Michelle Marie is a versatile broadcast journalist, television host and producer covering entertainment, sports, news and lifestyle. Her wide-ranging experience includes hosting talk/variety shows before a studio audience; anchoring live, red carpet pre-shows during awards season; conducting in-depth interviews with top-tier talent, and presenting daily news. Michelle’s multi-cultural background (Filipino, Spanish, Mexican, Italian) allows her to connect with a diverse audience across both traditional broadcast and new media. She’s held on-air talent roles for ESPN, E!, Associated Press, Yahoo!, Billboard and Rolling Stone. Michelle is currently a contributing host/producer for Rolling Stone and Getty Entertainment News.
For the past several years, Michelle has been tapped as an official, live red carpet pre-show host for the biggest events in entertainment including: The ESPYs Countdown Show, American Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards. She was also named global anchor for Associated Press Live (AP Live) on the Red Carpet for The Oscars and Grammy Awards for multiple award seasons.
Michelle was ABC’s backstage digital host for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, Michelle interviewed performers as they prepared for the show. She also co-hosted The Billboard Music Awards Backstage Live Stream, providing behind-the-scenes interviews, commentary and social interaction as a second-screen experience during the three-hour ABC broadcast.
Having developed a personal rapport with a variety of talent and their teams throughout the course of her career, Michelle has interviewed some of the biggest entertainers and athletes in the world, including George Clooney, Lady Gaga, LeBron James, Justin Bieber, Ben Affleck, Rihanna, Aaron Rogers, Taylor Swift, Peyton Manning, Jon Hamm, Miley Cyrus, Carmelo Anthony, Celine Dion, and more.
Michelle possesses the natural skill to lead and facilitate candid conversations. She has a unique gift that makes others feel at ease, allowing her subjects to genuinely engage and share from their heart. Always seeking to reveal stories that show a relatable, human side to the idolized and glorified, Michelle thrives as a passionate storyteller with her compelling in-depth interviews and profile pieces. She is a true connector who makes the most of her skills in front and behind the camera. Landing exclusive interviews for various outlets, Michelle continues to maintain a foundation of trust with talent across multiple genres.
In 2014, Michelle joined ESPN as host of the “Guinness Suite,” a studio interview series featuring celebrities and athletes. Her weekly segments aired on SportsCenter, ABC, and ESPN.com, where guests sat down with Michelle in a custom studio out of ESPN Los Angeles. Her in-depth conversations focused on personal stories of overcoming adversity, sports and pop culture news, followed by fun and engaging game segments.
In 2015, Michelle became a recurring fill-in host on talk-variety show, SportsNation. Her duties included moderating sports/pop-culture panel discussions, leading segments, and conducting guest interviews before a live, studio audience.
During her time at ESPN, Michelle joined Hannah Storm, Jalen Rose, Michelle Beadle, Cari Champion and Bill Simmons as co-host of the “ESPYs Countdown Show,” She was stationed at the “360 Fashion Stage” alongside NBA Star and style king, Nick “Swaggy P” Young. Together, they provided fashion commentary, handed out ESPYs hardware and interviewed guests.
In 2015, Michelle made a cameo as a sports broadcaster, co-anchoring the Key and Peele’s East/West Bowl – Pro Edition sketch alongside NFL Network’s Eric Davis. The viral sketch was part Comedy Central’s Key and Peele Super Bowl Special, generating national buzz with 10-million views, prior to it’s TV debut.
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS & TALK SHOWS
With years of experience a an entertainment news anchor and correspondent, Michelle has covered just about every major red carpet event, set visits, festivals, tv/film premieres, junkets, and more.
In 2013, Michelle was announced by The Associated Press as anchor of “AP Live” – their global, live red carpet pre-show, covering multiple award seasons. From AP’s prime platform at The Oscars and Grammy Awards, Michelle led the two-and-a-half hour live show, watched by millions across the world.
From 2011–2013, Michelle was a recurring host at E! News for their daily, digital news show “E! News Now,” delivering breaking entertainment news. She’s also appeared as a pop culture/lifestyle expert on nationally syndicated talk shows, ‘The Real’ and ‘Maury.’
From 2012-2013, Michelle was an anchor and red carpet correspondent for “The Daily Buzz” – a live, entertainment news and talk show for Buzzmedia. From their Hollywood studio, Michelle moderated live commentary between editorial panelists and interviewed daily guests.
MUSIC HOST & JOURNALIST
As one of the first correspondents to interview Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Tyga and Ne-Yo, Michelle has interviewed hundreds of musicians across multiple genres. Throughout her career, Michelle has cultivated solid relationships with artists and label representatives, eventually leading her to on-air talent roles for music industry’s most beloved publications: Billboard & Rolling Stone.
Currently, Michelle is a contributing host/correspondent for Rolling Stone, where she conducts one-on-one interviews with musicians and entertainers. She was recently the host/producer of “Rolling Stone Live,” during the Bonnaroo Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival. While at Sundance, she booked and conduced one of the final on-camera interviews with rock legend, Scott Weiland, months before his tragic passing. Michelle also sat down with The Weeknd for an exclusive one-on-one at Rolling Stone Live’s Grammys event.
In 2013, Michelle was tapped by Billboard as the official, pre-show and backstage host for The Billboard Music Awards. As the only anchor staged at the top of the carpet, Michelle interviewed the year’s biggest chart-toppers during the two-hour live stream. Directly after the carpet, she reported to her backstage duties joining Billboard’s editorial director, Bill Werde, to co-host The Billboard Music Awards Backstage Live Stream, She also worked as a Billboard’s correspondent for their annual Grammy after-party and hosted “Billboard at Park City Live,” interviewing talent in their ‘Sonos’ pop-up lounge during Sundance in 2014.
