Jeffrey Hirschberg’s greatest accomplishment was winning the Brookside Elementary School Spelling Bee — obliterating his long-time rival, Leonard Presberg.
   
After graduating from Cornell and earning a Master’s from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, he foolishly side-stepped his passion for writing and directing by working ten years in marketing — culminating in a soul-crushing position as VP, Creative Services for a major Wall Street firm.
Drained from overusing the word “synergy,” he became a film professor and founding director of the Television and Film Arts program at SUNY Buffalo State. Hoping to impress his parents, Jeffrey wrote a fairly well-reviewed book on heroes and villains and directed short films and a half-hour TV pilot that screened at major film festivals.
     
A WGA member, Jeffrey sold a project to Showtime, was a winner of the WGA Screenplay Reading Series, directed the WGA's TV Pilots Resurrected program at Lincoln Center, and participated in the ABC Daytime Writer Development Program.  His debut novel — COMPLETELY INCOMPLETE — arrives next year.
     
He lives with his wife, three boys, and two dogs — Stanley (after Stan Lee) and Kirby (after Jack Kirby), in Upstate New York.