News from Sharon and Hollywood!


Image JunePosterBerlinEntertainment will release the horror film I co-wrote with director L. Gustavo Cooper on October 6. The film was produced by Raven Banner and stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt (“Mutant X”) and Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s Eleven).

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Our new featured JUNE was screened at the 2014 American Film Market November 6 and 9, 2014. The new trailer was just released by Raven Banner Entertainment, so I posted it below.

JUNE Official Trailer #1 (2014) HD from L. Gustavo Cooper on Vimeo.

June is the story about a nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves a trail of damaged and destroyed foster homes in her wake. June quickly bonds with her new adoptive parents Lily and Dave. But she must discover her true identity to overcome this inner demon in order to save herself, her new family, and to find love and acceptance in a chaotic world.

June was co-written by L. Gustavo Cooper and Sharon Y. Cobb, and directed by L. Gustavo Cooper. The film stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt (“Mutant X”), and Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s Eleven).



LtoR: Jacquie Frisco, Gregor Habsburg, L. Gustavo Cooper and James Fler

LtoR: Jacquie Frisco, Gregor Habsburg, L. Gustavo Cooper and James Fler

The director of our film, June, and my co-writer, L. Gustavo Cooper, attended and spoke at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on July 27, 2014. With Gustavo were producers Jacquie Frisco and Gregor Habsburg. James Fler of Raven Banner, distributor of June also spoke.

The Fantasia International Film Festival is a part of the Frontieres International Co-Production Market. Frontières is the first market to concentrate specifically on genre film co-production between North-America, Europe and Australasia.

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JunePoster_faceJune, a supernatural horror script co-written by L. Gustavo Cooper and Sharon Y. Cobb is in post- production in Los Angeles. The film features rising star Kennedy Brice of The Walking Dead. The script was written by Cooper and Cobb specifically with Brice in mind for the lead role of June.

Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Victoria Pratt (Mutant X) also star. The film was featured in an article that appeared in the Hollywood trade publication Variety, January 22, 2014. Read all about it!

Another Variety article March 14, 2014 announced Casper Van Dien and other cast members join June. Read more!



Between takes on the set of June. LtoR: Shelley Dall, Casper Van Dien, Victoria Pratt, Sharon Y. Cobb, L. Gustavo Cooper.

Between takes on the set of June. LtoR: Shelley Dall, Casper Van Dien, Victoria Pratt, Sharon Y. Cobb, L. Gustavo Cooper.

Sharon and husband Robert J. Ward travelled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in April 2014 for a set visit while the horror film Sharon wrote with L. Gustavo Cooper was in production. Cooper also directed the film and the it stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt (Mutant X) and Eddie Jemison (King of Herrings, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Thirteen, Bruce Almighty).

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Sharon will speak on a screenwriting panel on May 15 in Jacksonville, Florida.

For more details read: World Arts Film Festival Screenwriting Panel








The NRP radio station located in
Jacksonville, Florida, WJCT, presented 3x5FilmFest
their 3×5 Classic Film Festival,
March 28-30, 2014. Sharon Y. Cobb and
WJCT’s Melissa Ross (host of ”
First Coast Connect”) introduced the
opening evening’s film Citizen Kane.

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-The Prisoner- Poster(19)A short film written by Sharon Y. Cobb, directed by award-winner director Mahmoud Shoolizadeh and starring Paul Bathen and Ryan Michael Murray will be featured at many international film festivals in 2013 and 2014.

The Prisoner is short film about the pure and tender nature of humankind: “Sonny and Dub once shared a cell together. Now Sonny is a free man keeping his life as simple and carefree as possible. While Dub is on Death Row and sentenced to be executed in a matter of days, Sonny comes to visit Dub one more time. Dub has a last request – a dying request that hopes to entrust Sonny with his most precious possession.”

Read more: The Prisoner Wins Awards


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Go Green Academy Screening48 Go Green International Film Competition announced that Best Friends Films’ film The Other Half written by Sharon Y. Cobb, won Runner Up for Best Film in their 2012 short film competition. The contest happens simultanteously worldwide during three events over a 48 hour period which includes creating the concept, writing the script, casting, shooting the film and editing.


Best Friends won $1,000 in cash and prizes. The film screened with other winners on Friday, April 19, 2013 at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. Yes, this is the home of the Oscar folks in Beverly Hills. This was the second year that Best Friends, led by producer/director Marc Boese, has competed in the Go Green competition. The group’s 2011 film, Way Off the Grid, was was a top-rated films competing worldwide.

