Student's TV script is most wanted by Fox show
Martin Brandwin will get more than just an "A" on his class assignment. He will get his chance at stardom on network television.
The Fox network (WBFF -- Channel 45) will use Mr. Brandwin's script for an episode of "America's Most Wanted" scheduled to air July 15.
Mr. Brandwin and his 14 classmates at American University were assigned to develop two parts of a three-part script highlighting an actual crime that had been researched by a reporter for the show.
Greg Kleine, Mr. Brandwin's television screen-writing professor, announced in class that Mr. Brandwin's script, along with two other students' scripts, were chosen for broadcast. Mr. Kleine is executive producer for "America's Most Wanted."
Upon hearing that his script was selected, "I was incredibly excited," says Mr. Brandwin, 23. "I just wanted to get out of my seat and tell someone I knew. First I re-read it to make sure it was mine, then I pulled out my original to check it against."
Mr. Brandwin, a native of St. Louis who lives in Baltimore, graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1993 with a degree in Humanistic Studies, concentrating in film and television. He was hired in April 1994 as a production assistant at the Charlestown Retirement Community's in-house TV station, Channel 6.
"Hopkins taught me how to write, but Channel 6 gave me the actual experience," Mr. Brandwin says. "I assist in producing the daily morning show and three other pre-recorded shows geared toward residence life."
With assistance from Channel 6, Mr. Brandwin enrolled in American University's TV production course.
"It's a real testament to his creativity, motivation and his pursuit of excellence," says Mel Tansill, public affairs director for senior living at Charlestown.
Mr. Brandwin hopes to work for a major television network and from there he wants to move on to writing mystery feature films. For now, he'll settle for acceptance at one of the three graduate schools he's applying to in the fall. You'll find it at the checkout counter, next to Soap Opera Digest and TV Guide, by the newspaper that often reports stories about women giving birth to farm animals. It's called LottoWorld, and it has arrived in Maryland and Washington.
It's a bimonthly for folks whose dreams of wealth and escape have turned lotteries in 36 states and the District of Columbia into a $30 billion-a-year business. According to the magazine, 27 million people play the lottery every week in the United States.
"It may be the largest untapped marketing niche in publishing history," says Rich Holman, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of LottoWorld, published in Naples, Fla.
Mr. Holman says he and publisher Dennis B. Schroeder launched a 16-page version of LottoWorld as a test two years ago in eight states. It has since grown to an 80-page national edition and 114-page regional editions. This month the magazine expanded to 23 states and the District of Columbia, reporting circulation over 400,000. Mr. Holman anticipates circulation will more than double by September.
In Maryland, the TV Guide-sized magazine should be available at 7-Eleven, Safeway, Giant, Kmart and Shoppers Food Warehouse. The price: $1.75.
A third of each issue is devoted to what the public relations material calls "systems, tips and strategies" for winning lotteries. Yes, says Mr. Holman, there is such a thing as smart lottery playing; lotteries only seem random, he says. The rest of the publication includes columns, feature stories and number picks by computers and lottery aficionadoes. There are also astrological lottery predictions, but Mr. Holman says "our serious systems players think it's hogwash."