Biography

Janet Stilson chronicles the adventures of people and businesses as both a correspondent and magazine editor.  

She also writes film scripts, novels and short stories that are character-driven. They largely fall in the grounded sci-fi and fantasy genres and illuminate the human condition in provocative ways.

Based on her film script "Jaguar Trail," Janet was selected to be part of the  Writers Lab for Women, which is funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman and organized by New York Women in Film & TV as well as the collective Iris. "Jaguar" is a tale of suspense shot through with a climate change theme. When Janet researched what scientists believe the world will come to look like in decades to come, it was a pretty scary experience. That inspired the world of the story and its beat-the-clock plotline.

Another one of Janet's feature film scripts, "The Beauty of Disaster," is a dark-edged dramedy about a small-time psychic con, based on her undercover research into the secretive world of fortunetellers in Greenwich Village. The script was short-listed by three film competitions: American Accolades, the Austin Film Festival and the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.

Janet wrote and produced a short film based on "The Beauty of Disaster" feature, which screened in Los Angeles and New York several times and was  honored with an award from the Best Shorts competition. It has been licensed to a cable channel. 

As a journalist, Janet has written stories that range from a walking tour of Spanish Harlem to the latest video game developments.  Through it all, she's gained an insider's view of how technology, creativity and regulation have shaped the information and entertainment that is available to consumers - a topic that's endlessly absorbing.

Janet got her "chops" as a journalist at the storied showbiz bible, "Variety." At the time, she was the only female in the New York bureau, whose other inhabitants included some crusty elderly men with an encyclopedic knowledge of showbiz. There were times when phones were thrown  across the news room to emphasize a point.

Eventually she became the editor of a magazine called "Multichannel News International," which tracked the expansion of media companies around the world and afforded her many busman's holidays in places like Shanghai, Paris and Sydney - for which she is immensely grateful.

In addition to other staff editorial stints, she  has written freelance stories for many fine publications, including "The Los Angeles Times," "The New York Times," "Adweek" and "The Financial Times."

Janet has also worked as a consultant and research analyst, specializing in the business of media. Through her own private consultancy and in conjunction with others, she has provided services to such clients as Liberty Media, Microsoft Corp., Oxygen, Discovery Communications and MTV Networks. 

She has been an artist in residence at Dorland, a retreat in Southern California; the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica; Odysseys, also in Costa Rica, and La Muse in southern France.

Janet lives in Harlem, New York with her husband, David, and two opinionated cats. The streets of Manhattan, which she loves to roam, are a world away from her childhood home in a gorgeous upstate New York town called Franklin. Cars pass through Franklin in almost the blink of an eye, and she hopes it stays that way.