|With an Emmy Award for Aerial Cinematography Mike is also an FAA Certificated Aircraft Pilot and holds every FAA Certification available for Commercial Drone Operation. His Video Production Company is currently the ONLY production company in southern Arizona certified by the FAA to produce commercial video and photography using aerial drones.
Mikes unique expertise in aerial production combined with his recent change from standard High Definition cameras to movie quality UHD 4K cameras both on the drones and in the new hand held steadicam technology makes him, yet again, a leader in the production community
Arizona based since 1974, this TWO time Emmy Award winner has directed over 2000 hours of live television including news, music, sports and special event coverage.
Mike directed and shot coverage of “The tragedy in Tucson” – The shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, with live network news broadcasts via satellite and extended “B” roll production for the European DR Broadcasting Network, directed the Kraft Foods promotion of their venue at Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida, safety spots for Union Pacific Railroad and “The Magic Mouse” pilot for PBS. He shot segments for ABC 20/20’s coverage on illegal border crossing, as well as directing music videos, live pay per view events and a wide variety of other productions for broadcast television including 4 years directing broadcasts of U of A Football.
Credits include hundreds of broadcast commercials, breaking news coverage for both US and foreign networks, a variety of projects for the Jim Click Automotive Group and Clickjab Entertainment as well as 5 years directing Toyota Commercials for the Dancer, Fitzgerald, Sample agency for national distribution and 3 years directing Ford commercials for the J. Walter Thompson agency for national distribution.
Along the way he’s also produced a number of live stage events such as Florida Georgia Line and Parmalee, live pro-wrestling events, and personal appearances around the country for celebrities such as Hulk Hogan, Bill Goldberg, Bret Hart, Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, James Storm, EC3, Kevin Nash, Amy Dumas, Lisa Marie Varon, Candice Michelle, Taryn Terrell, Brooke Adams and others.