Entertainment

During a 30-year performance career with highlights including an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, over 14 million views on original, social media content, voted Atlantic City’s Act of the Year, and his critically acclaimed book, “Breaking OUT of Show Business” (Post Hill Publishing), Michael Paul simultaneously cultivated a production career that encapsulated a uniquely vast scope of experience.

 

Director, writer, producer, brand media creative, Michael leads networks, production companies, products, casts & crews in the development, path correction or dramaturgy of new, refreshed, or at-risk projects.

 


 

PLATFORMS: Television, Film, Radio, Print, Virtual, Events, Theatrical/Concert, Environments, Social Media

FORMATS: Sitcom, Talk Show, Late Night, Special, Magazine, Scripted, Children, Documentary, Reality, Episodic, Award Show, Concert, Theatrical, Revue, Red Carpet, Environment Experience, Stunt Spectaculars and Promo/Marketing Campaigns.

ELEMENTS: Concept Development, Dramaturgy, Character Development, Casting, Directing/Producing, First Looks, Marketing/Promotional, Talent Relations, On-set Coaching, Lighting/Sound/Scoring Design, Cinematography, Pre/post-production, Graphics Packaging, Scripting & Punch-ups, set design.

PORTFOLIO: This content includes but is not limited to producing, directing, copywriting, art design, marketing/promotional assets. 

 


 

TALENT

BILLY PORTER JODIE FOSTER JOAN RIVERS
BILL MAHAR MORGAN FREEMAN RAY ALLEN
DAVID LETTERMAN LISA LAMPANELLI SPIKE LEE
PAUL SHAFFER DIANA ROSS JAMES BROWN
HENRY WINKLER BUZZ ALDRIN JERRY SEINFELD
HARRISON FORD THE TEMPTATIONS KATHERYN HEIGL
WINONA RYDER JASON ALEXANDER BEN PLATT
DAVID WAIN DON RICKELS ROBERT DENIRO
KATHY BATES RYAN COOGLER BILLY CRYSTAL
MAYIM BIALIK RICHARD LEWIS GAL GADOT
JACK BLACK TIFFANY HADDISH LIOR RAZ
JOSH GAD MARC SHAIMAN RITA RUDNER
PASEK & PAUL FRANK GORSHIN KEVIN SPACEY
WYNONNA JAMES MARSDEN PAUL RUDD

 

BRANDS

NBC NETFLIX MTV
CBS COMEDY DEVELOPMENT COMEDY CENTRAL MTV U
ABC DIGITAL VH-1 NICKELODEON
DISNEY TELEVISION THE JIM HENSON COMPANY SESAME WORKSHOP
TRIGGER STREET PRODUCTIONS AMERICA’S GOT TALENT BACK TO THE FUTURE FRANCHISE
THE GOLDEN GLOBES THE OSCARS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE CELEBRITY CRUISE LINE DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL COCA-COLA MCDONALDS
HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS CAESARS PALACE HARD ROCK

 

THEATRICAL

CLIVE DAVIS PRE-GRAMMY CONCERT
BRANDEN JAMES IN CONCERT (Tour)
JENNIFER HUDSON (Event)
LEGENDS IN CONCERT (Las Vegas)
THE NAKED MAGICIANS (Las Vegas)
THE CORNER OF SYMPHONY & SOUL  (Los Angeles)
RED HOT BLACK & BLUES  (Atlantic City)
SHOWGIRLS: A LIFE IN FEATHERS & RHINESTONES (Las Vegas)
STEVE BRUNER: SIMPLE (Comedy Central Stage)
JAI RODRIGUEZ POST-REALITY  (Los Angeles)
BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS (Reno)
CRYSTAL JUBILEE HOLIDAY ON ICE  (Toronto)
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT CIRCUS SIDESHOW  (Biloxi)
LAUGH RIOT  (Minneapolis)
SIEGFRIED & ROY PRESENTS (Tour)
SOUL TRAIN LIVE  (Cruise Lines)
THE DIVAS OF BROADWAY  (New York)
KARMELA IN CONCERT (New York)
MERV GRIFFIN’S COCONUT GROVE  (Corporate)
PUPPET-UALLY YOURS  (Corporate)
BURLESQUE BERZERK  (Corporate)
ZIEGFELD’S FOLLY (New York)
FROM BACH TO BIEBER  (Tour)
SHAYNA STEELE @ FEZ  (New York)
JEWICIDAL TENDENCIES  (Tour)
JUKEBOX JEWELS WITH CHUBBY CHECKER (Tour)
PHYLLIS HYMAN: A TRIBUTE TO LIFE & SONG  (Apollo)
HEAVENLY BODIES  (Atlantic City)
PHILADELPHIA 4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR
1 VOICE (Royal Caribbean)
IMPROV INFUSED  (Chicago)
SOUNDS OF THE CITY  (Sands Casino)
MICHAEL JACKSON 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (New York City)
Over 30 Greg Thompson Productions worldwide revue shows

