Michael Aguilar is an executive producer on NBC’s new drama “Bluff City Law.”
He is also executive producer of Showtime’s upcoming “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,” as well as the pay cabler’s “Kidding,” starring Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener and Frank Langella, and directed by Academy Award winner Michel Gondry.
Recent past projects include “I’d Dying Up Here,” the Showtime series about the golden age of stand-up comedy starring Oscar winner Melissa Leo. For several years, Aguilar and Carrey were producing partners in their Some Kind of Garden Media banner where Aguilar produced a range of films, such as Alexandros Avranas-directed drama “True Crimes” and the critically acclaimed documentary “Rubble Kings.”
Aguilar’s upcoming film projects include a feature adaptation of the “Sesame Street” franchise starring Ann Hathaway, and graphic novel adaptation “Aleister Arcane,” to be directed by Eli Roth. Aguilar is also currently developing musical comedy “Did You Mean Murder” with Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”) and “Frontera,” written and to be directed by Mark Polish.
A veteran producer and executive with more than 20 years experience, Aguilar has produced successful features such as “The Crazies,” starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell; romantic comedy “What Happens in Vegas,” starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz; and the Will Ferrell comedy “Semi-Pro.” Aguilar executive produced the supernatural thriller “Constantine,” starring Keanu Reeves, and was co-producer on Academy Award winner “The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. He also produced the family holiday adventure “Unaccompanied Minors,” directed by “Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig.
Aguilar, a Phillips Exeter Academy and Kenyon College graduate, began his career in entertainment hawking tickets for Boston comedy clubs and then scored an internship at RKO Pictures where he rose to Director of Development overseeing the storied company’s massive library. He went on to Paramount Pictures as a creative executive, overseeing such projects as “Face/Off,” A Night at the Roxbury” and “Event Horizon.”
Aguilar spent the next six years running Donner’s Company, a production company founded by producer Lauren Shuler Donner and director Richard Donner. He oversaw the launch of the “X-Men” franchise along with Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday,” produced “Out Cold,” and co-produced Richard Donner’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s “Timeline.” Aguilar also served as President of Production at Mosaic Media Group.