Friday, April 27, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Modern Family, Season 1, Episode 1 - "Pilot" (2009)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (30 Minutes)

Creators: Steve Levitan, Christopher Lloyd

Starring: Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrell

"One big (straight, gay, multi-cultural, traditional) happy family. "

We proudly presented a pilot episode screening of the ABC Network series Modern Family, followed by a Q&A with Co-creator and Exectuive Producer Steve Levitan. The Q&A was moderated by Richard Hutton, Professor of Film and Media Studies at UCSB.


Modern Family Trailer


Modern Family co-creator and executive producer Steven Levitan has been writing, producing, directing and creating television comedies for almost 20 years. His credits also include Wings, Frasier, The Larry Sanders Show, Just Shoot Me (Creator), Greg the Bunny, as well as several comedies he’d like you to forget. 

A Chicago native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (The Harvard of Southwestern Wisconsin), Levitan's honors include a Peabody Award, four Emmy Awards, five Writers Guild Awards, a Humanitas Prize, a Producers Guild Award, a Comedy Writer of the Year Award, two Television Critics Awards. He also won an Emmy Award, Producers Guild Award and the Humanitas Prize for Frasier, and three Emmy nominations for Just Shoot Me and The Larry Sanders Show, among others. 

Richard Hutton is an Adjunct Professor in the Film and Media Studies Department at UC, Santa Barbara. Previously, Hutton was Vice President of Media Development for Vulcan Inc. He oversaw Vulcan Productions’ feature film and documentary units and directed all of Vulcan’s media development projects, including initiatives in the education, museum and entertainment sectors. Feature films produced or co-produced under Hutton's direction include Humanitas Prize winner Where God Left His Shoes (2007), starring John Leguizamo; the critically-acclaimed Hard Candy (2005) and Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2016); and Independent Spirit Award winner for Best Picture, Far From Heaven (2002).

Sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center with support from the Film and Media Studies Department.