2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree

Philadelphia native and 1981 graduate of Temple University’s film school, Michael Grossman became a production assistant in 1987 and has made his directorial debut in 1995.  Since then, Grossman has directed almost two hundred hours of episodic television, movies, HBO miniseries and a pilot for a long running television series.  Over the last few years, Grossman has had the opportunity to take on Executive Producer responsibilities. His work includes “Chicago PD”, “Nashville”, “Mistresses”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Private Practice”,  “Arliss”, and “Body of Proof”. He also directed cult favorites “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Firefly”,  “Angel”, “Star Trek Enterprise” and more. Grossman directed Children’s movies such as also
include:  Nickelodeon’s “Kenan and Kel; Two Heads Are Better Than None”,  “Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh”, and “Shipwreck”. He was nominated for Best Director – Children’s movie by the Directors Guild of America for the Disney movie “Starstruck”.

Grossman mentors aspiring filmmakers. Scheduling time between productions at universities around the country, Michael speaks to students about the film business.  Answering the same first question every time: “How do I get from film school to working in
Hollywood”. It really is a story of: “if I can do it, you can too”.

When not directing or on the speaking circuit at Film Schools, Grossman spends his downtime in Southern California strumming his guitar with his husband, whose name is also Michael, and visiting their daughter, Alicia.