San Francisco Story Works Celebrates The Works of John Burns


    The accomplishments of John are varied, many and perhaps insignificant compared to many others. His work as a film maker, producer, director, as an actor for the stage, film and voice over are prizes he cherishes, but where his star shines brightest is in his literary work. His screenplays have been optioned for feature films, attracting A-Listed Hollywood talent.

After reaching Number 22 on Amazon, his first children’s novel was budgeted by the Don Bluth Animation Studio at Sixty-Five Million dollars. The movie did not get made but a new star was created and John’s creation, Pengey Penguin became part of the American household for ten’s of thousands of tots and young readers. 

John has moved on to exploring another side to his creativity. This year he released his first ever pulp fiction crime/thriller, The Glass Alibi.

Over the pond in London England on August 1, 2021: 

The Crime/Thriller Hound awarded

The Glass Alibi

Book of The Month

The Glass Alibi


Book of the month

The Indie Crime Scene

Kudos for John’s Screenplays


In 2019 John was honored with four REMI Award at Houston International Independent Film Festival.

This accomplishment is unprecedented in the 52 year history of WorldFest.

Judging was performed by seasoned producers and directors active in feature films and television production.

Judges were blind to the name of the writer.


It is an accomplishment in screenwriting  joining John Burns to screenwriter/film maker icons such as:

Oliver Stone • Bryan De Palma • Ang Lee • George Lucas • Spike Lee • Ridley Scott 

Steven Spielberg • The Coen Brothers• David Lynch

• Gold REMI •
The Many Adventures of Pengey Penguin
Family Entertainment/Animation

John’s Living LegacyAward from

Women in Film International



About the Author

John has won multiple literary awards for his first two children's novels,  The Many Adventures of Pengey Penguin and The Further Adventures of Pengey Penguin.

The famed animation director, Don Bluth (Secret of NIHM) calls Pengey Penguin the only books he’s considered directing as an animated feature film in the last seventeen years.

“Pengey Penguin is a charming family story that goes straight to the heart. It will attract an enormous world wide audience.” - Don Bluth

One of John’s favorite awards is The Living Legacy Award presented to him from The International Women In Film, Arizona Chapter.  If you stopped believing in Santa Claus, Tomorrow’s Christmas will make you a believer again.                                                                                   

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Richard Walters, the Screenwriting Chairman at UCLA, calls John’s script, The Curse of The Temple of Noh ... “Riveting and extraordinarily imaginative.” He calls John’s writing style, “A unique voice that needs to be heard.”

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John was greatly influenced by directors such as Francis Ford Coppola and Akira Kurosawa.  He produced and hosted the first TV show in the USA that feature all of the best Samurai Films. As an EP at Viacom in San Francisco he worked with: TOHO Films, The Janus Library and Corinth Films to bring the cream of Japanese cinema to cable the Cable TV audiences in the Bay Area.

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John is currently concentrating all of his energy on his novels.


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