African-American Television Writers: Breaking Barriers & Creating History

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The Script Engineer: Saladin Patterson
Brainy MIT grad Saladin Patterson studied engineering years before breaking into the industry through a Disney-ABC writing fellowship. Patterson drew on his rigorous academic background when becoming a TV writer, adapting it to fit television’s group brainstorming process and tight deadlines. Patterson has written and produced for “The Bernie Mac Show” and for “Frasier,” a “dream job” for him at the time, having been a huge fan. He has also served as writer and co-executive producer of USA Network’s “Psych,” a unique comedy/drama about a private investigator with uncanny observation abilities who helps police solve crimes under the guise of having psychic abilities.

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