AMY HANDELSMAN is a writer/producer and story executive with over 25 years experience in theater, film, television, publishing, and new media in both New York and Los Angeles. She started her career in the East Coast literary department of ICM before working as a copy editor for various Time, Inc., publications (Sports Illustrated, Fortune, People). Handelsman launched her movie and television career as a story analyst for Warner Bros., United Artists and Paramount Pictures, and has developed and produced movies and series for Disney, Tri-Star, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO and Showtime. In theater, she has been a dramaturg, consultant and scout for HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Center Theatre Group, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
Handelsman has worked across a number of platforms and genres--from straight television dramas to romantic comedies, from musicals to experimental theater; from studio pictures to independent films, documentaries and webisodes. She has carved a niche adapting material from one medium to another and has worked with a range of writers, actors and directors, from those still emerging to A-list talent. An avid sports fan, Handelsman produced a television pilot for Discovery on baseball umpires with New York Times reporter Bruce Weber; has written about poker for All-In magazine and PokerNews and about boxing for Playboy, which she is now expanding into a memoir.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, she lives with her fiancé in Riverdale, NY.