HOLLYWOOD WRITERS STUDIO
A screenplay development company
WHO WE ARE
David Sheldon, a busy writer-director-producer, has written, directed and/or produced twelve feature films and has worked in various executive or production capacities on over 50 others. One of his first feature films, "Grizzly," which he wrote and produced, is one of the most financially successful independent films in motion picture history, earning 50 times its cost worldwide. He produced, co-authored and directed "Grizzly Adams: The Legend of Dark Mountain" which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. He wrote, directed and/or produced "Lovely But Deadly," "Just Before Dawn," "The Guardian," "The Evil," "Day of the Animals," "The Manitou," "Sheba Baby," "Devil Times Five," and "Abby."
He co-authored the screenplay "Predator: The Concert" (aka “Grizzly II”) with George Clooney, Charlie Sheen, Laura Dern, Louise Fletcher, Deborah Raffin, Deborah Forman and John Rhys-Davies in the cast. He wrote, produced and co-directed "Secrets of a Small Town" for Twentieth Century-Fox Television.
He started out in Hollywood editing scripts for television shows such as “Love American Style,” “The Mod Squad,” “Laugh-In,” “Mission Impossible,” “Bewitched” and “The Brady Bunch” and went on to become Director of Screenplay Development for Lawrence A. Gordon ("48 Hours," "Field Of Dreams," "Die Hard," etc.) at American International Pictures. He supervised various aspects of productions such as "Dillinger," "Sisters," "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud," "Logan’s Run," “Amityville Horror,” and "Walking Tall." He subsequently went into partnership with producer Phil Feldman (“Blue Thunder,” “The Toy,” “A Star is Born,” “The Getaway” and “The Wild Bunch”).
Sheldon earned an MFA degree in playwriting and screenplay at the Yale University School of Drama and has been a member of the Director's Unit of the Actors Studio in New York. During his college years and thereafter, he produced and directed over 100 Broadway plays and musicals at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, Long Island, owned by his family. He subsequently became director of the Columbia Pictures Talent Farm developing new writers and actors in association with Columbia Pictures talent scout Joyce Selznick. His outstanding work has been acclaimed in Newsweek, Life Magazine, the New York Times and other publications.
One of the most prolific writers in Hollywood, Joan McCall has written over 250 teleplays. She was a staff writer for NBC's "Santa Barbara," for New World Television, and has written numerous scripts and stories for " Days of Our Lives" (NBC). As a contract writer for "Another World" (CBS), Ms. McCall wrote two scripts a week. She was a continuing writer for "Capitol," and she wrote a bible (a six-month story projection) for "Search For Tomorrow" (CBS).
Her first screenplay, "Shirley," about the race car driver, Shirley Muldowney, was further developed and produced as a successful motion picture under the title "Heart Like a Wheel." Her feature film, "Predator: The Concert," which she co-authored with David Sheldon, was filmed in Europe with George Clooney, Charlie Sheen, Laura Dern, Deborah Raffin, Louise Fletcher and Deborah Foreman.
She has also had a successful career as an actress. She starred on Broadway in several hit plays by writers such as Neil Simon, Woody Allen and Evan Hunter, as well as starring in national tours of Broadway shows. Her first Hollywood movie was a starring role in “The Devil Times Five” at the age of 18., and she starred in “Grizzly.”
A native of Kentucky, Joan McCall graduated from Berea College with a B.A. degree in theater and art. She was trained as an actress in New York by Lee Strasberg and in Los Angeles by Charles Conrad. A novelist as well, she co-authored “When I Knew Al: the Untold Story of Al Pacino, published by Harbor House and just completed a book, "Maggie.” She speaks fluent French, is a member of the French Circle in Los Angeles and has served as president of the Salon Francaise in Los Angeles.
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