Dick Grunert has been writing for as long as he can remember. When he was a junior in high school, his drama teacher asked him to write a play for the drama department. His play, The Substitute, was a hometown hit and changed Mr. Grunert's life forever. After high school, he studied film at Columbia College in Chicago, where he graduated in 1996. Then, Mr. Grunert moved to Los Angeles. He became a staff writer on a handful of animated TV series, and in 2003, he co-wrote the short film T For Terrorist, produced by the Farrelly Brothers and starring Emmy-winner Tony Shalhoub. The comedy about stereotypes in Hollywood played at numerous festivals worldwide and won awards in New York and San Francisco. In 2007, Mr. Grunert wrote, produced and directed the short film Birthright, which played at the 2008 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.