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Michael Saltzman

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Michael Saltzman is a graduate of Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, Yale University, and Columbia University’s Graduate School Of Journalism.  His TV credits as a Writer and Producer include stints on ABC’s Anything But Love, NBC’s Wings and DAG, and CBS’ Murphy Brown, where he received an Emmy nomination, and, over the course of his four years on the show, worked his way to Executive Producer.  Saltzman also served as Executive Producer on his revamped version of NBC’s The Naked Truth, and created and executive produced Baby Bob for CBS and Misconceptions for The WB.

Saltzman was the original writer on the new Pink Panther movie starring Steve Martin, directed by Shawn Levy.  He received a Co-Story credit on the film.  He currently works as a Consulting Producer on AMC’s Emmy-award winning Mad Men.

Saltzman serves on the board of The Jester and Pharley Phund, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and comfort to ill and special needs children, and promoting literacy and charity to all children.  The Jester and Pharley Phund evolved from the success of The Jester Has Lost His Jingle – a New York Times best-selling children’s book written and illustrated by his brother, David Saltzman, and published posthumously by Saltzman and his family.  Saltzman is the son of longtime USC Journalism School professor Joe Saltzman.