of Voice Artistry and Technology

Our Faculty

​Hal Ackerman
has been a faculty member of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 1985 and is currently the co-chair of the Screenwriting Program. Among his close mentees are filmmaker Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, Hitchcock), and screenwriters Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon), Scott Kosar (The Machinist) and Nicholas Griffin (Matchstick Men).
Ackerman’s book Write Screenplays That Sell...The Ackerman Way is now in its third printing and is becoming the text of choice in a growing number of screenwriting programs around the country.
Ackerman has sold material to all the broadcast networks and major studios. His play, Testosterone: How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me, was the recipient of the William Saroyan Centennial Prize for Drama. Under its new title, Prick, it won Best Script at the 2011 United Solo Festival.
Also an accomplished writer of fiction, Ackerman has had numerous short stories published in literary journals, among them North Dakota Review, New Millennium Writing, The Pinch, Words and Pictures, Southeast Reviewand Passages. His book Sweet Day was read by Academy Award nominee Robert Forster and is available at the HarperCollins Publishers Digital Media Cafe.
His story Roof Garden won the Warren Adler 2008 award for fiction and is published by Kindle; Alfalfa was included in the 2006 anthology I Wanna Be Sedated...30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers; Walk Through was among Southeast Review’s World’s Best Short Shorts of 2010; The Dancer Horse received a Pushcart Nomination in 2011; and Belle and Melinda was selected by Robert Olen Butler as the winner of the World's Best Short Short Story contest. It appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of the South East Review.
Ackerman has also published two successful novels in a detective series about an aging counter-culture P.I.: Stein, Stoned won the Lovey Award for best first novel in 2010 and was followed in 2011 by Stein, Stung.

Moderator: Sue Zizza (SueMedia Productions)
is an Audie Award winning audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For over 20 years she has produced award winning audio drama, radio plays and much more for public radio and audiobooks.   
Along with Earphones Awards and two Audie's, her work has also been honored by the Gabriel's, The International Festival of New York, the Gracies, The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Wilburs, and the Communicator Awards. 
Sue has been a member of the faculty at the Tisch Film School at NYU for over 15 years where she teaches audio recording and sound design to undergraduate film students and is also a certified ProTools instructor. She has been a regular presenter at national audio conferences like the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

​Debra Deyan (Deyan Audio)
is a 25 year veteran producer of audiobooks, and owner of Deyan Audio, the world's largest independent  producer of audiobooks, working for over 30 publishers, with two Los Angeles recording studios, Deb also owns a video game/interactive toy venture. She is the co-founder of an institute which teaches audiobook narration and production and has won numerous awards including 5 Grammys, 12 Grammy nominations, countless Audies, Odyssey, Carnegie, and  Earphone awards.

​Joe Gilford 
has worked in film, TV and theatre, as a producer, writer and director for over 35 years. He has taught screenwriting at NYU Tisch Undergarduate Film department since 1999.

Joe’s new book on screenwriting “Why Does the Screenwriter Cross the Road,” from Michael Wiese Books is being released as an audiobook from SueMedia. This book helps writers understand why they’re stuck and how to get unstuck through proven methods of breaking the logjam of self-judging and second-guessing that keeps good screenplays from being finished.
His autobiographical play, “Finks,” received its New York premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre, winning high critical praise. “Finks” was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Play and Outstanding Leading Actress (Miriam Silverman) and received the Best New Play nomination from the 
Off-Broadway Alliance.“Finks” is a dramatized chronicle of Joe’s parents Jack & Madeline Gilford’s real-life struggles as blacklisted actors in the 1950s.  http://joegilford.com/introduction.html

Audiobooks Go To The Movies!! 
HOW to Turn Your Film Script Into SOUND To Sell Your STORY

2017 at Deyan Institute (Northridge) Los Angeles, CA
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Hal Ackerman (UCLA / NYU Screenwriting Professor and author of  Write Screenplays That Sell...The Ackerman Way)

with modertor Sue Zizza (Award-winning audiobook producer from SueMedia Productions)

& Special Guests 
Deb Deyan (Award-winning audiobook producer from Deyan Audio)
Joe Gilford (NYU Screenwritring Professorauthor of Why Does the Screenwriter Cross the Road)

Class Description:
$35.00 per person (includes refreshments & studio tour)

All paid registered participants get a digital copy of The Well-Tempered Audio Dramatist by Yuri Rasovsky
(Peabody award winning audio play producer / director)
Consider bringing your story to life in sound as you work to pitch your film script to movie makers everywhere.

No more 'staged readings' to produce. Produce your screenplay once with the BEST AUDIO ACTORS and have it easily available so you can send your entire script as an MP3 audiobook (solo narrator) or audio play (full cast production with Sound Effects and Music) to producers anywhere!

This session will compare the relatively low cost of producing YOUR script in audio vs. film!  
And, once your script is produced in audio you can also:
PODCAST your script, 
put it on CD as a fundraiser 
and more...

Movies that have been made from scripts that were audiobooks or audio plays first...

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (BBC radio series in 1978 / BBC TV series in 1981 / Video Game 1984 / Film 2005)


FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1996 Spoken Word Adaptation featured Jim Jarmusch and Harry Dean Stanton sharing the Thompson/Raoul Duke role, this CD brings to life some of the book's more shocking scenes, two years before the film with Johnny Depp was released.)

POPE JOAN (2009)