Creator and Co-Executive Producer recently named by the Los Angeles Times as one to watch in the industry, Jeff Eastin is the creator and co-executive producer of SHASTA, the new hip hop comedy series from Columbia TriStar Television, airing on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on UPN. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism, Eastin landed a position as Director of Photography on two Roger Corman films, "Lock & Load" and "White Fury," both shooting in Colorado. Shortly thereafter, he loaded his belongings in a Volkswagon camper and headed for Hollywood, where he planned to pursue a career in directing.
On the way to L.A., he began writing a screenplay called "Shadow Dancer," a thriller based loosely on the Billy Joel song "The Stranger." By coincidence, the script landed on the desk of producer Zalman King ("Wild Orchid," "Red Shoe Diaries") who optioned it immediately. Eastin then wrote a script about a small town hostage situation, which was sold to and produced by Trimark Entertainment for release this fall under the title "Held Up". He currently has feature comedies in development with 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. The script for the SHASTA pilot was Eastin's first television script.
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