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Master Discussion: Writing and Ingenuity with Lee Zlotoff

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Jean Cocteau Cinema

418 Montezuma Ave.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

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Lee David Zlotoff is a producer, director and screenwriter best known as the creator of the TV series MacGyver. He started as a screenwriter writing for Hill Street Blues in 1981. He then became a producer of Remington Steele in 1982. Zlotoff created MacGyver, which ran on ABC between 1985 and 1992 and was sold throughout the world. He then produced The Man from Snowy River TV series (Australian title: "Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River" — American title: "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga"). The series was loosely based on the Banjo Patterson poem The Man from Snowy River He also wrote and directed the 1996 film The Spitfire Grill, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Zlotoff graduated Brooklyn Technical High School (1970) which provided a general technical/pre-engineering education. Here he studied pattern-making, machine shop, mechanical drawing, and foundry. In foundry class with Mr. Rubin, his step-V block mold was chosen for casting. While he, a classmate and Rubin were at the furnace making molten metal, a prankster student poured water down the sprue, thereby making the sand too wet, producing fantastic amounts of steam, and rendering Zlotoff's casting full of holes and useless.


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