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I have produced and directed hundreds of hours of production across multiple genres and all platforms. My background as a performer, writer, and talent coach gives me a unique, behind-the-scenes and on-camera perspective. Network, studio, and production company colleagues rely on my understanding of audience dynamics and experience, turning around at-risk projects.
• Genres: scripted/unscripted series, live tentpoles/events, live music, and Broadway/national theater
• Platforms: linear/VOD TV, OTT, streaming, multimedia, stage production
• Media Brands: Disney, Netflix, CBS, NBC, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, PBS, TBS, AMC, Oxygen
I co-founded ACM-PRO to give media and corporate clients an experienced team for digital and virtual production. Our work includes 45 MINUTES OF INSPIRATION, a livestream special for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Adam Sandler, Ben Platt, Gal Gadot, Mel Brooks) and the Forbes Summit with Sir Richard Branson. My production company, MichaelPaulBTS, creates original series and provides production and direction services for television, on-air/streaming series, award shows, and live events. Key projects have included AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (NBC, 2015 – 2020), WONDERTOWN (Netflix pilot, 2019), and Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards/galas (2017 – 2019). My work with A-list talent includes Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Diana Ross, Rita Wilson, Sam Rockwell, Sharon Stone, Jerry Seinfeld and The Muppets.
One of the youngest interns hired by an NBC station, I was mentored by producers of perennial hits like ELLEN and THE VIEW. I went on to gain valuable production experience at CBS Radio and Greg Thompson Productions (Int’l. Las Vegas revues/theater). I formed and led The Ziegfeld Company Inc. to focus on live event and performance production. Projects included MICHAEL JACKSON’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT in New York City, the launch of Tony Award-winning AVENUE Q and THE LION KING on Broadway, and the AMAs. And when the world needs it more than ever, I’ve also had a successful career as a comedian.