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Michael

Michael

Production work on commercial, entertainment, and factual shoots for clients from around the world during more than two decades is at the core of Michael’s experience.  Highlights from his years managing production service budgets ranging from modest to over 1 million euros include feature film, sport celebrity shoots, primetime TV programming for all major US & UK channels, and events as diverse as motocross and a papal visit.


This Los Angeles native with a traveler’s soul started his own production service company overseas to share with fellow production professionals the wonders of shooting film, photo, and video projects across Spain and Portugal – the sunniest corner of Europe.  Michael is as quick with a smile as he is committed to no-nonsense production workflow delivering cost-effective, quality results you can see in frame.  He founded the Production Service Network in 2014 to accomplish that worldwide.  He manages PSN from his base in Madrid, Barcelona, or most anywhere he has an Internet connection.

Alluring LVMH projects showcase recent PSN Partner location shoots from lotus flower-laced waters of Ninh Binh to celebrity-framed coastline of Ibiza.  These locations have a drama all their own.

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In an industry built on teamwork, Heads of Production can sometimes feel a bit lonely.  Under ever-shrinking lead time, they’re shouldered with delivering the details on the best production approach available…ANYWHERE.  Who could blame them for reaching out to the usuals - gathering estimates from production service companies in the same old countries without exploring alternatives that may be more suitable?  

There’s no room for business as usual in an ever more competitive industry.  No single producer, let alone company, has 100% of the latest local knowledge worldwide to determine the best place to shoot.  And disregarding alternatives outright leaves the door wide open for someone else to propose a location that better fits the brief.

No one is immune.  I’ve seen top dogs lose an award to a scrappier competitor who did its homework.  So I can’t hide a knowing smile when sitting down with producers from LA to London, Paris to Tokyo, who ask what countries are the latest hotspots to shoot.  There is no one answer.  But I have made it my business to find out for each brief.

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A gingerbread man’s adventurous return home for the holidays reminds us how travel is no cookie-cutter experience.  The friends you meet along the way define the experience that hopefully culminates in a safe and sound arrival. 

PSN Partners play host to traveling producers from around the world.  This month alone we feature recent line production services for Academy Films London, The Sweet Shop Australia, HVH France, and TYO Monster Japan

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The Emmy-Award winning CNN campaign shot this year with our PSN Greece Partners in actual refugee camps makes a powerful statement about “Why We Go”.

And it is testimony as to why PSN Partners are there, strategically positioned in more than 40 countries worldwide to work side by side with you.  Just check out what our Partners have accomplished most recently on location shoots for Nike in Kenya & Italy, Bwin in Thailand, and Walking Dead in Canada.

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It’s all about teamwork you can trust to deliver.  Success working with PSN Spain on past Sony projects drew Japan producers to call on us to co-produce the Bravia TVC campaign tied to the release of Blade Runner 2049.

Producers of projects for Disney, BET365, and Volvo also called once again on PSN Partners to accomplish location shooting on four continents.  

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Let’s work together on location!

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We dedicate much of our time determining WHERE to shoot with our producer clients because storytelling depends so much on the setting.  The director’s choice locations often play a starring role.

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There’s good reason that producers of overseas projects choose their local shoot support with much trepidation.  The very success of their film or photo project is at stake.

Whether it be while participating on a panel of experts at AICP meetings about foreign production or simply talking shop with producers the world over, the stories I hear from the trenches constantly remind me of how critical it is to work with a reliable, boots-on-the-ground partner.

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A smooth path to a successful shoot overseas is our aim.  Whether you’re driving, cycling, hiking, sledding, or even dancing, you can count on PSN Partners to set the stage with reliable shoot support.

Look no further than recent Partner work in Spain, Romania, Iceland, Egypt, and Denmark for films demonstrating our work on the move for brands like Axe, Citroen, and Carlsberg.

We’re the local partner of content producers, strategically positioned to facilitate overseas film and photo shoots worldwide.

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PSN Partners are known for local knowledge to facilitate film and photo production in their individual countries worldwide.  Our offering tips for visitors to Cannes Lions might sound a bit like turning things on their head.

Yet as nearly half the 44 PSN Partners prepare to rendezvous on the sands of the Croisette, where we’ll once again host our Cannes Soiree, we’re immersed in social media abuzz with queries from first-timers anxious to tap into the experience of the initiated.

The editorial team at LBB caught up with several of our Partners around the globe to compile this article sharing a few of our personal recommendations.

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Shoot for the sky.  Whether it be in-flight, atop snowy peaks, or urban rooftops, PSN Partners are reaching new heights at locations for recent shoots in Europe and North and South America.

And why not?  We’re putting the world at producers’ fingertips to help ensure smartly planned and well executed shoots for brands like Mastercard, Android Wear, KFC, Jordanian Airlines, and more.  The sky is the limit, for now at least. Take a look here at the latest.

Think global but shoot like a local with Production Service Network.

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