Bazzel Baz

Biography: Bazzel Baz began his career in the film industry in 1995 as a Production Assistant on UPN's television series LEGEND starring Richard Dean Anderson and John Delancie and produced by Michael Greenburg, Richard Dean Anderson and Larry Rappaport. During this period he fulfilled a variety of positions to include on occasion 2nd Assistant Director, stunt work and eventual acting role across from Richard Dean Anderson as a reporter in the episode Clueless in San Francisco. It was during his time with the LEGEND series that Baz wrote his first screenplay titled Ultimate Revenge and presented it to Michael Greenburg for review. Baz was offered a position with Greenburg's production company Gekko Film Corps at Paramount Pictures. Like his fellow Citadel graduate Pat Conroy (best selling author of works including The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini), Baz through his partnership with experienced filmmakers Michael Greenburg and Jarrad Paul, improved the piece and retitled it,Bazzel Baz began his career in the film industry in 1995 as a Production Assistant on UPN's television series LEGEND starring Richard Dean Anderson and John Delancie and produced by Michael Greenburg, Richard Dean Anderson and Larry Rappaport. During this period he fulfilled a variety of positions to include on occasion 2nd Assistant Director, stunt work and eventual acting role across from Richard Dean Anderson as a reporter in the episode Clueless in San Francisco. It was during his time with the LEGEND series that Baz wrote his first screenplay titled Ultimate Revenge and presented it to Michael Greenburg for review. Baz was offered a position with Greenburg's production company Gekko Film Corps at Paramount Pictures. Like his fellow Citadel graduate Pat Conroy (best selling author of works including The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini), Baz through his partnership with experienced filmmakers Michael Greenburg and Jarrad Paul, improved the piece and retitled it, Gentlemen of the Shade. Gentlemen of the Shade is Baz's explosive story of patriotism and betrayal while in the CIA and behind-the-scenes controversy in Somalia, South America and Washington D.C.

In 1997 National Research Group's Howard Ballon requested to team up with Baz to write another espionage thriller titled Swirled. Swirled is a twisting espionage action thriller involving the CIA's (NOC) Non Official Cover program under the guise of M/TV and it's movement in Eastern Europe.

In 1998 Baz and Ballon teamed up again to complete another screenplay titled The Rock of Abraham, a story of reconciliation between a Marine Corps father and his CIA son as they pursue a terrorist from Tunisia to the United States. This action feature finds it's roots in more fact than fiction and is an eye opening experience for even the most seasoned of viewers. Independent Artist optioned this piece for two years but was unable to complete production. The Rock of Abraham is now available.

In 1998 The Hollywood Reporter announced "Rysher Entertainment's decision to call in the cavalry in the guise of this former CIA Officer to boost the ratings for season number two of the Jerry Bruckheimer syndicated action series S.O.F. Special Ops Force." During this period, Baz had the honor of teaming up with two of Hollywood's most prestigious writers, Greg Strangis and Bob McCullough.

Immediately following his assignment with Bruckheimer, Baz completed three more screenplays, Redemption, Arquest and The Lucifer Files. Redemption is the explosive account of one man's internal struggle with his clandestine past and the current bureaucracy as he attempts to free his younger sister and her friend from a Bolivian prison. (Based on a true story). Arquest is a thrilling adventure based on the actual discovery of Noah's Ark. It pushes the conflict between science and religion to the edge. Two brothers working as National Geographic photographers travel to Turkey to cover the volcanic eruption of Mount Ararat. Their assignment turns into a whirlwind of intrigue as they uncover the hidden agendas of a prominent scientist and his Smithsonian Research Team. Murder, spiritual mystery, archaeological discovery and life-threatening mountaineering excitement make Arquest a page-turner. This 30 Million plus feature is currently under development at Ex-Patriot Films.
The Lucifer Files is a WWII epic. Based on the novel "Beach Red" by Peter Bowman, we follow a single hour in a soldier's life in a Pacific island invasion and the influence of politics on his destiny. It is a journey of deceit and corruption at the highest levels of power as a Senator discloses the true motivations behind the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its impact on America beyond the year 2000. Based on the findings of the New World Order.

