Michael Selditch is a writer/producer/director who has created and/or showrun numerous documentary and non-scripted television series since 1999. His work has explored a multitude of topics including fashion, food, architecture and the rebuilding of American cities such as New Orleans and Detroit. Selditch has produced for many networks: CNN, NBC, MSNBC, HBO, MTV, VH1, F/X, Sundance Channel, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, Esquire, Planet Green, Logo, Style, LMN, TLC and PBS.
A two-time Emmy Award nominated producer and winner of the International Documentary Association Award, Selditch has directed/produced two independent feature films and is in development on his third feature.
Selditch recently completed showrunning a documentary series for CNN called American Style. He was executive producer of I Love You... But I Lied which ran for three seasons. All 50 self-contained dramatic stories were directed by Selditch and improvised by actors. They were shot to feel like a follow-doc in this unique series which originally aired on LMN then moved to Lifetime as it gained popularity. Selditch co-showran Season 3 of MTV's Catfish: The TV Show. For Bravo, Selditch has executive produced (showrun) numerous reality shows including The New Atlanta, Nine By Design and Project Jay. His first work for Bravo was as a director for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on a recurring basis during its 100-episode run. Selditch co-executive produced and directed a pilot for HBO (with executive producer Bill Maher) called Talk Nerdy To Me. The documentary series Architecture School which Selditch created, executive produced and directed for the Sundance Channel, won the International Documentary Association Award for “Best Limited Series” and was named one of the “Top 10 TV Series of 2008” by Time Magazine. Also for the Sundance Channel, Selditch was showrunner of Season 3 of Big Ideas For a Small Planet. Selditch was the showrunner and one of the creators of PBS's acclaimed magazine series, Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie winning the James Beard Award for "Best National Television Food Series" two years in a row. Selditch is an ongoing writer for Wondery and Luminary on the podcast series, Imagined Life and Hollywood & Crime.
Selditch’s narrative feature film directorial debut, Fixing Frank deals with conversion therapy (counseling designed to change a person's sexual orientation). Based on a stage play, Fixing Frank enjoyed a successful theatrical run in selected cities and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film also won “Best Feature Special Interest” at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Selditch followed it up with a feature length documentary, Eleven Minutes on fashion designer Jay McCarroll. The documentary had a theatrical run in six US cities. Selditch is currently in pre-production on his third feature film, In Burton's Shadow. Selditch will direct his original screenplay, starring Alan Cumming, based on true events in New York City in 1975.
Selditch’s first full-length play, Reality was a finalist in both the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and The Actors Company Theater’s New Play Festival. Selditch directed Patricia Cotter’s play, 1980 (Or Why I Voted for John Anderson) at TACT’s New Play Festival in 2017. He directed his own play, Express Train at the Strawberry One-Act play festival at Theater at St. Clements in New York City in 2017 winning “Best Play” of the festival. He’s currently writing a second full-length play tentatively titled, Big Lie. Selditch is an active member of the Young Vic’s Genesis Directors Network based in London, and has spent the past four Augusts in the UK studying (and seeing a lot of) British theater.
Prior to his work in television, Michael Selditch received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed architect in the state of New York and worked for Mitchell/Giurgola Architects for 4 years after grad school. He practiced architecture for 14 years and was an Associate Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute in New York and Woodbury University in Los Angeles.