Taking The Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed America

ABC

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors with a two-hour celebration of music, dance, and comedy — “Taking the Stage:  African American Music and Stories that Changed America."  Featuring acclaimed artists including Oprah Winfrey, Usher, Will Smith, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Tom Hanks, Christina Aguilera, and Dave Grohl, among many others, the show included singing, dancing, stories, laughter and hope…it celebrated America, and all of its citizens, through the prism of the African American experience and its unique contributions to global culture.

 

Emmy Awards

This year’s Emmy broadcast is a show that should serve as a playbook for all award shows to come”  - Los Angeles Times 2009
"...Ambitious, energetically hilarious, and, most important, almost seamlessly constructed, this year's telecast actually did what the Emmys are supposed to do -- celebrate television."  - Los Angeles Times 2010
"On the morning after the Primetime Emmy Awards, producer Don Mischer, host Neil Patrick Harris and CBS were basking in the glow..... the raves were almost unanimous....."  - Variety 2009

Don Mischer Productions has produced 14 Primetime Emmy Awards broadcasts.  DMP's recent Emmy productions include the shows hosted by Neil Patrick Harris (2009), Jimmy Fallon (2010), Jimmy Kimmel (2012), Seth Meyers (2014), Andy Samberg (2015), and Jimmy Kimmel (2016).

 

Rock The Troops

DMP partnered with Casey Patterson Entertainment and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions on an all-star salute to the troops, “Rock the Troops.”

Hosted by Dwayne, this salute to our men and women in uniform took place on the tarmac at the historic Pearl Harbor-Hickam military base in front of 45,000 members of the military and their families, and featured comedians, actors and musicians including Kevin Hart, Terry Crews, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Rob Riggle, Scott Eastwood, Chris Pratt, Melissa McCarthy and George Clooney. Musical performances by Nick Jonas, Tenacious D, Flo Rida, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aaron Lewis, among others.

 

Academy Awards

ABC

Don Mischer Productions produced the 83rd Academy Awards (with Bruce Cohen), and the 84th Academy Awards (with Brian Grazer).  Don Mischer also directed the 83rd, 84th and 85th Academy Awards broadcasts.  The Oscars are translated into 73 languages and viewed in 182 counties around the world.

Prince Super Bowl Halftime Show

February 4, 2007 - CBS

 "Super Bowl XLI will surely go down as one of the most thrilling halftime shows ever.”  -New York Times
"Heart-poundingly arresting"  -Los Angeles Times

Prince braved the rain in Miami, headlining the Super Bowl XLI halftime show. He played a medley of hits including “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Baby You’re A Star”, and “Purple Rain”. Accompanied by the Florida A&M University marching band, Prince dazzled the rain soaked crowd of eighty thousand and hundreds of millions of viewers around the world.

Billboard Women in Music

In 2015 DMP brought Billboard’s annual Women in Music event to television for the first time, with a two-hour broadcast on Lifetime.  The show honors the best and brightest female artists of today.

2016’s honorees included Andra Day, Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, Kesha, Shania Twain, Halsey, Alessia Cara, and Woman of the Year, Madonna.  Hosted by Hailee Steinfeld, the two-hour Lifetime broadcast featured intimate performances by the event’s honorees and appearances by Nick Jonas, Debbie Harry, Fifth Harmony, Idina Menzel, Chloe & Halle, and Anderson Cooper.

 

We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial

January 18, 2009 - HBO

“At Lincoln’s feet, a celebration like none before it”  -Washington Post
"A historic moment that spoke to belief in mankind and perseverance and in bold moves by strong leaders throughout American history"  -Variety

Widely acclaimed television event celebrating the historic election of President Obama. Performers included U2, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Garth Brooks, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Usher, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige and presenters included Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Tiger Woods and Martin Luther King III.

Billboard Music Awards

ABC

"The night's biggest and best moment came at the halfway mark as Beyonce… brought the house down with a technologically triumphant performance of "Run The World (Girls)" -NY Post (2011)

"… flashy and as high watt as its host city, the show closed with a show-stopping performance by Prince. Flames burst from the back of the stage, but they hardly matched the heat of Prince's wild solos." –Las Vegas Review Journal (2013)

In 2011, DMP re-launched the Billboard Music Awards, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Each of the three shows that DMP produced won the final night of May sweeps for ABC.  Performers included Beyonce, Prince, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Carrie Underwood and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, among others.

Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

February 8, 2002 - NBC

“An emotional opening ceremony. . . creators successfully intertwined American patriotism and the international hope for unity.”  –New York Times

… a glorious spectacle…” “… a stunningly beautiful pageant!” –Washington Post

In September 1999, Don Mischer Productions was selected by The Salt Lake City Organizing Committee from among 56 candidates to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games. SLOC Chairman and CEO Mitt Romney said, "... Don Mischer and his extraordinary team are the best possible group to lead us to our place on the stage..." On February 8th, 2002, the Opening Ceremony of the XIXth Olympic Winter Games became the highest rated Olympic Ceremony in history, with 3.5 billion viewers, and it was highly acclaimed by the worldwide press.

