President & CEO
Michael Hirschorn is the multi-Emmy Award winning CEO of Ish Entertainment, which produces scripted and non scripted programming. Hirschorn is currently producing a feature documentary for HBO that will be released later this year, and is producing documentaries on Iran, the afterlife of champion boxer Gary Balletto, and a high-school marching band in South Africa. His last documentary, the critically acclaimed GRINGO, premiered at Toronto before airing on Showtime. Previously, he headed programming at VH1, where over a span of four years he doubled ratings, contributing to a more than tripling in revenue for the network. Hirschorn was responsible for thousands of hours of programming, both scripted and non-scripted, and set-up a documentary shingle, “VH1 Rock Docs”, that produced multiple award-winning documentaries about music and youth culture. “DMC: My Adoption Journey” won Hirschorn an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2008. Additionally, he was an executive producer of “The U.S. Versus John Lennon,” a theatrical documentary released in the U.S. and internationally by Lionsgate. A former journalist and magazine editor (New York Magazine, Esquire, Spin), he has explored the revolutionary impact of digital media as contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly as well as writing for New York Magazine and The New York Times. Columns suggested futures for print media, television, and music, and he was widely excoriated in 2009 for painting a doom-and-gloom picture of the future of the New York Times that now is considered conventional wisdom and served as inspiration of the theatrical documentary "Page One". Hirschorn is a co-founder of The People, a group of creatives and digital media specialists dedicated to the preservation of democracy in the US that operates as a c3 and a PAC.