Pupperazzi Productions, Inc.
Award Winning Writer-Producer
11863 Hoyt Lane Sylmar, Ca 91342
Phone: 818.439.2730 Fax 818 899 1653
Manager Italia Gandolfo ( 502 836 1201)
Agent: Jason Dravis - The Dravis Agency aka Monterio Rose Dravis - 818 501 1177
Born in Chicago, Serita (a registered nurse) came out to Los Angles when offered a teaching job at USC. With her master’s in writing (with honors) from Antioch University in London, England, she went on to become well known in the romance and mystery field.
Her first published book This Bitter Ecstasy, a historical romance from Pocket Books was her introduction to the film, when she was asked if she could write a treatment of the book for possible adaptation. She continued doing several historical romances including Tame the Wild Heart – a story of James II’s foray into Ireland; Daughters of Desire – about the daughter’s of the king in French Canada , Lightning and Fire – a dramatized biography of Judge Deborah, the prophet (Judges 4/5- now in script form and finalist in the Geller foundation competition for best Jewish writing and Karios for best Christian writing.) She then turned her attention to mystery and suspense – The Bloodstone Inheritance, Unholy Alliance (a young adult mystery nominated for Best Book for the Reluctant Reader from the American Library Association,) Deceptive Desire (best western romantic suspense from Romance Writers of America – now in script form as Logan’s Land,) Red Sea, Dead Sea and Bagels For Tea (the Fanny Zindel novels) and many more, including ghosting and adaptations. . Her book, Cagney and Lacey, is the prequel for the successful TV series. Her award nominated short story, The Unborn, about an unborn child who experiences her mother’s murder and vows revenge on the killer – her father, has been produced as a short and now being written as a feature (An Unborn Witness.) . In all, she has published more than 33 books, articles, and short stories. Her newest book, based on years of teaching at universities, come s out from Motivational Press. It's The Ultimate Writer's Workbook for Books and Scripts. Written both for novice and established writers, it has exercises that have helped Serita through her many writings.
A frequent speaker at writing conferences she talks about characters, the difference between books and scripts, mystery writing, and other topics. Her blog can be found on linked in, Tumblr, and Google's blogspot.
Her two non fiction books are– The Book of Poisons – a how to book teaching writers on the art of killing off their victims correctly and written in plain English for those who do not understand medical terms -- and The Forensic Nurse – to educate the public how nurses help police solve crimes and if they are in need who they should ask for. The later book was optioned by Fox TV for as a TV drama.
Her publishers include Pocket Books,Random House, Fawcett, Zebra, Leisure, St Martin’s Press, Motivational Press, True North Press, Palm University, Dell, Writer’s Digest, Oak Tree Press, Hard Shell, Intrigue Press and others. She now working on the feature script of Promises Maid, one of the award winning shorts she recently did for the 168 Christian Film Festival. She just finished the feature version of the short Unborn Witness. The trailer for this can be seen at www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com/all-trailers/unborn15. The short, itself, is available on iTunes for a minimal price of $2.99. A % of proceeds will go to a domestic violence shelter.
Her first script was Murder Me Twice (a reincarnation thriller and winner at the Cinema City International Film Fest –CCIFF- as best script as well as other awards and has been optioned numerous times,) Mother In Law (a female driven buddy dramady with a supernatural twist – also a winner at CCIFF, finalist at Geller, and the Broad Humor Festival,) Mothe-inLaw (a dramady based on her Fanny Zindel character), .A Match Made in Heaven (a romantic comedy inspired by true events – winner at the Broad Humor Festival and finalist at Geller), Guilty Prey (you always thought your attorney’s were blood suckers and now they are,) Flip Kids a kids adventure ala Spy Kids, and Chasing Ghosts, a NASCAR film. Logan's Land (the book entitled Deceptive Desires ) is a western suspense from a female POV.
Recently, she was hired to write a historical true story of black rights before and during the Civil War.
She has several spec TV pilots as Gangsta (Southland meets Precious- which won the Writers Boot Camp Award and Talentville top honors), Golden Murders (The Nanny meets Murder She Wrote based in her Fanny Zindel mystery series), Yo Nun (a sitcom), Alex With A Z (sitcom- about a Romanian orphan raising her single mom) and is working on Discovery of Evidence, a true crime, based on a case, which, she worked on as a forensic nurse.
Her Hallmark story Saving Spirit, is in pre-production there.
Currently, she is working on several book/film deals -The Mark of the Dragon -with Amy Miles and Sean McNamara, directing the film, and Against Her Will, written with Jo Schaffer, a teenage coming of age story out with True North Press and soon to be at Lifetime, and The Heist: the Charles Allen Story, which was ghostwritten from the notes of one of the perpetrators of the FBI's biggest art theft and The Master's Will - a true historical Civil War story of three female African American slaves who inherit their master's plantation in a landmark decision for both women and blacks.
Serita is a past board member for Film Industry Network (FIN) and is an active member of Women In Film (WIF), the Caucus, and Alameda Writer’s Group (AWG.) She has taught writing at USC, UCLA, Loyola, Santa Monica City College, University of Illinois and Roosevelt University, as well as private consulting and currently teaches and mentors at AWG. She participated in the “Inside Out Writers Program,” writers teaching incarcerated gang members how to express themselves. She frequently lectures for Sandra Lord's Women Helping Women Writers Program and other events and been asked to join the Athena Film Festival.
After adopting her Romanian daughter, she helped found the non profit “Hearts for Romania,” supporting the Romanian orphans left behind.
As a member of the WIF’s PSA team, she wrote the Emmy nominated public service announcement for St. Joseph’s Care Center, Santa Monica, California. She mentors and teaches writing to independent students and does adaptations, both from her own material and others. As an RN, Serita also consults with writers and directors on their projects making sure they are medically correct.
