Jay Cipriani received his BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from West Virginia University, studied film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and received his MFA in Film Production from The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Jay began his career in story development and production working with writer/director Barry Levinson, producers Paula Weinstein, Len Amato, and Palak Patel, and later with writer Ted Griffin.
In 2008, he joined HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm assisting the show’s writing team, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel. In 2011, he worked with Berg, Schaffer and Mandel on Paramount Pictures’ The Dictator starring Sacha Baron Cohen, directed by Larry Charles.
2009’s A Golden Christmas, ION Television’s first original film, was his first produced screenplay and has since worked on a number of films. Jay has story consulted on various projects throughout his career and was a finalist in various screenwriting competitions. His scripts have been top submissions on both the Black List website and Spec Scout.
He has completed a novella, a number of essays and music compositions, and has directed and edited a variety of short films. He is currently completing a book of short stories as well as continuing to write projects for both film and television.
Jay currently teaches screenwriting at New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA.
TV Movie Writer
A Christmas Cruise
Film (Comedy, Drama, Family and Romance) Writer When her best friend invites her along on a holiday-themed sail, an aspiring novelist unexpectedly finds the love of her life onboard.
Film (Romance) Writer Stephanie Nichols takes over the Christmas Shop, but a property developer has bought the building and is terminating the retail leases. She finds help and love from Michael Kilpatrick, who works for the developer.
Sleigh Bells Ring
Film (Family and Romance) Writer A busy single mother begins organizing her city's Christmas parade. While prop hunting, she finds a beautiful sleigh that seems to have a mind of its own, and it begins nudging her back to an old flame.
A Husband for Christmas
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Writer Two co-workers agree to a loveless marriage of convenience, but as they become acquainted, an unrealized chemistry grows between them.
Film (Drama and Romance) Writer Jules Cooper is a successful New York businesswoman who seemingly has everything: a rapidly growing career in marketing and a handsome boyfriend named Mitchell. Jules soon learns her beloved late Grandmother Glinda has left her 'Christmas Land', a magical Christmas-themed village and Christmas tree farm in the countryside. Much of Jules's favorite childhood memories revolve around Christmas Land and the holiday's her family spent there in her youth. Upon arriving in Christmas Land to claim the property, she meets handsome and charming Tucker Barnes, the lawyer handling the estate. Christmas Land has seen better days since Glinda's tragic passing and Jules is forced to make many complicated decisions. Should she sell Christmas Land to real estate tycoon Mason Richards and get back to her busy city life? Or should she stay and bring Christmas Land back to its former glory? With decisions to be made in both life and love, this Christmas for Jules is sure to be both interesting...and ...
Film (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew The Republic of Wadiya is ruled by an eccentric and oppressive leader named Hafez Aladeen. Aladeen is summoned to New York to a UN assembly to address concerns about his country's nuclear weapons program, but the trip goes awry. Written by Sam
A Golden Christmas 3
Film (Comedy, Family and Romance) Writer Bobby returns from 2 years in the Navy ready to settle down in Belmont Shores. Heather's dream is to be a director on Broadway...but for now a community theater production of Dickens' Christmas Carol, must be enough... But it is after all Christmas and strange things can happen...with the help of three golden retrievers, and a few compassionate yet pushy friends that will bring together the two unsuspecting childhood sweethearts... Written by Anonymous
3 Holiday Tails
Film (Comedy, Family and Romance) Writer Old flames reunite and sparks are reignited at Christmastime in Florida, but the man is already engaged to another woman so a recently retired couple try to intervene with the help of their dogs.
A Golden Christmas
Film (Comedy, Family and Romance) Writer Jessica is a federal lawyer who returns to her parent's home for Christmas. When she discovers that the house where she grew up was sold to a stranger, Jessica look for ways to buy it back again. She tries to get Michael (the new owner) arrested, but she also doesn't remember who he really is. Written by Chockys
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Film (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew Ben Stiller and Jack Black star as Tim and Nick, best friends, neighbors and co-workers, whose equal footing is suddenly tripped up when one of Nick's harebrained get-rich-quick schemes actually succeeds: Vapoorizer, a spray that literally makes dog poop, or any other kind for that matter, evaporate into thin air -- to where exactly is anyone's guess. Tim, who had scoffed at Nick's idea and passed on an opportunity to get in on the deal, can only watch as Nick's fortune -- and Tim's own envy -- grow to equally outrageous proportions. When the flames of jealousy are fanned by an oddball drifter (Walken) who imposes himself into the situation, Tim's life careens wildly out of control ... taking Nick's with it. Written by Anonymous
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Film (Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy and 3 More) Miscellaneous Crew Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are up to their feuding ways again. Tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs, Daffy has decided to leave the Studio for good. He is aided by Warner Bros.' humor impaired Vice President of Comedy, Kate Houghton, who releases him from his contract and instructs WB security guard/aspiring stunt man DJ Drake to capture and "escort" Daffy off the studio lot. Suddenly a sidekick without a hero, the duck decides to ally himself with DJ, whether he likes it or not. Consequently, Daffy is on the scene when DJ discovers that his famous movie star father was Damian Drake, known for playing suave international spies onscreen, is actually a suave international spy in real life--and has been kidnapped by the evil insane nerdy, prancing villain known as Mr. Chairman of the equally nefarious Acme Corporation. It seems that Damian knows the whereabouts of the mysterious magical and powerful Blue Monkey Diamond, and the Chairman will do anything to get his hands on it! With ... Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91yahoo.com)
Street of Pain
Film (Short, Action and Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew On a gritty city sidewalk, a short man flanked by two large men runs a three-card monte game. He cheats to defeat a woman who runs off in despair. Enter, across the street, a silent man, well dressed in suit, tie, and fedora. He sees the three across the street and recalls a day during his childhood when the same three humiliated him, throwing dodge balls at him and laughing as he lay supine. The man in the fedora kicks over a store display of dodge balls, sending them rolling in all directions. He's set to take his revenge, years later. Soon, it's mano a mano. On this street of pain, will silent, determined justice triumph over the sneering cheater? Written by <email@example.com>
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Curb Your Enthusiasm
Television (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew He's got it all: a loving wife, good friends, a successful career, a great home...what could possibly go wrong for Larry David? Seinfeld co-creator Larry David stars as himself in this hilarious, off-kilter comedy series that presents an unflinching, self-deprecating depiction of his life. Written by Penske
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Top Five Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest
Top 25 Tracking Board Launch Pad Screenwriting Competition
Top 25 Spotlight Screenplay Competition
Top 100 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Table Read My Screenplay SemiFinalist
StoryPros Screenwriting Quarterfinalist
Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest SemiFinalist
Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Quarterfinalist
New Blood Screenwriting SemiFinalist
Fresh Voices Screenwriting SemiFinalist
Creative World Awards SemiFinalist