Speaker Biography

Michael Bloom  

TitlePresident, First Look Media
BioMichael Bloom is President of First Look Media -- a bold independent media company that empowers the most ambitious voices in journalism, arts and entertainment. Launched by eBay founder and philanthropist, Pierre Omidyar, FLM today operates across several areas, including Topic Studios, which develops, produces and finances feature films, documentaries, TV and digital content; the digital storytelling destination, Topic.com; the award-winning investigative journalism outlet, The Intercept; the critically acclaimed documentary film unit, Field of Vision; and the popular political satire cartoon, The Nib.

The company’s first feature film, “Spotlight,” won the 2016 Academy Award® for Best Picture.

Other Topic Studio projects include “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” a legal drama starring Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington; “On the Other Side,” starring Carey Mulligan as war correspondent Kate Webb; “My Abandonment,” directed by Debra Granik, starring Ben Foster; the Netflix documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” directed by Brian Knappenberger; “Hunger,” a TV drama under development with writer Alex Garcia Lopez; and “Gold Fame Citrus,” a scripted drama with writer Jack Paglen attached. The studio also produced one of the top podcasts of 2017, “Missing Richard Simmons.”

First Look Media staunchly supports the First Amendment and houses the Press Freedom Defense Fund, which has awarded millions of dollars in grants to strengthen the ability of journalists, filmmakers, and whistleblowers to pursue legal fights where a substantial public interest is at stake.

Early in his career, Bloom helped build and sell several internet startup companies including Stockpoint.com, and iAmaze, an early cloud company acquired by AOL. He led Viacom’s MTV Networks digital music business as Sr. VP and General Manager for Digital Media. Prior to FLM, Bloom was CEO of Guardian News & Media, North America, which he led into becoming one of the top digital journalism brands.