“I’m a ridiculously lucky kid-at-heart who has watched 98% of my childhood dreams come true. I also have a disability, and becoming a card-carrying member of the brotherhood of the physically challenged is the single luckiest moment I’ve ever experienced.”
— Hammad Zaidi
Hammad Zaidi is an award-winning producer and writer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. He is in pre-production on “Pet Divorce Court,” a TV series he created, and he’s in development on several feature films and TV series.
Zaidi founded Lonely Seal Releasing, an international film and television distribution company, and he’s a partner at Industry Corporation, a Canada-based multinational video game, software, technology and entertainment company.
Hammad is hosting three upcoming weekly podcasts; “Limping on Cloud 9,” an eclectic rush of positivity and possibilities, “Going Bionic,” a film distribution and career strategy series, and “Development Hell and Back,” a screenwriting show co-hosted with John W. Kim.
Zaidi has been a jury member, advisory board member, panelist and screener at several festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance, Flickerfest in Sydney, The Nashville International Film Festival, The Louisville International Film Festival, The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, The Kansas International Film Festival, The Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival, The Cinequest Screenwriting Contest and the UCLA School of Film and Television Screenwriting Showcase. He has also served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at several universities, including his alma mater UCLA, Vanderbilt, Chapman, The Watkins Film School at the Watkins School of Art and Design in Nashville, Cal State Northridge, The University of Kansas, Avila University, and San Diego State, among others.
Hammad Zaidi received his Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Film and Television Producers Program.
Hammad Zaidi’s charitable efforts include creating “Champions of Hope,” a September 11th related, White House endorsed Public Service Announcement that was financed by Disney and Verizon and distributed by Regal Cinemas on over 5,000 theatrical screens on the one-year anniversary of 9/11.
Hammad Zaidi created the concept for “Ogre Achiever,” a Shrek-based national billboard campaign designed to inspire kids. The billboard was produced and distributed by “The Foundation for a Better Life,” in cooperation with DreamWorks.
Hammad’s most personal effort was creating “Script Accessible,” a screenwriting contest for writers with disabilities and non-disabled writers who wrote about disabled lead characters. “Script Accessible” was housed at Slamdance in conjunction with the WGA-West. The 2010 “Script Accessible” winner, “All the Wrong Reasons,” won the Discovery Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.