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.
Michael has written two produced screenplays for Universal Studios and is rewriting another for Mystery Road Films. His latest collaborations include a new one-hour television pilot with Hivemind (The Expanse, The Witcher), fellow writer Evan Spiliotopoulos (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 projects for and with Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, Imagine Entertainment, Mandeville Entertainment, Intrepid Pictures, Paradox Studios, Producers Lawrence Bender, Branko Lustig, Paul Schiff, comic book icon Stan Lee, writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh, Director Mike Newell, and actor/producer Dustin Hoffman. He also served as a reader and script analyst for Alcon Entertainment for three years after college.
Dedicated to giving back to fellow filmmakers, Michael 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 has lectured on screenwriting at The Screenwriters World Conference, east and west coast writer conferences, FSU, UCLA, and USC, invited by friends, instructors, and associates. He is a multiple-award-winning, graduate-level, online professor of screenwriting. 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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Mystery Road Films
UNCATCHABLE COWGIRL BANDITS
IN THE FALL
Sojourn Films Productions
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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