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Michael Taylor, B.A.

Professor of Cinematic Arts
Former Chair, Film & Television Production
Executive Director, Media Institute for Social Change

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production

Office: SCA 433

Michael Taylor is a producer of numerous theatrical and television films and the Executive Director and Founder of the Media Institute for Social Change (MISC). 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 produced and directed the documentary film entitled NO LABELS. With MISC Taylor seeks to “change the world, one film at a time” by supporting writers, filmmakers and media professionals who are interested in shaping stories for social change

Among other honors, Taylor is the recipient of an Emmy Award, 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. He 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.