AIR Dates Atlas

Marilyn R. Atlas, Film, TV & Theatre Producer, Book Deal Maker and Personal Manager of Actors and Writers.



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Agent-in-Residence: August 7th-11th, 2016!

Meet Marilyn R. Atlas

And Learn Her Secrets for: Getting Published, Getting Produced and Writing Unforgettable, Three-Dimensional Characters

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If you tell stories for a living, Marilyn R. Atlas is someone you want to know.

An award-winning producer and personal manager of actors and writers, Marilyn R. Atlas is equally at home in the worlds of books, film, television, and live theater. She has secured traditional book-publishing deals for first-time authors. These include selling: Chasing the Jaguar to Harper Collins, Hungry Woman in Paris to Grand Central Publishing, The Ave Maria Bed & Breakfast, to Hachette Publishing, and The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole to Source Books 2013. And this spring, Marilyn produced Dana Lopez’s YA book Choke, as a movie for Lifetime.

Films Marilyn has produced include:

  • “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival
  • “A Certain Desire,” starring Sam Waterston, and
  • “Echoes,” which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival.

In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market, Marilyn served as a production consultant on the film “Call Me.” She was also involved as a producer in the development of “Nightwalker” and “Playing for Keeps” — both Movies of the Week. She also has developed pilots for Showtime and ABC family.

In live theater, Marilyn co-produced the West Coast premiere of the musical “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater” by Ashman and Menken (the writers of both “Enchanted” and “Tangled”) and the award-winning play “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” which was made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher. Other live theater credits include “Today’s Special” and “As I Sing.”

A Highly Sought After Expert on Character Development and Screenwriting & Production

Marilyn teaches a class every year at USC on creating three-dimensional, non-stereotypical characters. She also has been a guest lecturer at the school’s Bill Cosby Writing Program. She is drawn to projects that champion diversity, cast women in non-stereotypical roles and that feature unforgettable characters. Her desire to help authors add depth and realism to fictional characters has inspired the concept for Dating Your Character, a new, nonfiction book about writing, which she and co-authors Elizabeth Lopez and Devorah Cutler Rubinstein are readying for publication, in 2015, through Stairway Press.

Marilyn has been invited to speak at The San Francisco Writers Conference, the Santa Fe Screenwriters Conference and Richard Krevolin’s USC Screenwriting Retreat. She also teaches an intensive, college-level course on “The Business of Screenwriting: The Idea – and Its Execution,” at Skyline College.
Click here to read Marilyn’s recent interview with David Watson, of Movies Matter.


An Industry Leader and Speaker

Marilyn is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She has been a speaker at their Writers’ and Producers’ retreats, the DGA-sponsored LA Asian Film Festival and at other symposia for the Sherman Oaks Experimental College. She is a founding member of Women in Film’s Luminas Committee, which supports the portrayal of women in non-stereotypical roles in film and television.

Marilyn has been a featured guest at various colleges, including Harvardwood, UCLA, USC, Emerson, the University of Redlands, the Savannah College of the Arts, and the University of Wisconsin. She has served as ‘professional-in-residence’ (in theater and film) at Ball State University and was the keynote speaker at the International Writer’s Conference, at Hollins University (2010).

Recent Projects

Marilyn has been developing the “Brides’ March” for Lifetime Television as well as a limited television series. She previously produced the musical version of “Real Women Have Curves” in Los Angeles, in 2008, and is now working with a Broadway producer on a reprise of the show for 2015. In the fall of 2012 Atlas co-produced the play “Detained in the Desert” at the Guadeloupe Theater in San Antonio. She is now developing “Lola Goes to Roma” and is featured in the book “Write Now!” from Penguin/Tarcher. Marilyn spoke at the Italian Women Writers’ Conference in fall of 2014.


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Marilyn says she is currently looking to represent authors and writers of TV scripts, specifically:

“Any book [or show] that does extremely well in the marketplace and that has a strong hook. Some of our writers wrote plays but, again, they had written and developed TV pilots. We have had great success helping writers shape material for the young adult and middle-school markets and we believe it’s important that authors understand the needs of the marketplace. They should not write in a vacuum.”

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