VJ Books Presents Author Tom Gabbay!
Tom Gabbay was born on April 1,1953 in Bloomington, Indiana. He left Central New York in 1971 to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins. In February of his freshman year, Tom joined some friends for a weekend of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and never returned to class.
That summer, he departed for Europe, where he attended L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Avignon, France. Backpacking throughout Europe that year, he enrolled in the Heatherly School of Fine Art in London where he studied painting and drawing.
In 1974 Tom returned to the United States to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to study classical painting and sculpture. While at the the Academy, Tom contributed weekly political cartoons to the editorial page of the Philadelphia Daily News. Upon completing the four-year degree at the Academy, Tom spent a year studying film and animation at the Philadelphia College of Art. He earned a BFA in 1978.
Tom moved to New York City in 1979 to pursue his interest in film. From his loft on Crosby Street in Soho, he directed a series of award-winning animated shorts for the innovative children's program, "Sesame Street" and went on to direct commercials and music videos.
Married in 1981, Tom had his first child, Jared, in 1982. His second son, Jake, arrived in 1984 and the following year Tom moved his family to Los Angeles, where he took up the position of Director of Children's Programmes for NBC television. Two years later he became Director of Comedy Programs at NBC, overseeing the production of well known sitcoms such as "Cheers" and "Family Ties".
In 1990, Tom returned to London in order to run NBC's European production division. He left NBC in 1993 to become Executive Producer of "The Wanderer", a 13-hour drama series shot in Salzburg, Munich, Madrid and London. Since 1996, Tom has written several screenplays for film and television, working with companies like Fox, Warner Brothers, BBC, Bertelsmann (UFA) and Hallmark Productions.
Tom Gabbay Bibliography
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- Berlin Conspiracy - 2006
- Lisbon Crossing - 2007
- Tehran Conviction - 2009