Bruce C. McKenna is a screenwriter and producer who penned three of the episodes for HBO's epic Golden Globe and Emmy-winning miniseries Band of Brothers. McKenna won the Writers Guild Award and was a finalist for the Humanitas Prize for his episode, “Bastogne.” He has penned screenplays for Frank Darabont, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott, and David Fincher. Most recently, McKenna created, co-wrote, and served as co-executive producer on The Pacific, Tom Hanks' and Steven Spielberg's HBO 10-part companion miniseries to Band. This series, which follows three Marines through the Pacific theater of World War II, is scheduled to air in March 2010.
Before responding to the siren call of Hollywood, McKenna was the first Western journalist to write about the then nascent post-Soviet, Russian anti-Semitic movement, Pamyat. Additionally, he has written several articles on Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and Pakistan, and interviewed Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Arete magazine, and The National Review and he has written a book The Pena Files.
McKenna graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University and spent one miserable year in a PhD program in Russian history at Stanford. He lives in New Mexico with his wife Maureen and three children.