After a successful career of writing, producing, and directing Kodak TV commercials, documentaries, movies, and programs for television and sale, Joe has come out of retirement and embarked on a second chapter in his life writing comic books and novels. But his first chapter set the stage.
As Production Director for Kodak Video Programs, over 100 titles were produced or acquired under Joe’s direction. Joe travelled the world for Kodak. His projects have taken him from Tahiti to Russia, China to England, and a lot more countries in between. Many of his films and programs were nominated and won awards with PBS TV.
Joe directed Academy Award winner Gregory Peck in “Maestros in Moscow,” an acclaimed PBS documentary about the Louisville Orchestra's tour in Russia. Joe also directed Dudley Moore for Kodak’s joint venture with the Smithsonian Institution in the film “Supertour” for PBS, and worked with Siegfried and Roy, the famous Las Vegas magicians, in developing and creating a pre-recorded video for sale. Another of Joe’s television projects was a Kodak collaboration with Emmy Award Winning Director George Schlatter. Joe was the Kodak Producer in charge of “The Ultimate Event,” recording the live concert of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr., filmed at the Grand Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. He also was the Producer of the Kodak Photography Sci-Fi children’s series for PBS TV, “Adventures in Photography,” featuring “Captain Camera,” and the award-winning series, “Know The Land and The People.”
In his retirement, Joe returned to spending time with his comic book collection he started as a young boy. In the back of his mind, he always had the idea to write and produce a “mainstream” comic book and graphic novel.
Drawing upon his movie and TV background, Joe wrote BLACK MAN WHITE MAN, a murder mystery horror story, with the intention of showcasing it first as a “movie on paper,” then developing it into a novel and eventually a TV series or movie. Teaming with Nigel Carrington, a popular artist who has created his own line of independent comic titles, they produced and released the first issue, which was immediately a big seller.
Joe is currently working with Nathan Squiers, best-selling and award-winning author and creator of the Crimson Shadow series of novels. Combining Nathan’s visionary writing style with his, they are collaborating on expanding the comic story into a complete novel set for release later this year. BLACK MAN WHITE MAN is a chilling story set in today’s racially explosive world, in which a black police detective pursues a white serial killer who is murdering the family and friends of the black detective. At nightfall, the black detective unknowingly turns into the white serial killer. At sunrise, the white serial killer unknowingly turns back into the black detective. Both are obsessed and driven to kill the other. Both are conflicted by their prejudices against each other. The unique concept, and viewer hook, is that neither one knows…that they are both one and the same person, or are they? A modern-day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Or something more mysterious?
Joe has also written a new comic story, The DREAMER, about a young boy who is trapped in a children’s hospital fire while saving disabled children and is placed into an “induced coma” to survive. In the coma, he is able to travel into the dreams of the handicapped children he saved and help them with their personal struggles and disabilities, enabling them to find the “hero within themselves.” The comic is in production for a Summer 2019 release.
And so, the 2nd chapter in Joe’s life continues to expand as he plans to write and collaborate on several new story ideas.
To learn more about these projects, contact Joe at [email protected]