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Dave Finkel



New Girl - Executive Producer - Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Dave Finkel is a native of Los Angeles, but after a series of aborted college tries, he ended up at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the Experimental Theater Wing (from which he also dropped out).


After meandering around New York for several years, trying his hand at several things and just wasting everyone's time and energy, he eventually dragged himself back to Los Angeles, hat in hand, where he made his way to the ACME Comedy Theater. There, he met his writing and producing partner, Brett Baer. Soon after, the pair began writing on Steven Spielberg's animated programs Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, for which they received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination.


Finkel and Baer transitioned into primetime television, where they have written for a wide variety of shows, including Just Shoot Me!, Happy Family and Norm. In 2007, they won their first Emmy and Writers Guild Awards as co-executive producers on 30 Rock. Most recently, Finkel served as writer and executive producer on United States of Tara and New Girl.


Finkel currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Marni, and his two sons, Roscoe and Clyde.  He still has yet to graduate.