Race in the Entertainment Industry: The Black and Brown Experience
At the forefront of Black producers making major moves in the entertainment industry, Emmy® and Tony® award-winning film, theater, and television Producer Mike Jackson is committed to celebrating often overlooked cultures and characters, harnessing his Philly hustle and unparalleled tenacity to bring elevated multi-cultural content to global audiences. In this insightful moderated conversation or keynote, Mike candidly discusses his personal experiences navigating the entertainment world as a person of color, addressing challenges that still exist in the industry and offers a roadmap to others who are pursuing a career in Hollywood.
Sparking Creativity & Innovation
Over the last two decades, Emmy® and Tony® award-winning film, theater, and television Producer Mike Jackson has amassed a successful portfolio of entertainment properties that includes Broadway theater, live events and filmed entertainment. In this fun and insightful moderated conversation or keynote, Mike discusses creativity, innovation, the power of storytelling and his keys to harnessing these concepts for the greatest success in business and in life.
Chasing the Dream: What it Takes to Make it in Hollywood
Emmy® and Tony® award-winning film, theater, and television Producer Mike Jackson shares his personal story of pursuing his dream to be a producer and his journey to get to where he is today in this fun and insightful moderated conversation or keynote.
How to Get it Made: Turning Ideas into Reality
Over the last two decades, Emmy® and Tony® award-winning film, theater, and television Producer Mike Jackson has amassed a successful portfolio of entertainment properties that includes Broadway theater, live events and filmed entertainment, and along the way he has gained unique insight into what it takes to turn dreams into reality. Whether it’s making a movie, launching a TV show, filming a docuseries, putting on a Broadway play, or publishing a book, Mike shares practical steps on how to achieve a project and how to navigate the entertainment landscape in this informative and entertaining moderated conversation.
Mike Jackson is an Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning film, theater, and television producer. As co-founder and managing partner of Get Lifted Film Co., a Los Angeles based production company which has developed projects with major networks including ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, and FX, Jackson harnesses his Philly hustle and unparalleled tenacity to bring elevated multi-cultural content to global audiences alongside Ty Stiklorius and EGOT-winner John Legend.
Jackson’s forthcoming projects include The Black Cyclone, a feature drama film about cycling champion Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, the film The Long Way Down based on Jason Reynold’s award-winning novel which will be distributed by Universal, and the film adaptation of S.A. Cosby’s novel Blacktop Wasteland.
Most recently, Jackson and Get Lifted produced HBO’s The Legend of the Underground, a feature documentary that premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, focused on resilient Nigerian youth fighting anti-LGBTQ laws. Additionally, the team produced Netflix’s Monster, as well as Nancy Buirski’s documentary, A Crime on the Bayou, that holds a Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” score of 100% and profiles brave individuals who fought for justice in and around the Civil Rights era.
Notably, Jackson produced David E. Talbert’s acclaimed holiday film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Story and executive produced HBO docu-series Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, which received the AAFCA TV Honor for Best Documentary and was awarded “Best Multi-Part Documentary” by the International Documentary Association. Jackson and Get Lifted also executive produced the HBO documentary 40 Years A Prisoner and the Netflix documentary Giving Voice. Additionally, the IFC comedy series Sherman's Showcase and Sherman's Showcase: Black History Month Spectacular, a one-hour special on IFC and AMC, Rhythm + Flow for Netflix, which won the 2020 NAACP Image Award, ABC’s John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father's Day, Damien Chazelle’s Oscar®-winning musical La La Land, as well as NBC’s 2018 Emmy®-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live and the 2017 Tony® Award-winning August Wilson play Jitney. Get Lifted and Erik Feig’s Picturestart formed Picture Lift, a joint venture focused on developing, producing and financing multiple films in the $10M range, featuring diverse filmmakers and inclusive casts.