Heather Hale is a film and television director, screenwriter and producer with over 50 hours of credits. She is currently in soft prep to direct an indie comedy, scheduled to be shot in Kentucky in the Spring.
She directed, produced and co-wrote the million dollar feature Absolute Killers (2011) which was marketed by distributors at Le Marche du Film and the American Film Market. She wrote the $5.5 million dollar Lifetime Original Movie The Courage to Love (2000).
Heather’s new book How to Work the Film & TV Markets: A Guide for Content Creators is set to be published by Focal Press/Routledge on July 28, 2017, while her Story$elling: How to Develop, Market and Pitch Film & TV Projects will be published in April of 2018 by Michael Weise Productions.
For over two decades, Heather has served as an international keynote speaker, teacher, moderator, panelist and custom workshop facilitator for film and TV markets, festivals, writers workshops, colleges and universities and Chambers of Commerce around the globe, including creative adventure weeklong retreats such as StoryTellers on WalkAbout.
Ms. Hale was the Independent Film and Television Alliance’s Industry Liaison for the 2013 American Film Market. IFTA (the non-profit that runs the AFM) approved her as a qualified independent producer to pitch projects to NBC/Universal for their annual development fund.
From 2004-2005, Ms. Hale served as the Vice President of Event Programming for NATPE (the National Association of Television Program Executives) for whom she still consults, helping professionals polish their pitch packages and sizzle reels to prepare them to pitch their TV concepts at their annual TV markets. She also writes How to Pitch TV articles and executive profiles for their membership newsletter and website.
Heather is an in-demand consultant who also teaches popular webinars and online classes for the Writers Store, Screenwriters University and Stage 32. She is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The “TV Academy” – the entity that awards the Emmys) and ShowBiz Mensans.
Heather directed, produced and co-wrote the million dollar feature Absolute Killers (2011) which starred Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Ed Asner (Up, Lou Grant) and Meat Loaf Aday (Fight Club, Rocky Horror Picture Show) which was marketed by distributors at Le Marche du Film and the American Film Market. DVDs are available at Amazon, Walmarts and Best Buys.
Heather wrote The Courage to Love (2000), the $5.5 million dollar Lifetime Original Movie she sold off of a spec screenplay after attaching Vanessa L. Williams to star opposite Diahann Carroll, Gil Bellows and Stacy Keach.
View the full The Courage to Love movie online for free.
Ms. Hale is always looking for directing opportunities and has several low budget features actively seeking production funds and distribution commitments including: 21 Hours (a $10M race action terrorist thriller) and Breaking News (a $1M contained thriller). She also has several television projects in development including four magical realism dramedy series: Ghost Town, The Santahood, Time Tours, Inc. and Tarot Town; two sitcoms: Malibu Wishes and My Wife, My Fiancee & Me and Thoth, an Egyptian Game of Thrones limited event historical biopic series. She has several spec feature screenplays available for purchase or development (Cat Dancing, Hook, Line & Sinker and several client and partner projects).
Detailed Industry Background
Director, Producer, Screenwriter
For Faith for Today TV, Heather wrote and produced The Evidence which won “Best New Series Pilot” and Lifestyle Magazine which won two Tellys. The two distance learning edutainment series she wrote for PBS (KOCE): Personal Finance: Dollars and $ense and Psychology: The Human Experience both won Emmys and ACE awards. She has worked on several short films including A-Date, which she co-wrote, and The Perfect Husband, which she co-produced and also played one of the three leads.
A popular international speaker, Ms. Hale has lectured to colleges and universities around the globe ranging from the PolyTechnic University in Kowloon, Hong Kong; Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; University College London; University College Dublin, Ireland; and stateside at USC, UCLA, NYU, Yale, Emerson, Chapman, George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), University of Chicago, SFSU, UNLV, Cal State Northridge and National University as well as Film and TV Markets, Festivals and Writers Workshops as varied as the Austin Film Festival, the Vail Film Festival, Slamdance, Moondance, the Vancouver Film and Television Expo, the Great American Pitch Fest, the Great Canadian Pitch Fest, the LA TV Fest, the LA Producers’ Boot Camp, the Temecula Film Festival, the Big Bear Film Festival, NATPE, the Screenwriters Expo, Selling to Hollywood, the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Hollywood by the Bay, the Tucson Festival of Books; ENDAS, Genoa, Italy; the Marseille WebFest, Meeting Planners, International; the Century City Chamber of Commerce, Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, LA Femme Film Festival, USC’s Summer School Shorts Program, National University’s MFA in Screenwriting’s LA Week Residency Program, WestDoc, CinemaArts Tech, the LA Film School, the LA Recording School, Learning Tree University, the Learning Annex, Mensa’s Regional StarGazing Gathering in LA and a special pitching workshop for ABC Drama Execs – to name but a few.
Ms. Hale has written, directed and produced in virtually every medium for a wide range of industries, highlights include: an educational series on Weight Stigma for the Rudd Institute at Yale University hosted by Emme, the first plus-sized SuperModel; a national commercial/interstitial for Gravity Defyer shoes that aired during The Bloomberg Report and was marketed in SkyMall Magazine; a convention video for Reebok; 40-hours of Route 66/Miata-themed, interactive DVD certified warranty training for Mazda; virtual home tours of customizable tract homes for Fieldstone, the Home Builder; Regulation U (margin stock credit extension) banking compliance certification; online fish and game licensing for Texas Parks and Wildlife; a bi-lingual (Spanish and English) “How To” training video for The Legal Aid Society on matriculating the State of California Small Claims system, one of the first interactive (viewer-controlled) soap operas – and even a dot com Initial Public Offering Proposal done as a Dr. Seuss-styled illustrated children’s book poem.
Heather has ghostwritten or edited several books, most of which she can’t disclose (thus, the operative word: “Ghost”) but she was graciously given a “with” cover credit on Million Dollar Cup of Tea (which would make a great one-hour drama, by the way…) and has been thanked or quoted in over a dozen entertainment industry books.
Entertainment Industry Community Involvement
An active contributor to the entertainment community, Heather has served as a consistent mentor and/or speaker to a variety of non-profit organizations including: The Scriptwriters Network, The Film Industry Network, The Hollywood Black Film Festival, The Moondance International Film Festival, Kids Making Movies (a Home School Filmmaking group of 5 – 17 year olds), RKO Picture’s “I Have a Dream” (to inspire 11-year old Inner City (Los Angeles) children with ADHD), the Sally Picow Foundation, the Friar’s Foundation – among countless others.
Who Would Be a Good Mentor? Tip #2 with Suzanne Lyons (16:33 video)
NATPE’s Brown Bag Lunch (30:06 Video)