Who We Are
With more than fifty years’ experience in the publishing world, and over thirty years in entertainment, Dr. Ken Atchity (PhD Yale) has been called a “story merchant”—writer, professor, editor, producer, and literary manager. He’s launched hundreds of books and films, including New York Times bestsellers and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He’s made over 200 film or television deals--with every broadcaster and every studio in Hollywood, and plenty of independent film companies as well.
His more than thirty films include The Meg (Jason Statham), The Lost Valentine (Betty White), Angels in the Snow (Kristy Swanson), The Madams Family (Ellen Burstyn), Hysteria (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and Life or Something Like It (Angelina Jolie).
He’s published over twenty books of his own, including six for writers at every stage of their careers.
Before he left his tenured position at Occidental College to pursue his lifelong mission to bring writers to success in the story marketplace, he was Fulbright professor to the University of Bologna, Italy, Distinguished Instructor of scripts and novels at UCLA Writers Program, and regular columnist for The Los Angeles Times Book Review.
He’s a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Executive Vice President
Lisa is an accomplished editor, actor and executive producer, earning 25+ national/international awards in her career so far. As Executive Vice President of The Writer’s Lifeline, Lisa dedicates her immense energies, management and editorial skills, and visionary focus to helping writers move their careers forward.
Senior Vice President
Chi-Li Wong, Atchity Entertainment Partner and President, is Senior Consulting Editor for The Writer's Lifeline, Inc. She came to Los Angeles after serving as associate administrator of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. She began as story editor and analyst at AEI, then, after specializing in treatments and acquisitions, served as co-producer with Ken Atchity of NBC's Stalker: Shadow of Obsession (starring Veronica Hamel and Jack Scalia). Other productions include Joe Somebody (Fox: Tim Allen, Julie Bowen, Jim Belushi), Life or Something Like It (Fox: Angelina Jolie, Ed Burns), and The Meg (Warner: Jason Statham).
Chi-Li was coauthor with Dr. Atchity of Writing Treatments That Sell (Owl Books, Writer's Digest Book Club, Quality Paperbacks), and her development practice is at the core and foundation of the services that Writer's Lifeline provides. Wong is a native New Yorker, who's also lived in Hawaii, Florida, and the Virgin Islands.