Michael Levine is the founder of Levine Communications Office, one of the most prominent entertainment Public Relations firms in the country. Premiering at its Hollywood headquarters in June of 1983, the company has since opened affiliate offices in New York (1985), London (1988) and Washington, D.C. (1995) and boasts an impressive roster of clients in all areas of the entertainment industry, including film, television, books, and special events.
Called by USA Today, "one of Hollywood's brightest and most respected executives," 47-year-old Levine has been responsible for the renowned public relations campaigns for, among others, Michael Jackson
, Barbra Streisand
, Charlton Heston
, Linda Evans
, Jon Voight
, Suzanne Somers
, John Larroquette
and Sidney Sheldon
. His clients have run from movie stars Michael J. Fox
, Demi Moore
and Mickey Rooney
; to sports heroes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
and Nancy Kerrigan
; to television personalities Hal Linden
and Mary Hart
; to music figures Fleetwood Mac
, Janet Jackson
, Tom Petty
and David Bowi
e; to comics such as Sandra Bernhard
and George Carlin
; to producer Robert Evans
Corporate entertainment clients have included: The Improvisation Comedy Clubs (nationally), The Comedy Store, Sandollar Productions, The Hollywood Athletic Club, among many others.
Levine's firm was awarded the Public Relations. Firm of the Year by Performance Magazine's annual readers poll.
From 1997 to 2000, Levine serves as an editorial consultant for Renaissance Books, a publishing company specializing in non-fiction books.
Cable News Network (CNN) said of Levine, "He's as focused as a bullet in flight."
The late legendary comedian Steve Allen introduced Michael Levine as the "Michael Jordan of Entertainment P.R."
Levine is the author of five of the most popular reference books of the last decade. His 1984 The Address Book- How to Reach Anyone Who's Anyone
(Putnam/Perigee), and its six consecutive sequel editions set standards for accuracy, completeness and public acceptance. He followed those successes with the 1987 publication of the Corporate Address Book (Putnam/Perigee), of which the former Presidential Economic Advisor Arthur Laffer said, "It is a tool that could be of inestimable value to every businessman, every businesswoman, and every consumer in America." The Music Address Book (Harper/Collins) was published in 1989. The Environmental Address Book was published in 1991 and was called by Dr. Joyce Brothers "an idea whose time has come." His latest reference book, The Kid's Address Book
(Putnam/Perigee) was published in 1992.
Levine's first hardcover book, entitled Guerrilla P.R.
, is the most widely used introduction to Public Relations., published by Harper/Collins in early 1993. Legendary attorney Melvin Belli, who wrote the foreword for the book, called it "an important piece of work on an important subject." It was recently translated and published in Japanese.
Levine's seventh book, Lessons at the Halfway Point
, is a personal statement on midlife. It received extraordinary reader response from luminaries ranging from Dr. Jonas Salk to Dan Rather and Dr. Joyce Brothers to Mother Teresa, among many others. In 1996, Reader's Digest featured excerpts from the book on numerous occasions. In 1998, Hallmark Cards issued a Page-a-Day calendar based on Lessons.
His latest book is entitled Take it from Me
(Putnam/Perigee). The Ultimate Career Guide Sourcebook features vocational wisdom and council from over three hundred very prominent people, including President Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Ross Perot.
Levine's essays on a range of subjects have appeared in various prestigious publications including the L.A. Times, The Hollywood Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, USA Today, and National Review.
In 1994, Levine was winner of the National Library of Poetry's "Editor's Choice Award."
Additionally, he writes a weekly column for Entertainment Today entitled, "My Town".