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Michael Shamberg (born 1945?)[1] is an American film producer and former Time–Life correspondent.

Michael Shamberg
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Shamberg at Web Summit 2017
Born1945 (age 73–74)?
OccupationFilm producer, former Time–Life correspondent
Megan Williams
(m. 1974; div. 1991)

Carla Santos Shamberg
(m. 1996)

Life and careerEdit

His credits include Erin Brockovich, A Fish Called Wanda, Garden State, Gattaca, Pulp Fiction and The Big Chill. His production companies include Jersey Films, with Stacey Sher and Danny DeVito, and, as of 2015, Double Feature Films, with Stacey Sher.

In the 1960s and 1970s, counter-culture video collectives extended the role of the underground press to new communication technologies. In 1970, Shamberg co-founded a video collective called Raindance Corporation, which published a newspaper-magazine called Radical Software. Raindance Corporation later became TVTV, or Top Value Television. Shamberg and his first wife Megan Williams were founding members of TVTV.[2] The collective believed new technology could effect social change. An example was Shamberg's work on In Hiding: A Conversation with Abbie Hoffman, broadcast on Public-access television station WNET/13 in May 1975.[2]

Shamberg described his approach as "guerrilla television" (the title of his 1971 book) because, despite its strategies and tactics similar to warfare, guerrilla television is non-violent and he saw it as a means to break through the barriers imposed by broadcast television, which he called beast television.[citation needed]

His TVTV group's documentary Lord of the Universe, 1974, won a DuPont-Columbia Award in 1975.[3] The group urged for the use of Sony's Portapak video camera, introduced in 1967[4][circular reference], to be merged with the documentary film style and television, and later pioneer use of 3/4" video in their works.[citation needed]

Shamberg is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO.[5]


  1. ^ Michael Shamberg Biography (1945?-)
  2. ^ a b Teasdale, Parry D. (1999). Videofreex. Hensonville, NY: Black Dome Press Corp. p. 214. ISBN 1-883789-21-4.
  3. ^ Journalism School, Columbia University. All DuPont-Columbia Award winners Archived 2012-03-19 at the Wayback Machine at Columbia University
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  5. ^ Rea, Barbara. "Totenberg to headline annual Founders Day celebration". Washington University in St. Louis.

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