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Michael Tabb

Writer, Actor

United States , Los Angeles

Current Work Details

What I do

WGA Screenwriter (represented by APA)


Burning Tree Films


Where I work

I run my own company or organisation

Technical Skills

Final Draft and I go way back

Resources / Expertise

I am a visual entertainment scriptwriter.


Paid Work Only


Theater, Film and Television programs

Shooters Q&A

Films I wish I had made

Pulp Fiction, Children Of Men, All That Jazz, Amadeus, Casablanca, Swimming With Sharks, The Usual Suspects, The Princess Bride, Shakespeare In Love, The Constant Gardner, No Country For Old Men, Braveheart, and my secret, escapist, guilty pleasure fantasy movies, including: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter.

I cried watching

Dead Poet's Society, Dad, In The Name of the Father

I left the cinema during

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Fountain, Fur

Directors I love

A Cauron, S Spielberg, G Lucas, Ang Lee, Bazz, C Eastwood, P T Anderson, Q Tarantino, Francis Ford, and M Newell to name a few

Actors I admire

Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Johnny Depp, Jack, Meryl, Brendon Gleeson, Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Ed Norton, Maggie Smith, Robert Downey Jr., John Goodman, and the late greats Charles Laughton, Alan Rickman, Madeline Kahn, Laurence Olivier, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Richard Burton.

Writers I respect

William Goldman, Patty Chayefsky, JK Rowling, Aaron Sorkin, Jeffrey Lent, Robert Towne, David Mamet, George Lucas, Mel Brooks, Billy Wilder, Quentin Tarantino, Horton Foote, Frank Darabont, Harold Ramis, Tom Stoppard, Christopher McQuarrie, Lawrence Kasdan, Shane Black, Max Landis, James L. Brooks, John Milieus, Alvin Sargent, Buck Henry, John Hughes, Neil Simon, Adward Albee, Tennessee Williams, Tina Fey, David E. Kelly, John Logan, Scott Frank, Paul Thomas Anderson, Waldo Salt, Carl Foreman, David S. Ward

My desert island discs

Never understood this question - favorite works are already listed above... And what good are discs on a desert island? There would be no TVs or DVD players even if we had them... It'd just be a big fat depressing tease. So, I guess I'd bring discs that reminded me how crappy most films are so I wouldn't miss movies so much. But you all know how passionate we are about being apart of that rare gem of a film, so even that wouldn't work. A pack of plague infested wolves couldn't chase us away from our work and this impossible business. Am I over-thinking this? :) Next question please...

Books I have given my friends

The works of Jeffrey Lent.

My death row meal

A big, thick, rare steak, double stuffed baked potato, creamed spinach or creamed corn, and a 30-year-old bottle of single-malt scotch. After a meal like that, I'm pretty sure I would die.

The best thing I own

Whatever makes my life and job easier, regardless of cash value - in short, FINAL DRAFT. The software of champions.

More about me

Michael Tabb has written recent movies for Universal Studios and is developing a TV pilot with Producers Sean Daniel & Jason Brown at Hivemind, Director Thor Fruedenthal and EP/writer Evan Spiliotopoulos. Before that, he had just been hired to write a feature for Paradox Entertainment. In the past year, he finished THE UNCATCHABLE COWGIRL BANDITS OF NOTTINGHAM, TEXAS for Intrepid Pictures (deal with Rogue/Focus Features and Universal) and adapted the best-selling Russian sci-fi/adventure novel KNIGHTS OF THE FORTY ISLANDS by Sergey Lukyanenko (author of NIGHT WATCH) for Run Entertainment, Ltd. Before that, Michael developed projects for Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, Producer Lawrence Bender, comic book icon Stan Lee, Director Mike Newell and Dustin Hoffman to name a few. He also guest lectures on screenwriting and writes a column in Ingenue Magazine about screenwriting entitled Script Notes. Known for his original drafts of the scripts TROY and THE CASANOVAS, Michael did the final rewrite of the thriller RING AROUND THE ROSIE, in which his draft landed actor Tom Sizemore and was released by Sony, making the top twenty list of highest grossing indie renters of 2006. Michael serves as Supervising Producer on several productions for the original-content, online-network Strike.TV, including shows: SPEEDIE-DATE, FUSION, SKETCH TOONS, TONY HAND and more, including his own project SHADOW ACADEMY featuring Corey Haim, Miguel Ferrer, Stephen Root and funnyman Brian Posehn. Given his eye for storytelling, Michael now also serves as Strike.TV’s Head of Submissions. Michael was raised behind the Orange Curtain (The OC), wrote his first short screenplay in high school and began writing features in college. His education includes two years at USC undergrad, a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and a Masters in Screenwriting from the UCLA School of Film and Television. Michael Tabb does business under the banner of his company, Burning Tree Films and is a member of WGAw. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Links to articles featuring Michael in Daily Variety: Current Reps: Ryan Saul (agent) at APA (310) 888-4229 Darren Trattner (attorney) at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer et al (310) 553-0305

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