Michelle Manning is an American film director, producer and television director. Manning attended USC Film School. She began her career working with John Hughes, producing the films Sixteen Candles (1984) and The Breakfast Club (1985). In 1986, she made her directorial debut with the film Blue City based on the Ross Macdonald novel of the same name. The film starred Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy and remains the only film she has directed to date. In addition, she also directed episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series and Miami Vice. In 1991, Manning began working for Paramount Pictures as senior vice president of production. In 1997, she was promoted to president of production. She continues to work for Paramount, producing the films The Eye (2008) and The Dirt (2011), based on the music autobiography of the same name.
Michelle Manning is executive producer of the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach 2. She has extensive experience in the motion picture industry as a studio executive, and has produced and directed film and television projects for over 30 years. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Directors Guild of America. As President of Production for Paramount Pictures, Manning was responsible for managing all aspects of development and production for Paramount’s motion pictures. During her time there, she oversaw over 20 Paramount classic films such as “Forrest Gump,” which won six Academy Awards in 1994, “The Hours,” which was nominated for nine Oscars, as well as “Titanic,” “The Firm,” “Nobody’s Fool,” “Clueless,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Braveheart” and “Saving Private Ryan,” among many others. Prior to Paramount Pictures, Manning was Vice President of Production at Orion Pictures, where she served as production executive on Academy Award®-winning Best Pictures “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Dancing with Wolves,” as well as “Little Man Tate,” and “The Addams Family.” As an executive of Ned Tanen’s Channel Productions, she co-produced “The Breakfast Club” and was the associate producer of “Sixteen Candles,” both directed by John Hughes. She began her career with Zoetrope Studios, where she was production supervisor of “The Outsiders” and “Rumble Fish,” both directed by Francis Ford Coppola. She also directed musical sequences for “Another 48 Hours” and produced “The Eye,” starring Jessica Alba and Chloë Grace Moretz. In television, she directed episodes of “Miami Vice” and the series “Friday the 13th,” and produced “Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” starring Rob Lowe. Manning owns MM Productions, a feature and television production company with a roster of projects in various stages of development. Post-production was recently completed on Manning’s latest production, “Jenny’s Wedding,” starring Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, Grace Gummer and Alexis Bledel. In 2000, Manning received the Mary Pickford Alumni Award from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and in 2006 she received a Lifetime Giving Award from Paul Newman for her contribution to “The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp.”