Scott Burkhardt is a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts where he received an MFA in Film. Scott was a writer on the NBC drama, SMASH, and is currently a Consulting Producer on MEN IN SHORTS, a comedy pilot for ABC/Universal TV. While at Columbia, Scott's thesis film, The Assastant, received the New Line Cinema Development Award and additional support and funding from the Milos Forman Foundation, The Caucus Foundation and the Carole and Robert Daly Foundation. At the 2008 Columbia University Film Festival, The Assastant was a Faculty Selects film and won the 20th Century Fox/Farrelly Brothers Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award and the Student Choice Award for Best Writing. The film was nominated for a Student Academy Award and is available on hulu.com. Scott's screenplay, Slipstream, was a 2011 Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist and 2010 American Zoetrope Quarterfinalist. The script has been optioned by Hard Headed Media with Scott attached to direct.