Dr. Rob Carpenter

Host, Author, and Director

Robert Carpenter

Dr. Rob Carpenter is the #1 international best-selling author of “Red Carpet Manuscript: How Authors Can Bring Their Book to the Big Screen” as well as the author of The 48 Laws of Happiness. He received his doctoral degree from The University of Southern California, where for 4 years he worked at the 2x Emmy Award winning USC Media Institute for Social Change (MISC) at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, home to the creators of Star Wars, Back to The Future, Apollo 13, Transformers, and beyond. His mentor, producer Michael Taylor, mentored Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler and helped Dr. Rob get his initial writing, directing, and producing opportunities. 

Dr. Rob has directed feature documentary American Dropout, overseeing a crew of nearly 100 across multiple states and interviewing members of the Kennedy family among others, and he has directed the world’s number 1 voiceover actor James Arnold Taylor in a commercial entitled 2 Grandpas, 1 Baby. Dr. Rob is partnered with Academy Award winning producer Andrew Carlberg on a historical thriller limited series in development, as well as Emmy Award winner Kayona Ebony Brown on a sports docuseries in development. 

As a writer, he has written jokes for Will Ferrell, and has created several up-and-coming animated series in development with high-profile artists for major studios and streaming networks. He is the on-air host of The Great Health Debates and has evaluated hundreds of film projects to determine their fit for the big or small screen. Prior to the entertainment industry, Dr. Rob was a professor and tech startup CEO.



The inaugural 40 under 40 cohort represents the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, activists, intellectual provocateurs, authors, and directors who inspire and catalyze us all to a more just and equitable world.