Bio

Janice’s entertainment industry experience includes working as an executive at Universal Studios and as a co-writer for Universal Studios and its affiliates. She is a member of Writers Guild of America.

At Universal Studios, Janice worked closely with studio executives and producers of one-hour dramatic series, half-hour comedy series, anthology series, or television movies as a studio liaison overseeing and managing various aspects of development and production; optioned or licensed literary properties for development into one-hour dramatic series, half-hour comedy series, anthology series, or television movies; and negotiated deals with the representatives of writers, producers, directors, and actors. In addition, Janice co-wrote half-hour comedy shows that were produced by Universal Studios and its affiliates.

Prior to working at Universal Studios, Janice was an associate in the L.A. home office of Paul Hastings, an international law firm that currently has 22 offices worldwide and a growing Entertainment and Media practice.

Janice’s entertainment industry experience includes working as an assistant to Martin Scorsese. She also worked as a script and story analyst for the producers of an Academy Award-winning feature, as a production assistant on a Warner Bros. feature and on several PBS-funded projects, and as an assistant at WNET, New York’s Public Broadcasting Station.

Through Story Arts Management®, Janice has worked with a national clientele of individuals, businesses, and organizations to develop well-crafted screenplays, television pilots, pilot proposals, fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, book proposals, and other media, and to selectively represent the most promising projects.

Janice has placed approximately 25 client fiction and non-fiction book projects with such publishers as Simon & Schuster, W.W. Norton, and Wiley, and guided numerous client screenplays into development with leading L.A. producers. In addition, she has served as a writer, developmental editor, and/or consultant on media projects for such organizations as The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, The MIT Press, and MIT Sloan School of Management.

A Senior Affiliated Faculty Member at Emerson College, Janice teaches Writing the Feature Film, Writing Television Pilots, and Writing for Television. She also has taught The Business of Screenwriting, Screenwriting, and Writing the Short Script in Emerson’s Screenwriting Certificate Program and Screenwriting in Emerson’s Pre-College Program. Additionally, Janice has taught a self-designed Film course at Tufts University.

A popular speaker, Janice has spoken about writing, the business of writing, breaking in, pitching, or other industry-related topics at educational institutions such as Harvard University, Boston University, and Amherst College, as well as at writers’ conferences, professional organizations, and continuing education venues.
Janice has produced or assisted with producing presentations by industry leaders, including by Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award, and Emmy-winners. She has moderated or participated in industry panels, served as a judge for screenwriting or film competitions, and written articles about the industry.

Janice earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in English with a concentration in Film from Amherst College and a J.D. from University of California at Berkeley. She also studied Film in the School of the Arts, Graduate Division, at Columbia University. She is admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts.