Michael Halperin was Story Editor for Universal Television and Executive Story Consultant at 20th Century-Fox and wrote television episodes for long-running, popular TV series. Halperin co-wrote the best-selling award-winning novel for children Jacob’s Rescue: A Holocaust Story (Random House) and wrote Black Wheels chosen by the National Education Association as one of the best books of 2005 - 2017. His play "Chestnut Trees" won the Bronze Quill Award at the 2014 Playwrights Festival in March, 2014. His comedy, "Driving James Dean" debuted with the Celebrity Staged Reading Series, Los Angeles, 2011 "Freedom, Texas" also debuted in Los Angeles with the Celebrity Staged Reading Series, 2009. Halperin wrote and directed his play “The Spark of Reason”, published by JAC Publishing, at the Promenade Playhouse, Santa Monica, California, 2008. “All Steps Necessary” commissioned by Inkwell Theater had its premiere in Los Angeles, 2006. The Chapman Group Rep. Theatre, North Hollywood, California performed staged readings of his drama with music “Dancing With William Blake” in 2006. His one-character play, “Mela”, was performed in August 2004 in Jerusalem in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Yad Vashem. His one-act plays “Freud at Sinai” and “Poor Timing” have been produced on both the east and west coasts. Halperin has a BA in Communications from the Annenberg School of Communications, USC and a Ph.D. in Film Studies.