David H. Steinberg

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David H. Steinberg is a screenwriter and film director. He wrote the screenplays for American Pie 2, Slackers, National Lampoon's Barely Legal, American Pie Presents: The Book of Love and The Simpsons.


David H. Steinberg grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut where he attended William H. Hall High School, entered Yale at age 16, and earned his law degree from Duke University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review.[1] After four years of entertainment law in Atlanta and New York, he abandoned his legal career to attend USC's Peter Stark Producing Program.[2] Before graduating, Steinberg sold his first spec script called Slackers.[3] Steinberg was immediately hired by Universal to write the first two drafts of American Pie 2.[4]


Steinberg also wrote After School Special, a story about three high school friends who attempt to make a porn movie.[5] The movie was eventually released under the title National Lampoon's Barely Legal.[6] In addition, Steinberg wrote the 7th and 9th movies in the American Pie series, American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, released in 2009, and American Pie Presents: East Great Falls, currently in development.

Steinberg wrote and directed the short film The Babysitter, which went viral with over four million views on the now-defunct Atom Films before achieving immortal status on Funny or Die.[7] His feature film directorial debut Miss Dial stars Robinne Lee and Sam Jaeger[8] and premiered at the Macon Film Festival on February 16, 2013, where it received the Audience Choice Award.[9] It was released on DVD and VOD by Phase 4 Films in 2013.

He recently wrote DisneyToon Studios' Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games, which premiered on the Disney Channel and the DreamWorks animated feature film Puss In Boots. He also wrote the live-action body-switching movie Furry Friday for New Line Cinemas[10] and created and executive produced a TV pilot for ABC Family called Phys. Ed. His most recent script to go into production is an episode of The Simpsons called Pay Pal.[11]

Steinberg has also written many other scripts for studios. These include:

In addition, his debut novel, a coming-of-age comedy, Last Stop This Town, was published in 2012.[12]

The Simpsons[edit]

He wrote the season 25 episode "Pay Pal" for which he was nominated for a Writers Guild Award.[13]


  1. ^ Scott DeVaney: AtomFilms Filmmaker Focus: The Babysitter Interviews
  2. ^ Will Plyler: Done Deal Pro Interview with David H. Steinberg
  3. ^ Christopher Wehner: American Slacker: Interview with David H. Steinberg
  4. ^ Jeffrey Berman: Comedically Speaking: An Interview with David H. Steinberg
  5. ^ Will Plyler: Done Deal Pro Interview with David H. Steinberg
  6. ^ National Lampoon's Barely Legal theatrical trailer
  7. ^ Funny or Die, The Babysitter
  8. ^ Daily Variety, Jaeger on the Line
  9. ^ Reel Georgia, Macon Film Festival Award Winners
  10. ^ Daily Variety, Steinberg Tapped for "Furry Friday"
  11. ^ Wikipedia, The Simpsons (season 25)
  12. ^ The Florida Alligator, American Pie Screenwriter Releases Book
  13. ^ Writers Guild Awards, 2015 Nominees

External links[edit]

David H. Steinberg at the Internet Movie Database