"We are pleased to acknowledge the outstanding work and individual leadership that David Michaels has brought to the organization," said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "His vision, skill and management of the Daytime Emmy® Awards and his diverse background in television production and events have made him a welcome addition to our NATAS staff."
Mr. Michaels began working as a performer at age of seventeen, appearing in productions in New York, around the USA, Canada and in Europe. He worked steadily as an actor until he competed on a game show when an immediate fascination with the "behind the scenes" world of Daytime Television led to his first production job with the legendary Bob Stewart Productions.
He rose quickly through the ranks to producer, doing over 25 pilots and air shows eventually producing shows such as The $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid, starring Dick Clark, and garnering multiple nominations and two Emmy Awards. He also produced Pictionary for Dan Enright. Transitioning into the talk show world, David produced such shows as Vicki! (2 nominations), Leeza (2 nominations) and Caryl & Marilyn. He also produced and wrote the primetime special, Lie Detector.
At the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Mr. Michaels served as Co-Chairman of the Daytime Emmy Awards serving on the Board of Governors for 14 years as well as on numerous other committees. He founded TV Cares, ATAS' AIDS awareness committee, chairing the committee with honorary co-chair, Angela Lansbury for 15 years. He also conceived and produced the annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration honoring programs and individuals for responsible programming in the area of AIDS awareness and education. Along with Tom Viola of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS, he helped to make the Red Ribbon an international symbol of AIDS awareness. For two years, he produced and wrote The Ribbon of Hope live event as a Television Special receiving another Daytime Emmy nomination. In addition, David spent ten years as the Director of Special Events for the Western Region of The Actors’ Fund of America.
Mr. Michaels has produced countless star-studded live charity events, including Tap Your Troubles Away: The Words & Music of Jerry Herman, Something Wonderful: the Richard Rodgers Centennial, Kurt Weill: The Centennial, Sing Happy: the Music and Words of Kander & Ebb, The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman, Hooray For Love: The Harold Arlen Centennial, Everything's Coming Up Roses: The Jule Styne Centennial and Falsettos at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.