Mike Stern attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned a BA in Film Studies with an emphasis in Screenwriting. He was the first winner of United Talent Agency's College Screenwriting Competition as well as the recipient of the Hopwood Literary Award, Alice Webber Glover Playwriting Grant and a Trueblood Fellow.
He moved to Los Angeles and subsequently began his development career at Sony Pictures and Signature Entertainment reading scripts and writing coverage for such films as Blade, The Opposite of Sex and Slums of Beverly Hills. In 2000 Mike sold his comedic slasher film Final Cut, which he wrote and directed, to Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video.
In 2002, Mike segued to William Morris Agency where he worked as a full time Story Analyst providing coverage and analysis for such films as Monster, Something's Gotta Give, The Missing, Elf, Secondhand Lions, Lords of Dogtown, Everything is Illuminated and The Interpreter. During his WMA tenure, his short film Study Break was broadcast on AMC's MonsterFest.
Mike left William Morris to pursue his own writing and filmmaking endeavors and to independently offer script analysis and story development. Some of his successful clients include Emmy winners and television show-runners. He has been the judge of screenwriting competitions and given analysis on scripts that have made it through the Hollywood maze and been successfully produced. His own film Pop the Question was screened at the 2009 San Diego Film Festival and the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival. He's currently writing, directing and producing a feature length documentary that will hit theaters in 2013.