Los Angeles-native Screenwriter Christina Welsh previously gained acclaim for writing IF ONLY — the internationally released romantic drama starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tom Wilkinson. Welsh will soon enjoy widespread recognition as the writer of the screenplay for ADDICTED, soon to be released by Lionsgate Films, and starring Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Latino heart throb/Dancing with the Stars finalist William Levy. Welsh adapted the screenplay from the book by the same name.
A Loyola Marymount University graduate with degrees in English and Screenwriting, Welsh knew at 14 that screenwriting was her passion and worked toward making it her career. IF ONLY — based on her original screenplay — was chosen to open the Sarasota Film Festival at which Welsh and the movie won the Mark P. Famiglio Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.
ADDICTED — opening in theaters on October 10th of this year, is Welsh’s second movie and first domestic film release. It is a sexy and provocative thriller about a woman who is a sex addict. Lionsgate Films sent out an industry wide invitation to screenwriters to pitch for this open writing assignment. It was Welsh’s writing prowess, superseded only by her passion for the project that landed her the job to adapt Zane’s book into a screenplay. Welsh brings her adaptive skills and clear voice to the novel written by an African-American woman and starring a mostly African-American cast.
While waiting for ADDICTED to go into production, Welsh broke into television, selling a pilot to Lionsgate TV and Lifetime. During her career, she has sold diverse original film projects to producers and studios such as Disney, Intermedia and Halcyon Pictures. Her internationally-released film IF ONLY was picked up by ABC Family for its U.S. television premiere.
Prior to making the transition to full-time screenwriter, Welsh enjoyed a career in journalism. She served as the first woman editor-in-chief of LMU’s student newspaper. She was an entertainment reporter on Power 106-FM, then the #1 radio station in Los Angeles. As a field reporter Welsh reported live from the Oscars, the Emmys and the Golden Globe Awards. Welsh has interviewed the likes of such A-list stars as Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood.
Welsh also served as the head film critic for Coast Media News and wrote, photographed and designed the monthly publications for several major Hollywood trade unions: IATSE Locals 33, 44 and 728, Teamsters Local 399 and the IBEW Local 40 studio electricians. A member of SAG/AFTRA, Welsh has a varied acting resume with film, theater and voiceover credits. She performed in and wrote several comedy showcases at the famed Groundlings Theatre. Later, she co-created and starred in two long-running live Hollywood theater productions — including a full-length musical and a sketch comedy/ improv show that played to audiences for over two years. Her comedy troupe received rave reviews from the L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly also earning them a featured segment on the nationally syndicated television show AFTER HOURS.
Christina Welsh now lives in Los Angeles and has a soon-to-be announced project still in the works.