With the 1999-year ending, Baz completed two other screenplays. The first, a political story titled Rafiki, involving two Kenyan females, one black and one white as they fight for women's rights against a tyrant government in Africa in the 1960's. Their lives are complicated by the arrival of an American Reporter and his colleagues, whose true motives are cleverly disguised in chance encounters and pretense of love. Their intrigue with the Reporter and further involvement turns a world of patriotic efforts and best intentions into a world of deceit, lies, espionage and death. In the end, it is the sacrifice of an estranged guardian, Rafiki, who saves the day.

The second, Balance of Power, is the story of a U.S. Ambassador held captive by the President of a renegade nation. The Ambassador's two teenage daughters, their retired mercenary Grandfather and a few not-so-ordinary friends, suit up for rescue action to save the Ambassador's life and bring the corrupt President to justice.

The beginning of year 2000 brought into completion Comrades, Colleagues and Killers, a political action thriller surrounding the United States Secret Service and their heroic attempt to prevent the Chinese government from assassinating the U.S. President. In addition, Baz wrote his first dark comedy titled Little Johnny Rotten, the hilarious adventures of a wayward child and his encounter with a world-surfer who offers him the unconditional love he cannot find at home. This comedy presents a refreshing and remarkable twist on the responsibilities of parenthood and how self-absorption can turn an innocent child into a monster.

In May of 2001, Baz closed a studio deal with Paramount Pictures as the Creator and Producer for his reality-based television series titled FianSafari.
Baz also maintains a plethora of material to include but not limited to, reality-base, scripted, strip and newly developed television pilots. His success as a "script-doctor" has gained him recognition among gatekeepers like Debra Moore, former Executive Vice President of Production for New Line Cinema and Kevin Cooper, Vice President of Digital Domain, to name a few.

Baz published his first book titled Terrorism Survival Handbook in 1984. His latest work is titled Dolphins In The Sky, a poetic autobiography of his life before and during the CIA. He is a member of the Writers Guild Of America, Screen Actors Guild, was selected on January 2000 as a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Film Company Writer's Film Project, and is the 1997-98 Harley Davidson Model for Pisano Publications. He is represented by Armstrong Hirsh Jackoway Tyerman & Wertheimer (Legal Entertainment), managed by the Kate Edwards Company and currently attached as Writer-Technical Advisor/Associate Producer for the CBS Television Show "The Agency," and featured in numerous episodes as a member of their elite Special Operations Group. Entering 2003, Baz has partnered with Mark Burnett [Survivor] to host and Co-Executive produce the CBS Reality Show, "Recovery."
The September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, catapulted Baz's career as a national spokesperson for NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and numerous radios shows. In addition, he is featured in the television show "Combat Missions" which began September 2002. Combat Missions pits four elite squads of six non-active military and law enforcement professionals against one another. Comprised of Navy Seals, SWAT, CIA, Marine Recon, Delta Force and Green Berets, squad members use their strength, skill and wits to compete for bounty…and more importantly, honor and pride.

In April of 2002 Baz passed another milestone as he and Edgar Struble (composer for Country Western Singer Kenny Rogers) finished "March On By" a patriotic song produced by Peter Panic Music, Burbank California as a salute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and Civilian Rescue Operations.
After completing his college education from The Citadel in 1978, Baz entered the United States Marine Corps. During his tour in Cuba, he wrote and directed his first independent film, casting a portion of his Leeward Guard Security Force. Seven years later as a Counter-terrorism Officer he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. The following ten years as a paramilitary case officer in Special Operations Group involved supporting CIA and other U.S. Government Agencies in field intelligence collection operations throughout the Far East, Middle East, Northern Europe, Central and South America, Mediterranean and Africa. At the Executive level, he developed and recommended policy, operational doctrine, techniques, methods and application for use in connection with paramilitary activities, film propaganda, proliferation, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, espionage and special operations.

In addition to his writing, Baz is Secret Service firearms instructor qualified, an aerial photographer, Recovery Agent for the American Association for Lost/Stolen Children, former Protection Specialist for Hugh Hefner at Playboy, member of the world renowned Rogers Bros. Streetluge Racing Team and recipient of the Nation's Intelligence Commendation Medal.

Baz has been able to draw from his CIA and military experiences in order to create movie and television material that is unique and original. His background coupled with his artistic senses and writing experience makes him a valuable and welcomed asset to a variety of production teams.
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