John Michaels

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President of Production
WR Films Entertainment Group

John Michaels has been a producer, a financier, and an executive in the film industry for over two decades. He has successfully delivered, and continues to deliver, high quality independent productions and studio feature films.

Currently, John is in development of two feature films and is an active consultant for a new East Coast and European Media Investment Fund.

Most recently, John has Executive Produced the feature film, entitled ”CAVEMEN”, a comedy starring Skylar Astin, Chad Michael Murray, and Camilla Belle. It was released by WellGo USA.

Vinca & JohnJohn signed on with Magnet Media Group as President of Production / Financing in November 2008, where he took on an ambitious production slate.  Serving as Executive Producer, in 2012, John completed the film entitled “DARK TIDE”, starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez distributed by Wrekin’ Hill Entertainment.  In 2009, Michaels Executive Produced “THE EXPERIMENT”, starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and Academy Award winner Forrest Whitaker, and co-starring Cam Gigandet.  Distributed by Sony Pictures.  Prior to that, he completed “13” as Co-Executive Producer with an ensemble cast including Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Sam Riley, Michael Shannon, Ray Winstone, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Distributed by Paramount Advantage.

From 2001 until 2009, Michaels served as Key Advisory Board member for evaluating, approving and supervising 58 projects for the German Media Fund VIP Medienfonds GmbH.  During his tenure with VIP, the company amassed investment funds over One Billion Dollars making it a leading financier of motion pictures throughout the world.

John executed critical focus as one of the green light committee  team by implementing a comprehensive report that included due diligence from the creative package, budget, schedule, waterfall positioning, and evaluating the sales/distribution companies for their sales estimates and advise the managing members for VIP for finance considerations.

John has worked with the top talent agencies throughout his career such as WME,CAA, UTA,  and ICM Partners. He continues to have strong relationships with banks, bonders, and Insurance companies.

VIP was a partner in the financing & production of such films as “PEFUME: STORY ABOUT A MURDERER”, starring Dustin Hoffman, Ben Whishaw, and Alan Rickman. The film was directed by Tom Twyker and was released by MGM/DreamWorks. Also VIP helped finance “ALL THE KINGS MEN”, starring Sean Penn and written and directed by Steven Zallian. It was released by Sony Pictures Worldwide. “LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN” Starring Josh Harnett, Sir Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis, Lucy Lui, and directed by Paul McGuinan and distributed by MGM. “THE UPSIDE OF ANGER” starring Kevin Costner & Joan Allen. Mike Binder directed and it was released through New Line Cinema. “LORD OF WAR” Starring Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, and Jared Leto. It was directed by Andrew Niccol. New Line handled the distribution.

“MONSTER” starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron and was directed by Patty Jenkins . It was distributed by Newmarket films. “ALPHA DOG”, starring Emile Hirsch, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, and directed by Nick Cassavetes.  The distributor was Universal Studios. “THE PUNISHER”, Starring John Travolta & Thomas Jane , and was released by New Line Cinema.

Michaels also produced “QUIET DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD” starring two time Oscar

Winning Actress Hilary Swank.  “THE NOVEMBER CONSPIRACY” Starring

Paige Turco, George Segal and Elliot Gould, and “SUNSET HEAT”, (starring Dennis

Hopper & Michaels Pare). Distribution through New Line Cinema.

He has served as a Line Producer, a Unit Production Manager and Production Executive on numerous International feature films, television projects, documentaries, and commercials.

Michaels is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and serves as a frequent guest lecturer on international production and financing for the UCLA Film School, CSUN and Chapman University. Michaels also serves as moderator for the Master Class Seminar on Finance & Production at the annual Cinegear Expo in Los Angeles.

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