Biography

Bill headshotBill’s debut feature, Runaway, premiered to universal accolades at Tribeca and Toronto. It went on to take the top prize at the Austin Film Festival and was subsequently released by eOne Films.

He started his career as a playwright and director, studying under Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer Mark Medoff.  Bill was named one of New Mexico’s Best New Playwrights while studying under Medoff, and was a company member and dramaturg for the Desert Playwrights Theatre Company.  He was selected to participate in the Guthrie Theatre’s exclusive internship program for writers and directors, and later won a prestigious Bush Artists Fellowship finalist grant in recognition of excellence in writing.

Following Runaway, Bill was tapped to write feature projects for notable Hollywood and independent players, including Film Collective, USA Hockey and NBA Entertainment.  Recently, Bill adapted the true crime bestseller, Running with the Devil.  More/Medavoy Productions is producing with WWE superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin attached to star.

Most recently, Bill signed on to collaborate with Medoff to adapt Medoff’s play, The Wager, for TV.  Bill is also in development with Echo Lake Entertainment’s TV division (SyFy’s upcoming Van Helsing) on an original one-hour drama.  Announcements regarding this project are forthcoming.

In 2014, the acclaimed Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre staged the world premiere of Bill’s multi-media production, He Who Gets Slapped.  The play, which opened to rave reviews, was subsequently staged at the LA Theatre Center as part of the Kennedy Center for the Arts 2014 theatre festival.  Productions of He Who Gets Slapped are being explored for the 2017-18 season.

Bill has also been a featured panelist, moderator and jurist at the Austin Film Festival, Scriptfest/The Great American Pitchfest and Screencraft’s Nashville Writers Conference.  He’s been a featured speaker and panelist for industry organizations including the Independent Feature Project, Women in Film, Tribeca Film Festival and the Northwest Screenwriters Guild.

In addition to his work in Hollywood, Bill is Faculty-in-Residence for screenwriting at the renowned Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre.

Bill is also a speaker and nationally recognized expert on networking, having been hailed “the best in the business” in training people how to pitch their projects.  His talk, Our Economic Outlook: The Movie! was lauded as “Spot on!”, “TED-worthy” and “What we all need right now.”  He’s been the top-rated speaker at conferences and events around the country for organizations like the Minnesota Social Services Administration, the Career Management Alliance, the Midwest Energy Association/Energetic Women, The Prouty Project and Naturopathic Dr. News & Review.

Outside the entertainment industry, Bill has over a decade of experience in Corporate America as a Project Manager, Business Director and Director of Communications for Fortune 100 companies.  He was tapped by SmithKline Beecham in 1996 to spearhead efforts to help define the value equation and operations requirements to propagate managed pharmacy throughout Europe.  In 1997, Bill headed up the team of pioneers that facilitated the first “mega-migration” in the managed pharmacy industry, successfully consolidating data for nearly 1.5 million members from four different pharmacy benefit managers to a single system.  Later, Bill oversaw the division that managed pharmacy benefits for the largest segment of UnitedHealth Group’s pharmacy business, managing implementation and operations for over four million lives worldwide.

In 2000, Bill was recruited to be Director of Communications for Express Scripts, Inc.’s Site Operations Division.  In this capacity, Bill oversaw information flow for the company’s eight call centers and six mail order pharmacies, representing more than 10,000 employees.  Bill was a bleeding-edge visionary with respect to integrating knowledge management principles into the corporate culture.  His work culminated in the design and implementation of proprietary web-based applications that improved call flow for customer service and mail order representatives, resulting in a 30% reduction in handling time for inbound customer service calls.

Bill also worked as a freelance writer, editor and consultant.  In 2005, he was commissioned to edit the critically acclaimed memoir, A Hunt for Justice: The True Story of Woman Undercover Wildlife Agent, by Lucinda Schroeder.  His work has also yielded impressive results for national companies such as Land ‘O Lakes, Cannon Solutions and Deluxe Checks.