C O M P A N Y B I O
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.
London most recently produced FARMING, a drama written and directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and starring Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. 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 was released by Universal last fall, 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 is currently in production on three series: Season 2 of the Golden-Globe nominated SMILF on Showtime, written by and starring Frankie Shaw; Season 2 of SNOWFALL for FX, written by Dave Andron, John Singleton & Eric Amadio, airing July 2018; and Season 4 of the Syfy hit series, THE MAGICIANS, based upon Lev Grossman’s bestselling book trilogy.
Groundswell also recently 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 also produced CHANCE for Hulu, based on the book by Kem Nunn, with Hugh Laurie & Gretchen Mol starring and Lenny Abrahamson directing. 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.
London, who serves as the company’s CEO, was nominated for an Academy Award and received a Golden Globe award for SIDEWAYS. He is Golden-Globe-nominated for SMILF, and 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.
P E R S O N A L B I O S
Principal & Founder
Michael London is an Academy Award and Emmy nominated producer and the founder of Groundswell Productions, an independent film and television company. His film credits include “Sideways,” “Milk,” “The Family Stone,” “thirteen,” “The Visitor,” “The Illusionist,” “The Informant!” and “House of Sand and Fog”. On the television side, London is currently in production on three series: Golden-Globe nominated “SMILF” on Showtime, “The Magicians” for Syfy, and “Snowfall” for FX. He also recently produced the HBO film “Confirmation” starring Kerry Washington, and “Chance” on Hulu.
London received the 2006 Golden Globe award for Best Picture in the comedy category for “Sideways.” He most recently produced “Farming,” a drama written and directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and starring Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. He also produced “Birth of the Dragon,” which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Universal last fall.
London launched his career after 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.
SVP of Television
SVP of Television
Jessica Shulman joined Groundswell Productions in 2017 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Television. Before joining Groundswell, she ran television for Neal Baer through Baer Bones, Inc. While there, she worked on a number of projects including UNDER THE DOME through their CBS Studios and 20th deals. Prior to that, Jessica was a member of the Production and Acquisitions group at Overture Films and developed a number of films including CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER, LET ME IN, and PAPER HEART. Before joining Overture, Jessica was an Executive for Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger at their production company, Bobker Kruger Films through their deal at Universal.
A native of Los Angeles, Jessica is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She spent a year studying at the University of Bologna through Brown. She enjoys traveling and spent two months volunteering at an orphanage in Ethiopia.
Anabel joined Groundswell in 2017 and currently supports the Groundswell team as coordinator.
Anabel previously worked as an assistant at William Morris Endeavor in the Book-to-Film/TV and TV Literary departments. She received her BFA in Creative Producing from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where she produced award-winning short film THE WITCHING HOUR and worked on countless other productions. Anabel is originally from the beautiful Balkan country of Bulgaria, and grew up in Orange County.