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"Just Wright" Screenwriter, Michael Elliot, on "Inside Urban Hollywood" (August 16th)

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Michael Elliot Michael Elliot's career began in 1988 when he self-published Krush Magazine - the first publication ever devoted to covering the burgeoning world of hip-hop music exclusively.

Next, Elliot turned his attention to the book publishing world. He authored and self-published the hip-hop guidebook, "The Unsigned Rappers Guide To Getting a Record Deal". Impressed with his track record, in 1992, Elliot caught the interest of the owners of The Source Magazine. Recognizing his ability to "make things happen" the owners offered Elliot a position as Director of Special Projects.

In 1995, Elliot resigned from The Source and began teaching himself to write screenplays. 13 months later, Elliot sold his first script to 20th Century Fox.

After another stint at "The Source" Elliot returned to Hollywood, writing and executive producing "MTV's Hip-Hopera Carmen" which launched the film careers of Mos Def, Bow Wow, Joy Bryant, and Beyonce Knowles. Elliot also scripted the films "Brown Sugar" starring Taye Diggs & Sanaa Latham & "Like Mike," starring Bow Wow and Cedric The Entertainer.

Elliot latest film "Just Wright" opened in theaters back in April. The romantic comedy stars Queen Latifah, Common, and Paula Patton. Elliot's next mission is to help aspiring screenwriters through his website www.writerslittleblackbook.com and The Ladder:Produced Screenwriters Helping Aspiring Screenwriters, one of the largest Screenwriter groups on Facebook.