In recognition of his talents as a Hollywood comedy writer, a Harvard-educated lawyer who pursued his dreams to write scripts for popular television comedies and major motion pictures grossing hundreds of millions of dollars at box offices worldwide; and for his mentorship of the next generation of aspiring writers.
Jonathan Goldstein was born in New York City and moved to Beachwood in 1980 when his mother became vice principal of Beachwood High School and later principal of the Middle School. Needless to say, this was not fun for Jonathan. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 1990 with a BA in German Literature, a degree he says led absolutely nowhere. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1995 and practicing for two years at a large New York law firm, Jonathan ran screaming from his office, moved to LA and became a comedy writer. Over the next 12 years, he wrote and produced numerous network television comedies, including “The PJ’s” starring Eddie Murphy, “The Geena Davis Show,” “Good Morning Miami,” “Four Kings,” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” In 2007, in collaboration with his feature writing partner, John Francis Daley, Jonathan sold his first film script, “The $40,000 Man” to New Line Cinema. That script landed on the Hollywood “Black List” of favorite scripts and launched the team’s screenwriting career. Their 2011 comedy, “Horrible Bosses,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, earned $209 million in worldwide box office. The two writers recently completed the script for the sequel, “Horrible Bosses 2” due out in November 2014. In addition, they wrote “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi, and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” which has made nearly $275 million globally. Jonathan and his writing partner have been hired by New Line to co-direct their script of “Vacation,” a reboot of the Chevy Chase franchise with Ed Helms to star. In the last six months, Jonathan sold two original film projects, one to New Line and one to Paramount -- the latter will star Sacha Baron Cohen.