Michel Shane

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Michel Shane
Michel Kenneth Shane

(1955-10-08) October 8, 1955 (age 67)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1980s–present

Michel Shane (born October 8, 1955) is a film producer and co-founder of Hand Picked Films. He is best known for receiving an executive producer credit on Catch Me If You Can and I, Robot along with his business partner Anthony Romano. Currently, he is working on a documentary titled 21 Miles Malibu, which will be released in late 2021.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Michel Shane was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of Sheldon Gerald Shane, an industrial psychologist and psycho-therapist, and Vivien Ray (Shane), a Belgian World War II refugee who moved to New York at the age of nine. He also has a younger brother, Reid Shane, who is also a producer. Michel Shane now lives in Los Angeles, California, and is currently married with three daughters.

On April 3, 2010, Michel Shane's daughter Emily was murdered on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and the following year his wife started The Emily Shane Foundation ( www.emilyshane.org) to help children in middle school who were struggling by offering a mentoring program. The only cost to the child is that they must "Pass It Forward" by doing a good deed for each session. This one of the corner stones of the foundation.

Since his father is Canadian, and his mother American, Michel Shane has dual Canadian-American citizenship.


Michel Shane got his first taste of the movie business in high school when he directed and produced a video short of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." Then, at age 17, he picked up a job as a page with CFCF, a local television network, followed by an internship at Columbia Pictures Television. In 1980, after graduating with a degree in Communication and Marketing from McGill University, he moved to Lansing, Michigan, to seek a degree in Entertainment Law at Cooley Law School. After two years, however, he left Cooley to enter the newly developing video industry.[2]

In 1982, in an effort to study the emerging market, Shane attended a conference on the future of video in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was mistaken as an industry expert by a local news affiliate. With this small break, he was able to develop connections and start MKS, an independent video distribution company, which at the beginning sold "How To" videos from the trunk of his car.[3] Two years later, Shane turned MKS into the Prolusion Group with the help of a few business partners, and began to travel internationally purchasing new titles at film festivals he attended.

Leaving Prolusion in 1987, Michel Shane began working in television distribution on his own, and started consulting work in Hollywood. During the next several years he produced "Return to the Titanic Live" and "Dracula Live From Transylvania" for television networks in Canada, and acquired the rights to the book, "Catch Me If You Can."

In 2005, Michel Shane founded Hand Picked Films, an independent film and television production company, with business partner Anthony Romano. Romano is in charge of television production, and Michel Shane film production. Based out of both Los Angeles and Montreal, Hand Picked has established itself as an international production company, recently producing films in Brazil, Italy, Croatia, India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.[4]

Michel Shane also teaches film finance and production classes at UCLA and is a touring lecturer on independent film financing. He is a motivational speaker too.[5][6]

Michel Shane executive produced 100 episodes of Bait Car on Tru- TV

Presently he has started a Kickstarter Campaign to fund a documentary called "Probably Cause Harm" (PCH) which will examine the 27 miles of highway that runs through Malibu and hopes to find solutions for a road nicknamed Blood Alley. Shane hopes the documentary will be template for change in all communities that have a highway running through them as a main thoughfare.

Michel Shane is producing a 26 part television series based on the classic book Sun Tzu's The Art of War . The series will be an action adventure drama that is telling the story of that inspired Sun Tzu to write the classic strategy book. Shane has attached both Japanese and Chinese partners to project, joining the US partners [7]





  1. ^ "Meet the Founders".
  2. ^ "Hand Picked Films | Michel Shane". Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  3. ^ Mychal Wilson, MindFusion Law, March 7, 2008, "[1]", December 7, 2009
  4. ^ "Hand Picked Films | Michel Shane". Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  5. ^ McGill in Focus, Spring 2008, "[2] Archived 2012-10-16 at the Wayback Machine", December 7, 2009
  6. ^ http://web.me.com/handpicked/Handpicked_Bio/14-U.C.L.A._Class.html
  7. ^ "Hollywood TV Series Brings the Art of War to Life". 4 November 2013.

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