The Bruce Ferber Business

Back in the day, when studios or networks wanted to lure someone they perceived to be a “hot” television writer, they’d look at you with a straight face and say things like “We want to be in the Bruce Ferber business.” Once, when a deal I had was about to be renewed, my agent called to proudly inform me: “They’re already in bed with you. Now they want to get you pregnant.”

Is it any wonder I turned to writing books? After twenty-plus years writing and producing television comedy (most of them positive), I branched out into fiction, penning the novels “Elevating Overman” and “Cascade Falls.” They’re not detective stories. They’re not Victorian romances. They’re about real people trying to negotiate a world capable of producing someone like Ted Cruz. Relax. He’s not in these books. Just code for all that we’re up against.

My forthcoming book represents an affectionate return to where I started. As editor of the non-fiction anthology, “The Way We Work: On The Job in Hollywood,” I’ve culled 41 contributors from all aspects of the entertainment business to recount their individual tales from the job site. These unique mini-memoirs make for reading that is alternately hilarious, sobering, and downright inspiring. Coming July 2019 from Rare Bird Books.

And for those following with a scorecard… I never did get pregnant.

To keep up with my current reproductive status, as well as news about the book’s release date, please join my email list at


Excited to announce that my non-fiction anthology, THE WAY WE WORK: ON THE JOB IN HOLLYWOOD, will be published by Rare Bird Books, July 2019. Tales from above and below the line by JJ Abrams, Robert Towne, and many, many more. Culling these fantastic stories was a true labor of love, and I look forward to sharing the adventure with all of you. Will update with details as it all unfolds…


I came to Hollywood in 1975 to dive head first into a Golden Age of Cinema. To the right is where I landed. To the left is where I wrote about it in this stellar new anthology on Los Angeles in the ’70’s. Pick it up and get taken back to the Wild West by some of the city’s most unique voices. Available at fine bookstores everywhere, and of course, right here at Amazon.



Humor writer of the month

Bruce Ferber

ferber bruceBruce Ferber has garnered a gold award in humor and a bronze in general adult fiction for his second novel, Cascade Falls, in Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year competition. Humorist Dan Zevin calls the book “poignant, moving and ridiculously funny.” Bruce is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated comedy writer and producer whose credits include Bosom Buddies, Growing Pains, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Coach and Home Improvement, where he served as executive producer and showrunner. A former EBWW keynoter, he’s also the author of Elevating Overman, which is being developed for the big screen.


Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner
Gold, Humor (Adult Fiction)
Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner
Bronze, General (Adult Fiction)

An honor to be acknowledged by the folks at ForeWord.  As you might imagine, perhaps the greatest challenge for anyone in the creative arts these days is making sure people know about the work.  Readers, moviegoers, music fans, TV binge watchers — we’re all busy, with so many choices as to how to spend our free time.  So it’s gratifying (and helpful regarding sales) when critics and friends respond positively to the material.  In that spirit, I would like to invite anyone who’s read and enjoyed Cascade Falls to WRITE A REVIEW on Amazon or GoodReads or both (you can copy and paste).  Just click the links and you’re good to go!   I (and my publisher) would be most appreciative.  And for those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to take a look?  It’s a fun summer read.

Wishing you a wonderful summer, full of many great books.