Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer, and a graduate of the UCLA M.F.A. screenwriting program. Albaugh has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC at Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. As a writer, he has sold or optioned scripts to various studios and production companies. He wrote the film Trading Favors, starring Rosanna Arquette, Devon Gummersall, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The original screenplays Weasel (by Steve Bagatourian) and Croak (by Rich Davis) were written in Albaugh’s classes and subsequently set up as coproductions between Popular Films, Hudson River Entertainment, and Echo Lake Productions. Some of his other students have sold scripts to numerous studios, producers and production companies including John Cusack’s New Crime Productions, the Coen Brothers, Michael Bay, Wendy Finerman, Nickelodeon Films, Gough/Millar, New Regency Productions, HBO, Mandalay Entertainment, Showtime, Lifetime and all the major television networks. The film The Machinist, starring Christian Bale, was written by Scott Kosar in Albaugh’s UCLA class. The latest film written in one of his classes to be produced is Balls to the Wall, written by Jason Nutt and directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World). In November 2011, he was named director of Hollins’ graduate program in screenwriting and film studies.