She has judged for the SET awards - honoring films and shows with scientific correctness and on the Three Gates of the Dead filmmaking competition along with Michal Shane, Wendy Kram and others.
In addition, she is a regular freelance journalist for L A Splash Magazine (www.lasplash.com) covering film, theater, entertainment industry events, health topics and travel.
Saving Spirit, an original script for Larry Levinson/ Hallmark - in pre production
Champagne for Two – Warner Home Video
Lilac Dreams Warner Home Video
The Unborn Pupperazzi Productions
Promises Maid Just Us Productions
Dragon Seeds – Best screenplay the Cinema City International Film Fest
Murder Me Twice – Finalist ISA award, Best Screenplay Cinema City International Film Festival, official selection of SF Film Festival. PAGE semi finals, Circus Road Films - semi finalist
Mother in Law – Cinema City Film Fest; Best Dramady – Broad Humor Festival, Geller Festival Finalist
The Unborn – award nomination for short story; Talentville award for script; numerous festivals
Unholy Alliance – Best book for the Reluctant Reader by the American Library Association.
Match Made in Heaven – Best Screenplay, Cinema City/ Best comedy Broad Humor Festival, Geller Festival finalist, Beverly Hills Film Festival Official selection.
Lightning and Fire – Best Biblical Romance RWA (now a screenplay.); Geller Festival and Karios finalist
Deceptive Desires – Best Western Romantic Suspense (now Logan’s Land screenplay.)
Unholy Orders – McCavity and Anthony Awards
Red Sea, Dead Sea – nominated for Anthony Award (now a TV pilot Golden Murders.)
Gangsta - a spec pilot about the gangs of South Central and the police that work with them - winner of Writers Boot Camp Fellowship Award, Talentville Best of the week
Flip Kids- finalist - International Family Film Festival
The Unborn Witness – semi-finalist – Page Awards, semi finalist Table Read My Screenplay; an Platinum Award from the Houston Film Festival,, Desert Film Festival, and Riverside Film Festival.
Name: Serita Stevens
Lives in: Sylmar, Los Angeles County, California
Company: Pupperazzi Productions
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Screenwriter and Script Consultant
Unique traits: forensic nurse, can help your script with medical terms, scenes, etc
Against Her Will
TV Movie by True North Press writer A rebellious teen is thrown into a psychiatric ward by her manipulative parents and her struggle to overcome -- based on my experiences as a psych nurse.
Television by Robert J. Locke (Comedy) Writer
Where You Are
Film (short) by Hannah Lux Davis (Adventure, Comedy, Music and Romance) Actress
Safer Sex for Seniors
Film (short) by Chris Riess Actress Video dramatizing the need for condom use among seniors.
The Book of Poisons
Documentary by Writer's Digest writer Poison help for writers who want to kill their victims properly by an RN
Film (short) by Just Us Productions writer
Film (short) by Pupperazzi Productions/Sam Benavides writer/producer/actor
Film (short) by Tom Madigan (Drama and Thriller) Producer A homesick young man is so lonely he accepts an invitation to lunch from a quirky stranger and finds himself locked in the house with a mad man.
The Forensic Nruse
Documentary by St Martin's Press writer Law enforcement's new helper - the forensic nurse - true cases - basis for the spec series The Silent Language
Champagne For Two
Video by Warner Home Video wirter
Cagney & Lacey Prequel
Drama by Dell Publishing writer Who were Cagney and Lacey before they became detectives on the famous show? This is the prequel to their stories where I was hired by the studio to create it
Red Sea, Dead Sea
Series by St Martin's Press writer She's everyone's favorite grandmother -but she rides a Harley, carries an iron in her suitcase to steam open letters, rope to slide down from a 2nd story escape - and she solves crimes at the same time. Part of a book series - The spec pilot Golden Murders is the basis
Shades of Love: Moonlight Flight
TV Movie by Jim Kaufman Writer The story of a woman lured from the dullness and predictability of her career by a man of strength and vision.
Shades of Love: Lilac Dream
Video by Marc F. Voizard (Drama and Romance) Writer The story of a young woman alone on an island and a young man washed ashore from a shipwreck. She nurses him back to health, falling in love with him along the way.
books - too many to mention all
Series by many publishers writer
The Ultimate Writers Workbook For Books and Scripts
Documentary by Motivational Press writer A workbook for writers on major aspects of story and the difference between books and scripts based on my teaching at various universities and awards
The Master's Will - script/book writer - historical - Hollywood &Vine Festival
Gangsta - Urban TV spec pilot - Talentville Top and Writer's Boot Camp Award
Match Made In Heaven - Beverly Hills Film Festival - Script award
Univ of Ill College of Nursing - for contribution to nursing in form of book Forensic Nurse
Lightning and Fire - book/script - Geller and Kairos - semi finailist
Flip Kids - finalist International Family Film Festival Script
Remi Award - Houston Film Fest - Best Social Consciousness Award for Unborn
Shorts International for The Unborn
Match Made In Heaven- official script selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival for
Murder Me Twice - official selection of SF Film Festival, best at Cinema City International Film Fest (2009)
Golden Murders -spec pilot - Geller and Broad Humor - based on her Fanny Zindel mystery series
Mother In Law - Finalist Geller, Broad Humor Festival, Cinema Citiy
Guilty Prey - a vampire romantic comedy writer
Unholy Alliance - Best Book for the Reluctant Reader - Amer Lib Assoc
The Big - writer - short on Biggie, the rapper
St. Louis University School of medicine
Antioch College (Yellow Springs, OH) - London England
University of Illinois College of Nursing
Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)