Letter of Recommendation for
About Robert McKee:
“Robert McKee, A Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought after screenwriting lecturer around the globe. He has
dedicated the last 30 years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers,
producers, and directors internationally…”
“…McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award Winners, 200 Academy Award Nominees, 200 Emmy
Award Winners, 1000 Emmy Award Nominees, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award Winners, 250 WGA Award
Nominees, and 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award Winners, 100 DGA Award Nominees.”
Text of the Letter of Recommendation:
To Whom it May Concern,
When Michael asked me to sign his copy of STORY at my seminar in 2009, I was surprised to see my
own signature already there… from five years earlier. Turns out this was his second time taking my course,
and he thanked me for inspiring him to complete his thesaurus in the intervening years. He handed me a copy
of his book, which he then signed for me. It was a touching gesture.
Upon reading "Hatch's Order of Magnitude", I was struck by Michael's truly unique ability to combine
the linear and the creative into a genuinely useful writer's reference tool. From cover-to-cover he'd
repeatedly quantified the unquantifiable. Having not exchanged contact information, I tracked him down via
his employer shown in 'About the Author', and I asked him to meet me for lunch. Again he demonstrated his
insight by pointing out some unique implications and connections within my own book, he'd even visually
diagramed the 'flipside' of one of my storytelling tools in a way which usefully expanded on that paradigm.
I soon hired him on several projects to perform complex research and analysis to support new material
for my seminars. His work was reliably on point to my demands, and consistently contained unexpected
insights within the parameters of the project, which I otherwise wouldn't have found. Keep in mind this isn't
basic 'names and dates' research one can automate or hire out, but rather, high- level story analysis demanding
a rare combination of usually polar-opposite skills both analytical and artistic, combined with a thorough
understanding of narrative structure, into a constellation of talents seldom found altogether within one
individual human being.
While Michael was a dedicated student of my work, he never hesitated to let me know if he disagreed
when he felt that his feedback would be constructive to the projects. He also seeks out and actually applies
advice when given…he's not just a quick learner in the usual sense, but also a true sponge for wisdom.
As consistently pleased as I was with the work Michael performed for me, this letter would be incomplete
without pointing out the most important benefit Michael would bring to any organization: his unflappable moral
As I teach in my seminar, true character is only revealed under pressure, and I can state without
equivocation that in his core, Michael is a person of real moral integrity and honesty.
I eagerly recommend him.
Letter of Recommendation for
About Jerry Zucker:
"Jerry G. Zucker (born March 11, 1950) is an American film producer, director, and writer known for his role in
directing comedy spoof films such as Airplane! and Top Secret!, and the Best Picture-nominated supernatural drama
Text of the Letter of Recommendation:
Dear whoever is reading this,
It is with genuine enthusiasm that I write this letter to recommend Michael Hatch.
In 2006, Michael worked for me as an intern, then runner, and eventually researcher for Zucker
Productions . When I decided to launch online comedy startup "NationalBanana.com" in 2007, I
tapped Michael to report direct ly to me on day one. He started as a jack-of -all-trades (with the
title "Executive in charge of whatever Jerry wants") and was instrumental in getting the
company up and running and creating the early video content. Within months I promoted
him to producer where he thrived. During late 2008 and 2009, In our fina l push to launch a TBSFunded
pilot, Michael served as Line Producer, 1st AD, and finally Post Production Supervisor.
For nearly 3 years, Michael met every challenge put in front of him, and never hit the
ceiling. Unless of course, he was asked to.
While always open to feedback, Michael had no problem diplomatically and constructively
challenging ideas he disagreed with . More often than not, he was right. With tiny budgets and
80 hour weeks, Michael applied his drive and inventiveness to creating content with
production values way beyond our minuscule budgets. Everyone liked dealing with Michael;
whether it was an inexperienced intern, or one of our many VIP guests, his friendly but
knowledgeable approach always put everyone at ease.
While leading teams of above and below the line talent, Michael found and nurtured younger
employees that he felt showed great potential, and always led by example. He expected a high
level of performance from his teams, and always delivered. Michael is also open minded and
deeply curious; an unusual combination for someone who is frequent ly the smartest guy in the
I know that Michael will make great contributions wherever he goes, and would be a great
addition to any company . I'm excited to see what he does going forward. If you have any
questions or want to chat further, I'd be more than happy to hop on the phone. Michael can provide
my phone number upon request.
I turn problems into systems
Entertainment and Technology veteran, with over a decade of experience in Silicon Beach startups.
Employee. Consultant. Owner. Specializing in production, operations, project management, social media & SEO
June 2016-Present - Manager, Special Projects and Client Services at Thunder Studios [Long Beach, CA]
-See Social Media Portfolio Here
-Stage Management - Provide white glove service for world-class TV, Film, Music Video, and Commercial productions.
-Special Projects Management - Facilitate company-wide modernization project across all departments. Listen.
-YouTube MCN Management and Social Media – develop workflows and best practices, test and implement.
-Professional Gaming / E-Sports - Liason between new Gaming & E-Sports venture and stage rental operations.
Nov 2016-Present – Host of the Reddit /r/ChangeMyView Podcast & Subreddit Moderator [Global]
Host and producer of the official podcast of the 500,000 member community WIRED called “Our Best Hope for Civil
PAST WORK EXPERIENCE
2012-2016 Operations Manager at United Technology Group [Santa monica, CA]
Oversee operations, projects, and business management of a fast-growing IT MSP firm servicing demanding
VIP clients including Resolution Entertainment, Career Group, and Platinum Entertainment.
2010 – 2014 Marketing Copywriter – Ductape Media [Santa Monica, CA]
Hired Freelance to sculpt overall campaign concepts and produce copy for ad campaigns.
2009 – 2012 Owner/Operator – Dirt Cheap Sound Stage [Santa Monica, CA]
Built DCSS from the ground up, disrupted pricing conventions, grew 67% annually and served 306 unique
clients including Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, FX, A&E, MTV, E!, Maker, Shaq & Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2008 – 2011 Story Consultant - Robert McKee [Santa Monica, CA]
Provided story analysis for legendary ‘Story Coach’ Robert McKee. Including reports on dozens of classic works
of fiction in support of the ongoing development of the “Story” seminar and other projects.
2008 – 2008 Producer, Researcher & Editor – Science and Entertainment Exchange [Santa Monica/Century City]
In preparation for the launch event, researched and edited a compilation of science from a century of films.
Produced recordings of breakout sessions.
2007 – 2009 Producer – National Banana [Santa Monica, CA]
Producer, Line Producer, 1st AD, 2nd Unit Director, Post Production Supervisor for National Banana’s ‘Already In
Progress’ TV Pilot and NationalBanana.com online comedy content, meet the vision of director Jerry Zucker.
2006 – 2007 Development Assistant & Head Researcher – Zucker Productions [Santa Monica, CA]
2007 – Author of ‘Hatch’s Order of Magnitude’ - A new kind of thesaurus, published by F+W.
1999-2003 - University of California, Berkeley – Left before graduating to try and get my thesaurus published
1998 – Eagle Scout