Bill Bleich

Bill Bleich is a screenwriter with over a dozen produced network television movies, features, mini-series and pilots to his credit including: Deadly Messages, Good Cops, Bad Cops; Danger Island; The Midnight Hour; Smoky Mountain Christmas; Children of Stepford; Gladiator; The Hearse; When Dreams Come True; and From The Dead of Night. He created the Universal syndicated television series Shades of L.A. and was on staff of the Showtime series Poltergeist: The Legacy. Bill has served in a producing capacity on many of his projects. In addition to screenwriting, his librettos for young people's symphonies have been performed by numerous major orchestras and he has written stand-up comedy for David Letterman and others. He is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America and a member of the California State Bar Association.

Education

JD University of California Law School at Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
MFA Screenwriting, UCLA School of Film and Television
BGS Political Philosophy, University of Michigan


Recent Accomplishments

Screenplay credit on over a dozen produced network television movies, features, mini-series and pilots. Produced credits include: Deadly Messages (nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery); Good Cops, Bad Cops; Danger Island; The Midnight Hour; Smoky Mountain Christmas; Children of Stepford; Gladiator; The Hearse; When Dreams Come True and From The Dead of Night.

Created the Universal syndicated television series "Shades of L.A."and was on staff of the Showtime series "Poltergeist: The Legacy," and has served in a producing capacity on many of his projects.

Wrote librettos for young people's symphonies that have been performed by numerous major orchestras and has written stand-up comedy for David Letterman and others.

Taught screenwriting at the UCLA Extension Writers Program and the NYU Professional School. Guest lectured at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Recent Awards and Honors

Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lectureship, 2012

Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery for the television movie Deadly Messages.

Lifetime member of the Writers' Guild of America.

Member of the California State Bar Association.

Courses

RTVF 260-0 Foundations of Screenwriting
RTVF 360-0 Writing the Feature Film
RTVF 360-0 Writing the Socially Conscious Film
RTVF 360-0 Writing the Suspense Thriller
RTVF 360-0 Writing the Supernatural Film
RTVF 360-0 Writing the Television Script
CMN 350-0 Creative Writing for the Media Program
RTVF 561-0 MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage
RTVF 564-0 MFA Full Length Project

 

Bill Bleich

Senior Lecturer

Department:

Radio/Television/Film

Office:

1920 Campus Drive
Room 303
Evanston, IL 60208

Graduate Programs:

Writing for the Screen and Stage