Born on the 18th September 1955 in Philadelphia, USA, David Mirkin is a three time Emmy Award winning writer, director and executive producer. Having started his career as a stand up comic, Mirkin joined the writing staff of the television show Newhart in 1984 and was soon promoted to executive producer of the program. Two years later, he won his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. In 1990, Mirkin co-created the critically acclaimed Get a Life, serving as executive producer, head writer and director of many of the episodes. He joined The Simpsons in 1994 and became executive producer, head writer and vocal director on the hit show. Mirkin then turned his attention to feature films and directed Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) and Heartbreakers (2001). He has been heavily involved in the production of The Simpsons Movie, which was released on July 27th 2007.