John Schimmel has had a long career as a Hollywood producer and development/production executive with Warner Bros., with Michael Douglas and Steve Reuther’s company Douglas-Reuther, and as President of Production at indie Ascendant Pictures. He has worked on such films as The Fugitive, Batman, Interview with the Vampire, Outbreak, Face/Off, Rainmaker, Lucky Number Slevin and Lord of War.
Prior to that he worked as a bass player and musical director in New York theaters, clubs, and studios. Among other credits, he was a co-creator of and appeared in the Broadway musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” nominated for both Tony and Laurence Olivier awards and slated for a spring, 2013 Broadway revival.
John received his MFA in Creative Writing (novel) from Goddard College in 2009 and currently teaches screenwriting at the University of California at Riverside’s Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. He has been published in The Pitkin Review, T(OUR) Literary Magazine, and in a collection of short fiction entitled Soul’s Road, edited by Cody T. Luff. His book Screenwriting From Behind Enemy Lines – Tips from Inside the Studio Gates has just been picked up for publication by Michael Wiese Productions.