My NativeAdVantage: Writer/Producer/Director and owner of Hutson Ranch Media
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy made the move out west, graduated from UCLA and began writing/producing. He launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit Scooby-Doo in Where’s My Mummy? and followed with co-writing the concept and additional material for Chill Out Scooby-Doo!
His career took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several critically-acclaimed genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Inside Story: Scream, More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead and His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th.
He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series The Morning After, a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers quickly up-to-date on the latest and greatest in entertainment news and celebrity interviews.
Thommy co-wrote and produced Animal, a character-driven genre film for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films, which became the network’s highest-rated original film. He also produced the insightful relationship drama The Trouble with the Truth, starring Lea Thompson and John Shea, as well as Dreamworld, a quirky, romantic dramedy.
As an author Thommy crafted a limited-edition, hardcover coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of the wildly successful 1984 Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which was featured in Entertainment Weekly magazine’s “Must” list.
Most recently he produced and made his feature directorial debut with The Id, an independent psychological thriller starring Amanda Wyss.
A member of the Producers Guild of America, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, new media, publishing and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.
What do you do best?
As a writer/producer, I’m able to work well--and think creatively--under pressure. So much of the entertainment business works at a breakneck speed, it helps to be able to quickly find ways to turn problems (real or perceived) into opportunities to make a project better.
What makes you the best?
“Best” is such a tall order to achieve, but I will continue to do all I can to reach my goals. I use the phrase “Know thyself,” because it’s important, and I believe I do. I stay true to who I am. I know my strengths, my weaknesses and how to overcome them. It can be difficult finding ways to make sure that your ideas, beliefs, feelings and desires coalesce with the project at hand, or with the people with whom you are working, but it’s important to me that neither an opportunity nor another person be compromised. There’s always a way to make something work!
How will you stay the best?
Continuing to trust my instincts, as well as listen to and learn from the people around me who I trust and admire. I also welcome connecting with successful people who want to create. I think it’s important to realize that mistakes can sometimes be the road to a bigger success you weren’t expecting. Also understanding that sometimes the one way you thought to do something isn’t the only way. All of that, coupled with the fact that I am not afraid of a challenge and am always ready to work very, very hard!
What are your aspirations: business & personal?
Business: To create projects that make people feel something and cause them to stand up, realize they have an important voice and inspire them to do something creative, special and exciting. I’d like to write and direct more feature films, write more books, create a television series and, one day, start a charity.
Personal: To be a good person and treat others with respect. To balance work and life. To have a happy family. To get three Labradors: yellow, chocolate and black.
What fascinates you?
People, ideas, culture, nature, the world, the universe…you name it! I’m in love with the notion of looking at something, whether simple or complex, and knowing that it has a purpose in our lives. That from the most seemingly insignificant thing an idea can come into being and literally change someone’s day, or even change the world.
“Do or do not: there is no try.” (It’s SO true!)
My parents, family and husband. All the people who believe in me. Anyone who stands up for what’s right, even if it is not an easy decision to do so. Also, people who’ve done things to inspire me: Shakespeare, George Lucas, Walt Disney, Christopher Reeve. People who overcome adversity to make their dreams come true. And my cat, Kailey. She reminds me that it’s okay to take a nap once in a while.
Upstate New York, Vermont, anywhere in the mountains, Maui, London.
Mophie (you’ll never worry about your phone battery dying again!), print books (I love the feel of cracking open a new book to read).
I am a voracious reader. I am an avid runner. I love nature. Love delicious food. Disneyland!
Right now it is being able to make a living doing what I had always dreamed of doing when I became a "grown up." I feel lucky that I'm able to say that!