Director. Writer. Showrunner.
MIKE WANG is a filmmaker who got his start as a commercial director at the age of 23. Born in Taipei and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike’s very first job was a comedic Budweiser spot called “What Guys Want” for DDB Chicago. The spot made the short list at Cannes and was the beginning of a decades long directing career. Clients include Anheuser-Busch, Mercedes Benz, Target, Fox Sports, Heineken, Epson, Lego, State Farm Insurance, Sunsweet, Cars.com, Time Warner Cable, Toyota, and most recently a series of Chinese American market spots for Wells Fargo, Zelle, and AARP.
In addition to commercials, Mike and his brother Steve Wang, one of Hollywood’s top creature designers (Predator, Abe Sapien, Underworld), served as Executive Producers and Showrunners of the hit Daytime Emmy winning live action television series “Kamen Rider Dragon Knight”, which aired on The CW/4Kids/Toonzai Network. The show, which is the US adaptation of the hit Japanese “Kamen Rider” series by legendary creator Shotaro Ishinomori, ran for 2 seasons, 40 episodes and is in syndication in over 12 Countries including Cartoon Network Latin America and Asia. With kid’s tv under his belt, Mike and fellow Writer/Creative Director Jeffrey Walker next served as Co-Creative Directors/Producers on a series of 3D Animated “mini-movies” for Lego which showcased the company’s very own Minifigures toys. He and his team were given the task to create a “day in the life” of the Mini’s by placing them in comedic scenarios. The animations have become a viral hit, currently playing on Lego.com, iTunes, and other social media programs.
Mike also teamed up with Executive Producer Jay Silverman, of A&E’s “The Cleaner” to create “The Zoo,” a half hour scripted workplace comedy which follows an eccentric Hollywood photographer and his unruly production team in a behind the curtain look at the not so glamorous world of Animal Photography.
FIAP 2003 Best in Show
American Advertising Federation Mosaic Awards
Emmy Award for Best Stunt Choreography