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Andy Ackerman '78
An Evening with Andy Ackerman
Hear Andy Ackerman '78 in conversation about directing and producing some of TV's funniest and most beloved series.
February 9, 2015
Mayer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Andy Ackerman is best known for his work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Following his graduation from Santa Clara University in 1978, he first worked as an assistant editor on Welcome Back, Kotter, and then as an editor on WKRP in Cincinnati and Newhart. His work on WKRP in Cincinnati earned him his first Emmy, which he won at the age of 24. Ackerman has gone on to win twice more and be nominated an additional 14 times.
Following his work on Newhart, Ackerman began a run from 1985 to 1991 as editor for Cheers. He edited more than 100 episodes, and also launched his directing and producing career with the hit show.
In 1994, he directed his first episode of Seinfeld beginning in the show's sixth season. In all, Ackerman directed 89 episodes, including such classics as “The Soup Nazi.” Seinfeld changed the look and feel of TV comedies. Although it was a four-camera sitcom shot largely on a soundstage, Ackerman's efforts to make the show look more cinematic than the average sitcom have informed many of today's single-camera comedies.
Ackerman collaborated with Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine in Seinfeld) again beginning in 2006, directing all 88 episodes of The New Adventures of Old Christine. He also continued working with Seinfeld creator Larry David on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. He has contributed to other popular series as a guest director or producer, including Ellen, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, and many more. This year will mark the debut on Fox of Mulaney, a series that he is both directing and producing.