Scott Burkhardt is a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts where he received an MFA in Film. While at Columbia, Scott was the recipient of a Dean’s Fellowship and in his second year received the Carla Kuhn Fellowship, one of only six fellowships given to second year students based on the strength of their first year work.
Scott wrote and directed his graduate thesis project, The Assastant, which received the New Line Cinema Development Award and additional support and funding from the Milos Forman Foundation, The Caucus Foundation and the Carole and Robert Daly Foundation. At the 2008 Columbia University Film Festival, The Assastant was a Faculty Selects film and went on to win the 20th Century Fox/Farrelly Brothers Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award and the Student Choice Award for Best Writing. The film was also nominated for a Student Academy Award. The film is distributed by Cinetic Media as part of their FilmBuff series on Hulu.com.
Scott was a writer on the NBC one hour drama SMASH and has developed and written projects for CBS Studios, Universal TV and Flower Films. He is currently casting his feature film directing debut and developing a television show.
Scott teaches screenwriting and television writing at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and in the Killer Films/Stony Brook MFA Program.