Writer, Director, Producer, Public Relations & Promotions
Erick G. Benson, a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications. While still in college, he worked as a live news cameraman for channel 18 KSCI Global Television and performed post -production duties for various cable TV stations. After graduating, he joined the Mark Goodson Production Company as a Public Relations Representative, with the game show staff of “Family Feud.” Next, he demonstrated his advertising skills as an Account Executive with P.D.S. Sports Inc., where he sold radio spots for the company’s radio show, “Inside Track.” Mr. Benson also worked as an Account Executive with Ted Salter and Associates in conjunction with 1580 KDAY Radio Station in Los Angeles. Soon after, he and an associate formed the Benson & Rosenthal Advertising Agency. Mr. Benson was responsible for various accounts in the Palm Springs market. His duties included copy writing, ad sells, publicity/promotions, marketing, and producing and directing television commercials. As for the popular hit television show, “Love Connection,” Mr. Benson was responsible for promotions and recruitment of contestants throughout Southern California. He also directed a contemporary variety show featuring Grammy award winner, Anita Baker.
In 1992, he attended UCLA to further enhance his script writing ability.
The article was also featured on B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) in May and July of 1994.
In February 1995, he wrote and produced the hit stage play, “Sistah Story,” which premiered in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, and subsequently toured throughout Southern and Northern California. Mr. Benson has more recently written and directed three additional stage plays. The plays are entitled The Lost Season (1996), The Risen Verdict (1998) and Bethlehem on Broadway, which premiered in December 2001 at the Ontario Convention Center.
Mr. Benson’s future as a writer appears to be very promising. Beyond the success that he has already experienced, he has much more creativity to share with the world. Stay tuned to the next stage of Mr. Benson’s career as his film scripts are being presented to the entertainment industry. Presently, Mr. Benson is completing his second book entitled, “Framed Justice.” His third book is entitled, “Black White Boy”. “The Weight-Pile Murder” is his first book. (see www.erickgbenson.com) His first book was recently featured on the Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show in Los Angeles.
Mr. Benson is also the Founder of Urban Dreams Film Works. This company was developed as a secondary film company to produce films of various genres with the emphasis concentrated on ethnic issues and values. The program allows minority filmmakers and writers an avenue for possible production and development of their own projects.
August 2005 earned a Masters Degree in Creative Writing- Madison University.
2004-2005 Season-(ABA-American Basketball Association) Orange County Crush Organization
Position: Director of Publicity & Public Relations.
Responsible for all media relations, press releases and community outreach programs.
· Completed several film scripts through the partnership of Ben-Her Entertainment.
· Completed Hollywood Film Institute’s Director and Producer courses.
· Director of Drama, Loveland Church-Largest Church in the Inland Empire (10,000 members)
In July 1993, he wrote a specialized article, which was published nationally in “ESSENCE Magazine.”
WRITER; PRODUCER; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Attended the U.S. School of Applied Aerospace Sciences and received certification as an Air Traffic Controller. He worked at a pilot training base as an Air Traffic Controller achieving
top rated proficiency in Radar Approach Control operations. After his honorable discharge from the U. S. Air Force:
Completed an internship at NBC in Burbank, CA as a researcher for a talk show, “At One With” hosted by Keith Berwick.
A.A. degree in Journalism from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA
Bachelor of Science degree in Communications (Broadcasting; writing and producing) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA.
Graduate studies include:
Masters Degree in Communications; Hartford University
Masters Degree in Creative Writing; PCU
Masters Degree in Communications; PCU
Completed studies in:
John Truby Scriptwriting School
Hollywood Film Institute’s Producers and Directors program
Taught scriptwriting at the Los Angeles Bridge Conservatory
Conducted seminars and lectures at Chaffey College and Saddleback College.
After college, accepted a position with ABC Watermark which produced syndicated radio shows including at the time, the world-wide acclaimed weekly show, American Top
40, hosted by Casey Kasem. Later transferred to the ABC network working in Corporate Services, ABC Motion Pictures and
Broadcast Operations for the 1984 Olympics. Upon leaving network television operations, Anthony accepted a position with Columbia Pictures (now Sony Pictures
Home Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment) where he was employed for 20 years.
He created a writing/producing partnership, Ben-Her Entertainment: Produced variety show featuring Anita Baker.
Optioned story/script to Sidney Poitier Verdon-Cedric Productions/Columbia Pictures.
Ph.d doctorate dissertation Editor
College Scriptwriting lecturer
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Author of two books, Joe Blow: The Extraordinary True Stories of an Ordinary Person
and a scriptwriting manual, Scriptwriting and Structure:
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