You may recognize Danny Strong as Paris’ boyfriend, Doyle, on “Gilmore Girls,” or as Jonathan Levinson on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but it was for his off-screen work as writer and co-executive producer of HBO’s “Game Change” that Strong took the stage twice at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Strong, an adjunct faculty member of NYU’s Undergraduate Division of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts, took home two golden statuettes for “Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie” and “Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.” He currently teaches Adaptation: A Screenwriting Workshop to undergraduate film and television students at Tisch.
In an interview, Strong described his excitement after learning of his award. His happiness was augmented by many of his colleagues who went home with their own Emmys as well.
But while his behind-the-scenes work was rewarded at the Emmys, it was acting that first interested Strong when he was six years old. He landed a contract with an agent and his first acting job in a Doritos commercial when he was 15 years old. By 26, after working regularly on television projects like “Clueless” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for three years, Strong was ready to try his hand at writing.
And while he does not completely rule out acting again in the future, it is not his priority at the moment.
“The majority of my energy is focused on writing,” he said.
It was his work on the 2008 television film “Recount” that first caught the attention of Joe Pichirallo, chair of the Undergraduate Film and Television Department at Tisch.
“I felt students would benefit from Danny’s skill in turning true stories into compelling and entertaining movies,” Pichirallo said.
Strong considered applying to NYU himself, but he finds teaching at the university exciting and rewarding. His advice to students hoping for a career in the film and television industry:
“Whatever you do, try and make it great,” he said. “And love it.”
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 8 print edition. Cristina Corvino is a contributing writer. Email her at email@example.com.
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