Desmond Pfeiffer

Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro

Creators and Executive Producers

From the Emmy award-winning writing and producing team of Mort Nathan and Barry Fanaro comes "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer," UPN's new half-hour comedy that takes place in an alternate universe version of Abraham Lincoln's Civil War-era White House.

Nathan and Fanaro were writing and producing partners on the long-running hit sitcom "The Golden Girls." They won two Emmys in their first two years on the series, for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, as writers; and for Outstanding Comedy Series, as co-executive producers. Their work on the show ultimately brought them two more Emmy nominations, as well as a Writers Guild award and two additional Writers Guild award nominations.

Nathan and Fanaro have also scripted episodes of such television shows as "Archie Bunker's Place," "Benson" and "Hail to the Chief." They also created the series "The Fanelli Boys," "Pacific Station" and "Platypus Man."

They also teamed to write the motion picture "Kingpin," starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid and Bill Murray.

The partners come from decidedly different backgrounds. A Chicago native, Nathan earned his undergraduate degree in television production from the University of Illinois. Born in New Jersey, Fanaro was raised in Vero Beach, Florida, and graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Fanaro and Nathan met when they were both enrolled in the prestigious Graduate Film School at New York University, where they each earned a masters degree in fine arts.


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