Jeremy Kagan is a director/writer/producer of feature films and television. His credits include box office hits like Heroes (1977), The Big Fix (1978), and The Chosen (1981). His The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) was the first US film to win a Gold Prize at the Moscow Film Festival. His other directing credits include Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987) (winning the ACE Award for Best Dramatic Special) and Roswell (1994), which he produced/directed and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
In 1996, his episode of Chicago Hope (1994) won him an Emmy for Outstanding Direction of a Dramatic Series. One of his segments of Picket Fences (1992) was listed by TV critics among the top 100 television episodes. His recent work includes an episode of Steven Spielberg’s Emmy-winning anthology, Taken (2002), and numerous episodes of such hit series as The West Wing (1999) and The Guardian (2001). His Bobbie’s Girl (2002) was the highest-rated film on Showtime in 2003 and Crown Heights (2004), which he produced and directed, won the Humanitas Award for “affirming the dignity” of every person. It was also nominated for a Directors Guild Award in 2004.
Mr. Kagan is a graduate of Harvard University, where he wrote his thesis on Sergei M. Eisenstein. He has a Masters from NYU and was in the first group of Fellows at the American Film Institute. He is a tenured full professor at USC, where he is in charge of the directing track, and has served as the Artistic Director of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He is on the National Board of the Directors Guild and is Chairperson of its Special Projects Committee. He is also the author of the book Directors Close Up and was presented the 2004 Robert Aldrich Award for “extraordinary service to the guild.”