Lorne Michaels
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Broadway Video, SNL Studios

Lorne
Michaels

Founder / Executive Producer

Michaels reigns as the king of late-night television, and it’s not just because he’s still in charge of NBC’s zeitgeist-defining comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” Through his production company Broadway Video, he is also the executive producer of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

Michaels has been associated with discovering a mind-boggling array of talent during his career, starting with director David Cronenberg, with whom he founded the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre in 1967. With standup comedy partner Hart Pomerantz, Michaels traveled to L.A. in 1968 and landed a writing gig on the hip comedy show of the moment, “Laugh-In,” then returned to Canada to co-host the copycat show “The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour” (1970-71). Later, he went back to the U.S. to work as a writer on a pair of Lily Tomlin TV specials.

In 1975, Michaels created “Saturday Night Live.” He left after the ’79-’80 season to produce the documentary “Gilda Live” and the short-lived sketch series “The New Show” (1984), then returned to “SNL” in 1985 and has remained at its helm ever since. “SNL” has served as the launchpad for a long list of stars, from the early years of Chevy Chase and John Belushi to more recent phenoms Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Michael Che.

Over the years, Michaels has also produced numerous films, including “Wayne’s World” and “Whisky Tango Foxtrot,” and TV shows such as “30 Rock” and “The Kids in the Hall.” He has also been a force in new media, launching the digital comedy hubs Above Average and Mas Mejor through his banner Broadway Video. He also serves as exec producer of NBC’s late-night staples “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

Career

  • TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, THE
  • LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Education

  • University of Toronto (Canada)

Variety Honors

  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders

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Paramount, Lorne Michaels Developing Autism Book 'Neurotribes' as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Paramount, Lorne Michaels Developing Autism Book 'Neurotribes' as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Paramount has acquired movie rights to Steve Silberman's science book "Neurotribes" and set up the project with Lorne Michaels at his Broadway Video production company.Silberman's book, "Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently," was published in 2015, won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, and was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, the Economist, and the Guardian."Neurotribes" covers a history of the changing perceptions of...

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