President | CEO | Producer
Emmy Award winning producer and studio executive, Michael Swanson, has produced movies to critical and audience acclaim over the past 20 years through his production company, Faith Filmworks.
In 2010, Michael was invited to join NBCUniversal as a studio production executive for Universal Television. He oversees production operations for some of the studio’s most popular TV series including Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Master of None (Netflix) starring Aziz Ansari, The Good Place (NBC) starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, Parks and Recreation (NBC) starring Amy Poehler, Community (NBC/Yahoo) starring Joel McHale, Maury Povich (Syndication) and Food Fighters (NBC). Michael’s other productions include the multiple award-winning romantic feature films, All About Us and All About You, written and directed by his wife, filmmaker Christine Swanson. All About Us stars Boris Kodjoe, Ryan Bathé, Ruby Dee and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman in a special appearance. The “indie classic” All About You stars Renée Elise Goldsberry, Terron Brooks, LisaRaye, Lou Myers, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Debbie Allen.
Michael executive produced the 2015 original cable movies To Hell and Back, a contemporary retelling of the Biblical story of Job, starring Ernie Hudson and Vanessa Bell Calloway; and For The Love of Ruth, based on the Biblical character Ruth, starring Denise Boutte, Gary Dourdan and Loretta Devine. Michael also produced the inspirational documentary film, The Wayman Tisdale Story, featuring Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Toby Keith and Michael Jordan, for which he won the Emmy. During this same time, Michael produced and directed the Gospel music documentary featurette, Andraé Crouch: Making of The Journey, featuring Grammy Award winners Andraé Crouch, Chaka Khan, Take 6, Donnie McClurkin, Sheila E., Rance Allen and Marvin Winans.
After a stint in Princeton Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity program, Michael joined NBCUniversal’s national primetime TV sales team in New York and co-managed advertising accounts reaching up to $30 million each. Michael was also a part of the 1997 “Must See TV” sales team that became the first in broadcast network TV history to book over $2.2 billion in advertising revenue during an upfront selling period.
Michael earned his BA degree in Film & Television from the University of Notre Dame. He serves on the boards of the Asomugha Foundation, Holy Name of Jesus School, the STEP Foundation and is an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences member. A South Side of Chicago native, Michael resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Christine, and their four children.