President & CEO
Mike is committed to entertaining audiences with astonishing stories of compelling real people and started his company in 2000 with this simple goal in mind. Since then, Mike Mathis Productions has grown to be one of the leading producers of non-fiction entertainment in the cable television industry.
Mike is a Primetime Emmy nominee and Cine Golden Eagle winner. The New York Times wrote that his television series “The Chef Jeff Project” felt like “reality TV giving back and compensating for a hundred prior sins.” The Washington Post wrote that his series “‘D.U.I.’ is irresistible… It’s refreshingly empathetic to everyone involved and therefore some of the best…TV you could watch.”
Mike began his television career directing for the NBC series “Unsolved Mysteries,” staging some of the show’s largest and most elaborate re-enactments (including every imaginable form of UFO sighting and criminal enterprise). He directed “When Animals Attack” for FOX (coining a pop culture phrase for the ages) and a long list of primetime specials and series.
Mike holds a theater degree from Occidental College and serves on the college’s Board of Governors. He was born in a tiny midwestern town and put himself through college acting in amusement park melodramas. Mike is a life-long lover of magic, a collector of vintage magic posters and turn-of-the-century magical apparatus, and a member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.