Director of the Online School of Motion Pictures and Television
James Egan is an award-winning writer and producer whose credits range from In & Out (1985) to Angels in the Dust (2007), which won the Amnesty International VARA Award for Social Justice. In 2000, Egan founded Wild at Heart Films, which aims to create "media that makes a difference."
Awarded the MFA Degree at the UCLA Graduate School of Motion Picture and Television, Egan began working in the film business by underwriting completion bonds on films by internationally famous filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray, Cecil B. Demented). The experience gave Egan a comprehensive knowledge of the film budgeting process, from preparing the script to delivering negatives to distributors.
Egan's screenwriting career was launched when his UCLA thesis project was sold to the BBC as a mini-series, The Huxleys. While working for the BBC, Egan formed a successful working relationship with Zenith Entertainment, one of the BBC's largest program suppliers. Wild at Heart Films continues to partner with Zenith Entertainment by producing Martin Scorsese's The 12, a television series that has been sold to The SyFy Network. Egan produced Jackpot (2001) by the Polish Brothers, which won the John Cassavetes Award for best low-budget feature at the 2001 Independent Spirit Awards. He is currently developing Max Hi, a futuristic high school movie financed by a major video game company. Egan co-executive produced Kimjongilia with Mike Figgis, which premiered at Sundance 2009 and was broadcast on The Documentary Channel and PBS 2010. Professor Egan won a Humanities Grant from USC for film research in 2010 which produced "John Waters Interviews" a history of the acclaimed director's work through collected interviews. The book was launched nationally in 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Egan is currently partnered with internationally known crime writer, Michael Connelly (Lincoln Lawyer) to produce The Frank Morgan Project about the bebop king who spent thirty years in San Quentin. He is also working with three-time Oscar-winning director, Mark Harris, on the "Der Jüdische Kulturbund" to be filmed in Berlin in 2013 to commemorate the 80 year memorial of the pogroms that started in 1933.
Egan also serves on the national board of the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation, which is working with entertainment professionals to train wounded members of the military and aid them to find careers in the film and television industry. He is also a vested member of the Writers Guild of America.