President | CEO | Producer
Emmy Award winner Michael Swanson is a Hollywood TV studio executive, film producer and theater producer. He is also a visionary entrepreneur and president and CEO of the entertainment company, Faith Filmworks.
As senior vice president of production at Universal Studio Group, Michael is the studio executive responsible for the production of Universal Television’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hacks, Good Girls, Never Have I Ever, Kenan, Rutherford Falls, Community and Master of None.
Throughout his distinguished career in entertainment, Michael has produced movies and documentaries to critical and audience acclaim including All About You, All About Us, For the Love of Ruth, To Hell and Back, Andraé Crouch: Making The Journey, Two Seasons, Notre Dame First Time Fans: Legacy, The Wayman Tisdale Story and Fannie.
On Broadway, Michael is involved with the Tony Award winning hit musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations as well as the first Broadway revival of for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. Michael is also developing and producing the West End and Broadway bound musical, I’ll Be There, about Motown’s Four Tops.
After attending Princeton Theological Seminary, Michael joined NBC’s “Must See TV” primetime sales team in New York City, that became the first in broadcast television to book over $2.2 billion in upfront advertising revenue.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film, Television and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame. He serves on the boards of directors for Wedgwood Circle, Notre Dame’s Performing Arts Advisory Council, Success Through Education Program and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
A South Side of Chicago native, Michael resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 28 years, filmmaker and screenwriter Christine Swanson, and their four children.