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... is the guest speaker scheduled for the 136th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene on October 17, 2005.

    Tracy Tormé on "Sliding It in: The Problem of the Politically Incorrect Hollywood Producer-Writer."

The Karl Hess Club is pleased to present one of the industry's leading creators in television, who will talk on what has become our annual "Hollywood Theme Month" meeting.

Tormé is connected with many well-received and highly-praised TV productions, perhaps most memorably Sliders, considered by critics and fans alike to be one of the most imaginative SF shows with a libertarian slant in years.

The challenge of presenting stories that are provocative and controversial is not new. What may be novel, at least currently, is when the controversy concerns the creator's politics. This presents special problems for creators on the "left coast."

Tracy will explain how he's achieved success amid "liberal Hollywood," what it means, and prospects for the future of American and world cultures as seen through the prism of his work in television.


    About Tracy Tormé


Tracy Tormé, a son of Mel Tormé, is a screenwriter and producer. 

Tormé graduated USC's School of Cinema-Television in 1979. While still a senior, he was hired as a staff writer for NBC's critically acclaimed comedy series SCTV. At age 22, he joined Saturday Night Live as a writer & filmmaker.

Tormé's credits include Fire in the Sky and Intruders. He produced and wrote the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, for which he won a Peabody award. He created, executive produced, and wrote music for Sliders, a cult favorite which ran for five seasons on Fox and the Sci-Fi channel. 

Tormé has signed deals with Universal Television, MTV, and Warner Brothers TV. He created Doomsday, an animated show for UPN that he executive produced with Howard Stern. His producing credits also include The Outer Limits, Odyssey Five, and HBO's Carnivale. He's currently co-writing and executive producing the Showtime pilot, "Where The Hart Is," a black comedy created with Daniel Knauf.

He is also a published novelist and guest columnist for the New York Times. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Robin, three dogs, and four cats.


ADDENDUM: David Harmon took these images at the above meeting.