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David Frankel most recently directed the critically acclaimed HBO series Entourage, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2005. Previously for HBO, he directed the hit show Sex and the City, and Band of Brothers, which won six Emmys, including Best Director. He also directed The Pennsylvania Miners' Story for ABC.

A comedy writer and director who paid his dues writing and producing TV sitcoms before making his feature film directorial debut with Miami Rhapsody (1995), which featured Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman who doesn't believe that any relationship or marriage can ever really work.

The son of Max Frankel, former executive editor and later columnist for The New York Times, Frankel toyed with becoming a political humorist. After graduation from Harvard, his first professional assignment was an article for Esquire about John McEnroe, the tennis star against whom Frankel had competed when they were in high school.

Frankel began writing for TV, breaking in with The Ellen Burstyn Show, a short-lived ABC sitcom in 1986. Teaming with Norman Steinberg, he wrote, directed and was co-executive producer of the CBS sitcom Doctor, Doctor (1989-91). Starring Matt Frewer, the show revolved around an earnest but eccentric physician and earned critical applause even if a larger audience never found the show. In 1991, Frankel and Steinberg created Teech, a short-lived CBS sitcom starring Phill Lewis as a music teacher. The following year, Frankel created, wrote and directed the critically well-received Grapevine (CBS), about relationships. (Reportedly one of the main characters, a Miami sportscaster, was based on Frankel's brother Jon).

With Steinberg, Frankel made the leap to the big screen in 1990 with Funny About Love, which featured Gene Wilder as a cartoonist who wants to be a father. He went on to write Nervous Ticks (1993), about the life of a luggage handler at an airport. Miami Rhapsody, which Frankel wrote, produced and directed, was made for a budget of $6 million. Its 1995 release was greeted warmly by critics. Frankel was back to TV for a spell in 1996, writing the busted pilot for an ABC sitcom starring Bebe Neuwirth called Dear Diary, which was later released as a short film and earned the Oscar as Best Live Action Short.

Bio courtesy Fox for "The Devil Wears Prada" (10-Jul-2006)


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