Who Is Lawrence Meyers?

This is written in the third person.  It’s because “I” makes one sound self-absorbed.  The problem with the third person, however, is it makes one sound more special than one is. 

Lawrence Meyers is no more special than you are.  You are likely more special than he.

Lawrence Meyers grew up in Millwood, NY, a stone’s throw from the slightly more famous town of Chappaqua. He studied at Horace Greeley High School, where his classmates found him dorky enough to facetiously vote him “Most Likely to Become a Chippendale”.

Larry matriculated at Cornell University.  He garnered a great deal of knowledge in advanced mathematics, chemistry and physics, but discovered his categorical imperative lay in the arts. Prior to graduation, he learned filmmaking basics from Prof. Marilyn Rivchin, while Professor Don Fredericksen, an expert in Jungian theory and therapy, provided an overview of film history, criticism, and an ongoing fascination with Jung. Larry graduated from Cornell with a B.A. in Chemistry, holding a diploma in one hand and a movie camera in the other.

Following graduation, Larry enjoyed a six-month sabbatical backpacking through the United States and Western Europe. He settled in Los Angeles to attend USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. While there, he studied under Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Contact, Beowulf) and producer Lynda Obst (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Abandon, Sleepless in Seattle), both of whom were instrumental in launching his screenwriting career.

From 1992 to 2005, Larry wrote 23 hours, and produced over 60 hours, of dramatic television programming across all genres. These shows included Picket Fences (Story Editor), The Pretender (Executive Story Editor), Roar (Co-Producer), When I Grow Up (Producer), The Outer Limits, Andromeda, The Net, and Crossing Jordan. He also sold two feature film scripts, Superkids (with Stan Lee as producer), and 1001 Nights (with Toby Jaffe as producer). He also consulted on the groundbreaking documentary feature Villisca: Living with a Mystery.  You can find his IMDB page here.

Larry wrote two books. The first is a biography of his mysterious, reclusive high school math teacher, Teacher of the Year: The Mystery and Legacy of Edwin Barlow. The second is a virtual round-table of interviews with television’s top writer-producers, discussing their creative process and the collision between art and commerce. This book, Inside the TV Writer’s Room: Practical Advice for Succeeding in Television has been praised by both established and aspiring writers for its unique insight into the creative process.

Larry has been an avid stock investor since earning his first real paycheck on Picket Fences. He has written for The Motley Fool, authoring over 100 articles, focusing on sectors including Hotel REITs, leisure, manufacturing, financial services, and small-cap investing.  Some of more notable (and controversial) articles included The Myth of Socially Responsible Investing, Parts 1 and 2; and an exposé on Bally Total Fitness, which the Motley Fool pulled because it was too hot for publication. The series was subsequently published in a shortened form by Club Industry’s FitnessBusiness Pro trade magazine.  He continues to write for finance websites SeekingAlpha  and InvestorPlace on all manner of investments and finance, and his articles appear at Yahoo! Finance, Google Finance, Zacks, and MSN Money.  His investment articles have generated over two million unique page views.

Most notably, he became the first U.S. journalist to comprehensively cover the companies and stocks in the short-term consumer lending sector, also known as payday loans. Recognizing them as a classic Peter Lynch play because of the market’s misperception of their product, Larry became one of the country’s leading analysts for the sector. In 2006, he co-founded a private equity venture, PDL Capital Inc. The venture focused on providing low-cost short-term loans directly to consumers and working-capital commercial loans to other lenders across the country.

PDL Capital wound down its investments in 2010.  Today, Larry is regarded as one of the nation’s experts on alternative consumer finance.  He consults for hedge funds and private equity via his Council Member status at Gerson Lehman Group, and as a member of Coleman Research Group’s Executive Forum.  He also consults for Credit Access Businesses and Credit Services Organizations in Texas.  His Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor have appeared in over two dozen major newspapers.  He also brokers financing, strategic investments, and distressed asset purchases between private equity firms and businesses of all stripes.

His investigative journalism and public policy writings have covered a diverse arena of issues, many drawing on his knowledge of chemistry and economics.  He has provided clarity for policymakers, and the public, on subjects including fragrance chemistry, vaccine manufacturing, fisheries, statins, biofuel, tobacco taxation, siloxane D5, and the popular keratin hair-straightening treatment.  It isn’t all serious stuff, though. He also pens articles on popular culture, including reviews of every James Bond film.  The primary venues for these works are Breitbart.com and BloggerNews.net.

Larry also finds time to build a financial model for a revolutionary independent film production and distribution company, and is writing his first work for the theatre.

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