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Michael London is the principal and founder of Groundswell Productions, an independent production and financing company formed in February 2006 with a mission to create a thriving home for filmmakers with singular voices that reach broad audiences. The company’s slate mixes films from established directors and emerging talent alongside comedies and genre films with an original sensibility. Since its inception, Groundswell has produced writer/director Tom McCarthy’s The Visitor (a co-production with Participant Productions), starring Richard Jenkins and Hiam Abbass; Appaloosa, directed by Ed Harris, who starred in the film opposite Renée Zellweger and Viggo Mortensen; Noam Murro’s Smart People, starring Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Ellen Page; Rawson Marshall Thurber’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, based on the Michael Chabon novel and starring Sienna Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jon Foster; Todd Louiso’s The Marc Pease Experience (co-financed by Paramount Vantage), starring Jason Schwartzman, Anna Kendrick, and Ben Stiller; Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Frank Langella; and (co-financed with Participant Productions and Warner Bros.) Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant, starring Matt Damon.
Mr. London’s other features as an independent producer include Alexander Payne’s Sideways, which won the Golden Globe for Best Picture [Musical/Comedy] and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture, and which was a Best Picture nominee at the 2005 Academy Awards, where it won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor); writer/director Thomas Bezucha’s The Family Stone, starring Diane Keaton; writer/director Mike Cahill’s King of California, starring Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood; writer/director Neil Burger’s The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, and Rufus Sewell; House of Sand and Fog, directed by Vadim Perelman and based on Andre Dubus III’s novel, starring Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, and Shoreh Aghdashloo; and Catherine Hardwicke’s thirteen, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, and Holly Hunter.
Previously, Mr. London spent five years as an executive at Twentieth Century Fox, which he departed as executive vice president of production. Films made under his supervision there included David Fincher’s Alien³, Renny Harlin’s Die Hard 2, and Joseph Ruben’s Sleeping with the Enemy. He started his career as a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times, after receiving his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.