With his new, fast-paced ensemble drama series Live Shot, creator and executive producer Steve Marshall secures his place among HoUywood's best and most prolific writer/producers.
Originally created with frequent writing partner Dan Guntzelman more than 10 years ago, Live Shot is a fast-paced ensemble drama focusing on the people and personalities inside the most frenzied, dog-eat-dog work environment of all: the local television newsroom.
The action takes place at fictitious Los Angeles station KXZX. The pulse of the station, the "Re-Action News"-room, is a densely populated Peyton Place on adrenaline, replete with more stories behind the cwnera than could ever be captured on tape. Live Shot is produced by RYSHER Entertainment for broadcast on UPN.
Marshall with Guntzelman, served for five years as executive producer, and often writer, of more than 145 episodes as Growing Pains. For three years during the run of that hit comedy, Marshall and Guntzelman created and concurrently executive produced a spin-off series, Just the Ten of Us. They had previously created Off The Rack, starring Ed Asner and Eileen Brennan.
Before he turned his attentions to television and feature films, Marshall enjoyed a successful career in radio, first as a disc jockey and later as a program director of popular Los Angeles radio station KNX/FM. He was credited as the prime architect of the much-copied "Mellow Sound" format. Feeling the need for change, he decided to write a "spec" script for a television show. WKRP seemed a natural selection, given his background in radio and his great affection for the MTM series.
Unaware of the need for an agent, Marshall walked into the WKRP offices with script in hand and delivered it personally. As luck would have it, executive producer Hugh Wilson and his staff were great fans of Marshall's radio station and recognized his name. Moreover, they liked his writing. Wilson not only bought his script, but hired Marshall as story editor. Before too long, he was elevated to the rank of producer.
While on staff at WKRP, Marshall met Guntzelman, with whom he wrote many of the popular series' scripts. After that successful show ended in 1982, Marshall, with Guntzelman co-created the pilot Cass Malloy. The two then became executive producers of the All in the Family spin-off Gloria, starring Sally Struthers and Burgess Meredith.
Marshall's writing credits also include five feature films, among them "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise," "Hot Water," "Advance Man' and Dick Clark Productions' "Bandstand."
He is a fifth generation native of Los Angeles and father of one, Kareen Rae.
Live Shot is produced by RYSHER Entertainment for broadcast on UPN.
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