Speaker Marc Zicree - Scripted 2018

Speaker Marc Zicree


Marc Zicree

Writer/Director/Producer

Better Angels Productions

Marc Scott Zicree has written and produced hundreds of hours of series TV, pilots and feature films for most of the major studios and networks, including Paramount, Universal, Disney, Sony/Columbia Tri-Star, MGM, Warners, Castle Rock, New Line, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, WB, UPN, Showtime, PBS, Turner, USA Networks, Syfy, Discovery, Nickelodeon, the BBC, Marvel, Scholastic, ITV and NPR. Among his credits are classic episodes of Star Trek – The Next Generation, Sliders, Babylon 5, Deep Space Nine, Friday the 13th – The Series, Smurfs, Superfriends, He-Man, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Forever Knight, Liberty’s Kids and The Real Ghostbusters, among many others.

Marc’s work has been nominated for the Hugo Award, American Book Award, Humanitas Prize, Nebula Award and Diane Thomas Award, and has won the prestigious Hamptons Prize, TV Guide Award, Rondo and Saturn Awards. In 2014, Marc was named a Writers Guild Diversity Honoree.

Marc’s most recent book, co-written with Guillermo del Toro, is GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES for HarperCollins, which debuted as the number one movie book on Amazon at Christmas.

Together with his wife and writing-directing-producing partner Elaine, Marc has just founded Better Angels, a production company based in Los Angeles, Dallas and London, dedicated to making TV series and films that are socially relevant and inspiring. Among many projects currently in prep, production or post, they are writing, directing and producing Space Command, an epic science fiction series starring Doug Jones (Star Trek Discovery, The Shape of Water), Mike Harney (Orange is the New Black), John Hennigan (Glow), Christina Moses (The Originals, A Million Little Things), Faran Tahir (J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, Iron Man, American Crime), Mira Furlan (Lost, Babylon 5), James Hong (Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China), Bill Mumy (Lost In Space, Babylon 5), Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis, The Orville), Armin Shimerman (Deep Space Nine, Buffy) and Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, Tron). They are in post on the two-hour pilot Space Command: Redemption and have shot forty minutes of the second two-hour story Space Command: Forgiveness at their studio in Los Angeles.

In addition, Elaine is currently writing Subversive, a feature based on the memoir by current Member of Parliament Lord Peter Hain about his apartheid-era activist parents. Marc and Elaine are producing the film in partnership with Fifty-One Productions in the UK.

Marc’s landmark book The Twilight Zone Companion created the modern genre of books on TV series and inspired a generation of TV showrunners and filmmakers, including J.J Abrams, Brannon Braga, Ron Moore, Mark Fergus and Damon Lindelof. The Companion was an instant bestseller (over a half million copies to date) and named by the New York Times one of “ten science fiction books for the ages,” the only non-fiction book on the list. He has just completed the extensively updated new edition, which has just been released by Silman-James. Silman-James will also be publishing his new book Greenlighting Yourself in 2019.

In addition, Marc is a lauded novelist with the bestselling Magic Time trilogy, published by HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio. The Magic Time audio play, starring Christina Moses and Armin Shimerman, has just been released by Skyboat Media, in association with Blackstone Audio.

Marc is regarded as one of the country’s top media experts and has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio shows, including The Today Show, American Masters, All Things Considered, Entertainment Tonight, E! True Hollywood Story, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Variety, New York Times and L.A. Times. Beyond his three-year stint as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, he is a regular on Coast To Coast, one of the country’s top-rated radio shows.

Marc and Elaine are also founders and for the last twenty-five years have run The Table, which has provided a supportive community to thousands of Industry professionals in Hollywood and around the world at no charge. (The documentary on the Table won Best Documentary Award at the SoCal Film Festival and has been screening on Hulu and Netflix and via iTunes.)

Speaking at: Going Indie: Return of the pilot

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