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Matthew Specktor grew up in Los Angeles. The son of a prominent talent agent and a screenwriter, he grew up with a prodigous interest in literature, and received his BA in Creative Writing from Hampshire College in 1988. Soon thereafter, he went to work for Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions, scouting properties for film adaptation. Throughout the 1990s, Matthew worked for De Niro, Danny Devito’s Jersey Films, and eventually became a Vice President of Production at Fox 2000, during which time he worked on films as various as Wag the Dog, Erin Brockovich, The Caveman’s Valentine, Fight Club, and others. His first screenplay, an adaptation of Shirley Hazzard’s National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel The Transit of Venus, was optioned by Warner Brothers, and he went on to sell other scripts before publishing his first novel, That Summertime Sound, in 2009. In 2013, his novel American Dream Machine was published to great acclaim. The book was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and was listed for the prestigious Folio Prize in England. His essays, criticism and articles have been published in The New York Times, GQ, Harper’s, The Paris Review, The Believer, and in numerous other periodicals and anthologies. At present, he is adapting American Dream Machine into a cable series for Showtime, in partnership with the actor Michael C. Hall. He recently served as an Executive Producer on the forthcoming film Zeroville, starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Will Farrell, and Megan Fox.