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Marc GuggenheimFriday, April 20
Presentation — 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, downtown campus

Free and open to the public.

Marc Guggenheim, writer/producer of "Arrow" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," executive producer of Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix animated series Trollhunters, comic book writer, novelist and UAlbany alumnus, will screen clips of his work for TV and film and offer commentary and Q&A 7 p.m. Friday, April 20 at Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, downtown campus.

Guggenheim has helped to transform the landscape of American primetime television as a developer and "showrunner" of imaginative TV shows inspired by DC comic book worlds, including Arrow (2012-present) and DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016-present), two of the most popular shows on The CW network.

Recently, Guggenheim won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Writing for Trollhunters, and Fox has given a commitment to two projects he is writing and executive producing: Classified, a character-driven drama based in the CIA, and an adaptation of True Lies with McG and James Cameron producing.

In a December, 2017, interview with (Comic Book Resources), Guggenheim discussed another new project, the animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which airs on the CW's online streaming platform CW Seed and features a gay character: "We haven’t done a metahuman gay superhero in the Arrowverse before," he told CBR Assistant Editor Meagan Damore, "There were a lot of elements that were like, 'Okay, we haven’t seen this before. I haven’t done this before.' So that’s a big litmus test item for me. I don’t want to just crank out another series and check off another character. I want to only do it if we can do something that’s new and different."

Guggenheim is also the co-creator of the TV show, Eli Stone (2008-9), and screenwriter of the films, Green Lantern (2011), and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013). His writing for Marvel Comics includes several series within the X-Men franchise and heis also the author of the novel, Overwatch (2014), a CIA legal thriller that Mystery Scene called, “a paranoid’s delight.”

In an interview with UAlbany Magazine, he said, “My time at UAlbany opened me up socially and intellectually…. It was four wonderful years of my life.”

Cosponsored by the UAlbany Speaker Series.