SPOTLIGHT Series is a special event that gives students the opportunity to receive insight directly from some of the industry’s TOP working directors, producers, showrunners and casting directors.  



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OCTOBER 11 @ 12pm EST

MARK WATERS made his feature film directorial debut with the dark comedy indie hit The House of Yes, which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, where Parker Posey won a Special Jury Prize for her performance.

He then scored with the back-to-back hit comedies Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. Disney’s Freaky Friday, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, earned a 2004 Critic’s Choice Award nomination for Best Family Film and brought a Golden Globe Award nomination to Jamie Lee Curtis. Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey, won three MTV Movie Awards, including one for Lindsay Lohan as Best Actress.

Waters followed in 2005 with the fantasy comedy romance Just Like Heaven, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. And in 2008 he directed the acclaimed family adventure The Spiderwick Chronicles, adapted from the popular book series.

In 2009, he directed Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey and produced (500) Days Of Summer – nominated for two Golden Globes. Following that with Mr. Popper’s Penguins, starring Jim Carrey, as well as Bad Santa 2 with Billy Bob
Thornton and Kathy Bates.

Recently, he directed Magic Camp, starring Adam Devine and Gillian Jacobs, for Disney+, and exec-produced a limited TV series for Hulu of John Green’s smash YA novel, Looking For Alaska. He is currently in pre-production on a gender-flipped remake of She’s All That – entitled He’s All That – for Miramax.