NYIT alumni becomes co-creator of hit Disney TV show

Many teens are familiar with the hit Disney television series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. However, few may know that the show's co-creator and executive producer, James Geoghan got his literary beginnings at New York Institute for Technology (NYIT).

The school's magazine reports that after graduating from NYIT, Geoghan held several different jobs - including eight years as a standup comic - before he decided to start writing. He spent 22 years writing and producing for such shows as Silver Spoons, The Facts of Life and Family Matters, before being approached by Disney.

"For some unexplainable reason, network television has given up on so-called 'family shows,'" Geoghan told the publication. "Family sitcoms, however, are the mainstay of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel," he added.

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody was nominated for a 2007 Emmy award for Outstanding Children's Program and was one of the first TV shows available for download on iTunes. In addition, there are video games and a series of novels based on the hit series.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that successful producers have some of the highest salaries in the entertainment industry. 

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