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Groundswell Productions is an independent production company founded by Michael London in February 2006 and headquartered in West Los Angeles.

In early 2010, Groundswell’s senior partners completed a management buyout, raising funds with a restructured credit facility to purchase the company’s film library and ongoing operations from its previous investor. Groundswell’s slate includes a mix of independent films, studio films and television production.

Groundswell has produced 15 films since its inception and its library includes TRUMBO with Bryan Cranston who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016; MILK and THE VISITOR, both nominated for Academy Awards in 2008; WIN WIN, from writer-director Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, The Visitor) starring Paul Giamatti, Bobby Cannavale and Amy Ryan; LOLA VERSUS, written by Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones and directed by Wein; and THE INFORMANT!, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon.

Past Groundswell films include BIRTH OF THE DRAGON, written by Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson, directed by George Nolfi, and starring Xia Yu, Philip Ng, and Billy Magnussen, which was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, and is due to be released in 2017, as well as THE FINAL GIRLS, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from the script by Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin, and starring Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, and Alexander Ludwig; and holiday family ensemble LOVE THE COOPERS, directed by Jessie Nelson and starring Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms, Anthony Mackie, and Olivia Wilde.

On the television side, Groundswell produced Emmy-nominated CONFIRMATION for HBO Films, starring Kerry Washington, directed by Rick Famuyiwa and written by Susannah Grant, for which Susannah Grant won a WGA Award and director Rick Famuyiwa won an NAACP Image Award. Groundswell recently produced CHANCE for Hulu, based on the book by Kem Nunn, with Hugh Laurie & Gretchen Mol starring and Lenny Abrahamson directing; SNOWFALL for FX, written by Dave Andron, John Singleton & Eric Amadio, due to be released Summer 2017; and the Second Season of the Syfy television series, THE MAGICIANS, based upon Lev Grossman’s bestselling book trilogy. Groundswell produced its first series, BETAS, for Amazon Studios in 2013, and also produced the ABC series THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB which aired in 2015. Groundswell is also in active development on numerous other television projects.

The company also has a number of projects in development, including DESIRED MOMENTS set up at Amazon Studios, written by Tom Kuntz & Griffin Creech, and to be directed by Tom Kuntz, and XOXO, a thriller written by Mark Heyman, to be directed by Clement Virgo which is set up at Lionsgate.

London, who serves as the company’s CEO, was nominated for an Academy Award and received a Golden Globe award for SIDEWAYS. He is Emmy-nominated for CONFIRMATION. His other credits include THE ILLUSIONIST, THE FAMILY STONE, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, THIRTEEN, and 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS.

Groundswell’s President of Production, Janice Williams, joined the company in 2007. In addition to the films she has produced and overseen since joining Groundswell, her credits include WE OWN THE NIGHT, THE HOAX, DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY, and four consecutive Woody Allen films (SMALL TIME CROOKS, THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION, HOLLYWOOD ENDING, and ANYTHING ELSE). She is Emmy-nominated for CONFIRMATION.

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Michael London

Principal & Founder
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Michael London

President, Co-Founder

Michael London is an Academy Award and Emmy nominated producer and the principal and founder of Groundswell Productions, an independent production company founded in February 2006 and headquartered in Los Angeles. Groundswell has produced 15 films since its inception, including TRUMBO, MILK, THE INFORMANT!, APPALOOSA, ALL GOOD THINGS, THE VISITOR and WIN WIN. Its films have garnered ten Academy Award nominations.

London recently produced BIRTH OF THE DRAGON, which was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and is due to be released in 2017. The film was written by Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson, directed by George Nolfi, and stars Xia Yu, Philip Ng, and Billy Magnussen. He also recently produced TRUMBO, directed by Jay Roach from the script by John McNamara and starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, and Helen Mirren; and LOVE THE COOPERS, directed by Jessie Nelson from the script by Steven Rogers and starring Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, June Squibb and Anthony Mackie. Upcoming productions include DESIRED MOMENTS, written by Griffin Creech & Tom Kuntz, to be directed by Tom Kuntz, and XOXO, written by Mark Heyman, set up at Lionsgate and to be directed by Clement Virgo.

On the television side, London Executive Produced Emmy-nominated CONFIRMATION for HBO which aired in April 2016. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa from a script by Susannah Grant, the film stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas and Greg Kinnear as Joseph Biden. Groundswell recently produced the Hulu series, CHANCE, based upon the book by Kem Nunn, with Hugh Laurie & Gretchen Mol starring and Lenny Abrahamson directing, the Syfy television series, THE MAGICIANS, based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling book trilogy, and the FX series SNOWFALL, written by Dave Andron, John Singleton & Eric Amadio, due to air Summer 2017. Groundswell produced its first series, BETAS, for Amazon Studios in 2013, and also produced the ABC series THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB which aired in 2015. Groundswell is also in active development on numerous other television projects.

