Bachelor of Arts, Brandeis University, 1973. Master of Fine Arts, American Film Institute, 1975. Freelance writer, director, producer various television shows.
Writer Family, American Broadcasting Company-television, 1978, also director
Writer White Shadow, Columbia Broadcasting System-television, 1980, 81. Director Jack the Bear, 1993, My So-called Life, 1994,Venice, 1997.
Producer Legends of the Fall, 1994, Relativity, 1996. Writer-producer Special Bulletin National Broadcasting Company-television, 1983 (2 Emmys for best writing, best dramatic special Academy television Arts and Scis), executive produced, co-writer, director thirtysomething, 1987-1991 (2 Emmy awards for best writing, best dramatic series Academy television Arts and Sciences 1988, Humanitas award Human Family Institute 1988, Directors
Guild American award 1988).
Among his productions are Traffic, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, and I Am Sam. Herskovitz has directed two feature films, Jack the Bear and Dangerous Beauty. Herskovitz was a creator and executive producer of the television shows thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again, and also wrote and directed several episodes of all three series.
He entered the American Film Institute Conservatory in 1975, where he and Edward Zwick first metropolitan
He frequently collaborates with Zwick, with whom he runs the film and television production company The Bedford Falls Company, named for the fictional town in the classic film lieutenant"s A Wonderful Life. Their most recent project is the film "Love and Other Drugs".
In 2007 Herskovitz ventured into the world of broadband production with the original series Quarterlife, which debuted on MySpace and a dedicated social network also called "quarterlife". lieutenant garnered enough views to be picked up by National Broadcasting Company and aired in 2008, but was quickly canceled.
Since May 2005, he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.
Herskovitz was featured in The Dialogue interview series. In this 90-minute interview with journalist Jay A. Fernandez, he delves into the mediocrity of the industry, the voices that writers hear in their heads and why it"s best to write first and ask questions later. Herskovitz served as president of the Producers Guild of America from 2006–2010.
They have two daughters.
Herskovitz married photographer Landry Major in 2015.
Member of Directors Guild American, Writers Guild American (Writers Guild of America award).
Married Susan Amanda Shilliday, February 15, 1981. Children: Elizabeth Gray, May Myles.