Michael Doven has vast experiences in production, film, photography, and more. After recently founding United Pictures Group (UPG), he continues to expand his repertoire in the entertainment industry.
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In the entertainment industry, few people have had the success that Michael Doven has experienced. He has worked as a professional photographer, a film producer, an actor, and a personal assistant to Golden Globe award winner and box office sensation Tom Cruise. Based in Los Angeles, California, Michael is the founder and CEO of United Pictures Group, LLC, producing film projects and facilitating production components like script development, financing, distribution, and communication. Michael’s extensive experience in the film industry has given him many advantages as he develops movie projects from the ground up. Michael got his start in professional photography, working with dozens of subjects and many business clients, including:
- Getty Images
- PEOPLE Magazine
- New York Times
- InStyle Magazine
- Catherine Bell
- John Travolta
- Anne Archer
- Raul Julia
Michael Doven’s vast experience and skill in communicating with various aspects of the entertainment industry has led him to the success he enjoys.
Michael Doven was educated in photography and filmmaking by the New York Institute of Photography. He received his degree from NYIP in 1997. He studied all aspects of monochrome and color photography, composition, lighting, and advanced image processing, all of which gave him the skills to achieve greatness in the film industry. Michael has been fortunate to work with many subjects for artistic projects as well as photo production for print and online resources. His portfolios illustrate his many talents behind the lens. He has learned from some of the greatest photographers and cinematographers in the industry, all of which he has parlayed into success in his own photographic and film projects. Michael transitioned into serving as Tom Cruise’s valued personal assistant, traveling with the actor to his many film projects such as:
- A Few Good Men
- Interview with the Vampire
- Jerry Maguire
- Eyes Wide Shut
Working with Mr. Cruise served as a springboard to Michael’s successes in film, where he worked as a production assistant before moving up to Associate Producer, starting in the year 2000. Michael has Associate Producer credits for movies that achieved billions of dollars in box office sales, including:
- The Last Samurai
- Mission Impossible II
- Vanilla Sky
- Minority Report
Michael’s work with these blockbuster films and close personal relationship to Mr. Cruise opened many doors, giving him perhaps the most complete film education possible. Michael has a knack for tackling complex logistical considerations during the making of a movie, from securing financing to pinning down set locations, hiring talent, and negotiating distribution rights. Whether working for others or taking on movie production on his own, Michael Doven is a respected player in the Hollywood movie industry. He has been able to work side by side with a number of Hollywood’s elite directors and production studios, giving him on-the-job training that few others have achieved. His own United Pictures Group projects are destined for success due to Michael’s incredible amount of experience in the film industry. His wife, Andrea Doven, also worked with Cruise, and is how he met her.
Michael Doven’s latest project, The Squeeze, gave him the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in film.
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Michael is currently producing several films, two of which are to be released in 2015. Other projects are being developed under the United Pictures Group label, and Michael’s 25+ years of filmmaking experience will serve the company well as they continue to greenlight projects. Although movie production takes up most of his time, Michael still enjoys the artistic outlet of photography, and he shoots photos every chance he gets. He shares many of his personal projects on his blog, which showcases his talent with a camera. His work with photography has also led him to do consulting work, offering his expertise in providing training in branding, marketing, and negotiating to other professional photographers.
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Michael has been fortunate enough to have worked on several blockbuster film projects. It is fair to say that the movies he has been involved in as an associate producer or producer have grossed billions of dollars at the box office. Michael’s experience and flexibility during the production process have been instrumental in the success of these many films. As a producer, Michael wears many hats and has many tasks, including:
- Coordinating the writing of scripts
- Sourcing screenplays and discovering viable projects
- Arranging financing and making deals with film backers
- Managing the day-to-day operations of film projects
- Negotiating contracts with writers, actors, and production staff
Michael Doven’s vast expertise in all aspects of movie-making make him a trusted producer, and his United Pictures Group continually gains increased traction in a crowded marketplace. The films being produced by his company are just the start of a movie empire in the making. In June of 2015, Michael was notified that he had been accepted into the Producers Guild of America, a prestigious organization that supports the entertainment industry’s production teams. Michael joins a membership of over 6500 other filmmakers, including some of the greats of the modern era.
Michael has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets, both in print and online. He was part of a four-part radio interview that discusses his successes in the world of commercial photography. In June 2015, Michael was interviewed about his recent entry into the Producers Guild of America (PGA). Michael is active on social media platforms. He has a small but growing YouTube channel where he discusses some of his photography and film projects. His Twitter feed is very active, sharing details about his upcoming projects and some of his successes. His Google+ Page has thousands of fans, thanks to Michael’s engaging personality and tidbits from his many years in the movie business. Michael’s expertise and mastery of both still photography and moving pictures gives him the ability to succeed in a highly competitive, cutthroat industry. His own production work is testament to his hard work, his business acumen, and his incredible fortune.