Christopher Lockhart

Story Editor WME
Panelist, Seattle Film Summit

Chris is Hollywood’s foremost story professional.  As Story Editor at WME, the world’s largest diversified talent agency, Chris curates projects for A-list actors such as Denzel Washington, reading and exploring through piles of screenplays, magazines, books, old movies, TV shows, and pitches in search of potential film projects.

Chris began his career at International Creative Management (ICM), where he worked as script consultant to legendary talent agent Ed Limato, who represented industry giants such as Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liam Neeson, and Robert Downey, Jr.   Chris later moved to the venerable William Morris Agency, which eventually merged with Endeavor to form WME.

As an educator and consultant, Chris has lectured around the world on the craft and business of screenwriting, and he has advised on countless feature films.

He is an adjunct professor at National University’s Professional Screenwriting Program. He has also taught at LA Valley College and UCLA. His writing workshop The Inside Pitch was filmed for Los Angeles television, earning him an Emmy Award nomination.   Chris’s creative counsel has been used on many hit films such as the 2016 Sundance Film Festival sensation, “The Birth of a Nation.”

Chris crossed over into film producing with the cult horror hit “The Collector” (2009) and its sequel “The Collection” (2012), which opened in the top 10 box-office.   He also wrote and produced the award winning documentary “Most Valuable Players” (2010), which was acquired by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). Matt Roush of TV Guide reviewed as the “Sleeper of the week…Charming and disarming…A genuine treat.”   He has set up several other projects, including “A Rhinestone Alibi” at Paramount, and “Crooked Creek,” a modern noir thriller.

Chris is a member of the Writers Guild, the Producers Guild, and the Television Academy.

He graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in dramatic writing and was awarded the school’s Public Service Prize for his dedication to public education.