Michael Shlain knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, he is a writer-director and partner at Butcher Bird Studios, an award-winning creative media company in Los Angeles. Trained as an actor, he began his career as a literary agent before heeding the persistent cries of his soul and returning to his roots as a filmmaker. Recently, Shlain’s multi-format TV horror anthology IN A FOREIGN TOWN was an official selection at the 2019 MIPTV “In Development" forum at the Canneseries festival. He’s directed commercial and narrative content for clients including Twitch, Nat Geo, BBC America and Merck. He also dances Argentine Tango and can mix one hell of a Manhattan.