Adam Frederick Goldberg is a producer and showrunner from America. He has garnered fame for creating and running several popular TV shows, including ‘Breaking In’, ‘Schooled’, and ‘The Goldbergs’. A Pennsylvania native, Goldberg grew up with two older siblings. When he was 15 years old, he staged his first play, ‘Dr. Pickup’, which earned him the top prize at the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival. He attended New York University, from where he double-majored in film and dramatic writing in 1998. By the time he was 18 years old, he had already penned more than 50 plays, and they had been staged around the country. In 2001, he began his TV career when he wrote the screenplay of the telefilm ‘Area 52’. A year later, he joined the writing staff of the CBS sitcom ‘Still Standing’. After serving as the consulting producer on The CW sitcom ‘Aliens in America’ and producing several films, he co-created the Fox sitcom ‘Breaking In’. ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs’ is unarguably his most successful venture to date. It is based on his childhood and family life.
Adam F. Goldberg was a writing prodigy. By 1995, he had penned more than 50 plays that had been produced all over the country, including the Sundance Playwrights Lab, the Illusion Theater, The Greenwich Street Theater, The Saint Marks Theater, The Tada! Theater, The Walnut Street Theater and the Joseph Papp Theater. That year, he received the Anne M. Kaufman Endowment ARTS Award in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts program for Playwriting.
In 1997, he reached the finals of the American Theater Critics Association's Osborn Award event with his full-length play, ‘One on One’. The Institute for Arts and Education at the Annenberg Theater staged his dramedy ‘The Purple Heart.’ The play came first in The Very Special Arts Playwriting Award contest and was also performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
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Adam F. Goldberg wrote the screenplays for two short films, ‘Sincerely Yours’ (2000) and ‘Free Wheelin'’ (2001) before adapting his own story for the screenplay of the 2001 telefilm ‘Area 52’. A year later, he was credited for writing an episode of The WB’s mystery horror series ‘Glory Days’. In 2002, he landed his first comedy writing job in the CBS sitcom ‘Still Standing’. He went on to be affiliated with the show for the rest of its original run, eventually becoming one of its co-producers.
Between 2007 and 2008, he served as the consulting producer on the set of ‘Aliens in America’. In 2009, he produced three episodes of Spike’s reality show ‘Pros vs. Joes’. Goldberg joined forces with Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison to develop four pilots for various networks. Through Happy Madison, he became acquainted with Seth Gordon and they collaborated on developing ‘Breaking In’, which aired on Fox from 2011 to 2012.
Inspired by Adam’s own childhood and family life, ‘The Goldbergs’ is a period sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 24, 2013. Sean Giambrone portrays a younger and fictionalised version of Adam, while Wendi McLendon-Covey, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, and Jeff Garlin play the other members of the family. The show is currently airing its sixth season. On January 9, 2019, ‘Schooled’, a spin-off of ‘The Goldbergs,’ debuted on ABC.
In 2013, he worked as a consulting producer on several episodes of the NBC comedy series ‘Community’. That year, he was also the executive producer on ‘Mismatches’, a comedy series that starred Lauren Mora, John T. Woods, and Ross Philips. Goldberg co-created the 2017 ABC live-action/animated fantasy sitcom ‘Imaginary Mary’, which was cancelled after one season.
In 2006, Goldberg served as the associate producer on the fantasy thriller ‘Day Watch’. He collaborated with Picture Machine, Triggerstreet, and college friend Kyle Newman on the screenplay of the 2009 comedy film ‘Fanboys’. He subsequently contributed to the screenplays of films like ‘Aliens in the Attic’ (2009) and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ (2010). He has also produced several movies, including ‘Vamp U’ (2011), ‘Osombie’ (2012), ‘Night Aboard the Salem’ (2014), and ‘The Last Scout’ (2017). At present, he is writing a screenplay based on the graphic novel ‘Seal Team 7’ for filmmaker Shawn Levy. He is also adapting the first book in Michael Reisman’s young adult series ‘Simon Bloom’ for the big screen.
Family & Personal Life
Born on April 2, 1976, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Adam F. Goldberg is the youngest of three children of Beverly (née Solomon) and the late Murray Goldberg. He has two older brothers, Barry and Eric. Their family is Jewish.
Having been interested in pop culture and writing since he was very young, Goldberg staged his first play, ‘Dr. Pickup’, in 1992. At the time, he was 15 years old. The play was a success, garnering the top accolade at the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival. He studied at the William Penn Charter School. After graduating in 1994, he enrolled at New York University, earning his double-major in film and dramatic writing in 1998.
Goldberg is married to a woman named Sarah.