Peabody and Emmy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Zimbalist was born on January 20, 1980, in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA as Michael N. Zimbalist. He is a producer and director, best known for Momentum Generation(2018), The Two Escobars (2010) and Give Us This Day (2018).
Along with his brother Jeffrey, the Zimbalists have collaborated with eminent names in the entertainment industry, such as Quincy Jones, Pelé, Shakira, Will Smith, Jesse Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick Jagger, Joe Roth, Javier Bardem, Russell Simmons, Irving Azoff, Naomi Campbell, Kelly Slater, Aishwarya Rai, and Amitabh Bach Chan, among others.
Their films have been theatrically distributed worldwide and broadcast by Universal, HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, MTV, PBS, ESPN, Channel 4 UK, the BBC, Fox, DirecTV, and BET, among others. Their production company is called All Rise Films.
In 2010, Disney / ESPN Films released The Two Escobars” which Michael produced with his brother Jeffrey Zimbalist. It was called “one of the best documentaries in recent memory” by The Los Angeles Times, “masterful” by The Hollywood Reporter, a “knockout documentary” by Variety and “one of the best sports documentaries ever made” by Bill Simmons. In 2011, the Zimbalist’s script for The Two Escobar was nominated for the best nonfiction script by the Writers Guild of America and was named 2010 Documentary Of The Year alongside The Tillman Story by Sports Illustrated. Of the over 50 films in the Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30series, Vulture ranked “The Two Escobars” as the best one. The Zimbalists shared the 2011 Peabody Award with this first season of ESPN Films 30for30 filmmakers. Since, in addition to producing other 30for30 films, the Zimbalist brothers have also directed two other entries into the 30for30 series, including “Arnold’s Blueprint” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and “Youngstown Boys”, which won an Emmy in 2014.