John is the author of the #1 International bestseller How to Change a Law and the suspense novel, Deadly Serious.
He has written numerous screenplays, thriller, comedy and sci-fi and previously worked in Government Relations at MCA/Universal and other studios as a consultant and story analyst. He wrote two unproduced screenplays in association with Alien and Total Recall writer and producer, Ron Shusett.
He was also VP Marketing and Business Development in the early years at eBay and Financial Engines. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Ryerson University and an MFA from UCLA film school. He lives in Northern California.
“Hal, The Spud King of Japan” - Finalist, Die Laughing Film Festival, Hollywood on May 12, 2017
“Hal, The Spud King of Japan” - Semi-finalist Austin Revolution Film Festival 2016
"Hal, The Spud King of Japan" recognized as a first round qualifier and quarterfinalist - 'Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards' Contest 2016-2017
“Hal, The Spud King of Japan” - Round 2 as a Top 100 Feature of the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition 2015
“Body Count” - Finalist in the 2017 New York Screenplay Competition
“Body Count” – Official Selection for the 2017 Pasadena International Film Festival
Hal, The Spud King of Japan Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy In an attempt to save the family farm, three whacked out guys trek on a wild adventure to Japan, where they try to sell them their failing crop as the solution to world hunger, but discover that their spuds may be an aphrodisiac but could also sterilize the population.
Abduction Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller ⋄ Sci-fi A skeptical detective teams up with a tabloid photo-journalist to solve a mysterious murder but instead uncovers a bizarre government cover-up that is out of this world.
Final Appeal Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller In a countdown to an execution, a deranged NSA rogue agent terrorizes his next-door neighbor, a judge, to change a ruling, and the pacifist judge must abandon his views on the death penalty if he hopes to save his family and survive.
Crash Site Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama ⋄ Mystery An up and coming female NTSB prosecutor must confront her old lover, an airline CEO, as she struggles to reconcile her personal feelings with her professional duty when a devastating air crash implicates the man she is investigating.
Body Count, Finalist, New York Screenplay Competition
Body Count, Official Selection, Pasadena International Film Festival
Hal, The Spud King of Japan, Semi-finalist, Austin Revolution Film Festival
Hal, The Spud King of Japan, Rnd 2 Top 100 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition