Winner of the 2021 Stage 32 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenwriting Contest and a Fellow in the 2021 RespectAbility Summer Lab for Entertainment Professionals, Hilary has worked telling stories as everything from an office PA to a producer-editor at such companies as Bad Robot, Amazon Studios, Illumination Entertainment, NBC Universal, CBS Television Studios, Josephson Entertainment, and Laugh Factory. She is currently building a career as a screenwriter.
Her screenwriting portfolio includes genre TV & features, both live-action and animation.. Character oriented, female-led stories about fish-out-of-water/outsiders who find their place in the world by making a difference in other people’s lives.
Hilary grew up primarily in Northern California and Hawaii, where she developed a love of outdoor activities, and where her skills as a culinary artist won her more than 160 awards in local competitions. Turning her creativity towards filmmaking, she earned her B.A. in Film and Digital Media Production from UC Santa Cruz (go banana slugs!). Entering as a Regent’s Scholar, she won the film department’s Porter College fellowship for two consecutive quarters and gained certification in Leadership Training and Development from the UCSC Experiential Leadership Program, then graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude after returning from the UCEAP French Language & Culture program in Paris, France.
Finally settling in Los Angeles to earn her M.F.A. in Film and Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Hilary won the first ever Jack Oakie and Dale C. Olson “You Heard it Here First” Award for Excellence in Entertainment Communication in Honor of Victoria Oakie. She chose an emphasis in comedy television because USC was the first university in the nation to offer a program dedicated to training filmmakers in the art of comedy. She not only took on a position as a member of the USC Comedy student board but also earned approval for her graduate thesis to be comprised of two half-hour pilots produced for the school’s flagship television production class (as an editor for the first, and as a director for the next year’s pilot episode). Hilary’s screenwriting hit its stride when she began writing genre hour-long content that retains subtle comedic influences.
Hilary loves working on uplifting, adventurous, and funny content with strong female characters. Movies like A League of Their Own, Indiana Jones, the Thin Man series, and the Harry Potter series; and TV shows like 30 Rock, Star Trek: TNG, Lucifer, Daria, Are You Being Served?, and Psych are some of her favorites.