Story Editor Heather Regnier Turned Producer on Sleepy Hollow


Heather V. Regnier, a vital member of the group behind Ichabod Crane’s incredible time travels, moves up from the executive story editor chair and into a producer role.

Heather is an improviser, sketch comedian, and writer. She was born and raised in Westwood and went to University of Southern California for college. She is a daughter of a USC professor and a psychologist. She finished college in 2008, wherein she majored in Screenwriting with Distinction, and minored in Neuroscience with no particular significance.

Heather loves working on comedy but spends most of her time writing drama material. Her TV drama writing credits include: Human Target, Falling Skies, and her present engagement, Sleepy Hollow.

Heather began studying improv sketch at UCB since 2009. Her works include Let’s Do This!, Sketch Cram, and the all-female Maude team The Get Go.  They have been together for over three years so they are all on the same cycle.

In season one of Sleepy Hollow, Heather V. Regnier, executive story editor then, assisted in delivering time-traveler Ichabod Crane through the story line involving different kind of creatures and beyond this world scenarios: From angels to demons, to monsters, to biblical prophecies and of course, the legendary Headless Horseman. The Headless Horseman is set to be one of the four hoursemen of the Apocalypse.

As the show Sleepy Hollow reaches its second season, Heather V. Regnier is now a producer of the show. She discusses this modern-day spin on two Washington Irving classic short stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle,” spans “a thousand hyphens” genre-wise, including “supernatural-historical-religious-monster-fantasy-cop — and there’s romance thrown in, for good measure.”

She has just been recognized on Forbes’s “30 Under 30” in Hollywood list. Regnier is already a expert of the otherworldly.

Having beem formerly a staff writer and story editor for TNT’s Falling Skies, she also became a staff on Fox’s Human Target, for which she cowrote her first ever produced script.

When she is not working on producing Sleepy Hollow, Regnier also sidelines as a comedian, carrying out with the all-female sketch team The Get Go at Hollywood’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

After finishing her degree in 2008, she picked up a protest sign: the writers’ strike was under way.

While protest at Warner Bros., she became acquaintance with Melissa Rosenberg who then was a co-executive producer of Dexter. Regnier consequently received a call from the Dexter office, which, after the protest, was searching for a temp. She took in the job for 3 diverse positions at the edgy Showtime series.

More innovative than edgy, Sleepy Hollow draws the 18th-century Ichabod (Brit actor Tom Mison) pairing with a 21st-century cop (Nicole Beharie) to fight away the forces of evil.

The show has many palpable influences, including National Treasure, the Tim Burton–Johnny Depp Sleepy Hollow movie, the modern Sherlock Holmes film franchise and The X-Files.

“One of our mandates is to inject our storylines with history,” Regnier says.

“We hope to engender some interest in a subject that people might otherwise think boring,” she adds.

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