FILM, TV & DIGITAL: Outsourced & Original Pilots & Shows

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT
WONDERTOWN
PARTNERS
MIKE & MOLLY
BAD TEACHER
45 MINUTES OF INSPIRATION
AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE: A CONVERSATION WITH SPIKE LEE & JODIE FOSTER
THE CONRAD CAVALCADE
AL ROKER & FRIENDS
COMEDY CENTRAL ROASTS
GOODNIGHT AMERICA!
DISNEY’s CRASH AND BERNSTEIN
THE PASEK & PAUL SHOW
PHYLLIS HYMAN TRIBUTE: LIVE FROM The APOLLO
COLLEGE COOKING
THE CONRAD CAVALCADE
THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
THE VENTRILOQUIST
ABC DIGITAL’S GOING DEEPAK
WONDERTOWN
THE TOMATO LOUNGE
HUNK*MANIA: THE REALITY SHOW
BECKA AND THE BIG BUBBLE
WELCOME TO THE GAYBORHOOD
YICKEE-DOODLE
ZOEY ZOOLOGY
HEEL ME
MISS RICHFIELD 1981
THE PINK ELEPHANT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM
CJ AND PEANUT
MAKING THE MOVE

AWARD SHOWS, RED CARPET EVENTS,

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS
CLIVE DAVIS PRE-GRAMMY CONCERT
WALT DISNEY AWARDS
BETTY WHITE’s DOG HERO AWARDS
THE MOMENT IS NOW – Hosted by Billy Porter
ASCAP AWARDS
OSCAR NOMINEE LUNCHEON
LEGENDS OF AVIATION with Harrison Ford & Buzz Aldrin
THE 43RD ANNUAL MAGICAL ARTS AWARDS
THE TREVOR PROJECT
NATIONAL DANCERS SOCIETY
SDT CENTENNIAL CONVENTION
BEVERLY HILLS POLICE DEPARTMENT BLACK & WHITE GALA
THE SABAN CLINIC hosted by Sean Hayes
RED SONGBIRD FOUNDATION hosted by Terry Crews
THE FULFILLMENT AWARDS at the DOLBY THEATERE with Robert Deniro & Bradley Cooper
LA MISSION with Nick Cannon and the Real Housewives of BH
SAG-AFTRA NATIONAL CONVENTION
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NETWORK – Scouts Tribute Special

 


 

“I first met Michael Paul Ziegfeld while at Comedy Central in 2003.  Since then, Michael receives the call for help from multiple mediums because he has truly studied the business.  In an age where people must wear multiple hats to compete for employment, he has an encyclopedia of information providing a fluid, unique, diverse sensibility.”

TONY COLON, VP of Unscripted

 

 

 

Each of the three, theatrical productions Michael directed were super.
He’s the whole package and one-stop-shop.”

STEVE WYNN

The Mirage, The Bellagio, Treasure Island

 

 

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“When I was trying to figure out what my digital pilot was, Michael came on board and added immediate clarity.  He has the ability to help you find what you want, in your voice.  He’s also a fantastic director.   His ability to understand post-production and guide you along through that makes him the complete package.”

 DEEPAK SETHI, Writer/Comedian

 

 

 

“You are fantastic and a joy to work with!”

MELISSA RIVERS, Fashion Police 

 

 

 

 

 

“Michael,  the special looks fabulous. Emmy eligible for Special Event and Directing.”

BRENT STANTON, Executive Director Emmy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 “… fascinating insights … fast-paced … slickly produced and went off without a hitch!”

PETE HAMMOND, Critic   

 

 

 

 

“What I really liked about his writing were the marvelously odd and specific details. The self-deprecating gags and the harsh, truth-telling gags were the best. And the magician’s father’s funeral scene was a comedy classic.”

STEVE O’DONNELL, Head Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Wow, thank you for so much coverage on the script.These are laugh-out-loud funny!  Seriously! “

ERIK KUSKA, Writer/Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Thank you for making it all so easy. You made me glad to be a part of it.”

HENRY WINKLER, Producer, Author, Actor, Icon

 

 

 

 

 

“I am acutely aware of someone’s abilities to teach others, to “get the job accomplished,” and maintain a high regard for technical precision and production values.

Michael Paul has all of these abilities.  He has immense knowledge of Stage and Theater, with a vast spectrum of twenty-five years of experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry.  He is able to work with any type of person and personality, from stagehand to top headliner, with finesse and grace.”

