“Hey Everyone! Let’s all meet at 3:00 on Wednesday to build the world. Oh, and bring a bag of sand.”
:: DESCRIPTION OF AUTHOR BY FRIEND OF AUTHOR
The self-taught art of daydreaming launched Isenberg on a writing-producing-marketing career when, at 8 years old, her story “King C” was selected for Oakland University’s Young Authors Conference. Proud of her accomplishment, Isenberg immediately picked up the phone to call the local press (The Birmingham Eccentric), insisting the operator connect her with the Birmingham Excedrin. Later, Isenberg attended the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language & Literature, a minor in Film Studies, and an MBA/Entrepreneurial Studies audit, along the way divining the difference between her personality type and the drug store cure for folks who have trouble keeping up with her free-wheeling imagination.
Ambitions to write and produce Hollywood mainstream movies propelled Isenberg to LA, where she racked up credits on Tri-Star Picture’s I Love You to Death (Kevin Kline, Keanu Reeves), MGM’s Youngblood (Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb), Showtime’s Bordello, the teen dance drama True Vinyl, and was co-creator and executive producer on the Fine Living Network series I::Design, co-producer of the First Internet Film & Music Festival (IFMF) and architected the deal for transition of IFMF into the Sundance Online Film Festival. In addition to her mainstream film, TV, internet and publishing credits, Isenberg, known as Zoom, founded the renowned Hollywood Literary Retreat & Seminars (www.HollywoodLiteraryRetreat.com).
As an innovator of content creation and brand strategy for multi-media platforms, Isenberg launched Focus Media, Inc., paving the way for branded entertainment with clients that include Petco, Paramount Pictures, SOYJOY, Herman Miller, Dignity Memorial, Legacy.com, Eternal Image, TaylorMade Golf, Sundance, Activision, etc. As part of her multi-media platform approach, her first entrepreneurial comedy novel, My Life Uncovered, attracted a network bidding war. To market her second comedy novel, The Funeral Planner, Isenberg launched the real life business Lights Out Enterprises, The Tribute Network, and customized tribute video Jack the Mench, which received front page publicity in the New York Times landing her guest appearances on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Early Show, NPR, and international media, as well as becoming a Celebrity Partner to the National Hospice Foundation, 1800Flowers.com, and Shutterfly.com. The Funeral Planner is now a Trilogy Franchise Series of Comedy Novels and a Digital Series featuring singer-celebrity Joss Stone at www.TheTributeNetwork.com. Isenberg has several reality TV projects in development and The Funeral Planner is in development as a scripted TV series with award winning comedy director Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, etc.).
Isenberg resides in Marina del Rey, CA and writes at Clark Lake, MI and where her four legged daughter Tao provides both inspiration and playful distraction. She holds a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from USM, a Bachelors of Arts in English Language & Literature with a Minor in Film Studies and an MBA/Entrepreneurial Studies audit from the University of Michigan, and is a Guest Adjunct Professor of Multi-Media, Entertainment, Marketing & Technology at LMU and SMC’s Academy of Entertainment Media & Technology.