Tom on Beach3

TV Producer and Writer · Script Consultant
Travel Writer · Author · Public Speaker

PRODUCER

My experience covers the entire production process. I’ve taken programs from concept to completion with creative problem solving and teamwork. This includes development, scheduling, supervising crews, rough cut editing, and supervising post. My work involves extensive travel, interviewing experts, writing both shooting and edit scripts, cutting promos, coaching on-screen hosts on location, and staging dramatic recreations.

I’ve been nominated twice for an Emmy Award, as a writer and as a producer, and my work has aired on Discovery Chanel, History Channel, Travel, Science, Nat Geo, BBC, TLC and AHC.

Demo Videos

WRITER

Documentary TV, Screenplays, Author, Travel Blog, Writing Instructor

I’ve written every program I’ve worked on, including dozens of prime time documentaries for Discovery Channel, History, Travel, Science, BBC and others. My Beyond the Da Vinci Code two-hour special for History received an Emmy nomination for non-fiction writing.

My feature experience includes a half-dozen produced or optioned screenplays. As a studio Story Analyst, I’ve written coverage on 3000 screenplays for DreamWorks, HBO, Universal Studios, Paramount, Sony and others. I also teach dramatic screenwriting.

My MFA is in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.

The travel writing I do is a quest for fresh angles, experiences and observations. Check the articles on this page.

Somebody had to do it… A funny, skeptical but authentic history of western religion entitled, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A CHOCOLATE JESUS?  More…

Travel Articles

DUST BOWL IN THE GOBI

Anxi, in central China, averages 300 sandstorms per year.

PUBLIC SPEAKER

Humorous Talks and Visual Presentations

My talks are half history lecture/half standup comedy. I bring surprising facts and observations to popular and offbeat topics.  With humor, skepticism, and maybe a little Jersey attitude, I deliver talks on subjects like:

  • America’s Pagan Family Values
  • A History of Conspiracy Theories
  • Beyond the Da Vinci Code
  • Why I Don’t Believe in Aliens
  • God Needs Therapy

Talks and Interviews

CAREER INTERVIEW

A wide-ranging radio conversation about my career and professional experiences.  Listen…

ORIGINAL SIN: OUR FINEST MOMENT

A few minutes of not-so-eternal truth with a fresh spin on Original Sin.  Listen…

GOD’S STRANGEST REQUEST

Clip from my “God Needs Therapy” talk at the Joseph Campbell Roundtable. Abraham saves his son by offering a little off the top. Ouch! Watch…

EIGHT RULES OF PROPHECY

Want to predict the future? There are eight tried and true ways that never miss. Listen…