Robert Eisele Productions
Award-Winning Writer, Producer, Poet

Robert Eisele graduated from UCLA with a B.A. Cum Laude in Film, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theater, Playwriting Specialization. Soon after college, he was granted a playwriting fellowship at the Tony Award winning American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where he earned his Actors Equity card performing in the West Coast premiere of EQUUS. Eisele’s own play was staged there, and subsequently published and produced in several theaters across the country. At A.C.T., he had the good fortune of meeting Tennessee Williams, a major influence on his writing.

While teaching college theater, Eisele continued writing plays and publishing poetry. When a play of his was produced at David Mamet’s St. Nicholas Theatre in Chicago during the worst winter there in twenty years, he had an epiphany. It was time to write for television and film. As a freelancer, he wrote an episode of the Emmy-winning series CAGNEY & LACEY, and won the Humanitas Prize. Michael Mann saw the episode and hired Eisele as Story Editor for the critically acclaimed first year of his series, CRIME STORY. Eisele moved on to become Supervising Producer of THE EQUALIZER. Both series were voted among the top twenty episodic dramas of the 1980s by the Associated Press.

In the 1990s, Eisele received overall writing/producing deals at Warner Brothers, Universal and Paramount. He had two pilots made, as well as his critically acclaimed television movies, LAST LIGHT (Showtime, WRITERS GUILD AWARD nominee for Best Original Longform Teleplay) and LILY IN WINTER (Universal/USA Network, WRITERS GUILD AWARD nominee and PEN Literary Award nominee), all of which he executive produced.

In the 2000’s, Eisele was executive producer of the Showtime series, RESURRECTION BLVD., which he and series creator Dennis Leoni guided to its 2001 ALMA AWARD for Outstanding Television Series. Eisele’s RESURRECTION BLVD. teleplay, NINO DEL POLVO (CHILD OF THE DUST), received a 2002 WRITERS GUILD AWARD nomination, his third WGA nom since 1993.

In 2004, Eisele’s television movie for ESPN, “3: THE DALE EARNHARDT STORY,” received the second highest rating for any cable movie that year. Also in 2004, he rewrote the movie RAY (uncredited) for director Taylor Hackford. RAY received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and won two Academy Awards.

Eisele’s screenplay for THE GREAT DEBATERS (from a story by Eisele & his friend, Jeffrey Porro), was produced by the Weinstein Company in 2007, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. The film also starred Denzel’s fellow Academy Award winner, Forest Whitaker, and garnered a 2008 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATION for Best Picture and the IMAGE AWARD for Best Picture. Eisele’s script won the Writers Guild of America’s PAUL SELVIN AWARD, THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD, and received an IMAGE AWARD nomination for Best Screenplay. The movie also won the Producers Guild of America’s STANLEY KRAMER AWARD, the National Board of Review’s FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARD, the Women Film Critics Circle’s JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD, and the African American Film Critics Association’s BEST PICTURE AWARD. In 2009, Eisele’s original screenplay, HURRICANE SEASON, starring Forest Whitaker and Academy Award nominee, Taraji Henson, was a Blockbuster Exclusive release.

Recent projects, not yet produced, include a bio-pic about Joe Louis for Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, a television movie about the last survivor pulled from the rubble of 9/11 (slated for production in 2014), a feature film project with director D.J. Caruso, and a feature with Mark Ciardi slated to produce.

But Eisele’s most important productions were in collaboration with his wife, Diana, a professional dancer and educator. Their son Nick and daughter Marissa are now the second generation of Eiseles working in the entertainment industry.