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Release Date: September 2, 2003

Producer for The Simpsons to Speak at ASU Sept. 25

Mike Reiss, a four-time Emmy-Award winner and consulting producer on The Simpsons, the Fox Network program named by Time magazine as "the greatest TV show of the 20th century," will speak at Angelo State University Thursday, Sept. 25.

During his 11 seasons with The Simpsons, Reiss penned a dozen scripts and produced more than 200 episodes on the misadventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.

Known for bringing never-before-seen clips to his speaking engagements, Reiss will present "Simpsons Mania: Behind the Scenes with America's Favorite Family" at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in ASU's Houston Harte University Center. A reception will follow the lecture. His talk is open to the public.

Tickets will go on sale Sept. 11, at the University Center Information Desk. Tickets cost $1 for ASU students, $2 for ASU faculty and staff and $3 for the general public. Ticket information is available by calling (325) 942-2062 or visiting on the web. The event is being sponsored by the University Center Program Council Speakers Committee.

In addition to his work with The Simpsons, Reiss is a frequent contributor to Esquire and Games magazines and an award-winning mystery writer. He has also published four children's books, including the surprise best seller How Murray Saved Christmas. His latest work includes his book Santa Claustrophobia.

Reiss's other television credits include The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Alf, Eddie Murphy's The PJ's and It's Garry Shandling's Show, where he earned an ACE award for writing and producing.

Reiss has lectured on comedy and animation at more than two dozen colleges as well as the Smithsonian Institution.