As a gay kid from Philly with an "invisible" chronic disability, Emmy® Winner (Best U.S. College Series) Michael Busza grew up having to explain the unseeable. Now, as a comedy writer in LA, he writes "invisible" characters in ways that reclaim their dignity through humor. In his life, Michael has appeared in medical journals (like a celebrity) & injected 200,000+ needles (like a pincushion). In college, he was also nominated for the Oxford University Rhodes Scholarship.
AWARDS: Winner: TV Academy's Student Emmy® (Best U.S. College Series) // Finalist: TV Academy's Emmy® Directing Fellowship // Semifinalist: 2022 Humanitas New Voices Fellowship (Top ~1%, all genres, both film & TV, one of top 25 scripts)) // Quarterfinalist: 2022 Final Draft Big Break Script Competition (Semifinalist decisions pending) // Ranked: 2022 Coverfly Top 3% Script List (all genres, both TV and film) // Quarterfinalist: 2022 ScreenCraft TV Pilot Script Competition (Semifinalist decisions pending) // Quarterfinalist: WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Fellowship (Semifinalist decisions pending) // 2021 Quarterfinalist: Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, "The Village People" (Top 3-20%, all genres, both film & TV) // 2022 Quarterfinalist: Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, "Joe & Co." (Top 3-20%, all genres, both film & TV) // Quarterfinalist: 2022 ScreenCraft Animated Screenplay Competition // Official Selection: Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival (producer, "From Zero to I Love You") // Nominee: Oxford University Rhodes Scholarship
EMPLOYMENT: scripted development at SONY Pictures Television; production assistant at CBS Studios ("NCIS: New Orleans"); production assistant at Paramount Pictures; producer of Outfest queer feature film "From Zero to I Love You" (now available on Apple TV & Amazon Prime Video) // COMEDY STUDIES: Second City Hollywood (writer/performer, main stage assistant director), Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB Diversity Scholar), iO West // VOLUNTEER: Writers Guild of America (WGA) Foundation, LA Jewish Federation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) // ORGANIZER/MEMBER: "Pilots Schmilots" Jewish Screenwriters Group, AFF Alumni Screenwriters Group, "The Writers Block" Comedy Screenwriters Group
THE VILLAGE PEOPLE
A gay couple and a lesbian couple with differing backgrounds co-parent their four children from neighboring houses.