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With more than forty years experience in the publishing world, and over fifteen years in entertainment, Dr. Ken Atchity is a self-defined "story merchant" - writer, producer, teacher, and literary manager, responsible for launching dozens of books and films. His life's passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters.
Ken has produced 28 films, including "Joe Somebody" (Tim Allen; Fox), "Life or Something Like It" (Angelina Jolie; Fox), "The Amityville Horror" (NBC), "Shadow of Obsession" (NBC), "The Madam's Family" (CBS), "Gospel Hill" (Fox), and "Hitting the Bricks." Films in development include "Meg," "3 Men Seeking Monsters" (Universal), "Demonkeeper" (Fox), "The Last Valentine" (Hallmark Hall of Fame), "Sex in the South" (Lifetime), and Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not (starring Jim Carrey; Paramount).
His 14 books include books for writers at every stage of their careers.
Based on his own teaching and writing experience, Ken has successfully built bestselling careers for novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters from the ground up. Clients include bestsellers Jamise Dames, Noire, Shirley Palmer, Tracy Price-Thompson, Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not!, Cheryl Saban, and Governor Jesse Ventura. Now, as chairman and CEO of Atchity Entertainment International, Inc., Ken's Story Merchant companies, www.aeionline.com and www.thewriterslifeline.com, provide a one-stop full-service development and management machine for commercial and literary writers who wish to launch their storytelling in all media - from publishing and film and television production, to Web presence and merchandising & licensing.
After undergraduate work at Georgetown (A.B., English/Classics, winner Virgilian Medal), he pursued graduate work at Yale (M.Phil. Theater History, Ph.D. Comparative Literature).
He served as professor and chairman of comparative literature and creative writing at Occidental College (Faculty Achievement Award; published articles, reviews, short stories, and poems in major journals and magazines throughout the world). He has also received awards and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation.
Atchity also served as Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Bologna and distinguished instructor, UCLA Writers Program