Other recent productions include THE FINAL GIRLS, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from the script by Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin, which premiered at SXSW to great audience and critical acclaim; Fox Searchlight’s LOLA VERSUS, directed by Daryl Wein and starring Greta Gerwig; and VERY GOOD GIRLS, written and directed by Naomi Foner and starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, and Boyd Holbrook. Williams also oversaw production on APPALOOSA, directed by and starring Ed Harris; MILK, Gus Van Sant’s Harvey Milk biopic starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and James Franco; ALL GOOD THINGS, the Andrew Jarecki directed thriller starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella; as well as on WIN WIN, THE VISITOR, SMART PEOPLE, and MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH.

Prior to founding Groundswell, London produced the Alexander Payne film SIDEWAYS, which won a Golden Globe for Best Picture, an Independent Spirit Award, and was a Best Picture nominee at the 2005 Academy Awards, where it won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 2005, London produced THE FAMILY STONE, written and directed by Thomas Bezucha and starring Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams and Craig T. Nelson. London also produced Neil Burger’s THE ILLUSIONIST, a period romantic thriller set in Vienna, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and was released in August 2006. The film starred Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel.

In 2003, London produced HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG starring Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley, and Catherine Hardwicke’s THIRTEEN starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. Both films received Academy Award nominations and 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. THIRTEEN also won Best Director honors at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Previously, London spent five years as a production executive at Fox, which he departed as Executive Vice President of Production. He started his career as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times after receiving his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Janice Williams

President of Production
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Janice Williams

President of Production

Janice Williams is an Emmy nominated producer who joined Groundswell Productions in early 2007 and now produces and serves as President of Production for the company.

Williams recently produced BIRTH OF THE DRAGON, which was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and which is due to be released in 2017. The film was written by Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson, directed by George Nolfi, and stars Xia Yu, Philip Ng, and Billy Magnussen. She also recently executive produced Emmy-nominated CONFIRMATION, written by Susannah Grant, directed by Rick Famuyiwa and starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill and Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas for HBO Films; TRUMBO, directed by Jay Roach from the script by John McNamara and starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, and Helen Mirren; and LOVE THE COOPERS, directed by Jessie Nelson from the script by Steven Rogers and starring Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, June Squibb and Anthony Mackie.

Other recent films produced by Williams include THE FINAL GIRLS, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from the script by Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin, which premiered at SXSW to great audience and critical acclaim in 2015; Fox Searchlight’s LOLA VERSUS, directed by Daryl Wein and starring Greta Gerwig; VERY GOOD GIRLS, written and directed by Naomi Foner and starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, and Boyd Holbrook; and NIGHTLIGHT, a supernatural thriller by filmmakers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods released by Lionsgate in March 2015. Williams also oversaw production on APPALOOSA, directed by and starring Ed Harris; MILK, Gus Van Sant’s Harvey Milk biopic starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and James Franco; ALL GOOD THINGS, the Andrew Jarecki directed thriller starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella; as well as on WIN WIN, THE VISITOR, SMART PEOPLE, and MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH.

Upcoming productions include DESIRED MOMENTS, written by Griffin Creech & Tom Kuntz, to be directed by Tom Kuntz, and XOXO, written by Mark Heyman & George Nolfi, to be directed by Clement Virgo.

On the television side, Williams is a producer on the Hulu series, CHANCE, based upon the book by Kem Nunn, with Hugh Laurie & Gretchen Mol starring and Lenny Abrahamson directing as well as the Syfy series, THE MAGICIANS, based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling book trilogy. Groundswell produced its first series, BETAS, for Amazon Studios in 2013, and also produced the ABC series THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB which aired in 2015.

Hilary Zaitz Michael

VP of Development
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Hilary Zaitz Michael

VP of Development

Hilary Zaitz Michael joined Groundswell Productions in January 2016 and currently serves as Vice President of Development. Prior to joining Groundswell, Michael was a development executive at Your Face Goes Here Entertainment for Alan Ball and helped oversee all projects in connection with the company’s development deal at HBO, including credits such as BANSHEE.

Michael launched her career at Anonymous Content under film and television producer, Steve Golin. While at Anonymous Content, Michael worked on a series of film and television projects including, TRUE DETECTIVE, MR. ROBOT, LAGGIES, SPOTLIGHT, and THE REVENANT.

Born in North Carolina and raised in Westchester, NY, Michael holds a BS in Applied Economics and Management from the Dyson School of Business at Cornell University, as well as an MFA in Creative Producing for Film & Television from the University of California, Los Angeles.