One Night Only - Eddie Murphy

November 13, 2012 - Spike

"The night was not short on laughs — there were plenty"  -Entertainment Weekly

"The highlight of the night came when Stevie Wonder, who Murphy famously spoofed back on SNL, made a surprise performance. The singer sang "My Cherie Amour" before Murphy hopped on stage to perform "Higher Ground" with Wonder, leaving the crowd cheering and giving a standing ovation."  - E! Online

Celebrating the career of Eddie Murphy, with the first-ever televised tribute to the comedic icon, "One Night Only" paid homage to Murphy's journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking "Raw", which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his indelible characters and impressions from "Saturday Night Live" such as Buckwheat, Gumby, Mr. Robinson and James Brown. Friends and co-stars featured throughout the night included Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, Samuel L. Jackson, Tyler Perry and Russell Brand among others. 

The Breakthrough Prize

Founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, the Breakthrough Prize honors top scientists making breakthrough discoveries in Life Sciences, Physics and Mathematics. Scientists receive $3 million each in prize money.

This exclusive black tie event takes place in Hangar 1 at NASA's Ames Research Center and is attended by world leaders in technology, business and entertainment. 

Hosted by Kevin Spacey (2013) and Seth MacFarlane (2014, 2015), and Morgan Freeman (2016) presenters included Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick, Conan O'Brien, Kate Beckinsale, Rob Lowe, Hilary Swank, Jon Hamm, Eddie Redmayne, and Benedict Cumberbatch, along with Dick Costolo, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri Milner, Larry Page and Elon Musk, among others.  

The show has been broadcast on Discovery, Science Channel, BBC Worldwide News, National Geographic, and FOX.

 

Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Halftime Show

February 1, 2009 - NBC

“… a ferocious 12 minute pocket of eternity”  -USA Today
"Springsteen said he did the Super Bowl Halftime because of his confidence in producer Don Mischer, who also produced the Obama Lincoln Memorial Inauguration concert."  -Los Angeles Times

Bruce brought the party to the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and to all the world with his high energy set that was seen by 112 million people in the USA alone. He played a medley of new songs and past hits including: "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out", "Born to Run", "Glory Days", and "Working On A Dream."

One Night Only - Don Rickles

May 28, 2014 - SPIKE

A "who's who" of entertainment gathered at the historic Apollo Theater to honor comedy icon Don Rickles.  Presenters included David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Robert DeNiro, and Martin Scorcese, among others.  The show was the highest rated event in SPIKE history, watched by 15 million viewers.

Jazz at The White House

Jazz stars from around the world, including Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves and Sting, joined together in and around the White House to celebrate 2016 International Jazz Day, for an audience including the President and First Lady.

 

 

The Rolling Stones: Super Bowl Halftime Show

February 6, 2006 - ABC

"The Stones did their job with rowdy ease..... Suiting a sports event, the performance was also a show of athletic prowess as Jagger, who is 62, ran up mileage as he swaggered and skipped across the stage and around a tongue shaped runway where he could high-five eager fans"
- The New York Times

The Rolling Stones – one of the greatest rock n’ roll bands in history - headlined the Super Bowl XL Halftime Show, thrilling the audience with their dynamic, energetic performance. The Stones performed on the largest stage ever assembled for a Super Bowl Halftime Show. 89.9 million people viewed the Halftime Show, more than the audiences for the Oscars, Grammys and Emmy Awards combined.

Atlanta Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

July 19, 1996 - NBC

"Stunning and dramatic!"  -USA Today
"Visually dazzling and hauntingly beautiful!"  -Chicago Tribune

In the summer of 1996, Don Mischer Productions created and produced the Opening Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. More than three years in the making, the opening ceremonies celebrated the American South, the tradition of the Olympic Games and the ideals of the Olympic movement, culminating with the emotional lighting of the Olympic Cauldron by Muhammad Ali.

9/11 Ground Zero Memorial Services

Annual Memorial Service, All Networks

"They followed one another down, down into a seven-story hole in Lower Manhattan yesterday, thousands of them filling with their sorrow the space where their husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, had died a year ago to the day. Some left cut flowers on the hard earth; some left whispered words."  -The New York Times

"The names were read, reaction rippled through the crowd: a photograph thrust in the air, a fierce hug between family members, a face crumpling in grief."  -USA Today

"The morning's 2 1/2 hour reading of the names of victims of Sept. 11, was profound and meaningful in its simplicity"  -LA Times

For twelve consecutive years, Don Mischer Productions has produced the Memorial Service at Ground Zero on September 11th, in association with New York City and Mayor Bloomberg's office.

Michael Jackson Super Bowl Halftime Show

January 31, 1993 - NBC

“Dazzling”  -USA Today
"Throughout the quick 10 minutes, the effects were riveting, befitting the Super Event."  -USA Today

Don Mischer Productions made television history with the first Super Bowl Halftime Show to feature a major recording artist. Michael Jackson headlined the Super Bowl XXVII Halftime Show with a 26 piece, 12-ton stage that was assembled by a 275-person crew in three minutes and 48 seconds.  The show also featured a 750-member drill team and an elaborate card stunt involving 102,000 spectators.

Movies Rock

December 7, 2007 - CBS

"Usher's Singing' in the Rain' dance routine brought down the house. . . " 
-USA Today

"The pace and energy of MOVIES ROCK was perfect."
-E! Networks

Movies Rock celebrated the best music from the most popular movies in history. Filmed at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the audience was treated to memorable performances ranging from Beyonce’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, to Carrie Underwood’s stunning “The Sound of Music”, to Usher’s re-creation of Gene Kelly’s “Singing in the Rain”, and to Jennifer Hudson’s show-stopping rendition of “Somewhere”.