Derek graduated, with honors, from Yale University’s Film Department, where he focused his study on the narrative elements shared between film and literature.
Within the industry, he spent time acquiring first hand film experience with Open Road Productions before taking a job at Acme Talent & Literary. There he was mentored by the Head of the Literary Division, and 30 year industry veteran, Mickey Freiberg. Derek eventually established an in-house Story and Development Department within the agency and provided invaluable support for the development of represented properties.
Most recently he has teamed up with J. M. DeMatteis to form a freelance consulting firm, making his Story Development skills available to both seasoned and beginning writers. He enjoys working with other creative minds and helping good stories, dialogue and characters become even better.
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And for a taste of Derek’s two year run with Screentalk Magazine: