Michael John Warren is a six-time Emmy nominated American film director and showrunner known for highly stylized yet story driven documentary series, music documentaries, and innovative concert films.
Warren made his directorial debut with what many consider to be the greatest hip-hop film of all time – Jay-Z’s Fade To Black. Since then, he has gone on to profile many of the biggest names in the music industry with Drake: Better Than Good Enough (2010), Nicki Minaj: My Time Now (2010), Nick Minaj: My Time AGAIN (2015), Vh1’s Heavy: The History Of Metal (2006) and the theatrical concert film Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (2016).
Warren’s work extends into the sports world as well. He was a major creative force behind the controversial show Friday Night Tykes (2014). The hit series made a huge impact by revealing the shocking intensity of youth football in Texas. In 2007, Warren also directed the award winning Kobe Mentu - a Nike documentary series in Mandarin seen by tens of millions across China. Also in 2007, he directed the ABC primetime series Fast Cars and Superstars featuring Serena Williams, William Shatner, John Cena, John Elway, Tony Hawk, Jewel, Ty Murray and many others.
Warren made history by filming several iconic shows on Broadway. In 2008, he captured the first-ever complete “live” performance in a Broadway theater with Rent: Filmed Live On Broadway. The remarkable achievement was so successful that DreamWorks soon followed suit and Warren helmed Shrek The Musical: Live On Broadway (2013). In the summer of 2015, Warren was invited to film selections from the Tony Award Winning musical Hamilton just days before it opened on Broadway. This noteworthy work was heavily featured in Great Performances: Hamilton’s America on PBS, 60 Minutes, The 2016 Tony Award broadcast on CBS, and many other outlets.
Recently, Warren directed the spine tingling documentary series about professional bull riding called Fearless (2016) for Netflix. The cinematic series was nominated for 3 Sports Emmys, including Warren’s second nomination for “Outstanding Long Form Editing”.
His latest Broadway offering, Oh Hello On Broadway starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, premiered on Netflix in June 2017 to rave reviews - The New York Times calling the show “stupendously entertaining”.
Warren has directed all over the world including Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, Australia, Europe, South America and North America. He has collaborated with some of the most influential companies in the industry including Boardwalk Pictures, Radical Media, 441 Productions, 25/7 Productions, ABC, CBS, PBS, ESPN, AMC, MTV, Vh1, Esquire Network, USA Network, BET, Heineken, Nike, Wyden and Kennedy, BBDO, Sony, Paramount, DreamWorks, Universal and Netflix.