Marilyn Atlas

Marilyn R. Atlas is a talent and literary manager and award-winning producer. Among her credits as film producer are Real Women Have Curves for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; A Certain Desire, starring Sam Waterston; and Echoes, which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival.

In addition to producing a variety of programming for film and TV, Marilyn has been a guest speaker at various colleges all over the country, including Harvardwood, UCLA, USC, Emerson, University of Redlands, and the University of Wisconsin. She has spoken at the Texas Bar Association and was a guest lecturer at Whittier Law School. She was also a speaker at the International Women’s Writer Conference in Italy in 2014.

Marilyn is currently developing a TV pilot based on the Gary Phillips series of novels High Hand and Shooter’s Point featuring strong-willed African-American protagonist Martha Chainey. She is also developing a Chinese historical epic with the Metan Development Group and Codebusters, a children’s show for TV based on a series of best-selling books.

Marilyn is also the co-author of a relationship-based, screenwriting guide called Dating Your Character, about an organic approach to character creation for Stairway Press’s 2016 catalog.

What I'm Looking For

Looking for manuscripts with diverse characters in both race, gender, and sexuality. Especially love manuscripts with strong female protagonists. I like character-driven material but don't like fantasy or sci-fi. I'm also interested in manuscripts that can be adapted for TV and I also like reading multi-cultural authors.

Sample Titles or Authors

Jennifer Egan
Fiona Barton
Angie Thomas

Specializes In

FICTION: Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction, young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues


FICTION: Children's, Crime, GLBT, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Music, Narrative, Pop Culture, Psychology, Spirituality, Travel, True Crime, Women's Concerns