Marshall Herskovitz - Details


MARSHALL HERSKOVITZ, with Edward Zwick, created the Bedford Falls Company in 1985 as their home for film and television projects. Of the latter, their first creation was the Emmy Award-winning ABC series "thirtysomething." For his work on the series, Herskovitz received two Emmy Awards, two Directors Guild Awards, a Writers Guild Award, a Humanitas Award, a Golden Globe Award, a People's Choice Award, and the Peabody Award, among other honors.

Herskovitz became interested in filmmaking while studying at Brandeis University, where he wrote a screenplay of "Beowulf" as his senior thesis in 1973. After graduation he wrote, produced, and directed a short film entitled "In Footsteps," which in 1975 gained him acceptance to the American Film Institute, at which he earned an MFA in 1978.

He then spent several years writing and directing for episodic television, including such acclaimed series as ABC's "Family" and CBS' "The White Shadow." He first teamed up with Edward Zwick to create the multi-award-winning NBC telefilm Special Bulletin (1983). For his work on the project, Herskovitz earned two Emmy Awards, a Writers Guild Award, and a Humanitas Award.

Herskovitz and Zwick named the Bedford Falls Company after the town in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life." Following "thirtysomething," Bedford Falls television projects included three more critically acclaimed ABC series: "My So-Called Life," "Relativity," and the current hit "Once and Again."

He made his feature directorial debut with "Jack the Bear" (1992), starring Danny DeVito; and produced "Legends of the Fall" (1994), starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, and Julia Ormond.

Herskovitz produced and directed the historical epic "Dangerous Beauty," starring Catherine McCormack and Rufus Sewell, which was released in 1998.


  • 23rd February 1952 - Birth