Pride's Writing Team

Four writers have contributed to the story and screenplay of the inspirational sports film “Pride,” starring Terrence Howard.

Kevin Michael Smith (Story/Screenplay)

The style of Kevin Michael Smith is best described as stories about common people demonstrating uncommon valor to bring about change.

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982, Kevin became a member of New York radio station WHTZs Z-Morning Zoo.” As “Captain Kevin,” Kevin became the youngest sports director in New York City media history.
In 1985, Kevin voiced-over a character on the CBS sitcom, “Foley Square. By 1988, Kevin returned to Pittsburgh, as an investigative and sports reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Newspaper.

In 1996, Kevin was named Executive Producer for the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Team, designing a two -time Tell Award winning and Emmy nominated magazine show called “Pens Confidential”.
Kevin's writing began to gain regional and national notoriety while he was sports director and producer at WTAE-TV, where he earned three more Emmy nominations, four Golden Quill Awards, four Associated Press Awards, a National Headliners Award and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award.

In February 2003, Kevin and his wife, Deborah Lynn, moved to Los Angeles and immediately found success in the world of screenwriting, optioning two scripts, including PRIDE (formerly PDR). In August, 2004, Kevin served as producer and writer for a television pilot, The Tryout hosted by Dan Marino.

As a co-principal of Inspired byFilms, Kevin and his producing partners Nicole T. Renna and Derrick Mayes have fashioned a slate of more than 40 projects ranging from feature films, to television episodics, to animation features, to Reality television, to stage plays. Kevin is an active member of the Writers Guild of America.

Michael Gozzard (Story/Screenplay)

Before becoming a fulltime screenwriter, Michael was the Senior Vice President of Development for Fortress Entertainment, as well as Story Editor for Oscar winning actor Morgan Freemans production company, Revelations Entertainment. During his tenure at Revelations Entertainment, Michael helped develop such Morgan Freeman films as BRUCE ALMIGHTY staring Jim Carrey, Stephen Kings DREAMCATCHERS and LEVITY staring Billy Bob Thornton.

Michael has also worked as a reader and story analyst for John Crosby Management (who represents actors Renee Russo and William Hurt), as well as producer Anne Marie Gillen (Executive Producer of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES).

Michael recently created his own production company; Pennlyn Productions (, where he will produce, direct, and write film and TV projects under the shingle. Most notably, Michael will make his feature directorial debut on a project he wrote entitled Sensei, a story based on his experience teaching English in Japan.

Born in Silver Springs, Maryland, but raised in Philadelphia, Michael graduated from Temple Universitys film school before making Hollywood his home. Michael is also a professional photographer, as well as a former radio DJ / talk show host.

J. Mills Goodloe(Screenplay)

Director and screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He began his career as an assistant to Richard Donner, the director of such films as SUPERMAN, THE OMEN and the enormously successful LETHAL WEAPON series. After working as Mr. Donners assistant on LETHAL WEAPON 3 and MAVERICK, Goodloe became an associate producer on ASSASSINS starring Sylvester Stallone and Julianne Moore. In 1996, Goodloe was named president of Richard Donner Productions. Over the next four years, Goodloe produced CONPIRACY THEORY starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts and LETHAL WEAPON 4 starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as well as several independent films for HBO.

In January of 2000, Goodloe left Donner Productions to write and direct the award-winning A GENTLEMANS GAME which starred Gary Sinise, Dylan Baker and Philip Baker Hall. In 2003, he wrote and developed an original screenplay, THE AGE OF ADALINE for Steve Golins Anonymous Content. In 2004, Goodloe wrote the screenplay for Walt Disney Studios VOLPONI which is set in the world of thoroughbred horse racing.

In 2005, Goodloe was hired to adapt John Grishams bestseller novel BLEACHERS for Revolution Studios. His next project will be directing his original screenplay AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER which will star Pierce Brosnan. Goodloe is based in Los Angeles.

Norman Vance, Jr. (Screenplay)

Norman Vance, Jr. was born and raised in San Diego, California. He attended Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on a baseball scholarship, and received a B.S. Degree in Marketing and Business. After college, Vance worked for Pepsi Cola Bottling in Buena Park, California as a Sales Manager. Self taught, he began writing television specs. After a few years at Pepsi, Vance decided to step out on faith and quit, and soon after pursued a career in comedy writing. Two weeks after letting Pepsi go, he received an opportunity at BET writing for a show called Comic-View.

After that, Vance went on to write on network shows, “The Parent 'Hood” (for WB), Moesha (for UPN) and Girlfriends, where he served as Supervising Producer. In 2003, Vance sold his first feature spec ROLL BOUNCE (Fox Searchlight) which was produced in 2005. He also was a credited writer on BEAUTY SHOP (MGM) in 2005. Most recently, in 2006 he sold a feature to Fox 2000 called THE CHAMPIONS and is currently working on various other assignments with multiple studios.