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I’m A Director

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I grew up wanting to play point guard for the New York Knicks…

I grew up wanting to play point guard for the New York Knicks…

Then I went to college, heard The Clash, ran a college radio station (WRGW-GWU) and looked through a video camera…

I was hooked.

Since my time in college (and keep in mind I went to college in the early 1980s. When I was only 7 years old. Alternative Fact, look it up.) I’ve managed to make a career directing, a very lucky man I am.

I’ve shot everything from music to comedy to dance to docs to commercials to live boxing.

Presently I have two features in the pipeline, and several other passion projects in the works.

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Directors Guild of America

Directors Guild of America

Member

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Member

Negotiating Committee of the DGA

Negotiating Committee of the DGA

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Awards

Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards

EMMY AWARD for Special Class Program A Home for the Holidays. Nominated for 2013 Best Non-Fiction Directing for Survivor 25 Finale, as well as 2013 Best Daytime Directing for American Bible Challenge.

Ace Awards

Ace Awards

Two wins: Best Music Series VH1 New Visions: My Generation and Best Music Series VH1 to One. Seven noms: Center Stage, Four on the Floor, VH1 Presents, VH1 Storytellers, My Generation, New Visions (4), Brian Eno Special.

Movie Guide Award

Movie Guide Award

American Bible Challenge. Television makes strange bedfellows…

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Reels

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VH1
Comedy Central
disney channel
mtv
Fox TV
Nickelodeon
Netflix
PBS
ABC
CBS
Spike TV
Dreamworks
USA Network
TNT
CMT
HBO
TBS
Showtime
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Photos

Finally directed a dog…live!
Directing MVP live from the booth
On stage at A Home For The Holidays
Directing rehearsals for A Home For The Holidays
On the set of Survivor
In the control room
Ridiculousness with Rob Dyrdek
Nickelodeon’s Crashletes
Shooting with VH1
With literary icon Norman Lear
Michael is the devil?
Times Square
My wife, Debra, and me at the 2013 Emmys
Back in the control room
With Roger Rose on the road
Peter Noone, Michael Simon, Meat Loaf, Mick Fleetwood, Melissa Etheridge, Gregg Allman…pick the non rock star.
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Projects

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Town Bloody Hall
That’ll Be The Day
Sticky Fingers
WE EXIST
Adult Stories
FOODSTOCK: The Series
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Directed by Michael A. Simon

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Ridiculousness: Superjacket/Dickhouse, MTV Seasons 1-11

MVP: Most Valuable Performer: JUMA Entertainment, CBS

A Home for the Holidays: Triage/LEG: CBS 2003-2017
*EMMY for Special Class Program

Gad Elmaleh “Oh My Gad” Triage Inc, Netflix Comedy Special

Crashletes: Superjacket, Nickelodeon Seasons 1-3

Jeff Dunham “Relative Disaster” Triage Inc. Comedy Special, Netflix

Safeword: Metador, MTV

Dear Mama: Jesse Collins Entertainment, VH1, 2016-17

Ridiculousness: SuperJacket/Dickhouse, MTV

Ridiculousness Fridays Live: MTV

Careoke Showdown: Spike TV

Jeff Dunham Unhinged in Hollywood: LEG, NBC

Not Exactly News: MTV2

Fake Off: Shine America, TruTV

Beyond Dance: Zodiac Productions, MTV

Cabo Comedy Relief: Levity Entertainment, FUSE/Nuvo

Aftermatch: Lighthearted Ent, MTV

Snack Off: Drydek Enterprises, MTV

Copycat: Warner Horizon/Next Entertainment, MTV

The Queen Latifah Show: Sony TV

Guys Choice Awards: Bain/Sills Productions, SpikeTV

Who Gets the Last Laugh: Warner Horizon/Katalyst,TBS

Survivor Live Finale and Reunion: CBS, Mark Burnett Productions
*EMMY Nomination “Best Non-Fiction” Directing

American Bible Challenge: Relativity Real, GSN
*EMMY Nomination “Best Daytime” Directing – Game Show

Make Your Mark (Dance Specials): Disney Channel

America’s Best Dance Crew: MTV, Warner TV/Tenth Planet

The Sing-Off: NBC, Sony Television/Tenth Planet

Jeff Dunham – Controlled Chaos: Comedy Central, Triage Ent.

Jeff Dunham – Holiday Special: Comedy Central, Triage Ent.

Jeff Dunham – Sparks of Insanity: Comedy Central, Triage Ent.

Truck Stop Talent: Shed Media, History Channel Pilot

Grammy Nominations Special Live: CBS, Ken Ehrlich/Cossette Productions

FUSE Presents John Mayer Live

FUSE Presents Maroon 5 Live

Nashville Star: USA/NBC, 495 Productions/Picture Vision

RockStarINXS: CBS, Mark Burnett Productions

RockStarSupernova: CBS, Mark Burnett Productions

Dance Your Ass Off: Oxygen, 495 Productions

On the Lot: FOX, Mark Burnett Productions/Steven Spielberg Dreamworks

Identity: NBC, Reveille Entertainment

My Dad is Better Than Your Dad: NBC, Mark Burnett Productions

Soul Train Weekly: Syndication, Don Cornelius Productions

The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour: Comedy Central, Triage Ent.

Bob and Tom Comedy Tour: Comedy Central, Triage Ent.

Jamie Foxx “Unpredictable”: A Music Journey: NBC, Triage Entertainment

The Contender Finale-Live: Mark Burnett Productions/Dreamworks, NBC

The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot: Shapiro/Grodner Prod, UPN

Jazz Masters and Legends: PBS

Melissa Etheridge “The Road Less Traveled” DVD

The Apprentice Finale: NBC, Mark Burnett Productions

Iron Chef America: Triage Entertainment, Food Channel

Star Search: CBS

Center Stage – Neil Young, Keith Richards:
 PBS/VH1
*Ace Nominated Concert Series

The Chair – With John McEnroe: ABC, Touchstone Productions

MTVs Top Pop Group: MTV, BBCA Productions

Dance Machine: ABC, RDF/USA Productions

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Touchstone, ABC

Destinys Child “Losing my Breath”: Pepsi Play for a Billion: ABC

Meat Loaf W/ The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra DVD Concert Film

Melissa Etheridge “Lucky” DVD Concert Film

The Mentalist: NBC, Triage Entertainment

Elvis Lives: NBC, Red Eye Flight Productions

NFL Kickoff Live From Times Square: CBS, Ken Ehrlich Productions

Melissa Etheridge Live and Alone Feature/Payperview/DVD (Prod. & Dir.)

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival—Herbie Hancock—DVD Concert Film: Palomar Pictures

Soul Train Christmas Specials: Don Cornelius Productions

Lady Of Soul Awards: Don Cornelius Productions

2001 Divas Live- The One and Only Aretha Franklin: VH1

Soul Train Music Awards: Don Cornelius Productions

Ricky Martin Superbowl Saturday Night: CBS, MTV Productions

The *NSYNC *Ntimate Holiday Special: FOX, Bob Bain/Greg Sills

Disney In-Concert: DISNEY Channel, Palomar Pictures

Faith! The Faith Hill Special: CBS, Ken Ehrlich Productions

DIVAS and KINGS: Soul Train 30th Anniversary- Don Cornelius Productions

Priceline.com- Commercial spots w/William Shatner:
 Hill/Holliday

Men Strike Back: VH1, Ken Ehrlich Productions

Sports Illustrated’s 20th Century Sports Awards: CBS, Ken Ehrlich

Divas Live: VH1, Ken Ehrlich Productions, 1998, 1999

Donna Summer in Concert: VH1

Celine Dion “These are special Times”: CBS, Ken Ehrlich Prod./Cossette
*EMMY Nomination

Alien Voices Presents A Halloween Trilogy- One-act dramatic specials (Leonard Nimoy, Dwight Doyle, John De Lancie):  SCI-FI, Gold Coast Productions

Alien Voices Presents the Lost Word: SCI-FI, Gold Coast Productions

Patti Labelle on Broadway: PBS, Ken Ehrlich Productions

5 Divas Live, A Honors Concert- Live Special with Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan & Carole King: VH1, Ken Ehrlich Productions

UNICEF “A Gift of Song” Live Special: TNT, Ken Ehrlich Productions

BEE GEE’s “One Night Only” Concert Special: HBO

GQ Men of the Year Awards: VH1, Ken Ehrlich Productions, 1997-99

Live From London To The World Paul McCarthney Townhall: VH1, MTV

Garth Brooks Townhall – Live From New York

INXS Rocks the Rockies – Concert from Wheeler Opera House in Aspen

VH1 Honors LIVE: VH1, Ken Ehrlich Productions, 1996-97
*ACE Nominee for Best Music Special & Best Direction in Music Series/Special
*ACE Nominee for Best Music Special

Who do you preview w/The Rolling Stones Live pre-pay-per-view: VH1/Showtime/Viewers Choice

VH1 Storytellers – Performance/Monologue Series – including David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, REM, Tom Petty,Alanis Morrisette, Eurythmics, Tom Waits, Dave Matthews, Stone Temple Pilots, Pete Townshend, Sarah McLachlan,Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Don Henley, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Travis, Stevie Nicks, Tori Amos, Jewel, Ray Davies, Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, , Meat Loaf, Natalie Merchant, The Black Crowes, The Counting Crows, Hanson, Shawn Colvin, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Culture Club, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, John Fogerty, Billy Joel, , Sting, Lyle Lovett, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Elton John & Bon Jovi: VH1

Z-Games: Disney Channel

ESPN’s 2 Minute Drill: ESPN, Diplomatic Productions

Four on the Floor: VH1
ACE Award Nomination for Best Talk Show, 1997

VH1 Duets: VH1, Joel Stillerman
ACE Nominated Best Music Series, 1996

New Visions: VH1
Ace Winner Best Music Series

Hard Rock Live – Concert Series: Warner Bros. Television, VH1

One to One Conversations: VH1

The Gypsy Kings in Concert: PBS/NHK, Shot on High Definition TV

Lifebeat Presents “The Beat Goes On”- Benefit Concert with Gloria Estefan, Dave Matthews Band, Isaac Hayes, Chris Issak & Sarah McLachlan: VH1, 94-96
ACE Nominee for Best Music Special, 1994

The Last Dress Rehearsal-The Rolling Stones World Tour 94- Dan Akroyd, RFK Stadium in Wash. DC.

1996 Summer Splash Country Fest: CMT

Earth, Wind, & Fire Concert From “The Joint” in Las Vegas

Jon Bon-Jovi Live From Myrtle Beach

VH1 Presents – Concert Series: VH1
ACE Nomination, NY Film/TV Medal

Sundance Award Show – Sundance Film Festival

Conversation with Directors: The Sundance Channel

B-52’s Live Labor Day Concert

Joan Jett Rocks The Rockies Concert Special

The Soul of VH1, w/ Vanessa Williams: VH1

Hurricane Relief Pre-Game Show w/ Rosie O’Donnell

The Allman Bros. Band Live From Crested Butte

The Neville Brothers From Tipitina’s

Miles Davis Remembered

Pete Townshend Live Backstage

David Bryne World/Music Documentary
*Part of 1992 ACE Awards

Brian Eno & Opal Records Special
*ACE Nomination For Best Music Special

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