BOBBI TAYLOR,  Entertainment Coordinator

 

 

 

“He’s a hilarious writer.”

LAVELLE LEE, VP of Development

Land Before Time, An American Tail, Secret of Nihm, Dragon’s Lair

 

 

 

“You were a gem to work with!”

KATIE MORABITO, Talent Coordinator 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I first met him in 2001 when he stepped in last minute to technically design a concert that moved the audience by marrying the look to the sound. What resulted was a performance that led artist, Shayna Steele to a record deal, several recordings and eventually gigs around the world.

DAVID COOK, Musical Director

TAYLOR SWIFT, NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, JENNIFER HUDSON, N*SYNC

 

 

 

“He is one of our most sought-after producers and show directors and an amazing talent in his own right. You could not be in more capable hands.”

Peter McCain, The International Ballroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

A LEADING GLOBAL MEDIA STUDIO

“Content development, comedy, television, and live events,  Michael Paul Ziegfeld remains relevant and in demand. His detailed career makes for a significant contribution.”

NICK BUZZELL, President / Executive Producer

 

 

 

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“Working with a director on a cabaret wasn’t something I’d ever considered doing. I find the medium extremely personal.  However, when I finally decided to take that step Michael was able to help me clarify story points and step out of myself in a way that made my show more successful than I ever could have imagined.  His help was a great way to take my live shows to their next level.“ 

JAI RODRIGUEZ, Actor

 

 

 

bruner “MP took my act and guided me to find the verbal thread and the physical stage movement for the theatre. I was asked to try things, asked to keep an open mind, and given permission to abandon it if I felt it wouldn’t go the direction I wanted. He also gave me something to focus on other than how the performance would go!”

STEVE BRUNER, Comedian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Working with Michael was a complete breakthrough for me. Coming from operatic training, no one had ever coached me about how to take a singing performance and make it personal. For twenty years, I’d been performing at audiences without authenticity.

As a director, I don’t know anyone who knows the craft better, the ins and outs of a theatre- lights, technical, stage. Michael generously takes you through the entire process of creating a show and leaves nothing a mystery. He is a caring and nurturing expert and I now feel I have a product that I can take anywhere in the world and it’ll translate- because it’s real!”

BRANDEN JAMES, Singer

 

 

 

“.. he challenged my personaScreen Shot 2016-05-13 at 1.15.02 AMl weaknesses and helped me develop as a performer. As a “newbie” to center-stage performance, I was very green and had a lot to learn in terms of putting a show together, stage presence, and audience interaction.

Over the course of our rehearsals and workshops, Michael was able to instill true freedom in my performance: worrying less about what other people think, and learning to enjoying the artistic process for myself as a musician/entertainer and person.

His approach to directing is truly holistic – with consideration of mind, body and spirit, PLUS his knowledge of fully packaging the show, including promo materials. Michael is a consummate professional and hilarious to work with: our time together was steeped in fun and laughter. ”
 

JAMES CLARK, Australian Symphony Cellist

 

 

 

 “In one day, he brought in fresh ideas and very useable material that other writers couldn’t accomplish. Insightful notes on characters, pacing, structure, and other theatrical elements, knowing what the strengths were and how to play them, never straying from the original vision of the show and keeping all the comedic material in context.

Communication is always done with professionalism and respect. Collaboration with Michael is smooth and notes are presented with direct, honest comments. He knows the craft of building shows with the ability to make a marketable product and how to sell that product.

I know of no one else that can bring so much to the table as Michael Paul.”

International Illusionist, CHARLES BACH

 

 

 

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“Michael’s process for preparing quickly for a scene is dead on. In a very short time, my videotaped, television audition scenes had arc, movement and a depth I had never achieved so quickly. When all was said and done, my agent, who NEVER says anything, wrote back and said “Fantastic audition!” Besides being a great friend, and fantastic performer himself, I now count Michael as my incredible acting coach.”

JERI SAGER, Actress – Cats, Sunset Boulevard

 

 

 

 

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“Michael Paul is one of the most incredible acting coaches I have worked with. In preparation for an audition for Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, he helped me lock in the voice of the role Quassimodo. And I booked the gig!!! Michael’s style is fantastic. The way he describes placement and technique will not only help a seasoned actor, but also a newbie just starting.”

  BOBBY CASSELL, Actor – Spring Awakenings

 

 

 

 

 


“HA! I knew you were a great writer but damn, you’re brilliant! You probably just wrote all of this within a few minutes. ME? I had to stare at the computer for a week. THANK YOU!”

JEFF HOBSON

The Illusionists on Broadway