David Marlett is an award-winning, bestselling author, screenwriter, film/theater director, story and copy editor, and a professor/consultant/coach for storytelling across all mediums through his company, BlueRun Media. He has spoken at over sixty conferences, workshops, and universities in the United States and China during the past seven years, speaking on story, writing, new media, and film finance.  In addition, he is a regular participant and winning storyteller at NPR's THE MOTH - The Art and Craft of Storytelling events in Los Angeles, including Grand Slam events.


David Marlett is an award-winning storyteller and writer of historical fiction, primarily historical legal thrillers bringing alive the fascinating people and events leading to major historical trials. His first such novel, Fortunate Son, became a critically acclaimed, national bestseller in 2014. The late Vincent Bugliosi  (#1 New York Times best-selling author of Helter Skelter) said David is “a masterful writer of historical fact and detail, of adventure and peril and courtroom drama.”

His second historical legal thriller, American Red, was published in July, 2019. It follows the extraordinary true story of a set of radical lovers, lawyers, killers, and spies who launched the Great American Century. He is currently writing Angeles Rex, his next in anthology series with after American Red. Angeles Rex is based on the true story at the 1910 intersection of the first movies made in Los Angeles, the murderous bombing of the Los Angeles Times, and a murder along the "Venice of America" canals.

Screenwriter / Filmmaker

Through his production company, BlueRun Media, David has worked over two decades in Los Angeles, primarily writing and consulting for film and premium series productions, and consulting companies regarding better communicating their stories. He has sold/optioned many scripts and worked with a number of award-winning producers and actors.

He has been a story fixer/designer/consultant on projects for Lionsgate, Sony, and Dreamworks, including a remake of The Hindenburg. In 2015, David wrote and directed MansLaughter, the world’s first virtual reality feature film. He is currently writing/developing several traditional film, premium series, and theatrical projects, including RIDING HOME THE 15 LETTERS MAN, and BLUE HIGHWAY which is being produced for stage and screen by Emmy-winning producer, Richard Middleton (The ArtistHitchcock). He is also a filmmaker, having produced and directed two short films, including his pre-visualization film for his script, OF KINGS & COWBOYS. Currently he has a number of film and TV series projects in development, including his feature film, BLUE HIGHWAY.  See Screenplays.

He had designed and led a number of writer/storyteller retreats and workshops, including the Aspen Writers Bootcamp. In addition, he provides editing and story coaching to screenwriters, playwrights, and novelists.

David is represented for all film/tv writing by Geoff Morley at UTA. Geoff can be reached at MorleyG [at] unitedtalent [dot] com.


David is one of the pioneers of immersive cinema, or live-action virtual reality filmmaking. Through his VR production company, CINEMERSIA, he made the first VR feature film, MansLaughter, and has designed other immersive feature films, including TENGRI. In addition, David provides ongoing consulting services to individuals and companies, including studios and investors, regarding the cinematic aspects of virtual reality content. In the creation of MansLaughter, David worked closely with Samsung in the the development of a unique quadraphonic soundscape for a 360˚ virtual environment. David has taught Cinematic VR / Immersive Storytelling at various universities and led the world's first Cinematic VR Writing and Directing Workshop. He is an ongoing consultant to Final Draft in their creation of what he coined a "sphereplay", a screenplay for spherical, immersive storytelling.


David is a professor at the University of Pepperdine School of Law, and has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at California State University - Northridge; The University of Texas - School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communications; the Walter Isaacson School for New Media (Aspen); and USC's School of Cinematic Arts, with emphasis in media law, as well as creative writing, film aesthetics, and storytelling. 

As a non-practicing attorney/CPA, David consults individuals and companies regarding project financing, media acquisitions, copyright claims, contract negotiations, and talent agreements.

Marlett has shown his photoart in exhibitions in Dallas, NY and LA, and continues to explore storytelling using still images. See PhotoArt.

He is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, the father of four, and lives in Manhattan Beach, California. 


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