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(Online Talk) Christmas Cheer: Writing a Successful Holiday Film

ONLINE TALK: Oscar-winning screenwriter Pamela Wallace walks us through the winter wonderland that is the holiday film.

In this special holiday extravaganza of Screen Time, we’re joined by Academy Award-winning screenwriter/producer/novelist Pamela Wallace. A writer and producer of several holiday films, we’ll chat about the various elements necessary to make a seasonal screenplay succeed. We’ll break down factors such as atmosphere and nostalgia, family and magic, and everything else that make holiday movies feel so warm and unique.


Pamela Wallace is a screenwriter/producer/novelist who has won an Academy Award, Writers Guild of America Award, and Mystery Writers of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for co-writing the movie Witness. She won a CAMIE (Character and Morality in Entertainment Award) for writing the Hallmark Cable Channel film Love’s Unending Legacy.

Her current projects include a historical sports drama screenplay about iconic Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, an action thriller screenplay about a female army veteran who was one of the first women to become a Ranger, and a Young Adult novel about a poor high school girl from Appalachia who gets a scholarship to an elite private preparatory school. This novel is also being marketed as a television series.

Her web series, The Big O, is about a female therapist who works with young women who have suffered sexual trauma.

She has written several other produced films, including:

• An adaptation of the best-selling novel Last Chance Cafe and A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride for Lifetime.

• The Hallmark Cable Channel movies ClassFinding a FamilyLiving Out LoudMeet My MomLove’s Unending LegacyThough None Go With MeMeet the SantasSingle Santa and Straight From the Heart. (The last three were each the highest-rated Hallmark Channel movies at the time they aired.)

• The CBS Christmas MOW Borrowed Hearts, starring Roma Downey, the highest-rated TV program (not just movie) of the week it aired.

• The ABC MOWs Lovers of Deceit, an adaptation of a non-fiction true-crime book, and Alibi, an original script.

• The award-winning HBO film If These Walls Could Talk.

She was Co-Executive Producer on Last Chance Café and A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride, as well as Co-Executive Producer/writer on the first two seasons of the teen television series Beyond the Break for The N Channel, part of Noggin Cable Channel.





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Event Details
12. 20. 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm