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The Hollywood Visionaries Series Presents "Jewish Humor in the TV Writers' Room"

A special screening of the beloved comedy, My Favorite Year, with screenwriter Norman Steinberg, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Elkins Auditorium, Malibu. 

My Favorite Year takes a madcap peek behind-the-scenes at a live sketch comedy show where an intoxicated guest star must be sobered up before show time. The film garnered an Oscar nomination for Peter O'Toole and sparked a Broadway musical. It has a 100% approval rating from critics on RottenTomatoes.com.

Special guests for the evening include director Richard Benjamin and actress Lainie Kazan.

About the Hollywood Visionaries Series

In a unique exploration of the culture of faith, family legacies, and the entertainment industry, Pepperdine University will host a series of film screenings, panel discussions, and a library exhibit celebrating the Jewish visionaries who helped create Hollywood. Developed in collaboration with the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture and Pepperdine University Libraries, the Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond series is supported by the Brenden Mann Foundation. The Foundation was founded by Johnny Brenden, the grandson of Hollywood producer and theater magnate Ted Mann.

"From the beginning, Hollywood was a family business presided over by legendary names like Mayer, Goldwyn, Laemmle, Warner, and Zukor," said Craig Detweiler, director of Pepperdine's Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture. "How appropriate that Johnny Brenden seeks to remember the legacy of his grandfather, Ted Mann, with this celebration of Hollywood visionaries." Ted Mann received an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine in 1989.

In part, the series will explore how the aspirations of Jewish immigrants became the celluloid dreams embraced by audiences around the world. An exhibit in Pepperdine University's Payson Library, opened October 1, 2013 and features photography from the golden age of Hollywood by noted photographer Leigh Wiener as well as well as photographs of legendary Los Angeles movie palaces from the collection of Bruce Corwin. "Leigh Wiener's extraordinary photographs capture a pivotal time in the history of filmmaking, and reveal the full humanity of the producers and studio heads who shaped American dreams," said Mark Roosa, dean of Pepperdine University Libraries.

For more information, please visit the Hollywood Visionaries Series website.

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