Meet Michelle

AMASMichelle Marie is a broadcast journalist, television host and producer best known for covering entertainment and sports. Her versatile experience includes hosting studio-based shows before a live audience; anchoring 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 on behalf of some of the world’s biggest brands including: ESPN, E!, Associated Press, Yahoo!, Billboard and Rolling Stone. Michelle is currently a contributing host/producer for Rolling Stone and Getty Entertainment.

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 foundation of trust and 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 has a natural skill to lead and facilitate candid and honest conversations. She was born with a unique gift to make everyone around her feel at ease, allowing her subjects to genuinely engage and share from their heart.  Developing an instant rapport with almost anyone she talks to, Michelle draws out the best in each interview with her authentic personality and disarming demeanor.  Making the most of her skills in front and behind the camera, Michelle has landed exclusive interviews for various outlets.

This woman is also on a mission to use her platform to raise awareness around the topic of mental health.  At the start of 2019, Michelle partnered up with Well Being Trust and Why We Rise for the “30 Day New Years Resolution Revolution,” where she used her social media platforms to spread the message. Michelle’s positioning herself to be a vessel to help normalize the conversation and fight stigma by using her talents to create and produce meaningful content.

Career History

ESPN

20150403_114328In 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 irreverent game segments.

In 2015, Michelle became a recurring fill-in host for 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

E!STUDIOWith 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, tossing back and forth to segments with entertainment industry and fashion experts, in-between conducting live interviews with nominees, presenters and performers.  AP Live was watched by millions across the world and served as the live stream for several media partners including Hollywood Reporter, People, US Weekly, among others.

From 2011–2013, Michelle was a recurring host at E! News for their daily, digital news show “E! News Now,”  where she delivered breaking entertainment news.  She has also appeared as a pop culture/lifestyle expert on nationally syndicated talk shows, The Real, Maury and Y! Celebrity.

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 and skypes between editorial panelists and interviewed celebrity guests.  As their red carpet correspondent, she covered several events including: The Golden Globes, Emmys, VMAs, Twilight’s ‘Breaking Dawn 2’ and was an official live stream host for the premiere of ‘The Host’   

MUSIC HOST & JOURNALIST

photo 2 Michelle’s main entertainment beat has always been music. As one of the first correspondents and producers to book and interview Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber, Tyga and Ne-Yo, Michelle has profiled numerous musicians across multiple genres since the start of their career.  As she cultivated solid relationships with artists and label representatives through the years, Michelle’s hard work and true passion for music journalism led 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 most recently hosted their interview lounge, “Rolling Stone Live,”  during the Bonnaroo Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival.  During Sundance, she booked and conduced one-on-one interviews, including of the final on-camera interviews with Scott Weiland.  Michelle also sat down with The Weeknd for an exclusive one-on-one before his performance at the “Rolling Stone x Google Play” Grammys event.
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In 2013, Michelle was tapped by Billboard as the official, pre-show host for The Billboard Music Awards.  Staged at the top of the carpet, Michelle interviewed the year’s biggest chart-toppers as the only anchor to lead the two-hour live stream. Following her red carpet duties, Michelle raced backstage to join Billboard’s editorial director, Bill Werde, to co-host The Billboard Music Awards Backstage Live Stream,  She also served as Billboard’s Grammy red carpet after-party correspondent and was the host of the ‘Billboard x Sonos” interview lounge during Sundance in 2014.
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Michelle is also no stranger to the music festival circuit.  In 2016, she covered Coachella as the host and creator/producer for Rock the Vote, where she discussed the upcoming election and importance of voting with artists.  A year prior, she hosted the Life is Beautiful Festival documentary, produced by Tony Hsieh’s Freemont East Studios.  She’s also served as the official, livestream host for Rock the Bells Music Festival.

From 2011-2012, Michelle was a host and producer for VIBE and Clevver Music. In 2010, Michelle served as a digital correspondent for ABC and DCP as their backstage correspondent for Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and The American Music Awards. She was also the first on-air talent for VEVO NEWS, serving as their red carpet correspondent and music expert from 2010-2011.

SPORTS & LIVE EVENT EMCEE

disneyIn 2016, Michelle joined a panel of top female sports broadcasters to discuss the barriers women face in sports media on Diageo’s “Women in Sports Media” panel. Michelle 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. During LA’s All-Star Weekend, Michelle was Nike’s live host and emcee for “Los Fearless Tournament” and soon thereafter, they locked her down as the emcee of “Fight Night at the Montalban.”  She also emceed and hosted “The LeBrons”  premiere, where she introduced the cast and sat down with LeBron James for a one-on-one interview. Most recently, she was YPO’s (Young President’s Organization) event host, where she conducted a live, in-depth conversation with the first openly gay NBA athlete, Jason Collins.  A LGBT pioneer in the world of sports, they discussed his personal story of courage and the challenges and triumphs he faced throughout his life.

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From 2011-2013, Michelle was a recurring host of  “Yahoo Sports Minute” – the #1 online sports show on Yahoo!.  Michelle made headlines as a 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.

From 2008-2010, Michelle was the host and producer for Yahoo! Sports’ lifestyle channel, Young Hollywood.  Covering sports from an entertainment angle, Michelle organically combined fun and lighthearted conversations with newsworthy topics, generating millions of daily clicks for Y! Sports.  Her exclusive interviews regularly made the Y! front page, and she became a fixture at various sports lifestyle-driven events including Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, The Rose Bowl, ESPYs, X-Games, and more.

EARLY CAREER

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Michelle cut her teeth as a full-time entertainment host, talent booker, and creative content producer for Young Hollywood. From 2007-2010, the digital media start-up gave Michelle a unique opportunity to develop her skills in front and behind the camera. During her tenure, Michelle cultivated vital industry relationships across all aspects of entertainment and conducted hundreds of one-on-one interviews for the digital network, producing and hosting all of her segments from soup to nuts.  Spearheading their music and sports vertical, Michelle was a key factor in growing Young Hollywood into a major media brand by creating exclusive, profile-stylized interviews. Generating hundreds of millions of views, she also worked with media partners to distribute weekly content. Michelle 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 was the co-host of “Street Tuner Challenge” on FOX’s SPEED Channel. She also traveled across the nation as a live emcee/host and spokesperson, representing major corporations including Tecmo, Yamaha, VOLVO, Suzuki, Sanyo and Sharp Electronics.

BACKGROUND & CHILDHOOD

20160430_220308Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, studied Broadcast Journalism at UCLA, 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 recitals. Eventually shifting all of her focus to dance, Michelle began to excel as a competitive dancer in the jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical categories. 20160430_220308

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.  After working on multiple 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 on a TV screen speaking into a microphone 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 sheer determination, Michelle is poised to have a broadcasting career that lasts a lifetime.

MICHELLE MARIE PRODUCTIONS

KATMichelle Marie Productions (MMP) is a full-service production company providing multi-media video for a variety of clients.  Specializing in authentic storytelling, digital entertainment and branded content, MMP has been trusted over the past five years by Fortune 500 brands and clientele 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 a founder of MMP, Michelle’s storytelling skills has helped her develop and execute compelling and engaging content.

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