Michael Tabb is a working screenwriter, decade-long current and active member of the WGA (the Writers Guild of America, West is the Hollywood screenwriters’ union), a multiple-award-winning screenwriting educator, and author of a film-festival-winning Best Screenplay. His new book, Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-By-Step Guide To Generating Stories, explains how he develops great, cohesive script ideas that continue to get him work, released by Focal Press, the entertainment-business division of Routledge, America’s #1 textbook publisher and a subsidiary of Taylor & Francis, the #1 textbook publisher on Earth.
Michael has written two produced screenplays for Universal Studios and is currently writing a new project for a brand new WGA-signatory production company. Recent collaborations include a new one-hour television pilot with Hivemind (The Expanse, The Witcher), fellow writer Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snake Eyes, Charlie’s Angels, The Huntsman, and Disney’s 2018 Academy-Award-nominated film, Beauty & The Beast), and Director Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, TV’s Flash and Green Arrow), taking his first steps into television. He has three new, original TV pilots, one with Endgame Entertainment.
He has developed feature film and episodic projects for and with Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, Imagine Entertainment, Mandeville Entertainment, Intrepid Pictures, Paradox Studios, newer WGA-signatory companies like Paragon Pictures and Mystery Road Films, Producers Lawrence Bender, Branko Lustig, Paul Schiff, Sean Daniel, writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh, Director Mike Newell, actor/producer Dustin Hoffman, and legendary comic book icon Stan Lee. He also served for several years as a reader and script analyst for Alcon Entertainment (put deal at Warner Brothers) for three years after college.
In his spare time, Michael is dedicated to giving back to fellow filmmakers, from novice to career professionals. He serves on the WGA’s Writer’s Education Committee, formally served on the New Members’ Committee, co-created the screenwriter’s union’s first ever Mentor Program, and has assisted the Writers’ Guild Foundation Community Outreach Program by guest instructing on his craft to underprivileged youth in the Los Angeles area. He serves as a mentor for fellow NYU TSOA alumni, the Missouri Film Office’s Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship. has lectured on screenwriting at The Screenwriters World Conference, StoryExpo, east and west coast writer conferences, the 2021 Next Generation of Visual Storytellers Conference, FSU, UCLA, and USC, invited by institutions, friends, instructors, and associates.
He is a multiple-award-winning, graduate-level, online professor of screenwriting now teaching internationally at EEI Creative Arts: School of Film and Entertainment whenever he can. Michael has spoken on and moderated web-casts and industry panels for San Diego’s Comic-Con International, local Los Angeles film festivals, film schools including New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and the Writers’ Guild of America, West.
His education includes two years as a USC undergrad, a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated from UCLA’s School of Film and Television, professional screenwriting program.
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THE KNIGHTS OF THE 40 ISLANDS
Run Entertainment, Ltd.
Lawrence Bender Productions
RING AROUND THE ROSIE
Strategic Film Partners
Senator Films (Mandate) / Canton Company
Stan Lee Media / Canton Company
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
Walt Disney Feature Animation
PEPPER IN THE BLOOD
Burning Tree Films, Inc.
SAWYER & FINN
RISE OF THE DEADMEN
THE EMPIRE STATE
Feerst Media Group
Various Organizations, Nationwide 1999-Present
Program Director of the Nashville Film Institute
Screenwriting Instructor / Lecturer
Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Stories
Script Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Instructor’s Corner, Winter Park, FL
Shooting People, London, England
Ingénue Magazine, Beverly Hills, CA
Columnist / Contributing Writer
UCLA - University of California, Los Angeles
Graduate Professional Program in Screenwriting (School of Theatre, Film & Television)
NYU - New York University
Bachelor of Fine Arts - 1995 (Tisch School of the Arts)
USC - University of Southern California
Arts & Sciences (Two Years)
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