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Joel Thompson

Joel Thompson
Joel Thompson
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Screenwriting

Joel Anderson Thompson is a writer-producer for television. Between projects, he gives writing seminars on a part-time basis with USC and UCLA-Extension, among other institutions. Raised in Chicago with doctors in his family, Joel left medical school to receive an MFA in writing for film, theater, and television at New York University. On the path to becoming a professional writer, his day jobs ranged from story analyst for Icon Pictures, Village Roadshow, and Gerber Productions, to teaching in the Compton Public School System, copy/content writing for e-commerce and being a professional mayonnaise taster for Kraft Foods — while secretly hating mayonnaise.

Joel’s writing credits include “Boomtown,” “House MD,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Falling Skies,” Co- Creating and showrunning SyFy’s “Superstition,” Co- Executive Producer on “Krypton”. Most recently he worked on Apple TV’s third installment of the WWII limited series “Band of Brothers”, and co-executive produced “Roswell, NM”. He’s also sold pitches to various networks including CBS, HBO Films, and Disney’s Stage 9 Productions. Joel is presently developing, among other projects, an international crime story show for Macro Studios.


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