Author Archives: Heather Hale

Heather Hale

About Heather Hale

Heather Hale has been selected as an approved independent producer eligible for an NBC/Universal development fund in a special IFTA program. Her credits include: Snitch (W, D, P: Meatloaf Aday, Ed Asner, Edward Furlong); The Courage to Love (W, Lifetime: Vanessa Williams, Diahann Carroll, Stacey Keach, Gil Bellows). Her projects have won Emmys, Tellys and Ace Awards. Under option: three TV pilots and Tim McGraw has her true-life biopic spec. She was the Vice President and Director of Event Programming for NATPE and is a member of the TV Academy and Show Biz Mensans. Follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherJHale

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Producers POV: Charlie Kaufman’s Women

A great deal has been written over the past forty years about (Alfred) “Hitchcock’s Women.” Immaculate blondes, sensual ice queens that could be both treacherous yet vulnerable. These strong independent women often drove the action of his famous suspense films – and they suffered for it. They have become icons of his era. One of our...

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Producer’s POV: Do’s and Don’t's of Reality Show Pitch Proposals

This summer, I judged The Hollywood Player Pitch Contest at NATPE’s PitchCon. For the past couple of years, I’ve helped TV Pitchers develop their materials and prepare for their pitches.  I thought it might be helpful to share some Do‘s and Don’t‘s of what ought to be in your proposal when pitching a script. DO: Know WHAT your...

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Producer’s POV: Writing a TV Series (Without Whining)

In teaching Screenwriters University’s Writing a Spec Script for a TV series, it’s reminded me how much every writer just wants to write their own original material. And that they are purely writing these spec scripts just to get work or an agent or manager. Granted, it’s the best work in the world (if...

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Producer’s POV: Writer Fears – I’m Not Good Enough

Isn’t that every writer’s greatest fear? Producer Anne Marie Gillen recently posed this question to our Mastermind Group: ”What keeps you awake at night?What are those nasty thoughts that keep playing around in your head?  The shoulda-coulda-woulda?” It stimulated such an open and honest discussion about our communal fears and insecurities that we entrepreneurial artists all share...

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Producer’s POV: How (and Where) Should I Pitch My TV Show?

I get asked this question all the time: How (and where) should I pitch my TV show? As the Pitch Prep Coach for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE)’s PitchCon and repeatedly getting up to bat myself as one of the qualified producers in the NBC/Universal partnership with the Independent Film and...

Story Maps by Daniel Calvisi Book Review

Story Analyst Dan Calvisi used to only reveal the inner workings of his method to his students and script consulting clients now but he’s sharing his template in his new eBook: Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, available as a download purchase directly off his on his Act Four Screenplays website.

The Great Linda Seger Has Done It Again!

In this, her ninth book on screenwriting, the industry’s matriarch — who essentially created the job of script consultant three decades ago — Dr. Seger has gone on to clarify one of the most elusive elements of screenwriting in her latest book: Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath.

What Goes Into An Indie Film Proposal?

Based on your hit list targets and call to action goals, your package may or may not include all of the following material (you may not even have or have a clue to some of it - but it's a living, breathing, evolving document - part of the process is doing this research and...