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Academy-Award® winning writer and renowned playwright Aaron Sorkin graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Theatre. He made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama, A Few Good Men, for which he received the John Gassner Award as Outstanding New American Playwright. The following year saw the debut of his off-Broadway play, Making Movies and in 2007 he returned to Broadway with The Farnsworth Invention.. Mr. Sorkin will return to the theater and make his Broadway debut as a librettist with the production of Houdini. The musical, which will star Hugh Jackman, will be based on the life of legendary magician Harry Houdini and will feature music and lyrics by Oscar and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz. In 2011, Mr. Sorkin won the Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA) for Best Adapted Screenplay forThe Social Network. The film, directed by David Fincher, was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, was named Best Drama at the Golden Globes and appeared on over 350 critics’ lists of the top ten films of 2010. In 2012, Mr. Sorkin adapted Moneyball along with Steve Zaillian and story by Stan Chervin. The film. which was was directed by Bennett Miller and starred Brad Pitt won Mr. Sorkin the Critics Choice Award and New York Film Critics Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It also earned four Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. In 1993, Mr. Sorkin’s film adaptation of A Few Good Men was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and five Golden Globes, including Best Screenplay. He followed this success with the screenplays for Malice, starring Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman, The American President, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening and Charlie Wilson's War, starring Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts. Mr. Sorkin will next adapt Steve Jobs, the Walter Isaacson biography of the late Apple co-founder. For television, Mr. Sorkin created and produced the NBC series The West Wing, which earned nine Emmy nominations in its first season. The series went on to win a total of 26 Emmy Awards, including the prize for Outstanding Drama Series four consecutive times. For his work on the series, Mr. Sorkin twice received the Peabody Award and the Humanitas Prize, as well as three Television Critics Association Awards and Producers Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Writers Guild Award. He also produced and wrote the television series Sports Night for ABC, which won the Humanitas Prize and the Television Critics Association Award. Additionally, Mr. Sorkin created the series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The series took place behind the scenes of a live sketch comedy show and received five Emmy nominations in 2007. Sorkin's HBO hit series, The Newsroom, debuted in 2012, bringing in an average of 7 million viewers per episode. Set behind the scenes at a cable news show, the ensemble cast is headed up by Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterston. Sorkin recently wrapped production on the second season, which was ordered almost immediately after the series premiere.
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