WME STORY EDITOR, EDUCATOR & PRODUCER
Christopher Lockhart is Hollywood’s foremost story professional. He is an executive, filmmaker, and educator with over 30 years of industry experience.
As Story Editor at WME, the world's largest diversified talent agency, Chris curates projects for A-list actors such as Denzel Washington, reading and exploring through piles of screenplays, magazines, books, old movies, TV shows, and pitches in search of potential film projects. He has read over 60,000 screenplays in the course of his career.
Chris got his start at International Creative Management (ICM), where he worked as script consultant to legendary talent agent Ed Limato, who represented industry giants such as Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liam Neeson, and Robert Downey, Jr. Chris later moved to the venerable William Morris Agency, which merged with Endeavor to form WME.
Chris branched off into film producing with the cult horror hit The Collector and its sequel The Collection, which opened in the top ten American box-office. He wrote and produced the award winning documentary Most Valuable Players, which was acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her network. Chris has set up several other projects, including A Rhinestone Alibi at Paramount, and Crooked Creek, a modern noir thriller.
As an educator, Chris has lectured around the world on the craft and business of screenwriting. He spoke about storytelling to visual effects artists at the FMX in Stuttgart, Germany; spent a week in Sierre, Switzerland mentoring international writers for Dreamago; and recently visited the Caribbean, where he met with island filmmakers as a guest of FilmTT (Trinidad and Tobago Film Commission). Chris is an adjunct professor at National University's Professional Screenwriting Program and has taught at LA Valley College and UCLA. His writing workshop The Inside Pitch was filmed for Los Angeles television and earned him an Emmy Award nomination. Chris graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in dramatic writing and was awarded the school's Public Service Prize for his dedication to public education.
Chris's creative counsel has been used on many films such as The Birth of a Nation, the Sundance Film Festival sensation that sold for a record-breaking 17.5 million dollars and won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. He's currently consulting on Dreamland starring Oscar winner Gary Oldman.
Chris founded a Facebook group called The Inside Pitch, where he moderates 11,000+ creatives and offers daily advice and feedback on the Hollywood script maze. He is a member of the Writers Guild, the Producers Guild, and the Television Academy. He lives in Beverly Hills, CA and has an eleven-year-old son.