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  Piers Marchant
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  As a professional writer/editor with a literary background, I've worked for both regional and national publications, writing everything from Nightlife chapters for Fodor's guidebooks to a full-length book about becoming the pope ("How to be Pope," Oct. 2005) and as a regular contributor and co-author of the "Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide" series, with two books ("WCS Almanac: History" and "WCS: Life") both out in 2006. I've also worked for NBC's Entertainment blog, The Feast (thefeast.com), regularly contributed reviews and features to NBC's Popcorn Biz movie blog, and am the film critic for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. After receiving my MFA from George Mason back in '95, I worked as a film critic and arts writer in DC, Tucson and Philadelphia before landing in the online space with both feet. I've written sports and DVD columns for AOL and dozens of celebrity features and interviews for both local and national sites.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Content Editor (online) 15 Years
Editor 12 Years
Writer 12 Years
Specialty
Entertainment 10 Years
Sports & Recreation 5 Years
Travel 5 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
12 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Little Giant Media, Inc. (11+), AOL (11+), Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (11+), Chronicle Books (3-5), Fodor's Guidebooks (3-5), NBC/Universal (3-5), Pop Matters (3-5), Quirk/Quirk Packaging (3-5), Not For Tourists (1-2), NPR (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Silver Oak Title Co. (3-5), Scott Rudin Productions (1-2), IMC, Inc. (1-2)
Other Work History
Editor, thefeast.com/play
Editor in Chief, two.one.five Magazine
Senior Editor at AOL
Film Critic for Philadelphia Weekly
Computer Skills
Programs: Word, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator, light HTML, Front Page. Operating Systems: OS
Technical Skills
Video editing: Final Cut Pro. Photo editing: Adobe.
Equipment
Mac Book Pro, scanner, printer, voice recorder, digital camera, video camera, cd/dvd burner, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, Final Draft.
Foreign Language Skills
A smattering of Spanish.
Work Permits & Visas
Dual citizenship with Great Britain. Passports both for Britain and USA.
Unions
None.
References
Kiersten Aschauer, (AOL), kierstena@kierstena.com
Sharyn Rosart, Quirk Packaging, sharyn@quirkpackaging.com
Gwen Shafer, Philadelphia Weekly, gwenlisa@gmail.com
Awards
University Fellowship for Fiction Excellence, 1993, 1994
Associations
Online Film Critics Society
Other
My MFA is in creative writing, and I still consider fiction my first love, but my passion for writing has spilled over into my love of film, travel and sports.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Philadelphia, PA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Cover Stories  
(Tucson Weekly, 1/9/1997)
A first-person cover story on the author and his teammates trying to reclaim their dormant basketball jones via a training course.
(Tucson Weekly, 8/8/1996)
Cover story on what happens to a dwelling after a brutal murder has been committed there.
Criticism  
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/28/2012)
A review of the filmic adaptation of "Les Miserables," from a critic who truly does not like musicals.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/21/2012)
A review of the brilliantly beguiling Paul Thomas Anderson film, The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
(NBC, 5/30/2012)
A review of the "Jane Eyre" adaptation.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/4/2012)
A review of the comic-book action flick, The Avengers.
(NBC-TV, 6/9/2011)
A weekly film review series broadcast on NBC's Philadelphia affiliate.
(Philadelphia City Paper, 12/17/1998)
A comparison and review of the "Best American Short Stories" and the "O. Henry Awards."
Sports/Recreation  
(AOL, 10/25/2000)
A weekly column devoted to the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.
(Philadelphia City Paper, 6/10/1999)
A feature on mountain biking in the Philadelphia area and why people are so drawn to the sport, as well as a beginner's guide to get started.
Features  
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 11/29/2013)
An interview feature with actor Matthew McConaughey for his work on "Dallas Buyers Club."
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/20/2013)
A follow-up examination of some of the films and goings on of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
(NBC.com, 5/30/2012)
An interview feature with Kristin Wiig for her blockbuster comedy "Bridesmaids."
(Guyspeed.com, 1/1/2012)
A listicle of films whose themes could be seen question the existence of an almighty.
(NPR, 12/22/2011)
A radio interview done with host Marty Moss-Coane about the popular Tintin character, and the adaptation for the Steven Spielberg film.
Books  
(Chronicle Books LLC, 7/1/2010)
A book documenting the very worst things that have happened in the entirety of human history.
(Fodor's, 1/1/2010)
A travel guidebook to the city.
(Chronicle Books, 10/31/2005)
An engaging look at the rigors of wearing the white papal robes of office -- and what to do once you're elected to the Vatican.
Fiction  
(Unpublished Short Story, 1/5/2002)
A short story about agoraphobia and drivers' ed class.
(Unpublished Short Story, 1/1/1995)
A long-form short story about a kid's resentment to his father and older brother, as expressed on the basketball court.
Magazines  
(Little Giant Media, Inc., 12/18/2007)
The first issue of my Philly-based magazine, featuring DJs, skaters, casinos, preemption and the history of the MOVE bombing.