Heather Hale is a Film and Television Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Author and Consultant. Her book "How to Work the Film & TV Markets: A Guide for Content Creators" was just published by Focal Press/Routledge (http://heatherhale.com/how-to-work-the-film-and-tv-markets).
Ms. Hale is currently in pre-production to direct a disability-themed romantic comedy, set to be shot in Kentucky in September.
Ms. Hale directed, produced and co-wrote Absolute Killers, a thriller that starred Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Ed Asner (Up, Lou Grant) and Meat Loaf Aday (Fight Club, Rocky Horror Picture Show) and wrote "The Courage to Love," the $5.5 million dollar 2000 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. The rest of her 50 hours of award-winning television productions include: The Evidence (which won “Best New Series Pilot”) and Lifestyle Magazine (which won two Tellys), both of which she wrote and produced for Faith for Today TV.
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. 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 and she has written a couple of short films, including A-Date and The Perfect Husband, in which she also played one of the three leads.
Heather served as The Director of Event Programming for NATPE (The National Association of Television Program Executives) and as the Independent Film and Television Alliance's Industry Liaison for the 2013 American Film Market and as a judge for numerous script competitions worldwide, most notably: The ABC/Disney Fellowship, The Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Competition, the College Television Emmy Awards 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, Heather is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Showbiz Mensans. She has served as a mentor or speaker to virtually every organization in town including: NATPE, The Scriptwriters Network (an honorary member), The Film Industry Network and The Moondance International Film Festival.
Heather 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.
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.
Name: Heather Hale
Company: Heather Hale Productions
Occupation: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Script Consultant, Line Producer, Story Analyst, Producer of Marketing & Distribution, Production Manager, Author, Comedian, Film/theatre Journalist, Host/presenter, Researcher, Script Supervisor, Transmedia Producer and Voice Artist
Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Producer Johnny Graham, raised by the Torino crime family after the death of his parents, is repeatedly torn between loyalty to his adoptive family and his conscience. When Anthony Torino, the volatile heir-apparent, turns his deadly sights on the DA prosecuting him for the cold-blooded murder of his own cousin, Johnny is finally moved to act. Despite his role as family accountant, Johnny is quite the marksman. He convinces a reluctant Anthony into letting him eliminate DA Elizabeth Jones. Johnny's plan to simply warn her instead is thwarted by the arrival of a pair of Torino family goons sent to supervise his first hit. The ensuing shootout leaves Elizabeth wounded, one goon dead, and Johnny arrested. Johnny rolls on Anthony and enters the Witness Security Program. Shortly after Anthony is arrested, he escapes and contacts his mole to get the locations of Johnny and the others who were going to testify against him. When Vince, Torino family hit-man and Johnny's lifelong friend, shows at the ... Written by Eric Troyer
Television (Reality-TV) Producer Master Sommelier Andrea and her husband John scour popular destinations like California's Napa Valley, Seattle, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to ask recognized foodies what they recommend as insider favorites for visitors to their area and reveal little known "Local Flavor" travel secrets. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short and Romance) Writer Emma, who could use a better social life herself, runs a dating service. With colleagues Valerie and Owen, she's preparing for a mixer for clients with autism spectrum disorder. She interviews Mark, a big man, and later that day, at the mixer, introduces him to Frieda; it looks as if she's made a match. What could go wrong? Written by <email@example.com>
Film (Drama and Romance) Casting department Like most kids, Ned idolized his father and dreamed of following in his footsteps. Unfortunately, his father was a two-bit crook who spent most of his life in jail. Without a family of his own, Ned falls in with the Aryan Brotherhood. Soon after, Ned is placed in a mental hospital where he is mesmerized by a young black girl who believes Adolf Hitler was reincarnated in her. What follows is a gritty character study and poignant love story of two people brought together by a seemingly impossible connection. As a result of that connection, they both find that there is more to a person than what is on the surface. Written by Anonymous
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Dollar$ & Sense: Personal Finance
Television (Reality-TV) Writer 26 lessons on money management and saving, emphasizing financial planning: obtaining, planning, saving, borrowing, spending, managing risk, investing and retirement and estate planning. Credit management, types of investments, a variety of estate-planning strategies, wills, a broad range of insurance options, retirement planning, health care, and even career strategies. Interactive games. Written by Anonymous
Psychology: The Human Experience
Television (Reality-TV) Writer A college telecourse based on the textbook "Psychology," written by Don and Sandra Hockenbury and published by Worth Publishers.
The Courage to Love
TV Movie (Drama, History and Romance) Writer In 19th century New Orleans a new class of colored people has arisen. They are creoles, a result of relations between African-Americans and wealthy European people. Children are born, there is love, but marriage is out of the question. Colored people are still not considered equal. Henriette Delille is a very religious creole. The time she has she spends on educating, care and helping out in church. On the day her father Jean-Baptiste leaves her mother Pouponne to marry a white woman, Henriette is supposed to meet her arranged future 'caretaker' Paul Cartier. But she refuses him, defying every tradition and so bringing her mother to madness. She becomes friends with the French doctor Gerard Gaultier. He is in love with her and wants her to move to France, so they can be legally married. Henriette is torn apart by her feelings for Gerard and her devotion to the church. She must choose, but neither choice is going to be an easy one as there are people who greatly disapprove of ... Written by Arnoud Tiele (firstname.lastname@example.org)