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Marcus Taylor, Shelby Sporl, Sharon Y. Cobb and Marc BoeseShort films JANE and BEING BECCA, written bySharon Y. Cobb and produced by Best Friends Films screened on opening nights at the World Arts Film Fest at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Jacksonville, FL, April 11. Both films will screen again during the festival which ends April 13.


To read more about the World Arts Film Fest and to read both short films:

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Check out the new book trailer for False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter created by Chrissy Sellers of Studio 352. Let me know what you think!

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Book trailer produced by Chrissy Sellers of Studio 352.
WHAT SCREENWRITER TERRY ROSSIO (The Lone Ranger, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, Aladdin) SAYS about False Confessions: “Started reading and read it cover to cover. Delightful, insightful, inspiring, terrifying, hilarious, informative, and touching. I have myself imagined many a time arriving at a meeting with loaded weaponry.”


What a wonderful turn out of more than 70 writers at the Florida Writers Association (FWA), Ponte Vedra Beach Chapter, for the Independent Publishing & You panel, Saturday, January 26, 2013. A big thank you to organizer, Vic DiGenti, for inviting me to serve on the panel.

IndiePubPanelCropped(Left to right) Moderator: Victor DiGenti. Panel: Sharon Y. Cobb (novelist, screenwriter and adjunct professor, University of North Florida); Rik Feeney (author, publisher and book coach); Cheyenne Knopf (Marketing Manager with OnLine Binding); and Judith K. White (novelist).
Photo by: Jane Wood.
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Best Friends’ short film placed in the Top 15 Finalists of the 2012 48 Go Green International Film Competition, Group A. The film competed with 41 other short films in the group. Filmmakers and film fans voted, pushing “The Other Half,” written by Sharon Y. Cobb, into the Top 15 Finalists.

Nathanial Thatcher as Albert

Nathanial Thatcher as Albert




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A huge THANK YOU goes out to all the folks who joined us for the book signing at the Barnes & Noble Book Signing InvitationBarnes & Noble, St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL, Saturday, January 28, 2012, 2 p.m.. The store’s supply of False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter sold out within the first hour! Thank goodness we brought a reserve box of books and the signing went on through 4 p.m., as promised. I’m so grateful for the enthusiastic show of support and hope everyone enjoys the read.

Michael Fitzgerald, Ashley Kritzer & Sharon Y. Cobb

Michael Fitzgerald, Ashley Kritzer buying books.

Lorraine Portman & Sharon Y. Cobb

Lorraine Portman Bought a Bunch’a Books!

David Pratt & Sharon Y. Cobb

David Pratt & Sharon

Wesley Nielsen, Sharon Y. Cobb

Wesley Nielsen, Sharon Y. Cobb

False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter Cover


In Hollywood, there are no rules and they’re strictly enforced.

That’s one of the things LIZ BRADBURY learns during her eight long torturous years in Hell-A working as a professional screenwriter. You can’t get an agent until you don’t need one. You can’t sell a script until you’ve already sold one. Paradoxes of the movie business are driving her mad, or at least she is planning to use that as her defense when arrested for kidnapping.

Liz Bradbury is a woman who is a heroine in her own life. She writes strong female protagonists because she is a strong female protagonist. She moved back to her hometown in Florida to be with her family and bakes buttermilk biscuits from her great grandma’s recipe. She plays paintball and races formula cars. Liz is a Southern belle with a rebel yell.
Liz lives with CHRISTOPHER, her ideal man and perfect marriage material. But every time she heads down the aisle, a catastrophe halts the wedding march. The Southern mansion where the wedding is being held explodes, the groom ends up in a two-day coma after a rugby tackle goes wrong and on their third attempt, their plane crash-lands on the way to the private ceremony. Christopher is certain the fates are trying to tell them to forget about making it legal. Liz isn’t so sure.

She’s a screenwriter who aspires to be on the A-List, but in reality she’s on Hollywood’s F-U List. She pays her Writers Guild of America dues. She writes high-concept comedy. She works hard for her list of movie credits. She gets dumped by her agents.
But there must be some mistake. Wasn’t it her big female-driven action comedy, Jane Blonde, that only one month earlier had garnered the attention of every producer in town? Wasn’t it Jane Blonde that her agents said they sent to KATIE PORTMAN, Hollywood’s It Girl, to convince a studio to make the movie? And now her agents are giving other clients her studio writing assignments and they won’t return her calls, dismissing her like one of the UTBFs (Used To Be Famous) roaming the streets of Beverly Hills?

