White Water

 
 

Eric Stein, who grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, believes his interest in film and television was unintentionally spurred by his mom’s decision to make their household TV-less.  While he feels that some may find that a bit strange, he doesn’t think it’s as odd as growing up lactose intolerant in the Dairy State.

 

Stein began his career while attending the University of Arizona, squeezing classes between jobs as a college marketing rep for Columbia Pictures, a weekend news producer/anchor for PBS affiliate KUAT-AM/FM, and as a production crew member for KUAT-TV.

Stein acknowledges some benefits of having a degree, but feels the value of his may have been diminished by the fact that Geraldo graduated from the U. of A. as well. 

 

After graduating Phi Kappa Phi with High Distinction, Stein began working as a copywriter for an ad agency in Tucson where he created radio, television and print ads for a number of businesses.  

 

With a host of award-winning ads under his belt, Stein moved to Los Angeles and began writing for Star Street, a European children’s television series.  Shortly thereafter, Stein was a supervising producer on Defenders of Dynatron City, an animated children’s special which was the highest rated show for its time slot on the Fox Children's Network.

 

With co-author Michael S. Bandy, Stein wrote the children’s book, White Water (Candlewick Press) and the award-winning script of the same name which also garnered him a Cosby Screenwriting Fellowship. 

Bandy and Stein also penned the scripts, Man of the Cloth, The Messiah From Madison and Lemonade, a Gordon Parks Award finalist.  Stein wrote the book Everything I Know About Life I Learned From Trash Talk TV (CCC Publications). His award-wining song, Long Distance Lover (ASCAP), made the top 40 on MP3’s adult contemporary chart. 

 

Stein has also worked as an executive with Lucasfilm and MGM where he negotiated licenses for properties including:  Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Pink Panther.  At The Greek Theatre, Stein created and executed promotions for over 80 shows in one of the Greek’s highest grossing seasons.

 

Stein’s professional affiliations include:  The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Authors Guild, The Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

 

Stein is also on the dive team at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach where he swims with sharks almost every weekend.   Asked if he’s afraid he’ll get bitten, Stein said, “It’s not the sharks I swim with that worry me; it’s the ones I have to work with.”

 

 

 
The book and screenplay for White Water were written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein.
 

Michael S. Bandy caught the creative bug at a very young age. Growing up in the deep south, Michael would act out roles he had seen on television to an audience of chickens, hogs and an old bovine named Bessie on the family farm (scary, but true).


Bandy had no idea that his experience working a tough crowd would pay off years later when he began hosting industrial shows for a number of demanding Fortune 500 companies.  He has been involved with shows including the Silver Anvil Award winning, Drive for Conservation, Not For Men Only and EC1 - Lets Clear the Air About Air Pollution. 

 

Bandy, a founding member of the comedy troupe, Comedy Shorts, has written for the European animated children's series, Star Street and has worked as a writer and production consultant on Animation Tune Factory's Muscle Dogg.   With co-author Eric Stein, Bandy wrote the children’s book, White Water (Candlewick Press) and the award-winning script of the same name which also garnered him a Cosby Screenwriting Fellowship.  Bandy and Stein also penned the scripts, Man of the Cloth, The Messiah From Madison and Lemonade, a Gordon Parks Award finalist. 

 

Bandy, has appeared in a variety of productions including The Mighty Gents, Purlie Victorious, Wine In The Wilderness, A Raisin in the Sun, The Madwoman of Challiot, Jacques Brels Is Alive and Well In Paris, and The Smokin Room, which he co-wrote and produced.   His film and video credits include, Not My Cab Buddy, Untogether, and The New People.  He was also a regular for the Cincinnati, CBS local access programs, Dr. Kincaid's Casebook and Juvenile Court.

 

His promotional and marketing company, Singer/Bandy Group, consulted with Hanna-Barbera to develop Hanna-Barbera Family Favorites, a book series from Bantam Double Dell.  His company also produced story boards for the MCA' direct-to-video production of The Little Engine That Could and created animation cel art for the 50th Anniversary of Woody Woodpecker for Walter Lantz Productions.  His creative and marketing talents were also utilized on a project for former Heavy Weight Champion of the World, Riddick Bowe.

 

While at the University of Cincinnati, Bandy was an announcer for campus radio station WFIB. In addition to producing and performing with the Black Rose Theater Guild and Mariemont Players, Bandy wrote, directed and was executive producer of the community student film, A Tragic Thang, which won critical recognition.


His professional and civic affiliations have included: The Animation Art Guild; Weingart Partners, a homeless advocacy organization; and Southern California Youth Conference. Bandy has received commendations from the California State Assembly, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Pacoima Inner City Organization and the United States House of Representatives. Bandy has received commendations from the California State Assembly, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Pacoima Inner City Organization and the United States House of Representatives.