jvcv

Profile

  • Film and Television Writer with 25+ years of industry experience
  • 15+ years as International Creative Consultant in 30+ countries
  • Television Show Developer and Producer
  • Novelist, Educator, Public Speaker

Creator/Producer/Consultant

  • Russia – Sony Pictures Television International: Taught and trained writers and oversaw script development for 40 episodes of the Russian version of Married… with Children
  • Romania – Pro TV: Developed and produced three original situation comedies; recruited and trained writers; conceived and implemented story and script development systems
  • Switzerland – Swiss TV: Facilitated development of situation comedy Nice Views; developed stories and character arcs for first and second seasons
  • Nicaragua– Puntos de Encuentro: Creator and Co-producer, Sexto Sentido, Nicaragua’s first original TV drama; recruited/trained 40 writers; developed first and second season story arcs
  • Sweden – TV4: Consulting Producer on two situation comedies, Patience of an Angel and Heja Björn
  • Netherlands – Netherlands Film Festival, 2007; conceived and executed the Pretty, Sick & Twisted Test, a live experiment in instant sitcom staging and production
  • Norway – National Study Center for Film: Consulted on long- and short-form film comedies and television shows
  • Australia -The Seven Network: Developed comedy programming for Australia’s second largest television network; Executive in Charge of Production for two television comedies
  • New Zealand – TV3: Recruited and trained New Zealand’s first generation of situation comedy writers; oversaw development of three comedy pilots
  • Great Britain – MediaXchange, London: Creative Consultant; Head of Studies
  • Jamaica – UNESCO: Consulted on development of ultra low budget teleplays
  • United States – Walt Disney Studios Feature Animation: Consulted on group creativity

Presentations

  • MediaPro, Bucharest
  • Nova Television Network, Prague
  • Mediaset TV, Rome
  • Binger Film Institute, Amsterdam
  • Markiza TV, Bratislava
  • German Film &Television School, Berlin
  • PILOTS, Barcelona
  • AFTRS, Sydney
  • FOCAL, Geneva
  • BBC, London
  • CYFLE, Cardiff
  • NRK, Norway

Teaching

  • Writing Seminars – Berlin, Brisbane, Bucharest, Chicago, Cologne, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Nashville, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Vancouver, Zurich
  • The Writers Guild Craft Conference – 6-time Featured Presenter
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Writing for Television, Northwestern University
  • Faculty, Writers Program, UCLA Extension
  • Instructor, American Film Institute
  • Guest Director, Chicago Sketchfest

Film and Television

  • Film – Extreme Close-Up; Jason X (rewrite); Save Angel Hope
  • Hour Drama – The Sentinel; Viper; The Flash
  • Situation Comedy – Married with Children; Head of the Class; House Arrest; Pretty Sick & Twisted

Nonfiction

  • The Comic Toolbox: How To Be Funny Even If You’re Not
  • Creativity Rules! A Writer’s Workbook
  • Killer Poker: Strategy and Tactics for Winning Poker Play
  • Killer Poker Online: Crushing the Internet Game
  • Killer Poker Online/2
  • Killer Poker Shorthanded (with Tony Guerrera)
  • Killer Poker No Limit!

Fiction

  • Under the Gun
  • The California Roll

Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing, Carnegie-Mellon University

Member, Writers Guild of America