Charlie Collier here. I'd like you to meet my boss, or should I say, my creator,
John Madormo. He literally puts words in my mouth. He decides which adventures are in my future. He knows if I'll succeed or if I'll fail. Fortunately, he allows me to enjoy success far more often than failure. Let me tell you a little about him.
John Madormo, a Chicago area screenwriter, author, and college professor, has created a body of work that has attracted the attention of motion picture producers and publishers. John has sold a family comedy screenplay to a Los Angeles production company, signed a contract for a three-book deal with a major New York publisher, and was recently named the Grand Prize winner of a national writing competition.
Here are just a few of his accomplishments:
- John signed a contract for a three-book deal with Penguin Books for Young Readers. The middle-grade mystery series, "Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire," is a tale about yours truly, a 12-year-old private detective, who sets up shop in his parents' garage and solves cases for fellow sixth-grade classmates. The debut novel, "The Homemade Stuffing Caper," was released in May, 2012. The sequel, "The Camp Phoenix Caper," was released in February, 2013. Book #3 in the series, "The Copy Cat Caper," hit bookstore shelves in September, 2013. And "The Buried Treasure Caper" was released in 2017.
- John signed a contract with Zumaya Publications (Austin, TX) for a middle-grade series titled, “The Adventures of Rutherford, Canine Comic.” Book 1 was released in the fall of 2020.
- He also signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press (Adams Basin, NY) for a young adult novel titled, “The Summer of Guinevere.” The book was released in the summer of 2019.
- The sequel to "The Summer of Guinevere," ("The Autumn of Andie") was released in the fall of 2020.
- John sold a family comedy screenplay, "Coach Dracula," to Dog & Rooster Productions, Studio City, CA. (Sheri Bryant will produce; Greg Aronowitz will direct). The film is currently in pre-production.
- He optioned a family comedy screenplay, "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't," to Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") Enterprises. Ms. Roberts and her manager-son, Michael Cannata, held the rights for three years.
- John Madormo completed a screenplay adaptation of the middle-grade novel, "The Ghost of Lizard Light" by Elvira Woodruff, for Flatiron Films (producers of the 2000 release, "Pay It Forward," starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt).
John has placed in the following screenwriting competitions:
- Grand Prize winner in the 2009 Reno Film Festival Best Synopsis Contest, and received First Place Award for Best Family Film Synopsis ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.")
- First Place winner for Best Family Film Synopsis at the 2010 Reno Film Festival for
Best Synopsis Contest ("Dream Machine").
- Top 10 finalist in the BenderSpink Open Door Screenwriting Contest ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.)
- Finalist in the 2009 StoryPros Award Screenplay Contest ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.")
- 2nd Place in the Comedy Division at the Chicago Screenwriters Network 2009 Midwest Screenwriting Contest ("The Boys' Club")
- Top Ten Finalist in the 2009 Movie Script Contest Golden Brad Awards ("The Boys' Club")
- Semi-Finalist in the 2009 Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competition ("The Boys' Club")
- Finalist in the WriteMovies.com International Writing Competition ("Kid Comedy")
John has also entered into option agreements with the following production companies:
Paulette Breen Productions
Bonnie Raskin Productions
Doris Roberts Enterprises
Dog & Rooster Productions
- 1977- 2020: John taught broadcast communication courses for the past four decades at North Central College in Naperville, IL, Columbia College in Chicago, Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL.