While Mike has been partnering with Microsoft Studios and Events teams since 2006, it wasn’t until 2013 that he joined Mighty Media. Since then, he’s been able to solidify his role in managing nearly all transmission and webcast efforts for Microsoft’s biggest flagship events; including MS Build, MS Ignite, MS Inspire, and MS Ready, as well as ton of MS press announcements from all over the world. Mike still has no real idea as to how he has worked his way into this unusual trek of producing: “I just kept taking high-risk jobs that other producers didn’t want to touch”, says he.
As a teen musician playing in local bands, Mike realized that he preferred the production side of the business after taking video classes in high school and eventually going on to serve as class TA for a couple of years. “As the teacher’s assistant, I was allowed to take out extensive amounts of gear over the weekends and use the edit facilities after school hours… so I went kind of nuts making heavy metal/kung-fu videos with friends”. His high school epic, “Bing Chow’s Revenge, Part II” is hailed by dozens as the “best/worst movie ever made”. After a brief stint in SCCC’s video program, he decided that he needed a proper education and enrolled in the Moving Image Arts program at the College of Santa Fe. It was there that he received extensive study in film history and technical training across a wide array of disciplines and was left with an undying appreciation for Eastern-European cinema… See: Ivan Passer’s “Intimate Lighting” (1965), or Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” (1979).
Outside of work, Mike is a virtual luddite and spends his time collecting and listening to records or driving/fixing his 1961 VW beetle. Old tech is beauty!"