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Taylor Van Arsdale, screenwriter and film producer, began her career as an assistant talent booker at Hollywood's Improvisation. In 1997 she moved to HBO Pictures, working on such projects as Winchell (directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Stanley Tucci and Glenn Headley), Don King: Only In America (directed by John Herzfeld and starring Ving Rhames, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Jeremy Piven), A Bright and Shining Lie (directed by Terry George and starring Bill Paxton and Amy Madigan), GIA (directed by Michael Cristofer and starring Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway and Mercedes Rhuel), and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (directed by Martha Coolidge and starring Halle Berry, Brent Spiner and Klaus Maria Brandauer). She moved to Breen Productions in 1999 as vice president of development, responsible for the acquisition and development of projects for network and cable television companies as well as generating show concepts for presentation. During her tenure Haven - The Ruth Gruber Story (starring Natasha Richardson) was created as a mini-series and then later produced in 2001 by CBS/Alliance Atlantis. She also optioned and developed Under the Influence - The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty (to develop with Larry Gelbart - creator of M*A*S*H), Nightwatch for CBS's consideration and A Dry Spell for TNT's consideration. In 2000 she created Tailfish Productions, a film production company, acquiring and developing material for feature films. There she managed the development of Earthbound (currently in pre-production with Moctesuma Esparza [Gettysburg and Selena] co-producing); The Second Agenda, an action/thriller optioned to Davis Classics Entertainment; Bloodwork for USA Films; Fordham Boys for Showtime, with Ian Biederman (Shark) attached to write script; and Wickapogue Witches for Minkoff-Clark (Stuart Little). She has taught screenwriting courses at Loyola Marymount University, where, under her tutelage, students received the following accolades: Winner 2004 Austin Film Festival, Best Comedy Screenplay (It Bleeds It Leads), First Round Finalist 2005 Thrills & Chills Competition, Horror (Hunger), Semi-Finalist, Nicholl Fellowship (Earthbound), Sixth Spec Scriptacular Winner, Sitcom (Chapelle's Show: Crazy World Of TV). Most recently she was hired as the instructor/script consultant for NBC's Writers on the Verge Diversity Workshopfacilitating the development of one-hour dramas and half-hour comedies. She has acted as a script consultant for Strip written by Jeff Wilber, a one-hour pilot purchased by HBO Original Programming; Nothing Ever Happens To Me written by Joanne Storkan (produced in 2004 through Cineville, Inc. as Surviving Eden); and Remember the Slave written by Lorin B. Coleman (2001 DGA African-American Student Film Award co-winner). In 2007 she opened Pro-ScriptService.com, a web site designed to give writers a better understanding of their craft with services also available for producers and directors. She continues to write comedy, nurture up-and-coming new writers, and develop properties for film and television production. She will conduct consultation appointments and will present "Effective Pitching," "How to Write a Screenplay Adaptation of Your Novel," "First Act Foibles and How to Fix Them," "Creating Organic Characters," and "How to Find the Right Producer to Shop Your Story."
 

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