Heidi-Marie Ferren is a Cherokee/Sioux-Polish-American writer who originally hails from Arkansas and Texas. She was a finalist in the Walt Disney Television (CTDI) Writing Fellowship and recently served as a Showrunner’s Assistant and Writer under Showrunner/ Creator, Jim O’Doherty (THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN, GROUNDED FOR LIFE) developing two new comedy pilots. She is a producer and script editor for the highly anticipated series, This Boy’s Vida: Made in America, which premiered at the New York Latino Film Festival and is the other half of “The Blonde Jokes” duo, which was a finalist in sketch comedy for NBC’s Bring The Funny. Her screenplay Camellias at Christmas is an official selection for Best Original Screenplay for Content 2022 and her pilot Carpenterland, based on true events with full underlying rights procured is an Official Selection and Nominee in Fade In Awards’ True Story/ Biopic Competition.
In addition to their Nashville Film Festival award winning work on Woman Enough/Unsung, Heidi and Dana are creators and co-writers of the KEPS Mystery Series which recently attached Tanya Tucker and Wynonna Judd to go to Apple Streaming. Additionally, the duo are currently developing two biopic features with all rights procured for the story of legendary female comedian, Minnie Pearl, "How-DEE:" Once an Oversight, Now a Trademark, and A Woman Before Her Time: The Jackie Shane Story about the transgender pioneer of 1960's Soul Music and the first chart topping trans woman of color in rhythm & blues. Heidi has her BFA from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and her MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program.
In addition to her work for the screen, Heidi has served United States and Allied Service Members and Veterans as the last and longest reigning Miss USO, performing and speaking across the globe as an ambassador and steward of gratitude in over 1,000
venues and before 4 U.S. Presidents. As a recording artist, Heidi’s credits include performances with Taylor Swift, Joan Jett, Patti LaBelle and Lee Greenwood. She is currently recording her third album, as well as, preparing for her latest speaking series and book, America’s Sweetheart, based on her life and work with Service Members. Heidi continues to support Service Members through time, song and service as an Ambassador, Performer, and Volunteer. As a former foster kid and survivor of homelessness and incest, she has also passionately dedicated herself to helping young people use their story for good. She is currently a Court Appointed Advocate for foster children and an advocate in the fight to end human trafficking. Part of her story was recently featured in the best-selling book Brave in Real Life to support the efforts of Brave Global, an organization Heidi has partnered with to end exploitation of young people and protect them from human trafficking rings.
Young American Tragedians
TV Serie (Comedy and Drama) Writer
10 Badass Women
Walt Disney Television Writing Fellowship - Finalist
Official Selection "Best Original Screenplay" - Content 2022
Nashville Film Festival - Semi-Finalist
Fade-In Awards - Semi-Finalist - True Story/Bio-pic
Young Author's Award
Austin Film Festival - Second Rounder - 2020
Austin Film Festival - Second Rounder - 2021
Greer Garson Award
Bob Hope Award
Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Foundation Awardee