This is the online home of L.A.-based educator, writer and producer Nizar Wattad.
Wattad graduated from the George Washington University in 2002 and worked as a journalist before earning a Masters degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. While at USC, Wattad began his ongoing collaboration with Golden Globe winner / two-time Oscar nominee Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar).
Wattad has conducted academic lectures and workshops worldwide, and is currently a professor at Elon University’s Los Angeles program where he teaches screenwriting, project development, and performing arts. He was a finalist for the 2006 ABC/Disney Writer’s Fellowship and the 2008 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, and was selected for the 2008 RAWI / Sundance Lab and the 2010 Dubai Film Connection. He was then recruited by Walt Disney Pictures to write their first-ever Arabic-language film, The United, which was released by Touchstone in 2012 and is currently available in over 80 countries.
In addition to writing and doctoring scripts for studios and independent producers, Wattad has recently co-developed an original iOS/Android game for Lumba Inc., and collaborated with Detroit-based art collective Complex Movements. He exec-produced the first compilation of Arab hip-hop, and has performed on stages around the world.