Why do I like to write? It’s not so much that I like to write, as I am compelled to write. I’m obliged to observe human behavior and bear witness to our tumultuous times. I tap into the zeitgeist, not only to discover what is here, but also to illuminate what is coming. If I do my job correctly, I make people uncomfortable with the truth of the things. I shake them up, get them to see the world from a new perspective. Heaven and hell are right here on this earth with real villains and true superheroes. Stories are imperative to make sense of our lives, to agitate, communicate and also entertain. We writers remind our audience that we are all in this same ship of humanity, and that if we row together, we can steer the ship in a new direction. Now for the actual writing.
I’ve recently returned to playwrighting with my new play, All American. I’ve also completed two new MOW thrillers this year, Spring Break Nightmare and Quiet Night. My latest sci-fi TV series, Fuzion, is currently being pitched streaming networks, and my action/disaster feature, BlackOut, is shortly heading out to studios. I am also preparing to pitch an animated feature spec, Sandra Claus, to Paramount. I was hired to write a TV pilot, Hashers, by Google VP, Jim Kolotouros. My TV movie thriller, My Mom is a Bank Robber, aired on Lifetime in 2016 and my TV movie rom-com, 12 Gifts of Christmas, aired on the Hallmark Channel in 2015. I was also hired by Tim Johnson Productions to write two other MOW thrillers, Trapped and Cult of Lies.
My feature screenplay, Dead Wrong, won an award in the WIF/MORE Screenplay contest and was optioned by the director, John Rhode. My one hour pilot, The House that Jackie Built, reached the second round of the Austin Film Festival and was optioned by the director, Allen Martinez. My half hour pilot, Life in 2D, won a fellowship at the Writers Boot Camp and I was hired to co-write a sci-fi web series, The Annex, by director Hank Isaac. I was also hired to write the feature comedy, Hollywood Hit, for Miracle Mile Entertainment.
My other feature scripts include two comedies, James Borkowsky 000 and Trophy Husband, two romantic comedies, The Death of Art and Trouble, and a sci-fi adventure story, Jonny Was. I’ve also written a spec TV script of Mad Men and another half hour original pilot, Twindroids.
I’m a Professor of Screenwriting in the MFA program at Pepperdine University and have also taught Writing the Television Pilot at SMC. I am currently getting my MFA in Screenwriting at UC Riverside. I have significant industry experience as VP of Production at Kopelson Entertainment and as a CE at Interscope Communications. During my tenure at Interscope I traveled to Australia where I was an assistant producer on Pitch Black with Vin Diesel.
Originally from NJ, I arrived in Los Angeles from New York where I was a playwright. I founded the independent theater company, The Chelsea Players, and wrote and produced numerous successful Off-off Broadway plays. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Russian Studies, I traveled to Russia where I worked as an assistant director at the Nikitsky Vorot Theater. In 1990 and 1991, I spent six months working in Moscow and five months traveling across the former Soviet Union as it broke up. I wrote about the experience in a memoir titled Adventure in the Soviet Union. My love of writing and the arts in general was first fostered during high school at Choate Rosemary Hall. I currently live in Malibu, California with my husband, two children and incorrigible cat, Cream.
Barbara "Babz" Bitela
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Two families live in the same house, but during two time periods, 1971 and 2020. The current chaos of the world shakes up the earth, which allows the house to become a portal catapulting the two families back and forth through time. The hope is that they will learn from each other and take those lessons back to their respective time period. The play urges us to learn from history instead of repeating the same mistakes over and over again.