Michael loves stories. He is passionate about making unique voices heard.
Michael has worked with writers all over the world on their vision, and helped uncounted stories make it out of the drawer to the screen. Thirty years of writing, collaborating and giving advice, taught Mike to look to the past and the remote when it comes to the right source of wisdom for a fellow writer to succeed. He has condensed the knowledge extracted from the most important books about screenwriting in The Toolbox.
Michael has optioned rights to bestsellers in nonfiction and fiction, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, and has brought international partners together for development.
Michael worked as a juror for Bluecat, the Emmys and the Peter Ustinov Prize for Emerging Screenwriters, and he is a member of the selection committee for scriptwriting of the German Academy of Television.
Michael’s clients and fellow writers have sold their material to Fremantle, Sony, Universal, MGM, and many more.
Michael has written and co authored more than 60 features, made for tv movies and over 30 episodes for scripted TV, family drama, crime thrillers and comedy. His own material has been optioned by Fremantle, Alive Entertainment and Rainmaker Content.
His adaptation of Ugly Betty saw 685 episodes and became the most successful access prime-time show of all time on German television. The show earned him a German Emmy and a Rose d’Or and confirmed him as a sought-after development professional.
Mike has worked with Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, Daniel Cerone, Adi Hasak and Frank Spotnitz.