|Born||Michael Harriet Lazzo
April 10, 1958
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Residence||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Occupation||Network executive, Television programmer, Television producer, TV series Creator|
|Known for||Space Ghost Coast to Coast|
After he dropped out of high school at age 15, Lazzo was roommates with Barry Mills, the creator of TNT's The Rudy and Gogo World Famous Cartoon Show. He began his career working in the mailroom of TBS. He went to program TBS's animation block, running daily from 4:30–6PM Eastern time until 1993, when he became the first programmer in Cartoon Network's history.
In 1994, Lazzo helped create the first animated late-night talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, for the Cartoon Network. His production company, Ghost Planet Industries, created a spin-off of Space Ghost in 1995; Cartoon Planet debuted on TBS but moved to Cartoon Network the following year.
In 1997, Lazzo and GPI began production on Toonami, an afternoon block of action cartoons on Cartoon Network. In 1999, Lazzo himself appeared in a rehearsal of the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Fire Ant" in an episode "Table Read". In 2004, he served as the producer for Miguzi, another afternoon block of action programming, this time aimed at a younger audience.
In 1999, Ghost Planet Industries changed its name to Williams Street, and the following year the studio started developing more non-Space Ghost-related comedy cartoons aimed at adult audiences. The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force all premiered on Cartoon Network unannounced in the early mornings of December 2000, almost a year before [adult swim] officially premiered in September 2001. Keith Crofford has served as Lazzo's co-executive producer since 1994.
- Mike Lazzo at the Internet Movie Database
- The edge of night: Adult Swim draws youth by breaking rules - YoungMoney article on The Boondocks (TV series) and Lazzo
- Swimming Against The Tide - FastCompany article about Lazzo
- An Interview with Mike Lazzo - IGN interview of Mike Lazzo
- Roadtrip Nation: Mike Lazzo - Roadtrip Nation interviews Mike Lazzo
- Robot Chicken Episode 320
- [Blog History of Frederator original cartoon shorts. http://archives.frederatorblogs.com/frederator_studios/2006/12/30/blog-history-of-frederators-original-cartoon-7/]
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast Volume 2 "Sharrock" Episode Commentary