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Scott Z. Burns (born 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director.[1] Burns has written screenplays for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Informant! (2009), and Contagion (2011), all of which feature Matt Damon. His films The Informant!, Contagion, and Side Effects (2013) were directed by Steven Soderbergh.[2] Burns also produced the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth. In 2018, it was announced that Burns would direct The Report, a drama about the secret torture program inside the CIA.[3]

Scott Z. Burns
Born1962 (age 56–57)
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
OccupationScreenwriter, director, producer

Burns is a native of Golden Valley, Minnesota[4] and graduated in 1985 with a degree in English from the University of Minnesota.[5] He currently lives in Los Angeles.






  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ The New York Times
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  4. ^ Star Tribune Archived 2012-01-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Archived 2011-01-16 at the Wayback Machine
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  7. ^ "The Library". The Public Theater. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  8. ^ Healy, Patrick (16 January 2014). "Soderbergh to Direct New Play at Public Theater". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Rooney, David (16 January 2014). "Steven Soderbergh to Direct Off-Broadway Play Starring Chloe Grace Moretz". The Hollywood Reporter.

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