Marla White is a story development expert for people who are ready to take their writing to the next level.
Through her fun and workshops, personal coaching and say it like it is blog posts, she’s here to teach you how to craft stories that will make producers and executives sit up and take notice – while making it feel as comfortable as talking to your friends in a bar.
She’s worked with writers who have sold pitches to Fox, TNT, CBS, NBC and ABC, have been staffed on premium cable dramas. Clients include writers who have won awards including a Nicholl Fellowship finalist, as well as published novelists. Companies like CAA and Oxygen relied on her skills as a story analyst and for the past seven years she’s headed up development for Emmy Award winning writer/director/producer Peter Tolan.
Her adoring fans and customers have said, “Marla’s approach has changed the way I will pitch forever” and “She has incredible ideas, tremendous patience, and a true sense of character, tone, and pace” while one client called her “ a fun, hip, whip-smart fairy godmother.”
And when she’s not reading scripts or selling projects, you can find her indulging in a cozy mystery, working in her garden or out at the ranch on her horse.
Unique traits: I really enjoy teaching writers how to pitch their ideas and in general how to survive and thrive at your next meeting.
Film (Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew A tragically warped teenage boy plagued by a poor, dysfunctional family and psychological illness struggles to distinguish the real world from a perverse dream world when he and his family are abducted and forced to choose amongst themselves which sole family member will survive. The final decision reveals a disturbing family dynamic including terminal illness, incest and rape. Written by Anonymous
Kings of South Beach
TV Movie (Drama) Producer Chris Troiano runs South Beach (greater Miami)'s most popular nightclub, a recreational goldmine. Fellow New York immigrant Andy Burnett quickly rises from bouncer on trial to Troiano's trusted security chief and right hand. Thus he slowly discovers the club's entanglement with both the Russian mafia and domestic mob king Allie Boy, obviously involved in murders and arson. Andy is in fact an undercover cop, but risks losing trust with all superiors, except his immediate chief, so a trap must urgently be set. Written by KGF Vissers
TV Movie (Drama) Producer Dawn Cottrell (Peterson) seems like a typical sixteen-year-old girl, but she has a very dangerous secret. Unable to express her true feelings, whenever Dawn is upset she grabs a knife and cuts herself.
A Crime of Passion
TV Movie (Crime and Drama) Producer When a physician is murdered, his eldest daughter is accused of the crime, but the man's seductive new wife may not be all that she appears.
TV Movie (Drama) Producer When a family of three who are in a plane flying over the mountains crashes. The parents are killed but their 8 year old son is still alive. Later it's mentioned on the news that it's the boy's birthday and that he was adopted. That's when three women who all gave birth to a boy on the same day and gave their baby up for adoption, wonder if the baby is their's so they all go to where the crash occurred and wait to see if the boy is found. They all get together all learn that the adoption was handled by the same lawyer. So they contact her asking her whose child is the boy. Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
TV Movie (Drama and Romance) Producer Forever Love is a poignant new television movie about a woman who awakens from a 20-year-long coma and begins her life all over again. In the drama, suggested by a true story, Lizzie and Alex Brooks are a fairy tale young couple, wildly in love and the parents of a little girl, Emma. Then, without warning, 24-year-old Lizzie suffers a stoke. At the hospital, doctors tell Alex that his young wife has slipped into a deep coma and there is nothing to do but wait to see if she comes out of it. Alex, determined to keep his vow to love Lizzie in sickness and in health, decides to bring her home and take care of her. Alex is helped and consoled by Gail, Lizzie's best friend. Gail not only offers a loving friendship to Alex, she fills in for Lizzie with young Emma as well. When Gail's husband is killed in a car crash, Alex, Gail and Emma form a de facto family unit of their own until, 20 years after her stroke, Lizzie wakes up. Miraculously, Lizzie is pronounced perfectly healthy and begins ... Written by Anonymous
TV Movie (Mystery and Thriller) Producer After saving her daughter from an accident Joanna wakes up in the hospital in an alternate world where nothing is as it should be. Someone else lives in her house, her daughter is gone and everyone calls her Sarah. The problem is Sarah is suspected of murdering her son. The only person to believe her is her doctor who has fallen for her. With his help she tries to unravel the mystery and get back to her own life. Written by Les MacDonald at <email@example.com>
River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene
TV Movie (Drama and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Maggie, a divorcee with 2 daughters and an ex-step-son is nervous about a river rafting trip with her new boyfriend. To avoid spoilers.. Maggie finds herself alone but pursued by ruthless gang. She has to survive the Texan river and heat. The ex-step-son gets worried and set out from California to find her. Written by Rob Hartill