted to have Mr Aronsohn join the Symposium’s line-up. “We are very pleased to partner with Film New Zealand to provide the local screen community access to a writer as successful and prolific as Mr Aronsohn.”
Film New Zealand CE Gisella Carr says the organisation is pleased to enable an opportunity for Mr Aronsohn to share his knowledge and expertise with the wider New Zealand screen industry.
“We’re grateful to Lee for his generosity in appearing at the Big Screen Symposium. It’s a great chance for him to connect with our industry and share his wealth of experience as the writer, producer and co-creator of some of the highest rating American television of the past three decades.”
Mr Aronsohn is visiting New Zealand as the winner of the 2014 Film New Zealand Competition sponsored by Air New Zealand and Heritage Hotels. The NZFC is supporting this visit through working with Aronsohn’s fellow LA-based colleague, New Zealand actor/producer, Fleur Saville to provide Aronsohn with strong exposure to filmmaking talent and opportunities in/with New Zealand. NZFC is also a principal sponsor of the Big Screen Symposium. As well as exploring the country and screen production environment Mr Aronsohn will be researching a screenplay set in Auckland during World War II.