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Adam F. Goldberg

Adam F. Goldberg
Born (1976-04-02) April 2, 1976
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Sara (?-?)

Adam F. Goldberg (born April 2, 1976) is an American television and film producer and writer. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Breaking In and The Goldbergs.

Early life and work

Goldberg was born in Pennsylvania]]. His first produced play was in 1992 at the age of 15, where he won the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival for his play Dr. Pickup.[1] By the time he was 19, he had written over 50 plays which were performed around the country including the Sundance Playwrights Lab,[2] the Illusion Theater, The Greenwich Street Theater, The Saint Marks Theatre, The Tada! Theater, The Walnut Street Theater and the Joseph Papp Theater.[3] He was the 1995 Anne M. Kaufman Endowment ARTS Awardee in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts program for Playwriting. He was a finalist for the American Theater Critics Association's 1997 Osborn Award for his full length play One on One.[4] His dramedy The Purple Heart was produced by the Institute for Arts and Education at the Annenberg Theater and also won first place in The Very Special Arts Playwriting Award and was produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.[5][6][7]


Goldberg's first comedy writing job was on Still Standing TV series in 2003 where he worked for 4 years and finished as a co-producer. After his first year on Still Standing, he teamed up with Picture Machine, Triggerstreet and college friend Kyle Newman to develop the screenplay for Fanboys. After a year, they sold it to The Weinstein Company. The screenplay ended up seventh on the 2005 Black List for most popular unproduced scripts of the year.[8]

After the success of Fanboys, Goldberg was hired to write the screenplays for The Jetsons, a 2007 remake of Revenge of the Nerds (1984) starring Adam Brody (but after three weeks of filming, the project was canceled),Aliens in the Attic, and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.[9] He also spent a year writing on DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, before moving over to write Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space as well as 2011 How to Train Your Dragon Christmas special Gift of the Night Fury.[10] He is currently adapting graphic novel Seal Team 7 for director Shawn Levy and bringing the book Simon Bloom: Gravity Keeper to the screen for Walden Media.[11] Goldberg has also produced several movies, including The Comebacks (Fox), Daddy Day Camp (Columbia), Bobism (MGM), Jeff the Immortal (Universal) and a remake of Night of the Living Dorks (Warner Brothers).[12][13]


On the television side, Goldberg teamed up with Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison to write four pilots for various networks. In 2010, Happy Madison introduced him to King of Kong director Seth Gordon and together they created the 2011 FOX comedy series Breaking In. The show was pitched as "The Office meets the A-Team" and after a year of development was picked up to series.[14] Prior to Breaking In, Goldberg also wrote on the shows Aliens in America, Secret Girlfriend, Voltron Force, WordGirl and Kevin Williamson’s Glory Days.

In 2011 Goldberg signed a three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures TV.[15] During this time, Goldberg was a producer on NBC's Community while developing new projects. In 2012, Goldberg got a pilot commitment to shoot an autobiographical show about his family titled How the F--- Am I Normal?[16] and also reunited with Fox on a pilot starring Amanda Michalka and Alyson Michalka.[17] The autobiographical show was picked up by ABC-TV with a title change to The Goldbergs.


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  2. ^ "National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Playwrights | Archives | Sundance Institute". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  3. ^ Greenberg, Wendy (2010-06-17). "A Jenkintown Student Is Serious About His Plays Adam Goldberg's Dramas Win Awards And Are Being Performed Around The Country. He Can Act, Too. -". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  4. ^ Keith Glover Wins Critics' Osborn Award, May 2 -
  5. ^ Posted: April 06, 2011 (2011-04-06). "Ellen Gray: Jenkintown native's show premieres on Fox tonight -". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  6. ^ Keating, Douglas J. (1996-04-12). "Presenting 3 Winners By Local High School Students - Page 2 -". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
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  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "‘Breaking In’ Co-Creator Adam Goldberg Signs Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV –". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  9. ^ "The Jetsons Finally Takes Off | News". Dark Horizons. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  10. ^ "How To Train Your Dragon – Film Reel Reviews". The Film Reel. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Walden Media Acquires Young Adult Series ‘Simon Bloom: Gravity Keeper’ –". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  12. ^ "Adam-F.-Goldberg | /Film". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  13. ^ Woo, Kelly (2007-09-19). "The Write Stuff: Interview with Screenwriter Adam F. Goldberg - The Moviefone Blog". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  14. ^ Published Thursday, Apr 7 2011, 4:56am EDT (2011-04-07). Breaking In' is 'Office meets A-Team' - TV News"'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. Breaking In' Co-Creator Adam Goldberg Signs Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV"'". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Adam F. Goldberg - 'How The F- Am I Normal Moves To ABC". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Fox Buys Comedy Starring Aly Michalka & AJ Michalka Produced By Happy Madison". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 

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