As one of the most prolific and versatile producers in the television industry, Michael Davies has been key in transforming the television and digital landscapes and bringing alternative ideas to the mainstream. As president of Embassy Row, the global television format and digital production company that he sold to Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2008, Davies and his team are dedicated to developing original concepts and adapting international formats for television networks, digital and wireless distribution in the U.S. and abroad. Davies specializes in the genres of games, creative competitions, live talk, social media, food, sports, music and documentary. In addition, he is a pioneer in the fields of brand-supported and digital content.
Davies’ recent television credits include: Andy Cohen’s ”Watch What Happens Live” for Bravo, “Cutthroat Kitchen” for Food Network, Comedy Knockout for TruTV, Emmy-nominated “The Talking Dead” for AMC, Emmy Award-winning “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan” for Fox Sports 1, Jerry Seinfeld’s Emmy nominated digital series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” now on Netflix, and the ground-breaking, sports Emmy nominated talk series, “Good Morning Football”, for NFL Network. Davies is also the co-host of “Men In Blazers”, a television show on NBC Sports Network and podcast that covers global soccer’s high and low-culture.
Embassy Row has also created and produced branded content for major brands including Pepsi, ELLE Magazine, Hellmann’s, LG, American Express, and Swarovski. Other credits for Davies and Embassy Row include “Iconoclasts” for the Sundance Channel with Radical Media and Grey Goose Entertainment, and “Power of 10,” the Rose D’Or-winning game show for CBS. Documentary films include the controversial and highly-regarded “The Tillman Story”(Passion Pictures/A&E Films/The Weinstein Co.), which was an Official Selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, shortlisted for an Academy Award and received an Emmy® award for Outstanding International Programming, and “Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos” (Passion Pictures/ESPN Original Entertainment/Miramax), an entertaining and critically-acclaimed piece of sports history.
Before founding Embassy Row in 2005, Davies was Founder and President of Diplomatic, where he produced multiple projects including ESPN’s popular game show “2 Minute Drill” and The WB’s game show/reality hybrid ”Studio 7.” Prior to that, Davies served as Executive Vice President, Alternative Series and Specials, for ABC Entertainment, where he oversaw the development of “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” the popular David Blaine magic specials, the original pilot for “The Man Show” (which ran for seven seasons on Comedy Central), the 1998 and 1999 Academy Awards. At ABC, Davies executive produced more than 1,000 episodes of the Emmy® and TV Guide Award winning U.S. version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” which transformed the TV landscape.
Additionally, Davies served as Senior Vice President, Development, Buena Vista Productions, responsible for developing all first-run syndication, cable and network programming. There, he shepherded such projects as the late night talk-variety program “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show,” the television adaptation of the hit feature “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” the Emmy® award-winning Comedy Central series “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” the Lifetime hit game show, “Debt”, which won a CableACE award for Best Game Show, and the Emmy® award-winning children’s series “Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
Davies grew up in London, graduated from the University of Edinburgh and resides in New York City.