We are excited to announce the feature script WYLER from Michael Moskowitz is the latest to earn the TB Recommends Honor from the Tracking Board. The feature script is a Hollywood biopic that is sure to get the attention of people across the industry. Moskowitz is officially the first writer to earn the coveted TB Recommends honor in 2017 and the 20th TB Recommends writer overall.
The script tells the story of real-life director William Wyler, who won Best Director for Ben-Hur, The Best Years of Our Live, and Mrs. Miniver. All three of those films also won Best Picture in their respective years. More specifically, Wyler focuses on the director’s battles with anti-Semitism in American politics and people trying to prevent Hollywood movies from encouraging America’s entry into World War II, as signaled by him risking his career to make Mrs. Miniver.
Taking place in the last couple of years of the 1930s, the project has the potential to be a relevant, smart, and dramatic biopic that is only an epic period piece, but an important story as well.
Our readers praised the script for its “scintillating dialogue” and its examination of the greatest threat of the 20th century — the rise of Hitler, Nazi Germany, and how it pervaded America. As Wyler said, “The most powerful message in the world falls on deaf ears in an empty theater.” Our readers hope that will not be the case with this script, which they describe as both entertaining and thought-provoking as a “film that Hollywood would love to make, and the rest of the world would love to see.”
Born in New York City and raised in Miami, Moskowitz graduated from the University of Florida, where he studied film and television, and the University of Virginia School of Law. A successful battle with cancer has informed Moskowitz’s writing by enhancing his appreciate for life. Currently, he works as an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles and his inspirations are Charlie Chaplin, Steven Spielberg, his wife, and his eight-month old daughter.
His first script Orphan, a Big Pharma thriller, was a 2015 Big Break Quarter Finalist.
For those unfamiliar, the Tracking Board’s script coverage program not only offers professional unbiased feedback, but we are also always on the lookout for distinctive voices like Moskowitz’s and the next hot script. When a script receives a “Recommend” from our readers, we recognize the project through the Tracking Board Recommends program. All scripts that receive a “Recommend” through the coverage service are announced on The Tracking Board website, forums, and feeds, allowing their script to be seen as the next big thing to the thousands of industry professionals who follow The Tracking Board.
Since the launch of the TB Recommends programs, 18 of the 19 writers previously honored have gone on to gain representation via our referral, with agency and management companies such as UTA, CAA, Madhouse Entertainment, Circle of Confusion, and more. Six of these writers have even seen their TBR scripts set up at companies like Warner Bros., Scott Free, Vertigo Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox.
Moskowitz will also be joining our exclusive TB Alumni family, home to some of the hottest young writers in Hollywood. This ever-expanding club is filled with TB Recommended writers as well as the finalists of our Launch Pad Feature and Pilot Competitions. With over 160 writers signed and more than 50 scripts set up with producers in under three years, Moskowitz will be in good company and fit right into the ranks.
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Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor