In the early ‘80s, Steve Chicorel left the University of Wisconsin to attend the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. While there, he began promoting concerts, soon jumping head-first into Manhattan’s entertainment world, producing music at the legendary punk rock CBGBs club, theater with Tennessee Williams, magazines with Andy Warhol, and video for Studio 54 and a variety of advertising agencies.
At 23, Chicorel returned to Wisconsin to begin his own advertising agency. Riding the wave of success from the health and fitness craze in the ‘80s, Chic Advertising represented numerous high-profile clients, including Weight Watchers and Heinz. In 1993, he retired to the Hawaiian Islands, living on the ocean, diving, sailing and making sushi. But for Chicorel, the call of Hollywood beckoned.
From 1996-99, he reinvented himself, completing a bachelor of arts degree in cinema at San Francisco State University and a master of fine arts degree in screenwriting at UCLA’s prestigious School of Theater, Film & Television. Also in 1999, he formed Chic Productions & Management, a literary management company founded on a deal with CBS. In addition, he worked as an executive producer and writer, developing the action-adventure television series Spymate with Doug Schwartz and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. He also co-wrote the family adventure Daytona Dog, which he is co-producing with veteran filmmaker Julie Corman.
Along with various TV series and long-form project deals in the works, Chicorel has recently teamed up with the U.S. Navy to develop Dolphin Warrior, a sci-fi adventure about the Navy’s mine-hunting dolphins, recently used in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chicorel currently works with Shoreline Entertainment, Inc. as an independent executive producer for long-form and series TV.
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