Christopher Lockhart is a Hollywood executive, filmmaker and educator. He started his career at ICM working alongside legendary talent agent Ed Limato, advising him on projects for his star-studded clientele that included Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Steve Martin, Robert Downey, Jr., and Liam Neeson. His tenure at the agency included running the Story Department, where he hired and trained story analysts, and managing the Agent Trainee Program. Chris followed Limato to the fabled William Morris and stayed by Limato’s side through the merge with Endeavor (forming WME) until the time of the agent’s death in 2010. Chris remains at WME Entertainment as the Story Editor, helping to find projects for celebrated talent like Denzel Washington.
Chris has an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he won the Public Service Prize. He has lectured around the country and taught at Los Angeles Valley College and UCLA. He is currently an adjunct professor for National University’s MFA program in Professional Screenwriting. He has been interviewed extensively for magazines like “Creative Screenwriting” and “The Writer,” newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, books like “Make Your Story a Movie” by John Robert Marlowe, and TV like Fox News. He has been the creative exec-in-residence at the online screenwriting cooperative www.twoadverbs.com for a decade. He is the author of “I Wrote a 120 Page Script but Can’t Write a Logline: The Construction of a Logline” which is considered to be the definitive article on the subject and is used in film schools around the world. Chris also created a series of free screenwriting workshops that inspired a local TV special called “The Inside Pitch,” for which he earned an LA Area Emmy nomination.
As a filmmaker, Chris co-produced the 2009 cult horror movie “The Collector,” which Variety said was a “highly stylized and confident high concept thriller.” He wrote and produced the documentary “Most Valuable Players,” which won many awards on the worldwide festival circuit including the “Documentary Channel Audience Award” at the Nashville Film Festival. When it made its theatrical debut in 2010, it was hailed by the International Documentary Association as the “feel good documentary of the year.” It was subsequently acquired by Oprah Winfrey to be part of her Documentary Club. It had its broadcast premiere on OWN in 2011. TV Guide called it “Charming and disarming…a genuine treat.” It’s now available on DVD and VOD. Chris co-produced “The Collection” – the sequel to his horror film – which was released nationwide in 2012. Fangoria called the movie “an ultra-bloody, smart thrill ride,” NPR said it was “surprisingly fun,” and Entertainment Weekly rated it a B-. Currently, Chris has several projects in development. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; the Writers Guild of America, West; and the Producers Guild of America. Chris estimates he has read over 30,000 scripts throughout his career.