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Called “the masters of modern farce," the team of Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore are among the most produced playwrights in the world for over three decades. Van Zandt and Milmore have also garnered multiple film and TV awards for their work as stage actors, producers, and writers. Billy and Jane have been honored by the Red Cross for their humanitarian work and also by the New Jersey Education Association for their work with high school theater students. They also sponsor full and part-time scholarships for students of technical theater at New Jersey’s Brookdale Community College, having put over 30 students through college since the scholarship program began in 1997.

Billy Van Zandt is a writer, director, producer, actor, and comedian. After starring in a series of his own plays (If you've never seen this clown at work, you should be ashamed of yourself - Asbury Park Press), Billy made his feature film debut in Jaws 2.   The success of his comedies (written with partner Jane Milmore) brought him to the attention of Bob Newhart, who hired him as a writer for the acclaimed Newhart television series. A career lasting three decades of producing and writing for television ensued.

Between TV assignments, Billy produces, co-writes and stars in his stage plays, including acclaimed Off-Broadway's You've Got Hate Mail, Silent Laughter, Drop Dead! and The Property Known as Garland (starring Adrienne Barbeau). Billy’s biggest career thrill was acting alongside his idol Lucille Ball on her final television series. A year after Lucy’s passing, Billy and Jane were nominated for an Emmy for writing and producing a television special where they unveiled, for the first time in forty years, the original pilot episode of I Love Lucy. They won both People's Choice and NAACP Image Awards for their work on the Martin Lawrence comedy Martin and a Prism Multi-Cultural Award for TV's The Hughleys. Billy lives in New Jersey and California.

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughley’s, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also appeared in the television movies If Things Were Different, Desperate Lives, A Cry for Love, and the film A Wake in Providence.

Jane began her writing collaboration with Billy with the 1979 play Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. Jane has created and developed television series for Brooke Shields, Martin Lawrence, Don Rickles, Richard Lewis, Jamie Lee Curtis, DL Hughley, Jean Smart, John Goodman, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Mulligan, Penny Marshall, David Krumholtz, Valerie Bertinelli, Andrew Dice Clay, Cathy Moriarty, and The Wayans Bros. Jane, the oldest of five girls, was born in Laramie, Wyoming and raised in New York and New Jersey. She is a graduate of Keansburg High School. Her sister Maureen is Vice President of Production for the CW Plus. Her sister Kathy is the romance novelist Kaitlyn O’Riley. Her sister Janet works for the School of Rock. Her sister Jennifer is an actress. Jane makes her home in Beverly Hills and Rumson.

 

Contact Billy and Jane at Van Zandt/Milmore Productions, 12400 Ventura Blvd, Suite #449, Studio City, CA 91604.