Michael Salort

Michael Salort
Michael Salort has been a TV reporter, TV producer, investigative producer for national newsmagazine programs, screenwriter, business writer, and novelist.

In novel writing, Michael Salort is the ghostwriter of internationally-recognized SuperModel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks’ 566-page, sci-fi/fantasy novel, "Modelland," published in 2011 by Random House. Michael worked closely with Tyra on the story based on her original notes, wrote the treatment that was submitted to the seven top publishers in New York, and was instrumental in the manuscript’s successful sale and release. Modelland, within two weeks of publication, made it to the NY Times Bestseller List and was positively reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly. Following Modelland’s successful publication, Tyra commissioned Michael to develop the second and third books of the planned series. Modelland is now the basis for a live experience under construction in Santa Monica, California with Disney Imagineers as well as a movie project with Universal.

In other media, Michael Salort is the creator and writer of the television dramedy series "Inside Dope," a 2019 finalist in the recognized NYC Screenplay Competition, and recently optioned by Rheingold Films in Los Angeles. He is the creator and writer of the television dramedy series, "Real Fake", recently optioned by Blackbox MultiMedia in London. For both series, Michael wrote the 60-page pilots, treatments, and series bibles and was instrumental in the pitch to outside producers and the negotiation of the scripts’ options. Additionally, Michael is the writer of a television series treatment and pilot for Emmy-winning actor Michael Imperioli (Goodfellas, The Lovely Bones, Sopranos); the series, titled "Cowbirds," is currently making the rounds in Hollywood. Previous to these assignments, Michael was the writer of "Hidden Camera," an award-winning crime thriller teleplay bought by Drimtim Entertainment and distributed by Marvista. The $3 million English-language movie-of-the-week completed production in Barcelona, Spain and was distributed globally. The script had won the CineStory national screenwriting competition. In digital media, Michael Salort was the co-writer/ co-creator/ executive producer of an Emmy-nominated romantic comedy series for the web, "In Men We Trust." The series was sold to Women’s Entertainment Television.

In features, Michael is the writer of the movie screenplay, "To What End," a biopic about a renowned math genius who was the very first victim of 911. The script was optioned to Todd Dagres of Spark Capital. He is the co-writer of "The Reincarnation," for producers Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford of Sanford/Pillsbury Productions (Desperately Seeking Susan, And The Band Played On, Eight Men Out). Michael was also the ghostwriter of the feature script, "Money To Burne," a revenge thriller with Jonathan Sanger (The Elephant Man, Vanilla Sky) previously attached to produce.

Michael Salort lives in Metro New York with his wife and three children.
Award Category Finalist
Award Submission Title
Ex & Why
A women's world is devastated when her highly successful husband comes home one day and announces he feels like a woman inside. The wife's psyche and her views of love and family are strained when her husband demands that she stay with him as he transitions to the new life he imagines.


Suzanne Smart Sat, 19/09/2020 - 14:45

An impressive bio and intriguing storyline. Congratulations on being a finalist and all the very best for the next round!

Mark Stibbe Judge Mon, 12/10/2020 - 17:03

Congrats Michael, from a fellow short lister. Your premise sounds enticing. I'm looking forward to seeing your work in print. Fascinating logline! Very best wishes for next week! Mark

soiamthat Tue, 13/10/2020 - 04:19

Congratulations for making it to the shortlist. Best wishes for the big night.

alexjtremari Tue, 20/10/2020 - 03:45

What a fantastic subject, I would love to see where you take it. Congratulations on being shortlisted, and your continued success! That is an incredible resume and I'm humbled to be in this contest with you. Best of luck!