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Biography

DEREK WEISSBEIN is a screenwriter and mental health worker living in Los Angeles. Derek’s original screenplay, LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS, based on the life of Eric Clapton, landed on the 2016 Black List survey of top unproduced screenplays and was optioned by LBI Entertainment and Le Grisbi’s John Lesher, and re-optioned in 2018. In 2017, he was hired by Maven Pictures and actress/producer Olivia Cooke to adapt the novel COURTING DANGER which followed tennis pro-turned-WWII spy. Derek currently has a few projects in development. He also uses creative writing as a therapeutic tool in his mental health work at Pacific Teen Treatment in Malibu, CA. Derek works with teenagers struggling with various mental health issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, ED, and gender dysphoria.

Derek is currently represented by Adam Perry of APA and Brendan Kenney of Everyday Pictures.

Known For
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs on the 2016 Black List
Guild Membership
WGAW
Special Skills
Rehabilitation counseling

Writer currently has no listed scripts.