VFS instructors are professional working artists who bring to their teaching decades of experience as screenwriters, novelists, journalists, poets, and playwrights. Our faculty's artistic integrity, talent, and dedication to teaching provides students with the unparalleled opportunity to gather the creative and entrepreneurial tools needed to flourish as writers.
Head of Writing for Film & Television
Michael has consistently worked as a writer/producer in American primetime television and films for 33 years.
Graduating from City College of New York (CCNY) in 1974, he made his way West to Hollywood and began a career that has entailed writing, producing, creating, and showrunning TV series including Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day At A Time, Maude, A Year At The Top, Carter Country, Three's Company, 9 to 5, What's Happening, Melba, Full House, We Got It Made, Campus Cops, Rhythm & Blues, Smart Guy and So Little Time, as well as at least a dozen half-hour and hour-long pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.
Excited by the prospect of sharing his experiences with VFS students, Michael views his position as a natural extension of his career and an opportunity to give back. He hopes to both inspire and advance the next generation of successful screenwriters.