One of the leading experts in the field of daytime drama, Michael has had over twenty-five years experience in the medium. Michael has been an innovator in the field developing new concepts for the soap opera genre.
He was a pioneer in online new media as creator and executive producer of SoapCity.com for Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment. SoapCity.com. was the first site of its kind for the soap genre. It featured web casts, chats, event coverage, news and updates on all major network soaps operas. The site housed official show sites of “The Young and the Restless”, “Days of our Lives”, “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light”. Michael has been a producer and writer for several soap oriented series and projects ranging from, E! Entertainment Television’s daily live soap-talk show, “Pure Soap” to SOAPnet’s “Soap Center”, to consulting and segment producer for over nine Daytime Emmy telecasts, Soap Digest and Soap Update Award shows for production companies including: Michael Levitt Productions, Dick Clark Productions, ABC, and Lifetime Television Networks.
Michael has also been a writer/producer in the on-air promotions department for ABC Daytime and SOAPnet, creating numerous spots for various soaps and image campaigns.
As a journalist, presently, Michael has been a contributing feature correspondent for TV SOAP Australia covering the world of daytime in the US for the Australian market. For the past five years, Michael’s feature interviews with the top stars of the genre have become a mainstay for this fortnightly publication. As well, Michael’s syndicated columns have appeared on many US TV and Radio web sites. He has also been contributing feature writer/reporter for TV Guide Online, In-Touch Weekly, and other online and publication platforms with his unique special event coverage and features.
Michael has been an on-air host, talk show guest, and radio performer being seen and heard in different markets throughout the United States. Currently Michael appears as a recurring guest on “The Frank DeCaro Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio. He also continues to report on-air as “The Super Soap Sleuth” each month on the popular “Northwest Afternoon” on ABC Affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle, Washington. Michael’s “Soap Dish” weekend radio segment was popular on KFI-Los Angeles, “The Karel Show”. Michael is currently launching “Soap Dish Radio” the first radio talk show that honors and features the daytime genre.
His other credits have included; producer and writer for the WWE, ABC/Disney Cable Networks, and Beantown Productions. Additionally, Michael has been the Communications Director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Manager of Publicity for MCA Records.
In the past, Michael has produced many celebrity high-profile fundraisers for; Outfest, The Humane Society of New York City, AMFAR, Para Los Ninos, and Northern Lights Alternatives to name a few. Back at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Michael was the first to initiate the annual AIDS Fundraiser the night before the Daytime Emmys in New York City entitled “Night of the Daytime Stars”. The event featured performers from daytime game shows, talk shows, and soaps in a variety talent show to support the cause.
Michael currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
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