Ed performing at a Moth GrandSLAM event at The Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Ed performing at a Moth GrandSLAM event at The Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles.


Ed McCarthy is a writer, storyteller, and producer whose work has been screened in film festivals spanning twenty countries. Ed's award-winning short, They Fall Fast, will soon be available on Amazon Prime.

He’s been a finalist in Film Independent’s Episodic Lab and in the Producers Guild of America’s “Make Your Mark” film competition; his pilots have reached the semis in the Cinequest Screenplay Competition and the ScreenCraft Pilot Launch competition; and he was a second rounder (top 15%) three times over in the Austin Film Festival (AMC One-Hour Pilot competition, One-Hour Spec, and Short Screenplay).

An accomplished storyteller, Ed has appeared on various stages throughout Los Angeles. He’s won The Moth and has been featured on its weekly The Moth Radio Hour. 

Ed has extensive experience developing and producing content. He ran development on film and television incubators in partnership with Josh Hutcherson, Lesli Linka Glatter, Sarah Treem, Betty Thomas, Kasi Lemmons, The Black List, and Condé Nast. He has also created or developed branded content for Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft Surface, and Dove (amongst others). 

His most recent completed project was being line producer for the indie pilot “Work/Friends” (directed by Rodrigo Garcia and written by Karen Graci). Currently he is the writers’ assistant for the upcoming USA Network / Netflix drama “Dare Me.” 

A former English teacher and administrator at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the school that inspired the film and TV series “Fame”), Ed earned his MFA in Creative Writing at American University.  

One of Ed’s life goals is to get Paula Abdul to read a piece of creative nonfiction he wrote about her. Click here to read. Who can help him out?