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Michael J. Taylor, B.A.

Professor

Kortschak Family Endowed Division Chair in Film and Television Production

Email: taylor@cinema.usc.edu

Website: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0852888/

Office: SCA 433

Michael Taylor is the Kortschak Family Endowed Division Chair in Film and Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is also a producer of numerous theatrical and television films. He produces within the studio system as well as in the independent film arena.  Taylor's credits include Last Embrace (1979), Bottle Rocket (1996), Phenomenon (1996), The Hi-Line (1999), Instinct (1999), The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981), Mrs. Munck (1995), Princess of Thieves (2001) Phenomenon II (2003), The Commuters (2005), and Copying Beethoven (2006.)  He most recently produced and directed the documentary film entitled NO LABELS.

Among other honors, Taylor is the recipient of The National Board of Review Award, The Fourteenth Annual Genesis Award for Outstanding Feature Film, The Santa Clarita International Film Award for best Teli-Feature, The Variety/EDI $100 Million Award, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Taylor began his career as a Motion Picture Executive at United Artists Corporation, and served as UA's Head of European Production based in London. Among the films he supervised during that period were The Pink Panther Strikes Again, the James Bond thriller The Spy Who Loved Me, and Ken Russell's Valentino. He also served as Vice President, Executive Asst. to the President of Orion Pictures Corporation, where he was involved in the financing, production, and distribution of many notable films including Easy Money, Gorky Park, and Amadeus.