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Alan Zelenetz Alan Zelenetz

Mr. Zelenetz possesses twenty-five years of professional experience in leadership positions in education, edutainment, and the arts and extensive creative involvement in the world of popular culture. His screenplay, Make Mine Mozart, co-written with Reuben Davis, was a finalist in the 1993 America's Best Screenplays competition and optioned by ASP Films for production in Europe. Mr. Zelenetz also served as a script consultant to the successful independent film Pi. As a freelance writer at Marvel Comics in New York, he scripted The Mighty Thor, Conan the Barbarian, Kull the Conqueror, Master of Kung Fu, and Moon Knight and co-created The Alien Legion, which was optioned by Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney Studio Entertainment in January 2007. He is the author of four science fiction and fantasy graphic novels.

Mr. Zelenetz brings an impressive array of talents, skills, and experience in teaching and curriculum development from programs for kids just entering the system all the way to top universities. He has developed programs and materials for large organizations and government entities looking to transform education, including Teachers College, Columbia University, Lincoln Center Institute for Arts Education, Carnegie Hall Education, Harvard University, Verizon, Olympus and the BBC. His award-winning Millennium School Project designed a prototype 21st century high school, which has subsequently served as a working model for several new schools.

As one of Ovie's founders, Mr. Zelenetz’s responsibilities include discovery of new talent, scouting the American and European literary, film, music and arts scenes for potential acquisition of high quality materials for independent feature film development as both fiction and non-fiction projects. He is intimately involved in all creative aspects of Ovie endeavors from the initiation of new projects through story development, script revisions, talent attachments, and final cuts in the editing room. Mr. Zelenetz also works as mentor to many of Ovie’s up and coming artists as well as ambassador to a number of Ovie’s growing community of international talent and partners. He also serves as Ovie’s unofficial guardian of the history and traditions of world cinema and is ever on the lookout for the world’s greatest music to enliven the soundtracks of future Ovie productions.

Mr. Zelenetz graduated Brooklyn College and held a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Regents Fellowship, and President's Fellowship at Columbia Universitywhere he earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in English and Comparative Literature, and is currently completing a doctorate