Michael Selditch is a writer-producer-director who has created and/or showrun numerous documentary and non-scripted television series since 1999. His work in television has explored a multitude of topics including: science, medicine, food, fashion, hip hop, music, architecture, design, sexual orientation, childbirth, sex, online dating, real estate, climate change and the rebuilding of American cities such as New Orleans and Detroit. Selditch has directed & produced two indie feature films and is in development n his third feature film.
A two-time Emmy Award nominated producer, Selditch is currently executive producing a documentary series for CNN called American Style. Selditch was executive producer (showrunner) 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 was co-showrunner on 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’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 own original screenplay, starring Alan Cumming, based on true events in New York City in 1975.
Prior to his work in television, Michael Selditch received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed 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.