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Barbara Nicolosi, Executive Director and Zena Dell Schroeder, Associate Director of the Christian film/television mentoring program, ACT ONE: Writing for Hollywood, announced July 30, 2003 that eight of their faculty members will be joining seven-time Emmy winning motion picture and television producer, Bryan Hickox, in his nationwide “Conquering Hollywood” seminar/workshop tour. With plans slated to visit fourteen cities, the tour kick-off begins in Jacksonville, Florida, Friday and Saturday, September 26-27, 2003 at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel.

The film and television heavyweights joining the tour are Sheryl Anderson, writer, Dave’s Word (“Charmed”); Janet and Lee Batchler (co-writers: “Batman Forever,” “Modesty Blaise,” “Tripoli” new Disney Feature); Leilani Downer, writer (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, “Moesha,” Growing Pains); Sibyl Gardner, writer (“Judging Amy,” “Any Day Now,” “Profiler,” Any Day Now, Law & Order); David McFadzean, executive producer (What Women Want, creator and writer, Home Improvement); Angelo Pizzo, writer and producer (“Hoosiers,” “Rudy”); Linda Seger, author (Making a Good Script Great); Michael Van Dyck (agent The Genesis Agency).

Barbara Nicolosi, said of the new additions, “We are providing established writers to share their practical experience with each class of new tour attendees. ACT ONE’s faculty of writers literally walks off the set and into our seminar/workshops.”

Joining them for the kick-off in Jacksonville will be top Hollywood casting director and actor, Michael Stark, and the multiple award-winning executive producer and director Richard Colla, who directed “Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer” in Jacksonville. Each of the seminar’s instructors has been selected for their candor, comprehensive knowledge and contemporary understanding of the motion picture and television industry.

This screenwriting portion of the seminar distinguishes itself by giving attendees a “hands-on” approach to writing a salable, producible screenplay by selected faculty members of ACT ONE: Writing for Hollywood. Also presented in each city will be keys to aspiring actors from one of the most sought after casting directors in Hollywood; instructions on how to “pitch” a television or movie project to the networks or the studio by two of Hollywood’s most successful pitch masters, and; learning how Hollywood has traditionally depicted people of faith, which will include screening representative selections from over 50 motion pictures.

The seminar will also feature Hickox’s exclusive presentation on the current influence of morality on major film and television projects profitability. With the successful run of movies such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “X-Men 2,” “Matrix Reloaded” and “Bruce Almighty,” projects with morally conscious themes have been widely embraced by the American public and shown to be financially lucrative at the box office.

Other cities to be slated for the 2003-2004 Conquering Hollywood Tour are Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and Honolulu. Reservations and information can be obtained by writing the Conquering Hollywood Tour at The Jacksonville Production Center, 851 N Market St, Jacksonville, FL 32202-2742 or by calling (904) 230-4192.


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