Jim Fagan

writer/director

516 662 9924

james.fagan.iii@gmail.com

Experienced TV Writer and Director. Proven track record creating primetime content for PBS, SONY and AMC.

Live improv comedian and sketch writer, director, and producer for the web with own company

EDUCATION

Upright Citizens Brigade – Advanced Study Improviser, Sketch up through 201
Actors Studio Drama School – MFA in Directing, concentrations in Acting and Playwriting Boston College – BA in Theater, cum laude, Minor in Film with a concentration in English

EXPERIENCE

Sideliners Pilot (Comedy Central)

STAFF WRITER/ PRODUCER, current

Help develop a sports late night show for Comedy Central, pitch and write sketches and jokes, edit and produce segments to show the network, and creatively consult executive producer to help him prepare to shoot the show’s pilot. 

Tim Burton and Danny Elfman: 30 Years (PBS)

PRODUCER, Aired October 2015

Produce all aspects (Pre, Field, and Post) for a Tim Burton/Danny Elfman 25 year retrospective documentary and concert, to air prime time in PBS’s Festival week. Story-produce a behind the scenes documentary woven throughout the show. 

Late Night Basement (Live)

STAFF WRITER, current

Write monologue jokes, sketches, desk bits, and guest interview games for a live late night show in Brooklyn, voted “Best Comedy Show in NYC” by New York Magazine.

New York Picture Company (Web)

WRITER/DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER, unending

Produce, write and perform in dozens of projects over the past 3 years, including a late night live talk show “Tub Time,” comedy cooking show “Cooking for One,” sketch show w/ 100,000+ views, and over a dozen commercials (see awards).

Live From Lincoln Center (PBS, Watch.LincolnCenter.Org)

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER and ASSISTANT, ongoing
Role varies from project to project. Direct full array of cameras for Live From Lincoln Center (and Rolling Stone’s website), including directing the most viewed live-stream in Lincoln Center’s history, Pete Seeger’s Memorial Concert.
For PBS: Direct second unit, prep behind the scene documentary, oversee the edit of line cut to final cut, work with Emmy- winning directors and producers to prep shooting scripts, shot lists, and pitch ideas. Facilitate all camera meetings, rehearsals, and live tapings. Complete list of projects available on request, all aired on PBS.

Ana Polo Show – (SONY)

WRITER, 2015

Capture voice of host Ana Polo (the “Judge Judy of Telemundo!”) and help craft the pilot episode of this “ripped from the headlines” Dr. Phil-like daytime talk show. Produce segment intros and outros, segment questions (anticipate guest reactions and craft arc of story for each segment), and final thought segment (“Ana’s Word”).

Stop The Bleeding (Web)

Staff Writer, 2014-2015

Grant-funded and award-winning “The Office” style web-series, created to support those in the Bleeding Disorder community. Wrote 5 episodes over seasons 4 and 5: meetings, plan season arc, punch up dialogue, and revise on set.

Story Notes (AMC)

WRITER and WRITER’S ASSISTANT, 2011-2014

Research, script, and produce behind-the-scenes commentary for over a dozen 90-180 episodes (at the rate of one note every minute) reaching 800k to a million viewers per ep. Write promo wraps, busters, show opens, and sponsored notes. ASST: Lead research for each film. Edit, fact check, and source final scripts for delivery to S&P. Perform three passes of quality control over each episode and coordinate output to tape and delivery of the tapes to the network.

Special Things I Can Do

  • writing software: celtx, writerduet, final draft

  • editing: final cut pro X, adobe premiere, avid

  • other arts: 15 years guitar, singing, songwriting,

  • 6 years improvisational comedy background including
    main stage cast member at Improv Boston

Nice Things I Have Done

  • best play, Manhattan Theater Co., 2013 new play

  •  sold spec commercial, Frito-Lays (writer/director)

  • Sold spec commercial, Prevacid (writer/director)

  • Published/produced playwright: “Love Always” (high schools can’t get enough!).

NOTE: highly functional on minimal sleep!