Jody Wheeler is an award winning writer-producer based in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been seen world-wide: on the web, in theaters and on TV. He was a writer and producer on the ground breaking gay soap-opera Inside / Outside The Beltway, which aired from 1992-1996. Before Queer as Folk and Ellen, Inside Outside The Beltway was depicting the lives of LGBT characters with honesty, humor, drama and flair. The series won numerous awards, including recognition from GLAAD.
He is a 2006 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Master of Fine Arts program in Screenwriting. His scripts won the Carl David Screenwriting Award two years in a row. Paris, his script about an ass-kicking private detective who’s also gay, was a semi-finalist in the 2003 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition and, later, was also a top 100 finalist in the 2004 Project Greenlight contest.
His first produced screenplay was 2009’s Heat Wave for Regent Entertainment. A sci-fi action flick about the end of the world, the movie has been seen globally, in theaters and on TV. He wrote and directed several short films, including In The Closet, which was nominated for the prestigious IRIS Award for the best in global short films. In The Closet can be seen on Piccadillo Pictures “Boys Shorts” DVD and in the forthcoming Blue Seraph on-line theater. He’s was also an associate producer on the popular kids scifi series, eScape.
He’s a partner in Blue Seraph Productions, where he co-produced the hit film Judas Kiss, starring Richard Harmon, Charlie David and Sean Paul Lockhart.
He recently directed The Dark Place, which is based on his script of the same name. He’s also producing the feature adaptation of Jay Bell’s Something Like Summer.
In addition to his work as a producer, he also runs Digital Fabulists, a book publishing company, and Bent-Con, the yearly LGBT-focused, Comic-Con-esque, convention. A former therapist and social worker, in 1993, Jody earned an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and Human Development from George Mason University. For over a decade, he worked with diverse populations from abused children to the chronically mentally ill. Curiously, some days he can’t tell the difference between the Hollywood he currently works in and the psych units he used to visit.