Valerie Thomas has worked with Dog Green Productions for the past three years. She wrote Morgenthau, which aired on PBS in 2014, and wrote and produced Underfire, The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro, which premiered on HBO in November 2016.
Ms. Thomas began her career in film as an assistant in Jonathan Demme’s office, just as the film Silence of the Lambs was going into production. Ms. Thomas worked for Jonathan Demme for the next 11 years, moving on to Director of Development, then Vice President of Development where she oversaw the development of dozens of projects, including Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Adaptation and Beloved. She went on to become a producer with Demme, producing Ulee’s Gold and Subway Stories. After leaving Demme’s office, Ms. Thomas wrote a screenplay for 20th Century Fox, as well as two young adult novels. Her first book, Karma Bites (Houghton-Mifflin) was published in August 2010. Her second book, From What I Remember (Hyperion) was published in May 2012, and was optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.
Ms. Thomas received her B.A. from Reed College and her Masters from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.