WILL FENDON got his start at NBC Studios in Burbank, CA, where he worked for the Executive in Charge of Late-Night Programming, Gary Considine, and was a contributing writer to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and many other projects and series. After leaving NBC, Will optioned a number of screenplays to film studios and independent production companies. Following completion of the Film Independent Development program, his coming-of-age comedy, “Husky,” was optioned by Martin Campbell Productions at Sony Pictures. “As Luck Would Have It,” a romantic comedy Will co-wrote with a partner, generated heavy studio interest before it was optioned by Ten Chimneys Entertainment in Los Angeles. “Safari Tracks,” a humorous children’s
series produced for Sony Television and aired worldwide, featured Will as a head writer for four seasons. While he was in Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Writer / Director development program, a short film he produced entitled, “Farm Sluts,” starring Chris Parnell of “Saturday Night Live,” generated over 2 million hits online overnight and crashed the studio’s servers. To date, Will has never shown his father, an avid churchgoer, this film. Will has served as a script consultant to numerous literary agencies, production companies and organizations such as William Morris Endeavor (WME) and Mel Gibson’s Academy Award-winning Icon Productions. He’s also served on the Admissions Committee for Screenwriting at the American Film Institute (AFI) and is a
member of the Writers Guild of America, West. For the past 7 years, Will has been a judge for the WGA Awards in the sitcom and one-hour episodic series categories. Will has been honored to be a guest lecturer and workshop presenter at the Portland Art Institute, Willamette Writers Conference and Creative Arts Week, an annual fine arts retreat in Harrison, Maine. Currently, he is a Strategic Partner and script consultant for Lana Veenker’s Cast Iron Studios in Portland, Oregon, which recently cast Alan Ball’s new series for HBO, “Here and Now.”
Fendon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Business Administration from Principia College in Elsah, IL. He dropped out of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to attend the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree and was the first-ever recipient of the Jack Oakie Award for Comedic Writing. While at AFI, he was one of the original mentors in the Young Storytellers program after it was founded by fellow alumnus, Mikkel Bondesen. In his spare time, Will relishes spending time with his 14 year-old twin boys and writing about himself in the third person.