Howard Michael Gould graduated from Amherst College and spent five years working on Madison Avenue, winning three Clios and numerous other awards.

In television, he was executive producer and head writer of CYBILL when it won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, and held the same positions on INSTANT MOM and THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW.

He wrote and directed the feature film THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY LEFAY, starring Tim Allen, Elisha Cuthbert, Andie MacDowell and Jenna Elfman.  Other feature credits include MR. 3000 and SHREK THE THIRD.

His play DIVA premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival and La Jolla Playhouse, and was subsequently published by Samuel French and performed around the country.

He is the author of three satirical crime novels, LAST LOOKS, BELOW THE LINE and now PAY OR PLAY, all featuring tortured, eco-maniacal private eye Charlie Waldo.  The first two were nominated for Shamus awards by the Private Eye Writers of America.

He also wrote the  film version of LAST LOOKS, which stars Charlie Hunnam and Mel Gibson and is directed by Tim Kirkby. 

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