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Pitching can be creative and (dare I say it?) even fun. And if you get good at it, it can empower and liberate you to do more of what you love to do:  write. Writers are storytellers. But when they have to sell their stories, they often freeze up. That’s an unfortunate and unnecessary…(Read More)

21 Hours heather hale

When his dream car is hijacked, a high school football coach is seat belted in to a terrorist death trap and forced to play the unwilling suicide bomber in a Jihadist game of revenge roulette when he must race cross country in 21 hours flat to beat the clock to save his family – and…(Read More)

21 Hours  A high-concept, contained-budget, action-packed thriller. The roller coaster suspense, spectacular stunts and visceral race action are peppered with intense but gore-free fight sequences, exhilarating and sexy enough for date night but still PG-13-friendly enough for the entire family. When his dream car is hijacked, a high school…(Read More)

 Absolute Killers is a low budget feature thriller that I directed, produced and co-wrote that starred Edward Furlong (Terminator 2, The Green Hornet, CSI: NY), Ed Asner (Up, Lou Grant) and Meat Loaf Aday (Fight Club, Rocky Horror Picture Show). It premiered on October 1, 2011 as a spotlighted film at the 2011 Modern…(Read More)

A great deal has been written over the past forty years about (Alfred) “Hitchcock’s Women.” Immaculate blondes, sensual ice queens that could be both treacherous yet vulnerable. These strong independent women often drove the action of his famous suspense films – and they suffered for it. They have become icons of his era. One of…(Read More)

A couple of summers ago, I judged The Hollywood Player Pitch Contest at NATPE’s PitchCon. For the past couple of years, I’ve helped TV Pitchers develop their materials and prepare for their pitches.  I thought it might be helpful to share some Do‘s and Don’t‘s of what ought to be…(Read More)

Writing a Spec Script for a TV Series In teaching Screenwriters University’s Writing a Spec Script for a TV series, it’s reminded me how much every writer just wants to write their own original material. And that they are purely writing these spec scripts just to get work or an agent or manager…(Read More)

Producer Anne Marie Gillen recently posed this question to our Mastermind Group: ”What keeps you awake at night? What are those nasty thoughts that keep playing around in your head?  The shoulda-coulda-woulda?” It stimulated such an open and honest discussion about our communal fears and insecurities that we entrepreneurial artists all share but…(Read More)

I get asked this question all the time: How (and where) should I pitch my TV show? As the Pitch Prep Coach for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE)’s PitchCon and repeatedly getting up to bat myself as one of the qualified producers in the NBC/Universal partnership with the Independent Film…(Read More)

When earth passes through the comet-like trail of the ghost of a long-dead planet, its restless alien spirits possess every human body they encounter except for a young boy and an Army Sergeant, the only two seemingly immune, who must team with deep underground scientists to save humanity.   Ghosts of Mars meets…(Read More)