Professional Résumé

Michael R. Barnard

Hollywood, CA


I’ve been in creative production for thirty years, working on projects that included launching a major-market TV station (Channel 29, Minneapolis), producing location productions with network-quality TV trucks, working with Prince to launch Paisley Park Studios and create his ALPHABET STREET music video and other productions, producing a theatrical feature film with John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville), working at Sundance Film Festival as Special Theater Operations, being Shop Manager on studio feature films, assessing materials for development at Warner Bros., and working as crew, director, or producer on video and film projects of many kinds in many capacities.

An independent Writer|Producer|Director for movies, TV/Video and radio. Broad experience includes live event and in-studio TV shows, studio feature films, music videos and more visual content as Writer, Producer, Director, Assistant Director, Floor Director, Camera Op, Sound (mixer and boom), Set Manager, Technical Director, Production Assistant, and other positions.

Development and Production

“COLLIER & COMPANY” Co-Producer & 2nd Unit Director – Hollywood: family comedy, theatrical release, starring John Schneider, Writer and Director: John Schneider.

“JUAREZ” Production Manager – Dominican Republic: Crime drama, in pre-production for shoot in Dominican Republic, Director: Felix Umber; Writer: Robert J. Litz.

“EVERYBODY SAYS GOODBYE—The Story of a Father and Son” Writer|Producer|Director – Hollywood and Fresno, CA: Thriller-drama, in preproduction.

“UNDERTAKINGS” Writer|Producer|Director – Location not determined: Outrageous comedy, in development.

Also, many development projects as Producer: NO RELATION (drama feature film screenplay, acquired from writer Nate Lottsfeldt), A VENOM IN THE BLOOD (New York Times Bestseller true story of the nation’s only husband-and-wife serial killers written by the cop who busted them), THE FALLS (award-winning drama feature film screenplay, acquired from writer Steven Eric Larson), RED SAILS (true adventure novel, acquired from writer Richard Springer), AMERICAN ORPHANS (political futuristic feature film screenplay of my own), MANKILLER (erotic thriller feature film screenplay of my own). Evaluation for acquisition of materials such as Sandra Brown’s CHILL FACTOR, Stef Penney’s THE TENDERNESS OF WOLVES, Davis Bunn’s HEARTLAND, and more properties.

Production Facilities

Experienced Producer/Production Manager responsible for video, film, and audio production services and production of projects for:

PAISLEY PARK STUDIOS – Minneapolis, MN: Prince’s full-service film/TV/audio production campus.

MASTER VIDEO PRODUCTIONS – Minneapolis: Full-service independent video production company.

KITN TV CHANNEL 29 – Minneapolis: Full-power broadcast station with production studio (part of the startup team for this new station).

NLC PRODUCTIONS – Minneapolis: Remote video production trucks for network TV production.

TVN PRODUCTIONS – Hollywood: Cable network news program, writing and production.

MICHAEL R BARNARD PRODUCTIONS – Minneapolis, Hollywood, New York City: Independent content creation and production.


In various capacities on productions including:

WARNER BROS. “MARS ATTACKS!” Shop Manager – Hollywood: Producer: Paul Deason, Director Tim Burton.

PARAMOUNT TV’s “BABYLON” Shop Manager – Hollywood: Producer: Jim Herbert, starring Edward James Olmos.

20TH CENTURY FOX’S “BUSHWHACKED” Shop Manager – Lake Tahoe, CA: Producer: David Wizniak, starring Daniel Stern.

CASTLE ROCK’S “LITTLE BIG LEAGUE” Shop Manager – Minneapolis: Producer: Steve Nicolaides, starring Luke Edwards and Jason Robards.

BARRY MCGUIRE’S “KIDS FOR KIDS” CONCERT Producer – Pittsburgh, PA: recorded live concert television program for syndication.

“CELEBRATION” Writer|Producer|Director – Minneapolis: live broadcasts of several New Year’s Eve variety shows broadcast on network affiliate stations.

“CHELSEA BOYS AND FULFILLMENT” Writer|Producer|Director – New York City: mini-documentary.

“$MART MONEY” Writer – Hollywood: sitcom proposal.

CHANNEL 29’S “GOLDEN GOPHER HOCKEY” Producer – Minneapolis: live regional hockey game telecasts.

PRINCE’S “ALPHABET STREET” MUSIC VIDEO Producer – Minneapolis: for Prince and Warner Bros. Music.

“THE BERENGUER BOOGIE” MUSIC VIDEO Writer|Producer|Director – Minneapolis: Video about Minnesota Twins World Series win.

ANGRY ATOM’S “REPLAY” MUSIC VIDEO Writer|Producer|Director – Minneapolis: for Angry Atom

PRINCE’S “BAT DANCE” and “PARTY MAN” MUSIC VIDEOS 2nd Assistant Director – Hollywood: Talent Wrangler for BATMAN soundtrack.

BANCO FILM GROUP’S ASMODEUS” Assistant Director — Hollywood: Horror feature film in post-production

Many other productions.

Director, Writer, Reporter for various segments of variety and talk shows (KITN Ch. 29, Minneapolis; WCCO Ch. 4, Minneapolis, KARE Ch. 11, Minneapolis; others), and many broadcast and corporate projects.

Writing Samples (available as .pdf files)

“EVERYBODY SAYS GOODBYE–The Story of a Father and Son” Spec feature film indie screenplay.

“WE DON’T DO NO GHOSTS” Spec script for classic one-hour TV series, MOONLIGHTING.

“NATE AND KELLY” Romance historical fiction novel about race relations in America a century ago.

“FRESNO PRODUCTION STUDIO PROJECT” Presentation for a community development project.

“THE SUNNY SIDE OF GENERATION X” Ghostwritten Op/Ed article for Hollywood celebrity via PR firm.

“WORLD VISION NEWS” TV news story about World Vision, the international children relief organization.

“BUSINESS PLAN & FINANCIAL PROJECTION” Fundraising discussion for independent feature film.

“PROPOSAL FOR VIRTUOSITY.COM” Analysis and proposal for extensive Website rebuild, 1999.

“DESKTOP VIDEO SERVICES ON YOUR HOME-BASED PC” Technical book, published by McGraw Hill.


In April 2007, many outlets, including CBS national News, picked up my promotion of the auction of John Schneider’s General Lee. In October 2006, the success of my promotions for the feature film COLLIER & CO.—HOT PURSUIT was featured by industry site Many other projects for magazine articles, blogs, public relations, sales and marketing.

Special Projects

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Park City, UT: Special Theater Operations; hands-on liaison for talent and filmmakers during their screenings and premieres at Sundance, since 2010.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO – Hollywood: Manager, Domestic Marketing during creation and introduction of the DVD format.

WARNER BROS. – Hollywood: Crafted major presentation for highest echelon approval of proposed new division.

KKBT FM 92.3 – Hollywood: Assisted Operations and Programming during three format changes, including Urban, Arbitron ranked as No. 3 in market.

AXIUM PAYROLL – Hollywood: Assembled, formatted, and published in HTML 1.0 pay rate data for all entertainment guilds for business-to-business website.

OPERA DIVA – New York City: Assist wealthy international opera diva with career and household estate.