Skip Press edited a Hollywood entertainment magazine, produced and directed stage plays to rave reviews in the Los Angeles Times, made instructional videos, and won an award at the New York International Film Festival. He has sold radio, TV, and feature film scripts, served as the Hollywood correspondent for Boys Life magazine (American Boy Scouts), was a staff writer for Algo’s Factory (United Paramount Network), had dozens of young adult novels and nonfiction book series published, sold an online Webshow, and taught an online screenwriting course eventually available in 1,500 schools. His young adult You Solve It Mystery novels were developed for a TV series twice and in 2016 will be rewritten and reissued, with a new fourth installment (but not as You Solve It Mysteries).
Press has published almost 50 books, including four editions of the Writer's Guide to Hollywood, four editions of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting (including one in Russian). His most recent books include the autobiography of a music legend - This Is My Song: A Memoir by Patti Page with Skip Press, and the biography of the founder of Masimo, an international Fortune 200 company. His How To Write What You Want & Sell What You Write, based on his first writing class at UCLA Extension Writers Program (the largest of its kind in the world), has been selling steadily for 20 years; the fourth edition from Fall River Press appeared in July 2011.
Many of the books he ghost-wrote and edited have hit #1 in their category on Amazon, such at the Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing & Design by Flint Dille and John Zuur Platten (Top Twelve video game business power players according to Variety magazine), which has become the "bible" of the video game industry (Press sold the book and edited it).
In 1989, after being selected to play singer/songwrier Harry "Taxi" Chapin in a biopic only to see the project fall apart, Press concentrated on a new marriage and family and began teaching and having books published as a “Mr. Mom” writer. He estimates having taught over 25,000 people how to write screenplays and has helped thousands more to write books and novels.
Press has appeared for almost two decades on radio and television and spoken at writers' events and conferences in Hollywood and across the U.S. He helped start the Hollywood Film Festival (which became the Hollywood Film Awards), has been a member of numerous national writing organizations, and appeared in seven "Who's Who" books. His son Haley is already a writer/producer in his 20s with many on-air appearances on the OneAmerica Network in California and shows like "Brain Storm" for The Weather Channel, and his first documentary won a regional Emmy. Press's daughter Holly, currently finishing a degree in health sciences, is also a writer.
In 2008, Press’s Wall Street novel Street Guys was about to be picked up for a TV series by the Fox studio, only to be abandoned with the crash of the stock market. In 2009, he sold a project to Dark Horse Entertainment for Sara Karloff and the Boris Karloff estate – the reissue of her father’s “Boris Karloff Presents” comics. In 2010, he consulted on and set up a writer/director’s first feature film. In 2012 he turned back to writing screenplays and established a working relationship with a producer at Nu Image/Millenium Films. In 2013 for Motovideo in Santa Barbara, California he created a cutting edge video app with a new technology that will change the way videos apps are presented.
2014 marked the completion of the biography of the founder of the Masimo company in Irvine, CA and Press has written other books for the company since that time. In 2016, he hopes to complete his memoir, which includes an expose history on the evil cult of $cientology & its Celebrity Centre and other nutty Hollywood stories.
Awards and Recognition
- Silver Medal, New York International Film Festival (1987)