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A two-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Ms. Peltier won her first Emmy for educational programming at the age of 23. Since then, she has accumulated over 50 national and international awards and accolades for her work as a producer, writer and editor of both documentary and dramatic television and film productions. Ms. Peltier is best known for her work as director and co-writer of the primetime documentary special, "Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse", hosted by Oprah Winfrey. This multi-network simulcast was hailed as television's most watched documentary ever, and earned Ms. Peltier the coveted Humanitas Prize. Following closely on its heels was the Peabody Award-winning "Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse", which Ms. Peltier also wrote and directed. In 1994, she was producer-director-writer of A&E's four-hour special, "Titanic: Death of a Dream" and "Titanic: The Legend Lives On", then the highest-rated program ever aired on A&E, which won two Emmy Awards, including an award to Ms. Peltier for outstanding documentary writing. Three more Writer's Guild of America nominations for documentary feature writing followed in subsequent year, as well as three primetime Emmy Nominations for Best Reality Show as an Executive Producer of National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan". "Dog Whisperer" also won the People's Choice Award in 2010. Peltier is a co-founder, partner and executive producer at the Burbank-based production company MPH Entertainment, which has created over 350 hours of orginal documentary and reality television programming, dozens of which she produced, wrote or directed.
Peltier's dramatic TV and feature credits include writing the Lifetime movie "Nightwaves" starring Sherilyn Fenn, and the story, "The Collector", for the hit CBS series, "Ghost Whisperer". With her MPH partners, she served as producer of the film "Men Seeking Women" (starring Will Farrell) and co-executive producer of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," one of the most popular and profitable indie films of all time. Most recently, she produced the multi-festival-winning indie feature, "White Irish Drinkers", for Ovington Avenue Productions, of which she is also a principal with her husband, film/TV writer/director John Gray.
She is represented by Scott Miller at the Trident Media Group.
Top Customer Reviews
It's sharp, slyly funny, and pretty much impossible to put down. Melissa Jo Peltier is hilarious and a master at creating relatable characters, whether you love them, hate them, or want to bitch slap them (my choice for the character of Crimson Fennel, who is a very funny caricature of a former high school beauty queen gone off the rails). If you've ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes in reality television, this is your book. Even if you don't care one way or another for reality television, this book isn't just a good read -- it's a great read.
But beyond the fun time that "Reality Boulevard" provides to us readers, I found myself attending more to two other dimensions.
What does the mass popularity of reality TV programs as depicted in "Reality Boulevard" say about us a society? I don't regret for an instant that Peltier's novel pressed this question into the forefront of my mind even at the expense of tainting somewhat the unadulterated enjoyment I was having in reading the story. I won't proffer any glib answers here to this probing question but reflecting on it will be the longer-term impact for me of having read "Reality Boulevard" after the glow of the fun time has faded. And for that, I'm appreciative.
The second aspect of reading "Reality Boulevard" that most impressed me was the fine quality of the writing. My goodness, Melissa Jo Peltier has mastered her craft. Editors are constantly harping at us writers to "show me, don't tell me." Peltier demonstrates that skill with seemingly effortless finesse. But we who write know that it is not effortless. Peltier has paid her dues. "Reality Boulevard" is a very solid piece of writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A love/hate story about the TV industry from someone with a true inside perspective.
this novel covers flawed but memorable characters as they weather the whiplash... Read more
I think this book accurately depicts the problems with reality television.
If you are interested in a career in television read this book first! Read more
Like all great satire, Reality Boulevard can be read as straight fiction, or a thinly veiled non-fiction account of reality television. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Suzan Lowitz
A friend of mine recommended the e-book "Reality Boulevard" by Melissa Jo Peltier, as a smart and funny Hollywood satire to read and I'm grateful she did - she was right when she... Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Midwest Mom
This is a very well written book that I couldn't put down. The characters are interesting and the plot draws you in. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by sheila emery
Melissa Jo Peltier's witty, fun peek behind the curtain of reality TV presents a compelling and engaging picture of life in the business. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Elizabeth Rosebrough
This is the kind of book where once you start reading it, you're completely transported into another world. I love TV. Period. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Rebecca C. Smith
There were no likeable characters, really. And
it made me feel very sad for the human race. I hope it was more fiction than reality.
A brilliant weave of drama, shock and humor! Entertaining and educational, a unique perspective into some of life's most serious questions and what constitutes true happiness. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by deb scott
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