Richard A. Blum, Ph.D.


DR. RICHARD A. BLUM is Professor of Screenwriting and former director of Film and Animation at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. He headed screenwriting at the University of Maryland, where he was Director of its Institute for TV and Film Writing, and was head of screenwriting at the University of Texas-Austin. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, his M.S. from Boston University and his B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

An internationally recognized authority in the field, Richard Blum is the author of six books on the entertainment industry. He is author of the classic book,

Television and ScreenWriting From Concept to Contract (3rd ed., Focal Press, 1995). His groundbreaking book, Television Writing: From Concept to Contract, while in its 6th printing, was used by major studios to prepare new writers and was even translated into Chinese. He is co-author with Richard Lindheim, Executive V.P. of Paramount TV Group, of two books, Inside Television Producing, and Primetime: Network TV Programming. He is also author of Working Actors and American Film Acting.

Richard Blum has conducted some of the most successful film and TV writing programs in America and abroad, for professional associations like Warner Bros. TV, The American Film Institute, the Writers Guild of America, Harvard University Summer School, and the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. He was named distinguished visiting professor of film for universities in Latin America, the Far East, and Canada.

Dr. Blum served as Senior Program Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanties' Media Division in Washington D.C. where he administered a $9.35 million budget for television and film productions. He recommended action for grants, approved scripts and production activities for more than 100 productions. Many of them won Emmies, Cine Gold Eagles, and other national awawrds. A sample of projects include: AMERICAN SHORT STORY, ISAAC IN AMERICA (ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER), LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI (MARK TWAIN), THE SCARELET LETTER, EDITH WHARTON, HEARTLAND, FOR US THE LIVING (MEDGAR EVARS STORY), ODYSSEY, MIDDLETOWN, VIETNAM: A TELEVISION HISTORY, WILLIAM FAULKNER, ROSIE THE RIVETER, and THE WOBBLIES.

At Columbia Pictures TV, Richard Blum was Assistant to Executive Producer William Castle on the dramatic series GHOST STORY and CIRCLE OF FEAR. As Assistant to the V.P. for Programming at Columbia Pictures TV, Blum was responsible for story and acript evaluation, pilot and series testing, production evaluation on series such as BEWITCHED, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, PARTRIDGE FAMILY, THE INTERNS, THE YOUNG REBELS, PAUL LYNDE SHOW, BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE, JOHNNY CASH SHOW, BRIAN'S SONG, and MOVIES OF THE WEEK. Blum was also Consultant for Columbia Pictures, designing and implementing audience tests and market research for motion pictures like FIVE EASY PIECES, OWL THE PUSSYCAT, CACTUS FLOWER, ANDERSON TAPES, CROMWELL, and DOCTOR'S WIVES. He was Senior Executive Producer, supervising productions for Rainbow Programming Services' Pay TV Channels, Bravo, and Playboy.

Dr. Blum served as coordinator and judge for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships, and prepared faculty and students for the competitive Lorimar Warner Bros. TV Comedy Writing Workshops.  His students placed as finalists in both competitions. He is a feature film script judge for the 1997 National Script Writing Competion sponsored by the Broadcast Education Association.

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