Nick Hagen been involved in screenwriting and film production for two decades. Taking a page from some of his filmmaking idols, in his twenties he self produced several short and feature length films. He considers this to be his film school.
In 2007 he entered a nationwide contest put on by 21st Century FOX, The P.G.A. and Myspace called The Storyteller Challenge. The winner would receive a significant cash prize and a year long development deal with FOX. Based on the strength of his project (concept and short film) and his in person pitch at FOX, he was fortunate to win.
Shortly there after he read an article about Tyler Perry where Mr. Perry described his method for breaking into Hollywood. His focus was on audience building and the idea, that if you build an audience for one of your projects that’s large enough, Hollywood would come calling. So that’s what he did.
He created The Haunting of Sunshine Girl intellectual property, building an audience so large (over 300 Million views) Hollywood did in fact come calling. Together with his production partners, Mercedes Rose and Paige McKenzie, he worked for years to build the loyal audience of the Haunting of Sunshine Girl. The result has been a NY Times Best Selling series and a television series currently in development.
Shortly after their Sunshine Girl success they worked with Disney to develop a wholly original concept entitled, Misfits.
After The Haunting of Sunshine Girl garnered attention, Nick signed with APA and has been working tirelessly as a screenwriter with his writing partner, Dana Speer, ever since. Together, they’ve covered both film and television, developing projects with producers, Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield, Morning Glory), Paul Stupin (Dawson’s Creek, Switched at Birth), Black Label Media (La La Land, 12 Strong), John Wirth (Hell On Wheels, Wu Assassins) and Scott C. Silver (CrtlMovie).
In addition to his professional work, he is a busy family man. When not working, he spends much of his time as an amateur taxi driver for his four very specific clients (his kids) as they need shuttling from one activity to another.