Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Who else but novelist/comic-book writer Brad Meltzer on the case of history for TV?
Decoding Brad Meltzer -- whose "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" invokes history mysteries and cipher-meisters, beginning a 10-part series on Dec. 2 on the History Channel -- requires no central intelligence agenda. Channeling history? Sure, the Brooklyn-born, Florida-raised writer who hails from Columbia University Law School, has added brilliant sparkles of wit and wisdom to the best-seller list by paging history through...
On the first day of Chanukah, my true love gave to me ... "Interiors" and "September"? Was this some sort of Woody Allen joke? Quite the opposite: Airings of his two more serious films. Epix Network (not my true love but "TV Turn-Ons" does get excited about innovative offerings) is in on the joke -- and serious about scheduling a...
Atlantic City's Barry Lubin the Apple of circus fans' eyes
The Bubba of the Big Top? What do you think they have in that seltzer bottle but 2 cents plain! But Barry Lubin is no plain Jane -- or Sadie -- of a Bubba: When the Atlantic City native dresses up to go to work, he wigs out: For without that schmear of lipstick, the rogue-rouge and that ragged mop-top...
Documentary follows 'Candyman' Lane and all its licorice-style twists
Sugar daddy? Only in the sweetest sense: Father of a confectionery craze that captured the national sweet tooth in the '70s and '80s, David Klein's cavity of memory is filled in with a documentary that conveys both the sweet and sour experience of fleeting fame -- and backstabbing business deals. Jelly Bellies/belly laughs don't gel in the same way for...
Ron Tobin mixes it up in a mix of different cultures
You have to give a hand to Jews and Italians -- they're so good at using them. Audiences, too, have been using their hands to applaud the success of "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy," a Prozac-popping production of angst and antics at the Society Hill Playhouse. Ron Tobin totes two types of guilt as a...


Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.



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