Bruce Feirstein is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.
He has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1994, where he helped launch the magazine’s annual New Establishment list, and wrote the 100 People, Places and Things Responsible for the Financial Meltdown.
From 1992 through 2007, he wrote the “New Yorker’s Diary” column at The New York Observer. He was one of the original contributing editors at Spy magazine, and worked as an editorial writer for the New York Times. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the New Republic, New York Magazine, the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and the Washington Post. He was a contributing editor and columnist at Strategy + Business, and wrote about the movie business for Inside.Com.
His first book, Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche, was on the New York Times best seller list for 51 weeks.
In film, he is the screenwriter (or co-screenwriter) of three James Bond movies: Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, and GoldenEye, where he created the female head of MI-6, played by Judi Dench. He has also written scripts, and worked as an uncredited writer on films for MGM, Sony, Warner Bros, Paramount, and Fox.
While Living in Singapore for two years, and working in Beijing, he was the head of production for IDG China New Media, where he produced the film Hutong Days with the China Film Group, and Hong He (Red River), an award-winning tragic love story about the aftermath of the American war in Vietnam, set on the boarder of China and Vietnam. He also co-founded Lotus Entertainment, a Beijing-based film production company, where he executive produced The Jade Pendant, which tells the tale of the massacre of Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, in 1871.
A short film, Home, a comedy about modern architecture, premiered at the Sundance Film festival, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In television, Bruce has written pilots for Warner Bros, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, CBS and HBO. He was nominated for a Cable Ace award for his one-act HBO play The Best Legs in Eighth Grade. He was the story-editor on the George C. Scott sit-com Mr. President, and a consulting producer on the Ellen DeGeneres NBC series, First Dates.
He has also written five video games for the James Bond franchise, and a Hollywood-themed mobile game for Facebook.
Bruce has appeared as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and the Turner Movie Channel, as well as a variety of talk-radio programs. He has guest lectured at Chapman University, New York University, USC, and UCLA, along with speaking on forums and panels at the Sundance Film Festival, the Austin film festival, the Hong Kong film festival, the Golden Eagle Forum in Changsha, China, The Dallas Film Festival, and the annual Game Developer’s Conference in San Jose.
Bruce has done brand image consulting for the chip manufacturer AMD, and Proctor & Gamble in Europe, along with other, security-related consulting work in the United States, as well as writing political advertising campaigns for state-wide and national candidates.
Prior to launching his career as a full-time writer, Bruce worked in advertising, winning eleven Clio Awards and four One Show Gold Pencils for his work on corporate, consumer and political campaigns, including BMW, Pioneer Electronics, Ralph Lauren, and Sony.
A graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Bruce serves on the Board of Overseers at Boston University, and was co-chairman of the Writer’s Guild of America’s New Media Committee, as well as serving on the WGA’s Executive Nominating Committee.
And finally, before any of this happened, he had a job changing the lightbulbs on the runways at Newark Airport.←