Heather HaleHeather Hale, Writer/Producer, got on the Hollywood map in 2000 when The Courage to Love, the $5.5 million dollar Lifetime Original Movie starring Vanessa Williams, Diahann Carroll, Gil Bellows and Stacy Keach (now available on DVD), was produced off her spec screenplay, Quadroon Ball.

   Since then, she's written and/or produced 45-hours of award-winning television including The Evidence, a news magazine docudrama series (along the lines of What the Bleep Do We Know?) that won "Best New Series Pilot” at the 2001 WorldFest Houston International Film Festival and Lifestyle Magazine, a holistic health talk show hosted by Clifton Davis (Amen, Any Given Sunday), that won two Tellys and a Gold Award from the 2001 WorldFest Houston.

Prior to that, Heather was on the writing staff of two PBS edutainment series: Psychology: The Human Experience, which won an Emmy Award for Best Instructional Series, a Bronze Telly Award, The Videographer Awards, International Film & Video and an Aegis Award of Excellence and Dollar$ & Sense: Personal Finance for the 21st Century which won an Emmy Award for Best Instructional Series and an Aegis Award of Excellence.

Heather served as the Director of Event Programming for the National Association of Television Program Executives which included producing NATPE '05 which attracted an estimated 8,000 attendees to the Mandalay Bay Resorts in Las Vegas to hear the over 200 speakers including Ted Turner, Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and the CEOs and Presidents of virtually every major network, cable, and satellite station as well as converging digital technologies (AOL, Yahoo! TV, Microsoft, Verizon, etc.). Heather also programmed NATPE' 2004 TV Producers' Boot Camp.

Heather is a Jury Judge for RKO Picture's Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Competition alongside Ivan Reitman (Ghost Busters, Stripes, Animal House) and Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under). She has been a Judge or Judge’s Coordinator for The Scriptwriters’ Network’s Carl Sautter and Producers’ Outreach Programs, The American Screenwriters/Writer's Digest International Screenwriting Competition and the Independent Feature Project, among others. She has taught workshops and sat on panels at various film festivals and conferences including The Screenwriters' Expo, Selling to Hollywood, Slamdance, Moondance, and the Temecula Film Festival. She is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Vail Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival, and the Willamette Film Festival as well as The Great American Pitch Fest. She continues to teach classes at the Learning Annex, the Los Angeles Film School, Learning Tree University and online with TheIndustry.LA ("The Craig's List of Hollywood").

Heather is currently attaching talent to an independent $20M Romantic Comedy, writing a screenplay on assignment, writing a proposal for her long-demanded non-fiction franchiseable book: PowerNetworking: The Secret Hollywood Code. She is producing a full development slate through various entities and is in preproduction for her independent feature directorial debut. She maintains a full schedule teaching screenwriting and consulting private clients.

With what's left of her time, she routinely volunteers with emerging screenwriters and producers, is a mentor for the Film Industry Network and teaches 11-year old ADHD kids creative writing and improv through The Story Project. As a board member of the non-profit “Kids Making Movies,” Heather mentors a group of home schooled children 5 – 17 who make independent films.

Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Heather was the CFO of her own privately-held mortgage-banking corporation. With three branches staffed with twenty loan officers and processors, Approved Mortgage went from a start-up operation to a thriving business that table-top or warehouse-line funded over $2 million per month through 300 approved-affiliate relationships with wholesale lenders. She spent almost a decade writing, pitching and underwriting real estate investment packages for everything from custom home sub-divisions to car washes, golf courses, vineyards, incubator warehouse and mobile home park land banking opportunities. She helped private investors learn to carry back paper on lease-options-to-buy in addition to funding their first hard money loans. She taught classes on private mortgage insurance and real estate economics for GE Capital, PMI, and the Board of Realtors as well as FHA classes for first time homebuyers. As a founding member of the South Orange County Professional Speakers Bureau, Heather team-taught Clintonomics (tax-saving strategies and estate planning) to gate-guarded communities. As the Vice President of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, Heather was awarded a Senate commendation for being instrumental in helping SJC be the only City to avoid involvement in Orange County’s bankruptcy.

Heather has written business plans for IPOs, cable channels, dotcom and telecom companies, chambers of commerce and non-profits in addition to financing packages for production companies and independent films. Before all that, Heather lived in Kobe, Japan teaching CEOs English.

Heather received her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Linguistics and an ESL certificate from San Diego State University and completed UCLA’s sequential program in writing for Television and Film. Heather is single and lives in Miracle Mile (Los Angeles), California.