I am a co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Five Four Media, Inc, a story-focused Development company for Film, TV, Video and Tech. Before starting Five Four, I worked under my own banner, Alpine Light Media, as a writer, producer and editor for a wide range of clients, such as The College Board, Merck, The Juilliard School and the American Alpine Club.
As a screenwriter, I’ve served as a script and story consultant for production companies and projects both here and in the U.K,, and I have several original projects in development for both TV and Film.
My MFA in Writing and Production is from Long Island University’s TV Writer’s Studio in Brooklyn, and I hold a postgraduate degree in Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (2 Year Course).
I started out as an opera singer at Mason-Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, also earning a B.A. in History. After college, I auditioned for and was accepted to the Acting program at LAMDA, where I was awarded the Lee Strasberg Scholarship, and trained for two years with directors and writers from the RSC and National Theatre.
Following LAMDA, I acted in the NY theatre and in small film projects and started to work more behind the scenes. I was fortunate enough to direct or assistant-direct several theater productions including “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln,” “Hamlet,” and Neil LaBute’s “Some Girls” (Off-Broadway), where I got to work as acting coach to Fran Drescher.
I also began working as a video editor around this time, and after a couple years of ever-increasing freelance work, I earned a staff position at Yahoo! Studios, where I stayed for five years as the in-house producer and editor for news, financial and branded content. During that time, I enrolled in a part-time MFA at the TV Writers Studio, where I studied screenwriting with Norman Steinberg, a writer of Blazing Saddles and My Favorite Year, and Stephen Molton, a former development executive at Showtime. I am currently working on several TV pilots and other projects.
I am religiously involved with mountains and climbing, I play ice hockey when my knees allow me to, and I love travel, photography, and any combination of the above. I reside in New Jersey with my beautiful and supportive wife, who is the better-looking one in this picture:
And on July 9th, 2014, we welcomed our son Isaac into this crazy world.
Upon entry, he wasn’t that impressed, but he’s gotten used to it by now: