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Michael is the General Manager, Family at Maker Studios—one of the largest multi-channel networks in the world. Maker and its network partners garner over 4.5 billion views a month on Youtube, more than half of which originate outside the United States. Michael oversees programming and P&L across all verticals in Maker’s Family Business Unit, including, Family Life, Moms, Kids, DIY, Education, and Pets and Animals.
Prior to Maker, Michael was President of Threshold Animation Studios, a high-end CG production company, which has produced content for Lego (including the Annie nominated Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out), Marvel, DC, Disney, Universal Studios, Cartoon Network, ABC Digital and many other networks, themed entertainment and digital destinations.
Michael was Head of Production and Post Production, and part of the start-up team for the Hub Networks, a Discovery/Hasbro joint-venture cable television network, and oversaw the creation of the production and post pipelines from the ground up. He managed the production and post of over 700 hours of original and acquired content, including ‘Transformers: Prime’, ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!’, ‘GI Joe: Renegade’, ‘Pound Puppies’, ‘R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour: The Series’ and ‘The Aquabats Super Show!’
Before the Hub, Michael headed up development and production at Disney’s The Baby Einstein Company and Walt Disney Home Entertainment and delivered many titles for this $200M vertical business.
Michael was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has a B.A. from Harvard University in Creative Writing, and an M.A. from New York University in film and television writing, directing and production.