Michael London is an Academy Award-nominated producer and the founder of Groundswell Productions, an independent financing and production company. Groundswell has produced 13 films since its inception, including “Milk,” “The Informant!,” “Win Win” and “The Visitor.” Its films have garnered nine Academy Award nominations.
Groundswell’s recent releases include “Trumbo,” directed by Jay Roach from a script by John McNamara and starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, and Helen Mirren. The film opened on November 6th, 2015 and received three SAG nominations, and two Golden Globe nominations. London produced with Groundswell president of production Janice Williams.
London and Williams also produced “Love the Coopers,” directed by Jessie Nelson from a script by Steven Rogers and starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms and Anthony Mackie. The film was released by CBS Theatrical Films on November 13th, 2015.
A third Groundswell production, “The Final Girls,” directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from a script by Josh Miller and M.A. Fortin, was released on October 9th, 2015 by Sony Worldwide Acquisition Group. The unconventional horror-comedy movie stars Tessa Farmigia, Malin Akerman, Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev and Adam Devine. The movie premiered to acclaim at South-by-Southwest, won the Audience Award at the new Stanley Film Fest, and was the closing night film of the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival.
Groundswell is in post-production on “Confirnation,” the story of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas sexual harassment hearings for HBO Films. Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) directed from a script by Susannah Grant (“Erin Brokovich”). The film stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill and Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas. Greg Kinnear, Eric Stonestreet, Jeffrey Wright, and Jennifer Hudson co-star.
Groundswell is in production in Vancouver on “Birth of the Dragon” to be directed by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) with a script by Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson (“Nixon” and”Ali”). The martial arts drama focuses on a famous fight between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man in San Francisco in the 1960’s.
Groundswell is also prepping “Desired Moments,” the debut of acclaimed commercial and video filmmaker Tom Kuntz. Kristin Wiig will co-star and produce.
On the television side, Groundswell produced the Syfy series “The Magicians,” based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling book trilogy. The pilot was directed by Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”) and the show stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta and Summer Bishil. John McNamara and Sera Gamble also serve as executive producers. The show will premiere on Monday, January 25, 2016.
The company is in production on the FX pilot “Snowfall,” co-created and to be directed by John Singleton. The drama for FX Productions follows the crack cocaine epidemic Los Angeles in the 1980s and the way drugs, money and violence transformed the culture of the city. Billy Magnussen and Damson Idris are set to star.
Groundswell’s series “The Astronaut Wives Club,” created by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, aired this summer on ABC. The half-hour tech comedy “Betas,” Groundswell’s first foray into TV, aired on Amazon in 2014.
Prior to founding Groundswell, London produced the Alexander Payne film “Sideways,” which won a Golden Globe for Best Picture and an Independent Spirit Award. The film was a Best Picture nominee at the 2005 Academy Awards, where it won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. That same year, London produced “The Family Stone,” written and directed by Thomas Bezucha and starring Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, and Craig T. Nelson. London also produced Neil Burger’s “The Illusionist,” a period romantic thriller set in Vienna, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and was released in August 2006. The film starred Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel.
London was honored as Producer of The Year at the 2006 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
In 2003, London produced ‘House of Sand and Fog,” starring Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley as well as Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen,” starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. Both films received Academy Award nominations and 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. “Thirteen” also won Best Director honors at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Previously, London spent five years as a production executive at Fox, which he departed as Executive Vice President of Production. He started his career as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times after receiving his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.