Starry Night Entertainment was a bi-coastal production company with interests in theatre, television, and film that applied an innovative Wall Street model to traditional entertainment platforms, deploying special purpose investing vehicles across all media to bridge art and commerce in new, innovative ways. Recently, founders Michael Shulman and Craig Saavedra decided to dissolve their 15 year partnership (but not their decades-long friendship!) and pursue new ventures independently. Shulman now produces under his SAND AND SNOW ENTERTAINMENT and Saavedra under his SAAVEDILLO, INC. (See CONTACT page for details.)
SHERMAN'S WAY marked the company's feature film debut, while J.T. Rogers's "White People" at the Atlantic Theatre Company represented its first foray into New York theatre. Starry Night has since produced and/or been a major investor in the Broadway and West End productions of such shows as THE FERRYMAN (winner, Tony Award BEST PLAY), HAMILTON, PHOTOGRAPH 51 (Nicole Kidman), LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Liev Schreiber), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Neil Patrick Harris, Darren Criss), HENRY V (Jude Law), PETER AND ALICE (Judi Dench), THE ELEPHANT MAN (Bradley Cooper), THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Daniel Radcliffe), AFTER MIDNIGHT, THE LAST SHIP (Sting) and MISTAKES WERE MADE (Michael Shannon) at Off-Broadway's Barrow Street Theatre. Recent television projects include the unscripted series TIBOR TO THE RESCUE.
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An independent film director and a Tony Award-winning producer, Craig Saavedra co-founded Starry Night Entertainment.
Saavedra has directed the feature films SHERMAN'S WAY (Best Feature Film winner: Cinequest Film Festival, Newport Film Festival, Jackson Hole Film Festival) starring James LeGros, Enrico Colantoni, Michael Shulman and Donna Murphy and RHAPSODY IN BLOOM (Best Feature Film winner: Hollywood Film Festival) starring Penelope Ann Miller and Ron Silver. Saavedra has held senior positions at entertainment companies such as Becker Entertainment (President, Film Division), Producer Representatives Organization (Sr. Vice President, Production), Storer Communications (Vice President, Marketing), and Weintraub Entertainment Group (development executive).
Saavedra serves on the board of the BorderLight Festival of International Theatre in Cleveland, is a film and theatre mentor for emerging artist platform IAmTalent.com and lives in Los Angeles and New York with his husband, cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo.
An award-winning actor and Tony Award-winning producer, Michael Shulman co-founded Starry Night Entertainment.
Emmy nominated Shulman grew up on stage having been plucked from school at age 9 to appear in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS (he sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as his audition song). Following a two-year stint on Broadway as Gavroche in LES MISERABLES, and in John Guare's FOUR BABOONS ADORING THE SUN, and Guare’s GARDENIA, Shulman turned to TV and film where recent credits include CBS's UNFORGETTABLE, LAW & ORDER (twice) Artie Baum in Fox's hit PARTY OF FIVE, SOMEONE HAD TO BE BENNY (Emmy and CableAce nominee), M. Night Shyamalan's WIDE AWAKE, Jodie Foster's LITTLE MAN TATE, and Craig Saavedra's SHERMAN'S WAY.
A Yale graduate with a major in History of Art, Shulman currently serves on the board of The Young Partners at The Public Theater, is a monthly volunteer for a special access program at MoMA for people with dementia, and a Society of Fellows member of the Aspen Institute.
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– from "Hamilton"