Bob Saenz is a screenwriter and actor who has been working in the industry for well over twenty years. His acclaimed blog offers all kinds of helpful guidance and information from someone who really knows what he is talking about. Bob came on the podcast and talked about his two projects heading into production and his vast experience as an actor and writer. We thoroughly enjoyed our talk with him and we hope you enjoy it too!
Bob Saenz has been writing professionally since 1990. He started by writing bits for his nighttime radio show on KYCY in San Francisco and later writing for and producing talk radio at KGO/KSFO in San Francisco. That led to his being hired to rewrite and add humor to existing industrial film scripts for commercial production companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1995, he wrote his first full length screenplay and within 6 months of completion of the first draft, optioned it to Tina Sinatra at TSProductions at Warner Bros. and Norman Lear at Act III Productions, who together got the project placed at Polygram Pictures.
Then he optioned his original scripts to Jimola Films, Ascendant Pictures & Move Films (Chris Eberts), Robin Gurland & Laurent Bouzereau, Intrepid Pictures (Trevor Macy and Marc Evans), School Pictures (Stephen Israel), Levinson Productions, and BCDF Films. He also signed with John McGalliard, at Chaotik Management in LA and directed his first short film, “Ice Block Love”, a frenetic comedy.
His first produced film, “Help for the Holidays”, for Levinson Productions was the Hallmark Channel’s number one rated original film for 2012 and the 10th highest rated original Hallmark film of all time. Since then, he’s had three more produced films for Levinson and Hallmark, “Cupid’s Bed & Breakfast”, “Rescuing Madison”, and “On Paper”.
In 2014, a romantic comedy script he wrote with LA production executive Jeff Willis, “The Right Girl”, is scheduled to shoot and his original black comedy thriller, “Extracurricular Activities”, also goes before cameras in May, produced by Stephen Israel and directed by Jay Lowi.
He’s also been hired to pen multiple rewrites and polishes on produced films and films in development for producers, production companies, and directors. He’s been hired to adapt both fiction and non-fiction works for the screen and has written multiple write for hire screenplays based on producer story ideas.
In addition to being a writer, he’s a SAG/AFTRA actor with many Film and Television credits. He’s been heard nationally doing voiceover for Commercials, Video Games, and Documentary Films. He was also a Bay Area Disk Jockey on KYCY and KFRC.