Valerie Alexander is a working screenwriter, with projects including: the adaptation of the novel "Social Crimes" for Phoenix Pictures, with Joel Schumacher attached to direct; the adaptation of Michael Chepiga's Broadway play "Getting & Spending," for Pathe Pictures, to star Catherine Zeta Jones; the development of the television series "Gangster, Inc." for CubeVision; and numerous original screenplays in development with various companies.
Valerie made her directing debut with the short film "Making the Cut," a [very!] modest festival hit. At the completion of "Making the Cut," she wrote the article "My Four-Day Film School" which was blasted by email around the globe, and which can be read at: http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=1270154686.
Valerie wrote, produced and directed four commercials for the "No on Prop 8" campaign in 2008 and is the creator, producer and director of “The Wedding Matters,” a successful PSA campaign in support of marriage equality. As a "straight ally" committed to equality for all, Valerie continues to produce and direct on a variety of issue-oriented campaigns for the Courage Campaign and other progressive organizations.
In addition to her scripted work, Valerie has also worked on a variety of game shows, both broadcast and online, including Chain Reaction, Pat Sajak’s Trivia Challenge, The Rich List, Trivial Pursuit: America Plays and the upcoming shows American Know it All and Perfect 10.
Prior to screenwriting, Valerie lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was a corporate securities lawyer with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, an investment banker with SG Cowen and the Vice President of Business Development for PixelWorld Networks. Valerie also co-authored the book, "Labor Management Laws in California Agriculture," published several journal articles, wrote over 20 business plans and drafted five public company prospectuses. This past spring, Valerie flew to the Bay Area every Friday to teach a Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility class entitled “Representation of Law in Film” at the U.C., Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). It was a blast and she's very happy that the semester is over.
Aside from a wide range professional experience, Valerie has had a stunning array of odd jobs to finance her education. She has worked as: a horse wrangler; an algebra teacher; an acquisitions fund broker; a semi-professional soccer player; a runway model; a tutor for the developmentally disabled; an amusement park supervisor; an SAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT prep teacher; and the world’s worst waitress.
Valerie has been married to writer/producer Rick Alexander since 2006. Prior to that, she was known to all as Valerie Horwitz. Valerie and Rick currently live in West Hollywood with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.