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This profile was last updated on 4/25/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Hearst Visiting Professional

College of Communication and Information Studies

Employment History

  • Production Manager On Associate Producer
  • Producer


  • bachelor , journalism
    University of New Mexico
  • master , broadcast and film communication
    UA's Graduate School
Web References
College Profile, 25 April 2006 [cached]
Tom Cherones, right, best known for producing and directing the first 86 episodes of the popular sitcom "Seinfeld," is teaching students production and direction.
The students' instructors are Tom Cherones, best known for producing and directing the first 86 episodes of the popular sitcom "Seinfeld," and his wife Joyce Keener, an accomplished screenplay writer.
Cherones comes to the College of Communication and Information Studies (C&IS) as a Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence.
In this month-long class, Cherones' and Keener's students will produce a short film under their supervision.
The actors and actresses direct all their questions to Anthony Jones, the director, instead of Cherones or Zona Ray, a casting director from Los Angeles.
The students described Cherones and Keener as approachable.
Originally, several students submitted scripts, and Cherones and Keener decided the class would produce John Allan McLeod and William Matt Stewart's short drama, "Speck.
Cherones and Keener then interviewed the students for crew positions.
Cherones and Keener said the greatest challenge the students will face is time-they only have four weeks to produce the 30-minute film.
"That's perfect-that's the way it is in real life," Cherones said. If he were doing this project in Hollywood, he would have 60 crew members instead of 15.
I enjoyed my years in college, and I had help from people-it's kind of a payback," Cherones said.
Cherones grew up in Tuscaloosa and received much of his education at UA. He completed his bachelor's in journalism at the University of New Mexico, and he received his master's in broadcast and film communication at UA.
"What I learned here those first two years are the same basic things I've been doing all the time," Cherones said. He did a lot of work for PBS programs and affiliates before making his way to the major broadcasting networks. He worked as production manager on ABC's "Welcome Back Kotter," associate producer of CBS's "Another Day," and as producer of NBC's "Rollergirls."
He also directed several other NBC shows: "Caroline in the City," "Boston Common" and "NewsRadio. Cherones, who enjoys directing comedies, said working on "NewsRadio" was his most enjoyable job.
Cherones has won numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy, a Director's Guild Award, a Golden Globe, a Peabody, and a Christopher Award. He was recently inducted into the C&IS Hall of Fame. In 1993, Cherones was named the TCF department's Outstanding Alumnus.
[iii] DVD, Season 5, Disc 4 ..., 31 Jan 2010 [cached]
[iii] DVD, Season 5, Disc 4 ("The Fire"); 00:09:50-00:13:15; Seinfeld (Season Five) (NBC, 2005), directed by Tom Cherones.
NBC / Tom ..., 14 May 2008 [cached]
NBC / Tom Cherones
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