Matt Payne has lived and worked as both a television writer and producer in Los Angeles for nearly ten years. Matt grew up in Oklahoma City and began his career with a degree in Film and Video Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Since then, he has worked as part of writing staffs for such hits as 24 andWithout A Trace. Most recently Matt wrote and produced episodes of CBS’s The Defenders starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell and Memphis Beat, starring Jason Lee, which is set to air on TNT in August of 2011.
In addition to a successful television-writing career, Matt has developed features with major production companies and continues to work as a freelance script analyst for Relativity Media, the production company behind such hits as The Fighter, Zombieland, and Catfish where he has provided script feed back on nearly a thousand features.
When he is not writing and producing television, Matt works as contributor to the Washington Times Communities Travel section, where he has writing skills have taken him from the top of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpar to the jungles of the Philippine Islands. New York City’s finest restaurants to the earthquake ravaged Port au Prince Haiti.
Matt was the winner of the 2004 Comedy writing award for Scriptapolooza, a finalist for the Warner Brothers Television Writer’s workshop, and is an active participant in Los Angeles’s Young Storytellers Program.
Early in his career, Matt spent two years working as an assistant the Endeavor, which is now part of WME, the second largest talent agency in the world, working closely with such talent as Christian Bale and Michael Douglass.
Matt is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and the Screen Actor’s Guild.
Happiness is attainable. Morning to night. I love to teach, deal with folks that have an issue and really wish to tackle it and write.
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Life lessons, adventures, people places and observations as I undertake my personal quest to travel to 100 or more countries before I die.
Viewing and reviewing the Los Angeles experimental and classic punk scene with a nod to Rodney's English Disco
Published 9:32 a.m. May 15, 2013
With a small group of stalwart adventurers, we are trekking into Volcanoes National Park in search of a family of African gorillas.
Published 1:52 p.m. May 14, 2013
Getting ready to hike the mountains in search for the Mountain Gorilla takes some preparation.
Published 9:32 a.m. March 7, 2013
Though the food is fantastic, it is what is hidden in the walls of this Carmel, California Eatery that makes it truly unforgettable.
Published 4:14 p.m. February 28, 2013
Take advantage of Play Hook and Ski Week, March 4-8 with deals up to 84% all across the country.
Published 5:11 p.m. February 26, 2013
The Cecil Hotel in Los Angelese offers travelers a low cost travel option. And more than a few macabre stories.
Published 8:20 a.m. January 31, 2013
Whether trekking across mountaintops or a guided boat trips, Orangutan Odysseys is the perfect way see nature's greatest apes.
Published 8:04 a.m. January 15, 2013
It is in the hyper-stimulating markets of South Korea that the country’s cuisine truly begins to reveal itself.
Published 10:53 a.m. January 7, 2013
Poachers and volunteers square off along the Caribbean shore of Costa Rica in a late night race to save the eggs of the highly endangered Leatherback sea turtles.
Published 7:36 a.m. January 7, 2013
Dogsled your way through Montana's Absaroka Mountains while staying at, Chico Hot Springs, one of Montana's most luxurious, unique and historic hotels.
Published 10:25 a.m. December 18, 2012
Asian rap star and Internet sensation Psy's “Gangnam Style” shows the world only one upscale footnote in a city of rich culture, history, and cuisine.
Published 12:30 p.m. November 12, 2012
From the exotic street food of the Kwangjang Market to the implausibly fresh seafood of the Jukdo Fish Market the most educated palates will find a variety of textures, flavors, and temperatures.
Published 3:41 p.m. October 11, 2012
With its main drag, historic hotels, charming store fronts, Red Lodge, Montana conjures images of days gone by.
Published 10:38 a.m. September 19, 2012
Home to National Parks, quaint towns, extra-ordinary golfing, camping, mountain biking, and wildlife, Delta and Montrose counties are not something to be missed and the town of Montrose is a perfect hub for exploring Western Colorado.
Published 11:11 a.m. September 6, 2012
A Canadian couple annually builds luxury Yurts, offering travelers to one of Canada's most remote destinations a unique adventure.
Published 4:42 p.m. August 29, 2012
Downtown LA has become a destination in Los Angeles not to be missed. And at its center, The JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live i