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Michael Colleary

Michael Colleary

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.

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