Michelle is also no stranger to the music festival circuit. She has covered Coachella for several years, and most recently created and hosted content around the festival for Rock the Vote, where she discussed the upcoming election and importance of youth voting. She hosted the Life is Beautiful Festival documentary, covered Budweiser’s Made in America during their inaugural year in Philly, and served as the official, livestream host for Rock the Bells Music Festival.
Michelle was also the digital correspondent for ABC and DCP as their backstage correspondent for Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve 2011 with Ryan Seacrest and The American Music Awards. She was the first on-air talent for VEVO NEWS, serving as their red carpet correspondent and music expert from 2010-2011.
SPORTS & LIVE EVENTS EMCEE
Representing the intersection of pop culture and sports, Michelle recently joined a panel of female sports broadcasters for Diageo’s “Women in Sports Media” panel in New York where they discussed the barriers women face in sports media. In 2015, YPO (Young President’s Organization) tapped Michelle to conduct a live, in-depth conversation with the first openly gay NBA athlete, Jason Collins during their private event. She also co-hosted Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm Pitching Competition, a live event that took over Hollywood Boulevard to kick off the film’s world premiere. Nike tapped Michelle as their official live host and emcee during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles for the “Los Fearless Tournament” and soon thereafter, they locked her down as the emcee for “Fight Night at the Montalban.”
From 2011-2013, Michelle was a recurring host of “Yahoo Sports Minute” – the #1 online sports show on Yahoo!. Michelle made headlines as a contributing host/reporter for Yahoo! Sports, where she secured an exclusive, sit-down with Carmelo Anthony moments before his trade to the NY Knicks. She also contributed to Y! Sports’ Super Bowl XLV coverage in Dallas, earlier that year.
Michelle’s early work in sports is where she developed her own interview style within this genre, combining fun and lighthearted conversations with newsworthy sports topics. This approach was a win for Yahoo! Sports, as Michelle ‘s work generated millions of daily clicks, becoming the face of the their lifestyle channel in partnership with Young Hollywood. Developing her niche for crossing over sports and entertainment, Michelle spent three years covering various events including Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, The Rose Bowl, ESPYs, X-Games, and more.
Michelle’s cut her teeth as a full-time host/producer at entertainment media company, Young Hollywood. During their start-up years from 2007-2010, Michelle was given a rare opportunity to gain valuable experience wearing multiple hats as their main host, producer and talent booker. During her tenure, Michelle cultivated vital industry relationships across all aspects of entertainment and sports where she gained access to cover major events, exclusive set visits and talent interview opportunities. Spearheading their music and sports vertical, Michelle was a key factor in helping Young Hollywood grow into a major media brand. She created all of her one-on-one interviews from soup to nuts and developed a profile interview-style that the brand is known for. Generating hundreds of millions of views, she also worked with weekly distribution partners like Yahoo!, People, and TV Guide. Michelle also had a major hand in developing branded content. She co-developed, produced and hosted YH’s first branded video campaigns for AT&T “Verge to Emerge,” vitaminwater (Sundance), and Ray Ban (Coachella). She also co-developed, produced and hosted YH’s long-form shows, “Backstage Pass” and “Beyond the Athlete”on HULU.
Kickstarting her career, Michelle landed first TV hosting job as co-host of “Street Tuner Challenge” on FOX’s SPEED Channel. Previously, she traveled across the country as a host/live emcee for various corporate clients including: Yamaha, VOLVO, Suzuki, Infinity, Tecmo and Sharp.
BACKGROUND & CHILDHOOD
Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (PR), studied Broadcast Journalism at UCLA Extension, and is a Southern California native.
Born for the spotlight, Michelle began training as a dancer and musician (violin and piano) as early as 5-years-old. Michelle’s passion for music and performance began to develop through daily practice and weekly performances. Eventually shifting all of her focus to dance, Michelle began to excel as a competitive dancer in the jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical categories.
As Michelle’s leadership skills began to evolve, her competitive drive became undeniable. After winning numerous awards at national dance competitions as member and co-captain of California Dance Academy’s “TnT Dance Team,” Michelle was scouted by a dance agent at 16-years-old. As she gained experience working on commercials, live shows and music videos for artists like 50 Cent and Beyonce, Michelle’s performance skills easily transferred over into her television hosting career. Whether she’s speaking on TV, at a live event, or performing her choreographed dance routine in a packed-arena, Michelle truly thrives when she’s live.
Michelle’s strong work ethic, diverse appeal, and love for storytelling is undeniable. Her down-to-earth personality and decision to stay true to herself throughout her career has become a key component to her success. Always pushing herself to new levels with tenacity and sheer determination, Michelle’s broadcasting career goals are limitless.
MICHELLE MARIE PRODUCTIONS
Michelle Marie Productions (MMP) is a full-service production company providing multi-media video for a variety of clientele. Specializing in authentic storytelling, digital entertainment and branded content, MMP has been trusted by a variety of brands including: Rock the Vote, Microsoft/Xbox, Unilever, Iconix Brand Group, Providence Health & Services, CMN Hospitals, Patrón, UDI’s Gluten Free, Colgate, Franklin Sports, Avia/Ryka, and Foster Grant. As founder and executive producer of MMP, Michelle and her team develop and execute premium content.
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