Michael Esser

I am passionate about storytelling. The most important quote for me is:

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’

William Faulkner

The central question in my work is how past deeds influence our thinking, our present and future.

My work has been optioned by Fremantle, Alive Entertainment, Rainmaker Content. 

I worked with Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, Daniel Cerone, Adi Hasak and Frank Spotnitz, on joint projects.

I was executive and head writer for 685 episodes of the German adaptation of Ugly Betty; it became the most successful access-prime-time show ever in Germany. The show won me a German Emmy.  

I have acquired option rights to two non-fiction books, one by by Wayne Biddle, a Pulitzer Prize winner, article series, series concepts and novels. 

I worked as a juror for Bluecat, the Emmys and the Peter Ustinov Prize for Emerging Screenwriters, and I am a member of the selection committee for scriptwriting of the German Academy of Television.

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