Executive producer/screenwriter; WGA member, who created the television series Miracles and The Gates for ABC. He has also written/produced episodes of Tru Calling, Supernatural, The Secret Circle, The Dead Zone, Grimm, and Once Upon A Time in Wonderland. Mr. Hatem served as executive producer on Syfy’s The Lost Room and currently serves as executive producer on Lifetime’s Witches of East End and A+E’s Damien. He is a contributing author to Inside the Room (Gotham Books/Penguin).
Among writers, one thing is agreed: endings are hard. But for most writers, both new and experienced, the corollary is even more true: beginnings are hard. For some, the prospect of beginning a script feels like setting out to walk across the Sahara Desert—“you just can’t get there from here.” Not true. You can get there. My job is to help each writer break their journey down into single, achievable footsteps, one after the other, that will allow them to navigate the shifting dunes of narrative and help them avoid the shimmering mirages of over-stretched metaphors like this one. De-mystifying the process is essential, and I love demonstrating to students that the “magic” isn’t out there somewhere in the ethers. It’s in your hands and it always has been. All that remains to be seen is: what will you do with it?
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