It’s not until she takes on Hollywood on her own terms — in an adventure including SWAT teams, a hostage standoff, the kidnapping of an A-list actress and a nationally televised car chase through the streets of LA — that she realizes only in LA could crime run amuck have such a deliriously happy Hollywood ending.

False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter is an action-adventure comedy. The tone is similar to the madcap romps of Carl Hiaasen with a dash of Janet Evanovich’s quirky chick-power plotting. The story is about taking fate hostage, shaping your own destiny and never giving up.


15 Responses to News from Sharon and Hollywood!

  1. Jack Owen says:

    WoW! With a pitch like that its definately on my maybe gotta-get list.
    Have enjoyed snooping into your bio-background and interviews. Great stuff. Unusual curve. Most Key Westies have burned out before they collapse in “Margaritaville” . You bucked the trend.
    Hope to listen-in Saturday in St. Auggie and take a few pics – if my hands are steady enough after setting up chairs for the FWA session.

    Jack Owen – journalist, promotionalist, oyster-shucker

    • SYC201113 says:

      Hi Jack, Thanks so much for the kind comment. Will see you Saturday in St. Augustine. Bring your oyster-shucking gloves!

  2. Hey Sharon–

    You gave a dynamite workshop today and I thank you for all the time you put into preparing it. So much information–you answered every question I came in with.

    Here’s the book and author I told you about:
    “Hooking the Reader: Opening Lines that SELL” by Sharon Rendell-Smock
    She’s FWA too, and her book is probably in the FWA Bookshelf.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you in other workshops. If I can be of help at any time, you have my info–

    Thanks again.

    • SYC201113 says:

      Beth, Thanks so much for your comment and info about this book. What a great idea. I really enjoyed having you in the workshop on Saturday. Write on! Sharon

  3. David LeRoy says:

    After reading just a bit about Liz, and the book trailer, I would date her. I would post bail for her. I might even help her, but I draw the line at getting arrasted, unless the mug shots come with a press release package.

    • SYC201113 says:

      David, Thanks so much for your comment about Liz and her mad Hollywood adventures. You’re a funny guy and I hope you’re writing comedy, too. Write on, Sharon

  4. Rick Jones says:


    I met you at the Ponte Vedra FWA meeting at Ponte Vedra about a year ago. Bought “False Confessions…” and loved it. I know you are teaching some classes at UNF…I’d like to sign up. Also…wonder if I could buy you lunch one day and talk a bit about writing? Or almost anything. Maybe about producing a pistol and aiming it at an agent?
    Rick Jones

  5. Mary Hartley says:

    Hi Sharon,

    I took care of your uncle, Richard Lyons a couple years ago (maybe 3). He was in the VA facility near the beach. My little dog, Kadie, loved him lol. I’ve often wondered about you since then. I heard that Richard passed several months after I left there. I’d love to hear from you. Looks like you’re going strong in your career. So glad to find this site. Take care.

    • SYC201113 says:

      Hi Mary, Wonderful to hear from you. We will always remember how well you cared for our dear Uncle Richard and how much he loved Kadie. We really miss him and are so happy you and Kadie were there for him. Hope you and Kadie are well. Love, S

  6. David says:

    Hello Sharon
    I am a script writing new to Jacksonville and I am looking to meet up with other script writers. Do you know of any groups here?

    • SYC201113 says:

      Hi David, Welcome to our neck of the woods. There are lots of writers and filmmakers here. Check out CineCityJax on FaceBook. It’s a closed group but I think you can send an invitation request to Dave Hicks who moderates the group. Otherwise, there are several short film showcases at the Sun-Ray Cinemas in the Five Points area. That’s a great place to meet folks. Best of luck! Sharon

  7. Sharon, Will you provide consulting on my film treatment?

    • SYC201113 says:

      Hi Bryant, Thanks so much for asking. Currently, I have projects lined up like planes coming into LAX. So, unfortunately I don’t do consulting anymore. But I will happily give you the name and email address of the consultant who critiques all my scripts before they go to producers. His name is John Boles, Please tell him I recommended him. Best of luck with your writing! Sharon

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