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Dov Simens

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Dov was raised in New York (Hewlett Harbor); graduated college in Pennsylvania (Muhlenberg College, BS, Mathematics/Economics) and after serving in Viet Nam (’68-’69, Green Beret, 1st Lieutenant); He returned to America; moved to California (Carmel-Monterey) and owned acclaimed literary bookstore (The 3 Rings), for a decade, where he learned about properties & the importance of story and marketing, prior to moving to Los Angeles and commencing his career in Hollywood.

After optioning numerous books, writing scripts and pitching high-concept projects (’80-83), and he graduated from the school-of-hard-knocks: His true film experience commenced as a Reader and Development Executive (’83-85) by writing coverage on over 3,000 screenplays and segueing into film production (’85-’88) as a Production Manager/Line Producer for Roger Corman, who made over 700 profitable, feature films, while teaching at USC, UCLA & NYU.

In 1991 Mr Simens committed 100% to film education and founded the Hollywood Film Institute, with it’s patented “2-DAY FILM SCHOOL™” (presented & franchised in over 35 nations), and presented over 1,200 master weekend intensives, for adults & professionals, on Filmmaking, Directing, Screenwriting, Producing, Financing & Distributing. In 2010 Mr Simens sold his campus to J J Abrams.

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