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Michael Hirschorn

Emmy-Award Winning Founder and Owner of Ish Entertainment

Michael Hirschorn is the Emmy-award winning founder and owner of Ish Entertainment, a five year old production company based in NY and L.A. ISH has produced several series for multiple networks and digital outlets. Previously, Hirschorn headed programming at VH1, where over a span of four years he doubled ratings, contributing to a more than…

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Michael Hirschorn is the Emmy-award winning founder and owner of Ish Entertainment, a five year old production company based in NY and L.A. ISH has produced several series for multiple networks and digital outlets. Previously, Hirschorn 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, 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 that was released in the U.S. and internationally by Lionsgate. A former journalist and magazine editor (New York Magazine, Esquire, Spin), he has continued to explore the revolutionary impact of digital media as contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly.

Recent 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”.

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