VEGA FILM has provided executive production services for more than 250 domestic and international feature film projects, TV series, commercials, music videos and documentaries, or has given senior advisory and thorough due diligence to producers related to film development, production and financing. Its clients range from independent European production companies to major Hollywood studios and completion bond companies.
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Michael is trained in economics and industrial market research and speaks English, Italian, German and basic French. In the film business since 1984, he founded VEGA FILM in 1988 together with his partner Paul Mueller. When Paul passed away, Michael’s wife, Maria, joined the company as creative producer.
Since 1988, Michael worked for numerous international feature films, being responsible for budgets ranging from USD 2 to 80 million.
Michael also produced three seasons of the USD 115 million period drama series BORGIA; a series created by Tom Fontana, which has sold to more than 95 countries including Netflix in the US to date and has broken rating records in Italy, France and Germany.
Since then, Michael line produced the action thrillers AMERICAN RENEGADES, directed by Steven Quale, for Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, budgeted at USD 70 million, and GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE, directed by Navod Papushado for StudioCanal, budgeted at USD 35 million. He is currently in early planning stage for two more A-list features for StudioCanal.
Michael’s own development activities concentrate on the international high-end TV series DARKSPACE, bases on Jody Shields’ novel THE FIG EATER, and the sci-fi series project THE WEISS ALBUM, based on the novel STAR OF THE UNBORN by Franz Werfel.
From 1995 to 2000 Michael acted as budgeting and development expert for EAVE, a MEDIA seminar for young European producers and since 2008 as senior tutor for Production Value, a program by the Swiss foundation FOCAL for the advanced training of young line producers and first ADs from all over Europe.
Michael produced a prize-winning full-length feature documentary about the children of Chernobyl and the features ZOOM and BE.ANGELED. ZOOM premiered in Montreal and was impressively reviewed by Variety and screened at numerous festivals including Rotterdam, Berlin, Washington and Sotchi.
Michael has a daughter and a son.