Hugh Sterbakov was born and raised in Philadelphia. After
graduating from Lamberton High School, he traveled north to
the frigid climate of Ithaca College in upstate New York for
a bachelor's degree in Cinema & Photography and then headed
to UCLA for a master's degree in Screenwriting.
At Ithaca, Hugh won the school's screenwriting honor twice
for his first two screenplays. Once Hugh moved to
California, he also won the Irene Parisi award for best
writer under 25, as part of the World Cinema Festival's Set
in Philadelphia Contest, and was a finalist in the enormous
Disney Fellowship. Fresh out of UCLA, Hugh sold his first
screenplay, a dark romantic comedy entitled "Scorned," to
Disney, with Ben Stiller producing and Seth Green
co-creating the story and starring. Scorned ultimately was
not produced. Soon after, Hugh also sold an untitled (and
also unproduced) sci-fi time-travel comedy TV pilot to UPN
with partner Richard Hatem (The Mothman Prophecies and ABC's
Miracles), with Warren Littlefield producing.
Hugh also writes for a multitude of magazines. Although he
has done lifestyle and pop culture pieces, his primary area
of expertise is video game related. He has published over
seven hundred reviews, previews and features for such
outlets as GamePro, Official Xbox Magazine, ToyFare, America
Online, CNN.com, VideoGameSpot, UGO, Time Out New York, Hit
Parader and Toys R Us' RZone Magazine. In 2004, Hugh also
story-edited a reality television show, "The Mansion," for
Evolution Film & Tape and TBS, and became toy wrangler for
the immensely popular Cartoon Network series Robot Chicken.
That's right, he gets paid to buy toys.
In his spare time, Hugh enjoys watching movies, and playing
video games and poker (he was bluffed to smithereens by Mila
Kunis--who is the inspiration for Freshmen's The
Puppeteer--on E's Hollywood Hold 'Em in early 2005). He was
an avid softball player until he tore his ACL in 2004. Then
he took up mass burrito consumption, at which he is
currently unrivaled. And then there's Boughl Sauce.
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Books:Freshmen, April 2006