The first time I heard Heather speak, I was captivated by her passion, insight, warmth and humor… and I immediately knew I wanted to be her friend. As I got to know Heather, I soon discovered that her immense talent is equally matched by her extraordinary generosity and that her passion for teaching and helping others is unsurpassed. She is a true gift to the Los Angeles film community.Eve Honthaner
Heather you organized the most fabulous and informative workshops for the foundation for international film artists! You are an awesome teacher as well and I always walked away pumped and ready to write!Evita Castine
My chat with Heather was incredibly informative and productive. She really helped me understand how to sharpen the focus on my project. Upon looking at the attachments she sent afterwards, I realized how she really worked this through. Well worth the consulting fee! She’d definitely be my first pick to help me produce!Philemon Venderbeck
Heather Hale is a multi-award-winning independent film and television director, screenwriter, author, producer and force of nature! She was approved as an independent producer for NBC Universal by the International Film and Television Alliance, the non-profit that runs the American Film Market where she served as their Industry Liaison in 2013. Her book How to Work the Film & TV Markets will be published soon by Focal Press/Routledge as part of their “The AFM presents…” series. Story$elling: How to Pitch Film & TV Projects will be published shortly thereafter.
She directed, produced and co-wrote Absolute Killers starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Ed Asner (Up, Lou Grant) and Meat Loaf (Fight Club, Rocky Horror Picture Show). 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.
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.
Ms. Hale served as the Vice President 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 served as the Official National Script Consultant for The American Screenwriters Association and NATPE’s Pro Pitch Pitch Prep Consultant and Coach.
An active contributor to the entertainment community, Ms. Hale is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Showbiz Mensans. She has served as a mentor to a variety of organizations including: The Scriptwriters Network, The Film Industry Network, RKO’s The Story Project, the I Have a Dream program, homeschooled Kids Making Movies and the College Emmys.
A popular international speaker, Ms. Hale has keynoted workshops 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 the numerous National Association for Campus Activities and the Association for Promotion of Campus Activities national conventions.
She has emcee’d, taught, been a panelist or judge at Film Festivals and Writers Workshops as varied as the Austin Film Festival, the Vail Film Festival, Slamdance, the Moondance International Film Festival, the Vancouver Film and Television Expo, the Great American Pitch Fest, the Great Canadian Pitch Fest, NATPE’s LA TV Fest and LA TV Producers’ Boot Camp, the Temecula Film Festival, the Big Bear Film Festival, the Screenwriters Expo, Selling to Hollywood, the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Hollywood by the Bay, the Tucson Festival of Books; Prescott Film Festival, 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. In 2009, Heather directed, wrote and produced a spec one-hour drama pilot that starred Barbara Bain (Space 1999, Mission Impossible) and Carmen Argenziano (Stargate SG-1). She has directed commercials, infomercials, trade and educational videos. 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/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.