Speaker Biography

Michael Peter Schmidt 

CompanyRed Arrow Studios
TitleChief Creative Officer
BioAs Chief Creative Officer of Red Arrow Studios, Michael oversees Red Arrow's global format development, acquisitions, creative partnerships, and international production rollouts worldwide. Red Arrow Studios is the new name for Red Arrow Entertainment Group, and brings together Red Arrow's 20 production companies in seven territories, including 10 companies based in the United States; world-leading multi-platform digital network Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures. Michael has worked in the television industry for more than 20 years, specifically in the fields of broadcasting, producing, commissioning and development. He started his career while still in school as a researcher and writer at pubcaster WDR in Cologne. Michael's subsequent positions have included TV Director at entertainment producer BRAINPOOL; Creative Producer for RTL Television's entertainment department; Executive Producer and Consultant for Granada Germany; and Editorial Director at entertainment station VIVA. Michael joined ProSiebenSat.1 Media in 2005, undertaking various roles including Senior Vice President of Entertainment for German Free-TV operations. During his time at ProSiebenSat.1, Michael's productions have been honoured with a German TV award, a number of German comedy awards and the prestigious Grimme Award. Michael’s strong producing and commissioning background has earned him considerable respect in the international TV community. Michael lives with his wife and their three children in New York. Michael is on the board of New York's independent television festival NYTVF, and the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA).