I wrote and co-produced eight single-topic videos for Turner Networks, in collaboration with Gray Miller at Cinegravy. The videos, branded for their health and wellness online entertainment channel "Upwave," promote connection, health and wellness in an upbeat, whimsical, entertaining voice. Titles included: How to Survive a New Year's Hangover; The Non-Fan's Guide to Superbowl Parties; How to Survive Valentine's Day without a Fight; Does Spring Fever Exist?; Natural Cleaning Hacks; 9 Reasons to Call Your Mother (Mother's Day) and Things You Didn't Know You Did While You Sleep.
Do You Believe in Spring Fever?
The Non-Fan's Guide to The Big Game
Things You Didn't Know You Did While You Sleep
As Senior Features Editor for HBO, I was the creative editorial lead on digital content for series, films and documentaries. Favorite projects included written and video interviews with show creators, actors and directors, Inside the Episode features and original in-story web series for True Blood, Big Love, Entourage and Hung. My team used all available digital resources to increase fan engagement and drive viewership for HBO Original Programming on HBO.com, HBO GO, and mobile platforms. As technologies evolved, we continued to innovate, creating one of the first interactive viewer experiences on HBO GO for True Blood and a Webby-award winning interactive feature for Boardwalk Empire fans to explore the behind-the-scenes crafts of the shows.
AJ Jacobs web series for Turner Networks
I was showrunner for the 7-part original webseries HOW WE WORK with AJ JACOBS, for Turner Broadcasting. The series provides a whimsical, science-based look at seven aspects of human behavior: Anger, Love, Conspiracy Theories, Site, Napping, Willpower and Posture.
IFC web series
I co-created the original dramatic series Like So Many Things... with Anslem Richardson for IFC.com. The seven-episode series tells the story of a couple’s two-night stand. At the time web videos were primarily "vlogs" or low budget comedy skits, with little to no script and poor production quality. Engaging indie filmmakers, we applied film techniques to the short narrative format and in a 5-day shoot, we shot over 35 pages of scripted content. We licensed the series to IFC; it was their first series to premiere both online and on-air.
LIKE SO MANY THINGS... S1 Ep1 "Like So Many Things...Unsaid"
LIKE SO MANY THINGS... S1 Ep2 "Future Days, Future Night"
AsSenior Features Editor for HBO Digital, I was the editorial lead on True Blood for several seasons, making extra content for super fans of HBO's hit show. True Blood's sites and videos drew the highest traffic for any HBO show at the time. Favorite projects:
Inside True Blood, a blog written by the show’s associate producer Gianna Sobol to provide behind-the-scenes news during production.
Baby Vamp, a blog for the fan-favorite character "Jessica," featuring original videos starring Deborah Ann Woll and other cast members.
Fictional microsites that extended the story of the show online such as Vamps-Kill, Fellowship of the Sun (FoS) and American Vampire League (AVL).
Making True Blood, multi-media audio interviews to explore the craft behind the production.
Inside the Episode featurettes with the writers and directors that aired on-demand and on online.
One of the first interactive viewing experiencess on HBO GO with behind the scenes info and commentary for devoted Trubies.
Co-Head Writer, One Life to Live on Hulu
I was promoted to co-head writer after three months as staff writer for the online re-boot of ABC’s classic soap opera, One Life to Live (produced by Prospect Park Networks for Hulu). During our seven months of production I wrote 15 of 40 episodes in the show’s final Emmy-nominated season, generating up to 140 script pages a week and co-created the bible for an additional unproduced season.
I began my career in journalism at NBC News, moving on to be an assistant editor at Vogue. I've co-authored non-fiction books including Maverick Mind: A Mother's Story of Solving the Mystery of her Unreachable, Unteachable, Silent Son (Putnam). I've written for Fortune.com, MSN.com, Women & Hollywood, and Cafe.com (which was merged with Scary Mommy, hence the odd links for a few of my articles below, which are non-parental in nature).
A documentary-style play based on interviews with non-believing clergy, conducted for a study by Linda LaScola and Daniel C. Dennett. The clergy were interviewed with the goal of understanding the impact of the deep conflict of no longer believing while still “on the job.” The play paints a portrait of mental anguish for those stuck between the world of believer and non, and redemption for those who are able to step outside of the limbo.
In Ways Both Frivolous and Deep
1 W, 1 M (& 3W, 2M recorded voices)
Needing a time-out from her life, Millicent sublets the grunge-filled apartment of a roadie named Sparky. His home provides just the escape she needs: an opportunity to clean and snoop. A comedic drama about two strangers who find unexpected common ground and a way to help each other face the unface-able.
Workshops: Primary Stages ESPA Drills reading series at 59 E. 59th St., featuring Jessica Hecht and Walker Hare. Current finalist for Ashland New Plays Festival. Semi-finalist O'Neill Playwrights Festival.
100 Degrees Celsius
1 W, 2M
Regina, the daughter or a neuroscientist, Alan, has a theory: Science and religion are similar panaceas that offer their believers a set of rules to live by. But on her way to prove it, she learns her father has a life-threatening brain tumor and stumbles into a love affair with one of her subjects, Carlos, a priest. Forced to navigate life-changing decisions, this trio of know-it-alls grapple with whether any beliefs really help you with grey matters.
Workshops: Producer Jamie Kershaw, NYC (with Larry Bryggman, Vivienne Benesch, Joel de la Fuente); LAByrinth Theater Co. Punch the Clock reading series. Semi-finalist O'Neill Playwrights Festival
Tiffany Tyler believed marriage was a patriarchal construct until she met Ron Wright. Now she’s getting married, on her terms. Her commitment is put to the test at her shower when the penis cake is too sweet, the stripper too short and it turns our Mr. Wright is actually a CIA spy.
Showcase production at Walkerspace in NYC produced by Rising Phoenix Rep. Directed by Michael Sexton. Featuring John Ellison Conlee, Marin Gazzaniga, Julia Gibson, Perri Gaffney, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis and Daniel Stewart.
"Marin Gazzaniga's deft dissection of domestic abuse transforms the way you view 'issue drama.'" David Cote, Time Out NY
Walker Hare & Jessica Hecht in a reading of In Ways Both Frivolous and Deep.
Showrunner for Dramatic Web Series
After premiering season one of our original webseries on IFC.com, ThisThing Films raised the money from fans through Kickstarter to shoot a second 7-episode season of Like So Many Things. As showrunner for season 2, I oversaw writing, production, and post; wrote and directed two episodes; and edited six episodes.
I wrote, co-produced and acted in the independent film So Close (based on my original stage play). Inspired by interviews, So Close tells the story of a violent relationship from multiple viewpoints. The play was named a "Don't Miss Pick" by Time Out NY, and had a sold out run at Walker Space in downtown Manhattan. The film screened at Cinewomen and New Filmmakers in New York and is available on Amazon VOD and iTunes.