Dean Silvers, JD, MS, PhD, is an award-winning director, producer, best-selling book author, and writer of many successful feature films, television shows, short films, and commercials. He has produced numerous acclaimed films, including Flirting with Disaster and Spanking the Monkey, which have made millions of dollars worldwide and starred such actors as Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, and many others. He has worked with such distinguished directors as Academy Award nominees David O. Russell, Bob Balaban, and Academy Award winner Juan José Campanella. His films have played at the most prestigious festivals in the world, including Cannes, Berlin and Sundance. He lives in New York City.