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Mike Karz

Mike Karz is the President of Karz Entertainment, a Walt Disney-based production company that specializes in family entertainment. His most recent credits include two event family films he executive produced for The Wonderful World of Disney: Geppetto, the first original television musical ever produced by Disney, and Model Behavior, starring Kathie Lee Gifford, Maggie Lawson and Justin Timberlake (*NSync).

He also co-produced Toothless, the first original telefilm for The Wonderful World of Disney, which featured Kirstie Alley as the Tooth Fairy. Other credits include My Date with the President's Daughter, an original telefilm he executive produced for The Wonderful World of Disney, and Spring Break Lawyer, an original telefilm for MTV.

Prior to forming Karz Entertainment, Karz served as vice president of Mandeville Films, where he worked on George of the Jungle and The Sixth Man. Before joining Mandeville, he was Director of Creative Affairs for Tristar Pictures. While there, he worked on several feature films, including Threesome, Rudy, and 3 Ninjas Kick Back.

His upcoming projects include Sleeping Beauty, an original live-action musical for The Wonderful World of Disney, which will star Whitney Houston and features original music and lyrics by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam). Karz also co-created and is executive producing The Jamie Kennedy Show for the WB Network. Feature projects in development include Clemente, a film about baseball legend Roberto Clemente for Touchstone Pictures, and three family comedies for Disney: Ghost Patrol, Bonehead, and Birthday Boy. Karz is also developing a telefilm based on Gumby for The Wonderful World of Disney, which will combine live-action and claymation. Karz' next release is Joe and Max, the first original telefilm for Starz Films. Karz executive produced the film, which details the relationship between boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. It will premiere in March, 2002.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Karz got his start in the entertainment field at Orion Pictures where he served as the story editor of the motion picture division.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Mike Karz Facts

OccupationProducer

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