Steven Judd is a staff writer and Disney/ABC Fellow on the new Disney XD single-camera comedy series “Zeke and Luther.”
Judd was inspired to write and direct film to offset the stereotypical portrayal of American Indians he saw as a child. Judd began his own production company, Restless Natives Motion Picture Production Company, and has produced several projects including the independent film, “American Indian Graffiti: This Life Thing,” the short-film spoof “MAC v. PC with a Native Twist” for NBC/Universial and “Silent Thunder,” a PBS documentary.
“American Indian Graffiti: This Life Thing” was awarded Best Screen Play at Micro Cinema Fest, Best Feature at the International Cherokee Film Festival and Best Screenplay at Barebones International Film Festival. Judd received the Story Teller of the Year Award from the Native Word Craft Writing Circle in 2005. “MAC v. PC with a Native Twist” garnered Judd a semifinalist position in NBC/Universal’s Comedy Short Cuts Diversity Film Festival in 2007 and inclusion in an installment at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
In 2008, Judd was one of 14 selected for the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship Program. Walt Disney Studios and ABC partnered with Writers Guild of America, West, in 1990 to create the Disney /ABC Writing Fellowship in an effort to increase the diversity of voices in the writing industry. The intensive, hands-on program involves workshops, seminars and mentorships with creative executives from ABC, ABC Television Studio, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Lifetime and Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group. The Disney /ABC Writing Fellowship has become one of the industry’s best known and well respected writing programs with over 250 alumni among Hollywood’s elite, including screenwriters, directors and television showrunners.
Born in Oklahoma, Judd is of the Kiowa and Choctaw Tribe. Judd is an alumni of Haskell Indian Nations University and attended Oklahoma University where he studied Communications and Native American Studies. In 2008 he was nominated Distinguished Alumni for the University of Oklahoma and was brought back in 2009 to give a lecture as part of the “Dr. T.W. Adams Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.” He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
“I am the power to begin. I am willing to risk the loss of what I have been and grow to what I can become.”