|Occupation||Film and television producer|
Life and career
Sugar was born to a Jewish family and attended the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West in New Mexico after which he completed his undergraduate studies in 1995 at Brandeis University. He went on to study law at Georgetown University. He is the son of producer/distributor Larry Sugar, and is married to Lauren Wall Sugar.
Michael was previously an Executive Producer on Cinemax’s critically acclaimed drama series The Knick, starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh. He is currently an Executive Producer on the Netflix series' The OA, co-created by Zal Batmanglij client Brit Marling, who also stars; Maniac, starring Emma Stone amd Jonah Hill, and directed by client Cary Fukunaga; and 13 Reasons Why, starring Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford.
On the film side, Sugar won an Academy Award for Best Picture as Producer on Spotlight (2015), starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams. Through his Sugar23 banner, Michael is actively producing a lengthy development slate, including projects from clients Steven Soderbergh, Cary Fukunaga, and Patty Jenkins.
Michael is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, lectures regularly at USC, NYU, Columbia and the American Film Institute. He has been nominated for an Emmy Award, and in 2014 he won a Peabody Award for The Knick.
- 2002: WinTuition (TV Series, executive producer)
- 2004: A Separate Peace (TV Movie, executive producer)
- 2007: Rendition (executive producer)
- 2011: Restless (executive producer)
- 2012: Big Miracle (producer)
- 2012: Transit (Short, executive producer)
- 2013: Stroumboulopoulos (TV Series, executive producer)
- 2013: The Fifth Estate (producer)
- 2014: The Knick (TV Series, executive producer)
- 2014: The Keeping Room (executive producer)
- 2015: Spotlight (producer)
- 2016: The OA (TV Series, executive producer)
- 2016: Collateral Beauty (producer)
- 2017: 13 Reasons Why (TV Series, executive producer)
- Times of Israel: "The tribe at the Oscars, 2016" by Nate Bloom. February 25, 2016
- "88th Academy Awards nominations - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2016.