Once Upon a Time
Sundays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT
EDWARD KITSIS & ADAM HOROWITZ, creators/executive producers
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz's partnership began in their Introduction to Film class at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After successfully nabbing a B-minus on their first collaboration, the duo decided to take on Hollywood. Following graduation, the two moved to Los Angeles to pursue their writing careers. After cutting their teeth on such shows as "Popular" and "Felicity," they joined the writing staff of "Lost" in its first year. In 2006 they won a WGA Award for their work on the show and, over the course of its six-season run, earned multiple WGA, Emmy and PGA nominations. For the final two seasons they served as executive producers while simultaneously writing the hit feature film "Tron: Legacy," developing the animated television series "Tron: Uprising" for Disney XD, on which they serve as consulting producers, and also began the development process on a pilot that would become their first primetime creation – "Once Upon a Time."
STEVE PEARLMAN, executive producer
Following a successful, long-running executive career at Warner Bros., Steve Pearlman has turned his sights on producing for television. Most recently he executive-produced the pilot and two seasons of ABC's cult sci-fi remake of "V." During his tenure as a studio exec, Warner Bros. was the No. 1 supplier of series to major broadcast and cable networks. Pearlman came to Warner Bros. Television (then Lorimar-Telepictures) in 1986 after earning an undergraduate degree at UCLA and a master's in communication management from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication. Hired as a research analyst, he concentrated on network television and feature films, and a year into the job was promoted to head the department, responsible for all television research activity, including analysis and testing of such standout series as "Dallas," "Knots Landing" and "Full House."
In 1992 Pearlman took on the duty of overseeing Current Programming as senior vice president and head of the department, responsible for day-to-day creative management of network series including award-winning shows "ER," "Friends" and "Murphy Brown." In 1997 he assumed responsibility for Drama Development as head of that department. During his tenure the studio added "Smallville," "The West Wing" and "The Gilmore Girls" to its roster of successful dramas. In his last position before leaving the studio, Pearlman was executive vice president, Creative Affairs, responsible for drama, comedy and alternative series development, splitting his time between creative oversight of all projects in development and strategic planning and integration with other departments, including Business Affairs, Production and Marketing. During his tenure, Warner Bros. secured orders for such breakout shows as "Without a Trace," "The O.C.," "Nip/Tuck" and "Two and a Half Men."
Pearlman left the executive offices in 2004 to form Class IV Productions, an independent production company that was based at Warner Bros. During a four-year stint, he executive-produced four drama pilots and three series, including "Reunion" for FOX, "Related" for The WB and the CBS medical drama "Dr. Vegas."
Following the writers' strike in 2008, Pearlman spent a year consulting with MHz, LLC, a strategic advisory firm specializing in joint ventures between state-owned entities in China and U.S. investment partners. The project involved a unique joint venture between MHz and China's CCTV to bring Western content and production expertise to China.
Pearlman was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons, Brian and Evan. His love of the outdoors and river rafting inspired the name of the production company, Class IV.