Growing up in a family of writers, the love for the written word is etched into Lauren Goodman's DNA. Her great uncle founded the Los Angeles Sentinel in 1932, the largest African-American newspaper and her father is George W. Goodman, one of the first African-American journalists hired by the New York Times. Goodman's articles on Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Sonny Rollins established him as one of the premiere music critics in journalism. So, it comes as no surprise that Lauren's breakout script was the industry-lauded Marvin Gaye biopic, SEXUAL HEALING, which was bought by James Gandolfini's company, Attaboy Films, through his first look deal at HBO.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, Ms. Goodman graduated Magna Cum Laude and as an undergraduate went through a highly competitive process to obtain the honor of being one of four chosen to write and direct a 12mm film, for U.S.C.’s prestigious 480-advanced program, part of the University’s First Look film festival, screened for industry professionals at the Director’s Guild of America.
Working closely with James Gandolfini proved to be a catalyst igniting Lauren’s interest in writing for television with its penchant for in-depth character exploration and lengthy story arcs. Ms. Goodman’s spec pilots have garnered her meetings with executives at Lionsgate, Warner Brother’s Television, Universal Media Studios, Sony Pictures Television, NBC, CBS Studios, ABC, The CW, Universal Cable Productions, Epix, Overbrook, Warner Horizon, Mark Gordon Pictures, GK Films, TNT, FX, HBO and Showtime.
Lauren Goodman is managed by Adesuwa McCalla at Metamorphic Entertainment.
Name: Lauren Goodman
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: CBS - American Gothic
Occupation: Filmmaker and Screenwriter
University of Southern Californa