As Chief Creative Officer of Red Arrow Studios, Michael oversees Red Arrow’s global format development, acquisitions, creative partnerships, and international production rollouts worldwide.

Michael has worked in the television industry for 30 years, specifically in the fields of broadcasting, producing, commissioning and development. He started his career while still in school as a researcher and writer at pubcaster WDR in Cologne. Michael’s subsequent positions have included TV Director at entertainment producer BRAINPOOL; Creative Producer for RTL Television’s entertainment department; Executive Producer and Consultant for Granada Germany; and Editorial Director at young entertainment station VIVA.

Michael joined ProSiebenSat.1 Media in 2005, undertaking various roles including SVP of Entertainment for German Free-TV operations. During his time at ProSiebenSat.1, Michael’s productions have been honoured with a German TV award, a number of German comedy awards and the prestigious Grimme Award.

Michael’s strong producing and commissioning background has earned him considerable respect in the international TV community.

Michael is on the board of the New York Television Festival NYTVF, the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) and a co-founder of “Comedy for Change”, a not-for-profit organization supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Michael lives with his wife and their three children in New York.

Michael Schmidt - Red Arrow Studios
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