GOOD 100: Meet Lance Weiler, 21st Century Storyteller
Lance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur, and thought leader with the goal of telling “amazing stories that are thrilling, emotionally charged, and immersive.” An alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and co-founder of Reboot Stories, Weiler has also successfully self-distributed his films The Last Broadcast and Head Trauma to more than 20 countries while grossing more than $5 million. Weiler teaches a course, “Storytelling in the 21st Century,” at Columbia University and is currently working on a trilogy of participatory storytelling projects that center on digital literacy and cross-generational learning.
Weiler is developing a number of film, television, and gaming projects with his writing partner, Chuck Wendig, including his next feature film, HiM, which won the Arte France Cinema award and was selected by the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, marking the first time the lab has supported a feature film/immersive storytelling project. In television, Weiler and Wendig are working on a project with Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, developing a series that is described as a “dark, episodic tale,” for which Weiler is a creator, co-writer, and executive producer.
Weiler is also working with a number of Fortune 500 companies to lead and shape their media offerings for the 21st century. In addition to collaborating with studios, networks, NGOs, gaming companies, publishers, and technology companies, Weiler has provided creative services for clients such as the Coca Cola Company and Twitter.
Always interested in experimenting with new ways to tell stories and engage audiences, Weiler has designed experiences that have reached millions of people via theaters, mobile devices, and online. Weiler also sits on two World Economic Forum steering committees; one focused on the Future of Content Creation and the other examining the role of Digital Media in Shaping Culture & Governance.
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