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Janet Stilson
New York
Janet is a writer of film scripts, novels and magazine articles.
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Apr 29, 2016
Meryl Streep was on a mission. It was December 2003, and she was helping New York Women in Film & Television get out of a really tight corner. Just about Christmastime each year, NYWIFT throws a glitzy holiday luncheon for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Janet Stilson
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The entire BEAUTY OF DISASTER cast and crew are not only highly talented, but they also really enjoyed each other. There was a lot of laughter on the set, despite long work days and minimal sleep. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Janet Stilson
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I once met a girl who struck me as so peculiar, my mind couldn't quite process her at first. She had thick dark red hair to die for but glasses that didn't do her justice whatsoever. And on the day... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Janet Stilson
Lucas stared quizzically at a little wire cage as if it was a crude object from bad sci fi movie. He isn’t that tall a man, but there’s something about Lucas that reminds me of an ultra modern skyscraper, so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Janet Stilson
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It seems to me that the question we should be asking ourselves is not whether or not our glass is half empty or full, but rather: What is the substance inside it? And what does the glass look like? As... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Janet Stilson
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Recently, someone asked me what kind of journalism writing I liked to do the best. That was easy to answer. Because in addition to the pleasure I get from digging down deep into issues and trends, I love to write... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Janet Stilson
It's remarkable when you meet someone from beyond the grave. That's happened to me over the last few months as I've worked on a special supplement to The Financial Manager magazine that was all about a man named Ed Deichman.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Janet Stilson
When I first subscribed to Time Warner Cable in New York City, the techie who came by to install the wiring couldn't have been more impatient and rude. "I don't care if she's the President of the United States!" he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Janet Stilson
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"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, liked locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Perhaps you will gradually, without ever noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at Janet Stilson
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Meet Carnation France. We first encountered each other around six years ago when my mate David and I moved to Harlem. And I've come to consider him one of the best sales people I've ever met. He's one of many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at Janet Stilson
You could have heard a pin drop last week when Heather Goodchild spoke before a group of media executives in New York. Goodchild is managing director of media and entertainment debt ratings at Standard & Poor. And she was delivering... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at Janet Stilson
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Several years ago I visited an ancient Spanish missionary church in Orosi, Costa Rica that left me spellbound. Outside in the palm trees, there was a flicker of green wings as parrots exchanged mating calls. And inside the dark 17th... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Janet Stilson
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Can you believe that some sharks have around 300 teeth? Or that every so often a shark gets pregnant without a male around? Those are just two of many facts I learned while writing about Discovery Channel's Shark Week, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Janet Stilson
Almost exactly one week ago, one of my favorite people in the media business was murdered. He was shot repeatedly in front of his three-year-old child. His name is Steven McIntosh, and I posted a blog about him on Jan.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2011 at Janet Stilson
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Last week I had the opportunity to ask Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central, about Stephen Colbert. His show, The Colbert Report, is one of the funniest programs on TV, if you ask me. She said that nothing motivated Stephen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Janet Stilson
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What if there was $45,000 out there in the universe with your name on it, but you just weren't aware that it was there -- or figured it was too much trouble to get? What if there was $45 million... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Janet Stilson
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It's enough to give give a journalist whiplash -- finding out that there's actually a news organization that's hiring reporters in droves, rather than laying them off en masse. It runs counter to the general trend that most news services... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Janet Stilson
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the power of repetition and what an important part it plays in the human experience. The old adage "practice makes perfect" certainly has enormous relevance for me (even though I never get to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Janet Stilson
Adapting content for the screen has been a topic that has intrigued me for years -- most especially because I adapted a short story into a film a few years ago and found it a very rich experience. But lately,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at Janet Stilson
In the last two days, I've had some separate experiences that are remarkably connected. They all relate to what it's like to be a woman in the film and television industries. Among them, I've been most deeply affected by New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Janet Stilson
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I've been thinking a lot about love lately. Specifically, what you find up on screen in a dark movie house filled with a lot of popcorn munching. Love is so primal. And yet many movies released in recent years don't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at Janet Stilson
A few years ago, some of my friends were comparing notes on how their businesses were faring. And one of them confessed that she really wanted to win an Academy Award for a short documentary that she'd just completed. That... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Janet Stilson
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Last week I had a phone chat with the Hollywood script consultant Julie Gray. The call was part of my prize in winning her recent writing contest, and her advice was so insightful that I wanted to share it with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at Janet Stilson
Last night I had a revelation while making one of my favorite dishes. I love sauteed bay scallops married with a creamy pesto sauce over linguine. Especially if the basil is hand picked off my balcony minutes before I puree... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Janet Stilson