Occasional updates from the front lines…


Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA is honoring Julie with their Playwright of the Year Award on April 1, 2011, at their theater in Atwater Village. The Gala will feature excerpts and songs from many of Julie’s plays. Please join us if you can! Please RSVP by Monday, March 28th to


Julie Lectures at Notre Dame

On March 7, Julie gave a talk entitled “A Free-Lance Life” for the Film, Television and Theatre Department of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. She also visited Anne Garcia-Romero’s writing workshop to discuss her play TREE, and to work with the writers.


Julie’s New Pilot for CBS

CBS Sets FBI Drama Starring Dylan Walsh


By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Tuesday November 16, 2010 @ 2:19pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Former Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh is reuniting with CBS and producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly for another procedural about  an agent at a Washington D.C.-based government agency. CBS has ordered a script for an untitled FBI drama project set in D.C. from veteran drama writer Julie Hébert, with Walsh attached to star. Timberman/Beverly Prods. and CBS Television Studios, where the company is now based, are producing. Hébert, Timberman and Beverly are executive producing, with Walsh and Kerry Schmidt serving as producers. Last development season, Walsh played the lead in The Line,  a CBS drama pilot from writer-director Michael Dinner, Timberman/Beverly and Sony TV, which centered an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agent and a father. Walsh, repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan, recently co-starred in Secretariat. CAA-repped Hébert serves as a consulting producer on the CBS/CBS Studios freshman cop family drama Blue Bloods. Her series credits include Numbers, ER, Third Watch and The West Wing.



Julie just sold a pilot to CBS for the 2011 season. The script, developed with Timberman/Beverly Productions and Kerry Schmidt, will be a character-driven procedural set in Washington, D.C.


The episode Julie wrote titled “What You See” aired Friday, October 22nd. It was directed by the incomparable Felix Alcala, and can be viewed online here at Another episode written by Julie called “Re-Do” will air in the coming weeks. This one is directed by the fabulous Rosemary Rodriguez.


Currently, Julie is in New York City directing an episode of The Good Wife called “Nine Hours” which will air on CBS sometime before Christmas.


PEN AWARDS CEREMONY, November 17, 2010

PEN AWARD CEREMONY, November 17, 2010 
Julie and Hugh Hefner (!) will receive PEN awards this year, along with good friend Victor Lodato who takes the Fiction award as well as being a finalist in the Drama category. Julie and Victor will sit together… and attempt to say hello to Hugh during the evening.

TREE wins PEN Center Award

It was just announced that Julie’s play TREE won the prestigious PEN Center West Award for Drama this year. The Awards ceremony will be held in November. A press release will follow soon.


Julie is working on the new CBS Television series Blue Bloods, which will premiere in September.  Not only does the series shoot in New York City, but the writers are based there, so Julie has taken up residence in Gotham City for the time being.  The drama was created by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, Emmy Award-winning writers of the Sopranos, and is being run by Ken Sanzel, previously of Numb3rs.

The story centers on the Reagans, a tight-knit clan of New York cops, led by Tom Selleck, also starring Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, and Len Cariou. For the Reagans, putting criminals behind bars is more than just a job—it’s the family business. They may clash over methods, internal politics and Sunday dinner, but they have one thing in common—they’ll stop at nothing to see justice served.

Here’s the show on the CBS site:

NYC Industry Substance Abuse Forum

SAMHSA and The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. Host “Picture This” Forum on Addiction Treatment and Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2010) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) hosted a Picture This Forum on Treatment and Recovery from Addiction issues at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Washington, DC today. The forum is part of an initiative by SAMHSA and EIC to bring together a panel of entertainment industry creators with addiction treatment and recovery practitioners, advocacy leaders and constituents to identify and discuss issues related to how treatment and recovery can be accurately conveyed in entertainment productions.

“SAMHSA commends the entertainment industry, EIC and NAB for using their influence to help increase awareness of substance use disorders and mental health issues through accurate and moving portrayals of people confronting these issues,” said Dr. H. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, a division of SAMHSA. “Through these efforts the entertainment industry is performing an enormous public service to our nation.”

“There is much happening in the world today that can adversely affect people dealing with addiction problems and the need to promote the truth about recovery is more important than ever,” said Brian Dyak, EIC President and CEO. “It’s our hope and our belief that entertainment will be one of the ways that the public grows to better understand this issue and the potential for helping those suffering from addiction.”

The forum’s panel included entertainment industry figures Julie Hébert, Co-Executive Producer of “Numb3rs”; David Feige, Writer for “Drop Dead Diva”; Cheryl Horner Sirulnick, Executive Producer of “True Life” and “Gone Too Far”; Leah Weber, Assistant Producer of “One Life to Live”; and Moira McMahon, Director of Medical Research for “Private Practice”.