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The depth and breadth of Pulitzer Prize winner Judith Brennan’s work over three decades – as a news and entertainment journalist, screenwriter, script/story analyst, marketing strategist and writer on film campaigns including social action and advocacy to Academy Award nominees, as well as working with talent and executives at all levels - has led to a career of one experience building upon another.
WRITER / STUDIO STRATEGIST
Writer for hire see below
I have been a screenwriter, script / story analyst, marketing strategist and writer on films campaigns for studios and independent film companies, including: CBS Films, Cirque du Soleil (Andrew Adamson/ James Cameron upcoming 3D feature film Worlds Away), Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Fox Searchlight Pictures, Participant Productions, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, MGM/UA, TriStar Pictures, New Line Cinema, Artisan Entertainment, Focus Features, Morgan Creek Productions, the former PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Group and Gramercy Pictures. As a screenwriter and story analyst I have rewritten scripts, advised on plot changes and story direction. As a strategist I advised on media direction, story concepts and critical analysis of films. I have written production notes, international feature stories, social action and advocacy campaigns tied to the message of feature films and documentaries and worked on Academy Award campaigns. I am also an industry contributor to Forbes.com.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER / EDITOR - From
Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly
Times and Entertainment Weekly magazine, covering the film industry. Articles also appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles magazine, Newsday, TV Guide, InStyle, Premiere, California Lawyer, DGA Quarterly, Emmy magazine and London's Tatler. As box office analyst for The Times, I was a guest business commentator for CNN's Newsstand and E! Entertainment's E! News Daily.
Senior film writer and finance editor
DAILY VARIETY/ VARIETY
covering the studios and independents from the production, Wall Street and global perspectives, film festivals and markets including the Cannes International Film Festival and the American Film Market. As a film writer I covered Warner Bros. and MGM. As a business editor, I simultaneously covered the mega-merger of Matsushita Industrial Electric Company / MCA Universal Inc. and the bankruptcies of nearly 30 film companies, specializing in the collapse of MGM, Carolco Pictures and Orion Pictures - their demise triggered by the dubious lending practices of France's nationalized bank Credit Lyonnais, then the world's eighth largest bank and primary lender to the industry at the time. I also assisted in foreign reports and documentaries (France's Canal Plus) on the business.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
News and business writer covering politics, government, foreign trade (primarily aerospace, energy, technology and international policies affecting business in the Pacific Rim), medicine, biotechnology, workplace issues and corporate strategy from 1984 to 1990. I also covered China's participation in the Olympics in Los Angeles, the first time the PRC participated in the Olympics since the Communist Revolution. Produced two award-winning series - one challenged the dual powers of the sheriff-coroner and changed law (winner of the State Bar of California Gold Medallion Award ; the other forced a corrupt government official to resign. Another series targeted the fraudulent claims of a major pharmaceutical company's AIDS drug, triggering a Congressional Subcommittee investigation.
Special projects, general assignments and crime reporter
St. Petersburg Times
Member of the team that won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on widespread corruption in the sheriff’s department of one of Florida’s largest counties with ties to the late Santo Trafficante, Jr., Tampa’s Cuban mob boss formerly accused of threatening JFK’s life and deeply involved in CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro. I was a special projects, general assignments and crime reporter for the paper from 1981 to 1984.
South Georgia Correspondent
The TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT
covering civil rights, general and special assignments and features. I was also a correspondent for UPI.
Qualifications & Certifications
Florida State University
Asian Studies / International Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
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