Jennifer Zhang is an author and a screenwriter/producer who has her focus trained on making 2012 a landmark year.
With roots in publishing, Jennifer served as editor on several dining guides for Hungry City (a leading competitor of Zagat), ghostwrote three teen self-help books for Kaplan, and co-authored The ADD and ADHD Cure (Wiley, 2008) with celebrity pediatrician Jay Gordon. The book received ringing endorsements from Julia Roberts, David Duchovny, Tobey Maguire, and Matt Damon.
Several book proposals that would ultimately not become published projects nevertheless provided Jennifer with incredible opportunities to meet and collaborate closely with icons of our time. These included the planned autobiography of Maila Nurmi (the original mistress of the dark, “Vampira,” from the golden age of television), and a motivational book with Kerri Walsh (professional volleyball player and two-time Olympic gold medalist).
While making headway in her publishing career, Jennifer was also writing and producing for Expanded Books – a company that created slick made-for-the-web book trailers for major publishing houses across the country. In her position at the company, she wrote interview questions and helped to produce over 100 videos featuring authors, illustrators and public figures, including Terry Brooks, Orson Scott Card, Maurice Sendak and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.
Simultaneously, Jennifer was contracted to write a number of pilots, executive summaries and reality show treatments for programs that were pitched to Yahoo! TV, MTV and Nickelodeon by Todd Stevens, co-executive producer of the hit sitcom “Friends”.
In 2009-2010, Jennifer worked under contract with the Walt Disney Company as a writer heading up the web copy for the national “What will you celebrate?” and “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” marketing campaigns. Her stint in the corporate world was paired with a concentrated effort to launch a career as a screenwriter. It was during this period that she studied under the late, great Blake Snyder. A graduate of his Beat Sheet Workshop and Master Class, she has since been penning and shopping screenplays using his revolutionary and highly effective Save the Cat! method.
Most recently and perhaps most notably, Jennifer wrote, produced and acted in a web series entitled “Street Fighter High.” The videos went viral, altogether racking up over 600,000 hits across Youtube, Break.com and a number of other streaming video sites. The videos were featured on Capcom’s official Street Fighter site, as well as across many dozens of popular gaming blogs.
Currently, Jennifer has turned her attention to filmmaking. Her first feature (written and produced), entitled "Dead Inside," has been completed and hits the film festival circuit in early 2012, with several other features in the pipeline. Stay tuned.
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