Marc Scott Zicree’s landmark book THE TWILIGHT ZONE COMPANION has been credited with creating the modern genre of books on TV series and inspiring a generation of series creators and filmmakers who read the work as teenagers and went on to become writers. The COMPANION was an instant bestseller (over a half million copies to date) and named in 2006 by the NY Times one of “ten science fiction books for the ages,” the only non-fiction book on the list. Zicree has a degree in painting, sculpture and graphic arts from UCLA, and was a highly regarded painter and photographer, exhibiting in notable galleries as well as having his work represented in numerous national magazines, including OMNI.
In addition, he is an alumnus of the Clarion Writers Workshop, the most esteemed science fiction writing workshop in the country. Following college, Zicree went on to a successful career as a writer-producer in film and TV, selling over 100 teleplays, screenplays and pilots to every major studio and network, including landmark stories for such shows as STAR TREK– NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, FRIDAY THE 13TH–THE SERIES, THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, BABYLON 5, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FOREVER KNIGHT, SLIDERS and (yes) HE-MAN and THE SMURFS.
He has also written about his unusual family in features and TV pilots for CBS, NBC and Showtime. Zicree is regarded as one of the country’s top media experts and has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio shows, including THE TODAY SHOW, AMERICAN MASTERS, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, THE WASHINGTON POST and LOS ANGELES TIMES. Beyond his three-year stint on NPR’s MORNING EDITION – telling stories of his family and childhood – he is a regular guest on COAST TO COAST (the country’s top rated night-time radio show) and the BBC. In addition, Zicree is a lauded novelist with the bestselling MAGIC TIME trilogy appearing from 2001-2005, published by HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio. Zicree has lectured at many colleges, professional conferences and museums in America, Europe and Asia, including USC, UCLA, Stanford and Ithaca, where he was a keynote speaker.
Over the last decade with his wife Elaine, he has taught classes for thousands of writers, directors, actors and producers (see Supermentors), guiding them to successful careers in film, TV and books. Their classes have been glowingly reported on by such magazines as WRITTEN BY, SCRIPT and CREATIVE SCREENWRITING, and the Writers Store named their DVD on How To Sell a TV Series one of “ten essentials for a screenwriting career.” Beyond this, Zicree is founder and for the last fifteen years has run The Table, which has provided resources and a supportive community to thousands of Industry professionals both in Hollywood and around the world.
One of Zicree’s recent credits is STAR TREK “World Enough and Time” starring George Takei, which he co-wrote, directed and executive produced. The episode won the TV GUIDE Award – beating NBC Universal – and was nominated for science fiction’s top two prizes, the 2008 Hugo and Nebula Awards. This marked the first time any independently-produced project was nominated for either award, and all the other nominees were major studio films and network TV series.
Zicree has also been nominated for the American Book Award, Humanitas Prize and Diane Thomas Award, and has won the prestigious Hamptons Prize.) Currently, Zicree is completing LOVE, GLORIA, a memoir about his mother, collaborating with director Guillermo del Toro on a book for Palace Press, working on a TV miniseries project with science fiction legend Ray Bradbury, teaming with the showrunners of THE GHOST WHISPERER on the web and TV series versions of MAGIC TIME and prepping his script “My Dad’s Girl,” a romantic comedy feature with producer Chris Wyatt (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE).
ON MARC SCOTT ZICREE & HIS WORK
“Marc Zicree is a superb writer.” RAY BRADBURY
“Aside from his Hugo Awards and Encyclopedic Knowledge of pretty much every sci-fi and genre story written or broadcast in the last century, I also consider Marc a genuine writing talent. Not to mention, he is an absolute pleasure as a human being, which is no small thing in a writer’s room.” DAMON LINDELOF (co-creator & showrunner LOST)
“Just want to give a shout out regarding the dynamo that is Mr. Zicree. Great writer, worlds of experience, completely dedicated, team player, amazing connections, total self-starter. High recommendation!” ROCKNE O’BANNON (creator, FARSCAPE)
On STAR TREK “World Enough and Time”:
“Extraordinarily artfully scripted entertainment… I was riveted. I was sitting on a stool in my kitchen, and I cannot move. I was like, this is amazing… It worked tremendously.” JOSS WHEDON, creator BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
“Wonderfully done and heartbreaking.” MARK FERGUS, writer IRON MAN, CHILDREN OF MEN
“Congratulations on the Nebula and Hugo nominations – they’re richly deserved.” RON MOORE, executive producer BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
“It really is one of the best classic Treks, and the best Sulu one done.” MARV WOLFMAN, creator of BLADE
On the MAGIC TIME trilogy:
The best new dose of magic to hit the world of fantasy literature in a long time.” ORSON SCOTT CARD
“A great read! Even non-science fiction fans will find themselves caught up in this ambitious and exciting story.” LEONARD MALTIN
“A terrific story featuring powerful, strong characters…a must for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction.” BOOKLIST
“A rare achievement.” CINESCAPE
“Rousing… Most will applaud the upbeat message about humanity’s survival, if without cell phones or TV.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
”The conclusion of the trilogy is as spectacular as its predecessors… captivating from page one on… A powerful, intelligent, deeply human, and many times abruptly laugh-out-loud funny wrap-up volume.”
BOOKLIST ON ZICREE’S NEWEST BOOK: “LOVE, GLORIA is an astonishing accomplishment.”
“I always knew Zicree’s best stories were about his family, but I never suspected anything of this magnitude or effect. I can honestly say that reading it changed my life.” MICHAEL NANKIN, director, HEROES, CSI, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA