Maryann Ridini Spencer Biography

A Passion for Writing & Content Creation

Maryann receives BRAVO’s 2016 “Visionary of the Year Award”

Creative, out-of-the-box thinking and developing abstract concepts and ideas into branded realities for the marketplace is Maryann Ridini Spencer’s forte. Maryann works as a content creator for clients, as well as her passion projects in the literary, film and broadcast media arena. Utilizing her expertise and “vision” as an award-winning screenwriter, producer, author, journalist, TV Host, seasoned PR/marketing professional, and business owner, Maryann is committed to producing content and product that inspires, entertains, educates, and uplifts.

President, Ridini Entertainment Corporation

In 1990, Maryann founded Ridini Entertainment Corporation (REC), a Multimedia Content Creation, PR/Marketing and TV/Film Production Company, to combine her passions for writing, producing and marketing.  Her entire career has balanced these two specialized fields. For REC, Maryann develops and oversees all public relations, film, video & multimedia activities, personally attending to each client and project.

Under her Ridini Entertainment (REC) company banner,  Maryann has helmed campaigns for such diverse clientele and major brands as NBC/Universal, The United States Olympic Committee (working with Olympic athletes & hopefuls and the GAMES), E! Entertainment Television, Miss Universe, Inc., McGraw-Hill, American Public Works Association (APWA), Strand Home Video, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and the cities of Ventura and Riverside, CA and Tempe, AZ,  among many others. For more information, visit:  Ridini Entertainment

Television and Movie Screenwriter & Producer

As an award-winning screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild West and Producers Guild of America,  Maryann is celebrated for co-producing/writing the award-winning movie, “The Lost Valentine,” starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt.  The movie, a critically-acclaimed, ratings hit from Hallmark Hall of Fame ( in  Association with Ridini Entertainment Corporation based on the novel of the same name by James Michael Pratt), premiered Sunday, January 30, 2011, on CBS-TV (9:00 pm ET/PT) to over 15 million viewers.  It held its position for five years as being CBS-TV’s highest rated movie, and at the time of its premiere, it was Hallmark’s highest rated movie in four years. Since it’s debut, it has since become one of Hallmark’s classic, most beloved movies, and is now a part of Hallmark’s Gold Crown Collector’s Edition. The movie also airs regularly on The Hallmark Channel.  Read more about “The Lost Valentine.”

A sampling of Maryann’s numerous writing and/or producing  credits  for television and foreign theatrical distribution include Cable News Network (“People Now” and “The Mike Douglas Show”), USA Networks (“Alive & Well”), SyFy Channel (MOWs), Showtime Networks (“Roger Corman Presents” movie series), and The Movie Channel (MOWs).

Upcoming Theatrical Movie Projects

Upcoming projects written and produced by Maryann include: “Lady in the Window” (based on Maryann’s novel of the same name to be published May 2017),  “Ticket Home” and “The Good Heart” (screenplay adaptations are based on the novels by James Michael Pratt), “The Art of Survival” (based on the best-selling novels “The Art of Survival” by Charles Pierce with J. Marlando and “Din” by J. Marlando), “Friends Are Forever” (based on the novel “Husbands May Come and Go, But Friends Are Forever” by Judith Marshall), “To Jeffrey With Love” (based on a True story), and “Harrington House,” (created and written by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Brian Oppenheimer), as well as several other original screenplays. Find out more about Maryann’s  Film & TV Projects.


Maryann’s first novel, the award-winning  “Lady in the Window,” (May 2017, SelectBooks) is available in hardcover or eBook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets.  “Lady in the Window” is the WINNER of the 2017 Best Book Award (“Fiction: Romance” Category) and a Finalist (“Fiction: Chick Lit/Women’s Literature”) the Best Book Awards are sponsored by the American Book Fest.  Maryann is also currently penning the screenplay to “Lady in the Window” and the sequel to her first novel, “The Paradise Table.” (2018).

TV Host, Cookbook Author, Food & Lifestyle Journalist


Maryann is also the creator, writer, producer and host of “Simply Delicious Living with Maryann®,” an award-winning healthy living cooking series  (and cookbook) seen on PBS Television (KVCR-TV in Southern California, DirectTV, Dish Network, Roku, and YouTube) with a text and video column that runs in the online edition of the Ventura County Star (part of the Gannett /USA Today Network).  Additionally, she is the developer, producer, writer, and reporter of, “Sustainable Ventura News,” an award-winning environmental news program broadcast on local television in Ventura, as well as on the news and lifestyle pages at Ventura County Star (Search: “Sustainable Ventura”). “Simply Delicious Living” and “Sustainable Ventura” also run as radio shows on KPQQ 104.1 FM in Ventura County, Ca.

Maryann has worked as a freelance journalist throughout her career contributing to a variety of national and regional newspapers and magazines.   Her primary beats cover Writing (screenwriting, novels, cookbooks, TV/Print Journalism), Food/Epicurean, Sustainable Living, Healthy Lifestyles and Joyous Living, Home and Family, PR and Marketing, Business and Women’s InterestA sampling of her credits include Ventura County Star (Video Reporter and Print Columnist), Palm Springs Life Magazine (Food Editor/Writer), Los Angeles Magazine, Desert Magazine, Totally Local VC, Soap Opera Digest, Hi Def, Women in Film Publications, and many others. Find out more.

Through her work as a food and lifestyle journalist and creator and host of “Simply Delicious Living,” Maryann also works as a consultant, recipe developer, and food stylist. A sampling of clients has included Jarlsberg USA, Woolwich Dairy, Garlic Gold, Beanitos, Spice-Topia, and many others.

Early Beginnings

Before founding REC, Maryann served as Vice President of Publicity, Advertising & Promotion at Stephen J. Cannell Productions, supervising publicity and marketing initiatives in Los Angeles and Vancouver, British Columbia for such network television series as:  “Wiseguy” (CBS), “Hunter” (NBC), “21 Jump Street” (FOX), “Booker” (FOX), “Sonny Spoon” (NBC), “Top of the Hill” (ABC), and numerous movies.

Maryann began her career working as a writer/producer for Cable News Network.  Later,  she transitioned into public relations and marketing and served as Director of Public Relations for Miss Universe, Inc., where she supervised the national and international publicity on location around the world and in the U.S. for the “Miss Universe,” “Miss U.S.A.” and “Miss Teen U.S.A.” pageants and titleholder appearances.  In this position, she coordinated campaigns, events, galas, and press and promotional activities (working with international media and such corporate sponsors as Mazda, Maybelline, Evan Picone, J.C. Penney, Minolta, Catalina Sportswear and many others), involving 80+ countries worldwide.  Other PR positions include working as a Vice President and Senior Publicist at top industry firms on a variety of entertainment and corporate accounts.

Public Speaking & Lectures


Maryann serves as a Board Member of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO Ventura Chapter) in the position as Marketing Director. She also lectures on a variety of topics including Food/Epicurean, Sustainable Living, Health and Wellness, Writing, TV and Film Production, PR and Marketing, and Women’s Issues. Find out more.

Maryann lives with her husband, Dr. Christopher Scott Spencer,  between Southern California and Hawaii.

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