Executive Producer - Don Mischer
As president of Don Mischer Productions and Mischer Enterprises, Inc., Don Mischer is a well known producer and director of television and live events who has been honored with 13 prime time Emmy Awards, a record nine Director's Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, three NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting and Europe's prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux.
Mischer has consistently chosen to produce programs, which share the best of human experience, whether it be through the work of our most acclaimed artists or the celebration of our greatest monuments and national events. As a producer-director, his credits range from THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, BARYSHNIKOV BY THARP and the 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF CARNEGIE HALL; to MOTOWN 25, BARBARA STREISAND’S TIMELESS and the OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE 1996 CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC GAMES.
Mischer and his production staff are presently working full time in creating and producing the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XIXth Olympic Winter Games (February 2002 in Salt Lake City). Mischer recently served as executive producer of the twice-postponed 53rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. After the second postponement of the Emmys on October 7th, Mischer was unable to continue exclusively with the Emmys due to Olympic commitments. He shared credit with Gary Smith on the show, which was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and featured a finale with Barbra Streisand.
Mischer is also one of the executive producers of the new “Wayne Brady Show,” a musical comedy variety series that premiered on the ABC Television Network last summer and is scheduled to return in early 2002. Mischer produced and directed the pilot for the “Wayne Brady Show.”
On December 31, 1999, with Barbra Streisand, Don produced Barbra Streisand’s “Timeless” concert at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Performed before 14,000 fans, “Timeless” set a box office record for a single night performance. This premier Millennium event was called “powerful, touching and emotional“ by The Hollywood Reporter, and it won three Emmys, including one for outstanding Individual Performance by Barbra Steisand.
In the summer of 1996, Don Mischer Productions created and produced the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. Viewed by the largest audience in history, the Opening Ceremony was highly acclaimed around the world: Time Magazine "extravagant and enthralling;" USA Today "stunning and dramatic;" Chicago Tribune, “visually dazzling and hauntingly beautiful.”
In September 1999, Mischer and his production company were selected by the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee (SLOC), from among an initial 56 production company candidates, to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games of 2002. SLOC Chairman and CEO Mitt Romney said “. . .Don Mischer and his extraordinary team are the best possible group to lead us to our place on the stage. . .” The Mischer team now has 300 people working in Salt Lake City for ceremonies that will have a cast of 5,000 and be seen worldwide by two thirds of the planet.
Other recent Don Mischer productions include:
Seven of the last eight Primetime Emmy Award telecasts, including The 52nd ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS, hosted by Garry Shandling, called “The best Emmy telecast in more than a decade” by the Chicago Sun Times, and 1998’s 50th ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS, a four-hour show broadcast live on NBC which celebrated the golden anniversary of the Emmys and honored the past half-century of television. The Hollywood Reporter said of the show, “Mischer works timeless magic. . .mixing wonderful moments from the past with poignant live moments.”
NETAID, a joint effort between the United Nations and Cisco Systems, whose objective was to raise awareness and encourage people to take action to fight the causes of extreme poverty on the planet. Broadcast worldwide on television and radio, and streamed simultaneously via 2.4 million live internet streams, making it the largest webcast to date, this concert event joined artists from stages in three countries: Giants Stadium in New York, Wembley Stadium in London, and the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Performers included Bono, David Bowie, Sheryl Crow, the Eurythmics, Jewel Wyclef Jean, George Michael, Puff Daddy and Sting.
SONNY & ME: CHER REMEMBERS for CBS. A rare, intimate portrait of these two unique performers, the New York Times called SONNY & ME “poignant and classy.”
TO LIFE! AMERICA CELEBRATES ISRAEL’S 50th, a CBS two-hour special co-hosted by Michael Douglas and Kevin Costner which saluted the triumph of the first fifty years of Israel’s remarkable birth and growth. The show included a “live” interconnection with an audience in Jerusalem at the Tower of David, and featured appearances and performances by Richard Dreyfuss, Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Cole, Jessye Norman, Kathy Bates, Harry Connick, Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Spielberg.
CHRISTOPHER REEVE: A CELEBRATION OF HOPE, and ABC two-hour special aimed at raising public awareness about spinal cord injuries, which Tom Shales of The Washington Post called “a classy as well as moving tribute.” CHRISTOPHER REEVE: A CELEBRATION OF HOPE featured performances by Paul McCartney, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Aaron Neville and Willy Nelson, and was hosted by Robin Williams.
THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, which Don produces with George Stevens, Jr., a prestigious annual CBS special celebrating the performing arts in America and winner of seven Emmy Awards, including the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for the 1995-1996 and 1993-1994 television seasons. For nine years, Don directed the HONORS, receiving three Directors Guild Awards and two Emmys for Best Direction of a Musical or Variety Special. The New York Times has said of THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS "it maintains its distinguished tradition as the nation's most prestigious and elegant celebration of the performing arts."
THE HONG KONG ‘97 SPECTACULAR, a historic event, which took place on July 1, 1997 in Hong Kong’s famous harbor, celebrated the city’s past, present and future as it reunified with China.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S SUPER BOWL XXVII HALF-TIME SHOW, which USA Today called “dazzling.”
THE 47th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, called “. . .the most satisfying Emmy Awards telecast in memory. . .” by TV Guide.
THE 46TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, of which the Los Angeles Times said,
“. . .three hours whose success was due largely to executive producer Don Mischer and his staff.”
For three years Don Mischer produced the American Theater Wing's "TONY" AWARDS, winning an Emmy Award for both the 1987 and 1988 Tonys and an Emmy nomination for the 1989 Tonys. Hosted by Angela Lansbury and telecast on CBS, the 1987 Tonys received 7 Emmy nominations and won the Emmy for the Best Variety Special of the year. Dan Sullivan of the Los Angeles Times praised it as "The most interesting and substantial Tony broadcast in memory."
BOB HOPE: THE FIRST 90 YEARS, "a spectacular three hour tribute" which received the 1993 Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
BACK TO SCHOOL '92, a CBS two-hour special produced in association with Education First! and Propaganda Films, to raise awareness about the education crisis in America. BACK TO SCHOOL '92 featured performances by Robin Williams, Danny Devito, Lily Tomlin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Whoopi Goldberg and was hosted by Sinbad.
THE GRAND OPENING OF EURO DISNEY, celebrating the opening of Disneyland in France, starring Cher, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan, Jose Carreras, The Gypsy Kings, Angela Lansbury, The Temptations, The Four Tops and broadcast live around the world in six languages.
CARNEGIE HALL: LIVE AT 100, a four-hour centennial gala hosted by Peter Jennings and broadcast live worldwide.
THE BEST OF DISNEY MUSIC, two specials airing on CBS hosted by Angela Lansbury and Glenn Close with an eighty-six piece orchestra.
GREGORY HINES' TAP DANCE IN AMERICA premiered in March 1989 as part of the prestigious PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES SERIES. A Don Mischer Production in association with WNET, the Los Angeles Times said TAP DANCE IN AMERICA was "as flat out awesome as television dancing ever gets."
In May of 1985, Don produced and directed MOTOWN RETURNS TO THE APOLLO, a three-hour prime-time special for NBC Which received an unprecedented 11 Emmy nominations. Winning an Emmy for the best music-variety show in 1985, the Hollywood Reporter said of MOTOWN APOLLO, "It was the perfect combination of celebration and commemoration."