award-winning WRITER. DIRECTOR.
 
"Play Me" - historical fiction, TV pilot. 
In 1957, an inventive young mother is determined to succeed in a billion-dollar industry filled with cutthroats, whoremongers and thieves: the toy industry. 

This project was selected by Ovation TV's Creative Studio to be mentored during a RocketHub fundraiser for a staged reading . I'll be tweeting cool facts about the early days of the toy industry throughout the writing, fundraising and performing process, plus keeping you up to date on the project itself. Early research comes from "The Story of American Toys" by Richard O'Brien (aka my late dad), which was published by Abbeville Press. The story grew out of tales I heard from inventors and pioneering women in the toy industry during my days as a managing editor and head of videography at ToyDirectory.com.  Think inventing a toy is fun? Stay tuned....

 

    Alison Marek

    received her MFA in film directing from New York University. Her thesis, "The Playground," was sponsored by a grant from Showtime Networks Inc. and broadcast extensively on their channels. Her short film "The Three-Body Solution" was sponsored by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and won the Director's Award at the Hearts & Minds Film Festival. She has also been nominated for a Los Angeles Emmy Award and received a Gold Aurora Award and Bronze Telly Award for public service announcements she has written or directed. She currently teaches directing at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, runs the video dept. and promotions for TDmonthly.com and is developing her first feature film. She lives in Los Angeles with two cats, too many toys, and dozens of voices in her head that she will translate for your amusement.

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