Get Thee to The Church for Knowledge Fridays

Emmy Award winning writer, director and producer Bill Persky speaks about his career at The Church. Courtesy The Church.

The Church in Sag Harbor is beginning Knowledge Fridays, a new monthly lecture series featuring local makers and shakers, artisans and experts in a diversity of fields who will speak on their lives and share stories.

Knowledge Fridays kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on November 19, with five-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer Bill Persky, who will speak about his career in television and what it has become — from the 1950s to today.

“I look forward to inaugurating the Knowledge Friday series to discuss my life in television — from its fragile beginning, marvelous middle and whatever the hell is happening now,” Persky said. “We will take a deep dive into media with stories about the stars and shows you loved and some you might have hated.”

After receiving two Emmy Awards for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Persky and his partner Sam Denoff followed their success by creating “That Girl” for Marlo Thomas. Persky then took a new path as a director specializing in television pilots. From 1975-1982, he directed 22 pilots, 16 of which were put on the air as series, the most notable being “Who’s The Boss?” During that time, he also worked on five television films and the Paramount feature, “Serial,” before he moved to New York to produce and direct 100 episodes of the series “Kate and Allie,” for which he won a directing Emmy.

Persky is also a contributing writer to USA Today and the Huffington Post. He can often be found as a guest lecturer at NYU Film School and Yale University and teaches comedy writing at The New York Film School. His memoir, “My Life is a Situational Comedy” was featured in the top 25 comedy books on Amazon. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writer’s Guild of America, A Giant of Television Award from The Radio & Television Executive Society and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Haven. At 90, he is looking for more to come.

Knowledge Fridays with Bill Persky begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. The Church is at 48 Madison Street, Sag Harbor. For details, visit