Xaque Gruber’s first interests were art, writing, and becoming the President of the United States. After earning a BFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute and an MAT in art education from Tufts University, Xaque spent the 1990s in Massachusetts teaching elementary school art, and exhibiting his own paintings in galleries from Maine to the British Virgin Islands. In 1999 he was nominated for Massachusetts Art Teacher Of The Year.
In 2000, Xaque made a career shift into TV production. After graduating with a Masters in Television Production from Boston University’s College of Communications, he was convinced by his professors to pursue a TV writing career in Los Angeles.
Xaque’s adventures in Hollywood have included working as Executive Assistant to Michael Levitt on dozens of network specials and series. He also assisted some of his favorite entertainers including Henry Winkler, Sally Kirkland, and Toni Basil. In Spring 2004, Xaque appeared as the very last contestant on the final episode of “Hollywood Squares” winning $5K for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
His first television network writing credit was for “Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar,” which aired in May 2006 on CBS. He has also written for several award shows including “The Scream Awards” on Spike TV, “The World Music Awards” and the “2007 Producer’s Guild of America Awards.”
In 2007, Xaque appeared as “Francisco, the wedding/party planner” on FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” and subsequently launched: www.franciscotheweddingplanner.com – a website to help all people plan their dream wedding.
Xaque is also a published author and filmmaker, having written "A Big Adventure In The Smallest State" for Author House and helming the documentary “Laurel Casey: The Hurting Truth,” a thirty minute film about a struggling middle-aged cabaret singer in Providence, R.I. The film was screened in six film festivals nationwide and earned strong reviews from the National Society of Film Critics.
Though he may not be running for President of the United States anytime soon, he is absolutely thrilled to be writing/producing for “Understanding Cancer.”
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