Heather Hale is a film and television screenwriter, director, producer and consultant. 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). Her book How to Work the Film & TV Markets is due to be published by Focal Press/Routledge in the Spring. She leads StoryTellers on WalkAbout global creative retreats. She was the Independent Film and Television Alliance’s Industry Liaison for the 2013 American Film Market and the Vice President of Event Programming for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and provides How to Pitch TV content for them. She teaches webinars and online classes for the Writers Store, Screenwriters University and Stage 32. She is a member of the TV Academy and ShowBiz Mensans.
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Detailed Industry Background
Ms. Hale was pre-qualified by the International Film and Television Alliance (ITVA), the non-profit that runs the American Film Market, as an approved independent producer for NBC Universal.
Her 50 hours of award-winning television productions include: 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.
Here’s a clip from The Courage to Love.
View the full The Courage to Love movie online for free.
Ms. Hale has several projects actively seeking production funds and distribution commitments. Most notably: 21 Hours.
For Faith for Today TV, she 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 a couple of 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.
Ms. Hale served as the Director of Event Programming for The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and as a judge for numerous script competitions worldwide, most notably: NAPTE’s Hollywood Player Pitch Contest, The ABC/Disney Fellowship, The Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Competition, the College Television Emmy Awards, the 2012 Marseille WebFest and Genoa Italy’s new ENDAS International. She also served as the Official National Script Consultant for The American Screenwriters Association.
An active contributor to the entertainment community, Ms. Hale is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Storyboard Development Group (that meets monthly on the 20th Century Fox lot) and Showbiz Mensans. She has served as a mentor or Key Note Speaker to a variety of organizations including: The Scriptwriters Network, The Film Industry Network, The Hollywood Black Film Festival, The Moondance International Film Festival, to name but a few.
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 NYU, Yale, UCLA, Emerson, George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), University of Chicago, SFSU, UNLV, Cal State Northridge and Chapman as well as Film 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 and Mensa – 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; 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 – and even a dot com Initial Public Offering Proposal done as a Dr. Seuss-styled illustrated children’s book poem.