MICHAEL COLLEARY is a screenwriter, producer, educator and screenwriting consultant for more than 3 decades. He earned an MFA from UCLA film school where he won the Jack Nicholson Award and the William Morris Award for screenwriting excellence.
During his 35-plus year career he’s worked for all major movie studios and TV networks. His produced credits include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the family comedy Firehouse Dog; and the TV series Unnatural History. Michael won a Saturn Award for co-writing (with Mike Werb) the John Woo-directed action thriller Face/Off, which the New York Times deemed “one of the best 1000 movies ever made.”
Since the mid-90s Michael has been a visiting instructor for the Screenwriting MFA program at UCLA where he teaches the famed 434 screenwriting workshop. His students have gone on to write, direct and/or produce such movies and television series as "The Bad Batch," "Patriot," "Bojack Horseman,” “The Punisher” and many more. For his contributions to the program’s students, UCLA honored him with the Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jonathan and Janice Zakin Chair in Screenwriting.
Currently Michael is the co-creator and showrunner for the television series Professionals starring Tom Welling and Brendan Fraser which recently wrapped production in South Africa for a 2021 premiere.