Michael Manheim

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Born (1946-07-11) July 11, 1946 (age 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materThe Verde Valley School Harvard University
  • Producer
  • Residential designer developer
Spouse(s)Janus Cercone
  • Golden Globe
  • Emmy Award winner

Michael Manheim Tony Award nominated[1], Golden Globe[2] and Emmy Award[3] winner Michael Manheim has produced fifteen theatrical and television movies[4] and a Broadway musical[5]. As principal of Jaman Properties, a boutique residential real estate development company[6], Manheim has designed and built over 20 high-profile residences in Los Angeles (city) and New York (state)[7].


Early Life and Education

Michael Manheim grew up in California (state) and Arizona (state), the trumpet playing son of a college professor. He was educated at The Verde Valley School and Harvard University] where he graduated with honors in Government, worked for Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and played first trumpet with The Hasty Pudding Theatricals Show and The Harvard University Band--including performing at Carnegie Hall.

A week after Mr. Manheim received his acceptance letter to Oxford for graduate school, his draft notice arrived. He was given the choice of serving 2 years in Viet Nam or 6 years in the Rhode Island Army National Guard Band. When Michael tells people, “Music saved my life” it’s not an exaggeration.

Professional life

In 1972, Michael Manheim began his show business career as a production executive for David L. Wolper, supervising over 100 productions ranging from dramas: the “Appointment with Destiny on IMDb” and Stanley Kramer’s “Judgment” specials, to hit comedies: “Welcome Back Kotter”[8] and “Chico And The Man”[9].

From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Manheim served as Vice President of Creative Affairs at Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio’s Embassy Pictures where he oversaw theatrical film development and production for a slate of motion pictures.

In 1986, Manheim launched The Manheim Company[10] through a deal with NBC Studios (New York City)[11], producing eight movies for television including: Emmy Award winner, “Roe vs. Wade (film)” starring Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates; Emmy Award Nominee, “Last Flight Out on IMDb”, starring James Earl Jones and Oscar winner Haing S. Ngor Emmy winning Christmas perennial, “I'll Be Home for Christmas (1988 film)” starring Hal Holbrook, Courtney Cox] and Eva Marie Saint and “Winnie on IMDb” co-produced with Bette Midler.

The Manheim Company’s independent productions have included: Golden Globe Award winner, “Dirty Pictures (film)” starring James Woods; Paramount Pictures “Leap of Faith (film)”, starring Steve Martin and Liam Neeson, Scott Frank's “Plain Clothes (film)” also for Paramount Pictures “Zooman on IMDb”, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Fuller; American Broadcasting Company “Trial by Fire on IMDb” and “Jitters on IMDb” for Lifetime (TV network)[12].

Mr. Manheim has served on the Board of Governors of The Producers Guild of America. Partnered with Paula Wagner, he produced “The 2012 Producers Guild Awards” featuring George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Stan Lee and Alicia Keys, among others.[13].


Mr. Manheim was a lead producer of the Leap of Faith (musical)[14] adaptation of his film, “Leap of Faith (film)” for the stage with productions at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and The St. James Theatre on Broadway. The show’s score was written by eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken with book by Warren Leight and Janus Cercone, based onJanus Cercone original screenplay. The show was nominated for multiple awards including the Tony Award for “Best Original Musical” and five Drama Desk Award.


Title Distributor Credit Year
Dirty Pictures (film) Showtime Producer 2000
Jitters on IMDb Lifetime Exec. Producer 1997
Trial by Fire on IMDb ABC Exec. Producer 1996
Zooman on IMDb Showtime Exec Producer 1995
Leap of Faith (film) (Theatrical) Paramount Producer 1992
Last Flight Out on IMDb NBC Exec Producer 1990
Little Heroes on IMDb NBC Exec Producer 1990
Roe vs. Wade (film) NBC Exec Producer 1989
Plain Clothes (film) (Theatrical) Paramount Producer 1988
Winnie on IMDb NBC Exec Producer 1988
I'll Be Home for Christmas (1988 film) NBC Exec Producer 1988
The Little Match Girl on IMDb NBC Exec Producer 1987
The Abduction of Kari Swenson on IMDb NBC Exec Producer 1987
Convicted on IMDb NBC Exec Producer 1986
Saving Grace (1986 film) (Theatrical) Embassy Studio Exec 1986
Champions (1984 film) (Theatrical) Embassy Studio Exec 1984
Deadly Force (film) (Theatrical) Embassy Studio Exec 1983
Daredevils NBC Producer 1980
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas on IMDb NBC Exec in charge of Tour Production 1980
Stanley Kramer's "Judgment" ABC Associate Producer 1974-75
Welcome Back Kotter ABC Associate Producer 1975-77
Chico and The Man NBC Associate Producer 1974-76
Appointment with Destiny on IMDb CBS Associate Producer 1973

Honors and awards

His productions have earned the following:

  • Tony Award: Nomination for Best Original Musical [15]
  • Primetime Emmy Awards : 10 Nominations, 3 Awards [16]
  • Golden Globe: 3 Nominations, 2 Awards [17]
  • Satellite Award: 2 Nominations, 1 Award [18]
  • Monte-Carlo Television Festival Golden Nymph Award [18]
  • Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2 Silver Nymph Awards [18]
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2 Gold Plaque Awards [19]
  • Cine Golden Eagle 4 Awards [19]
  • Screen Actors Guild Award 1 Nomination [18]
  • Eddie Award 2 Nominations [20]
  • American Women In Radio & Television Award [19]
  • Nancy Susan Reynolds Award [19]

Other commitments

Jaman Properties

In 2003, along with his wife and creative partner, Janus Cercone, Manheim established Jaman Properties, a real estate development company specializing in designing and building one of a kind luxury residences. Frequently selling to marquee names, such as Conan O’Brien, Matt Groening, Fran Drescher and, most recently, Wall Street scion, Michael Schwab,[21] Jaman’s distinctive homes have been widely featured in the media, including numerous television shows, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, The London Daily Mail, Architectural Digest, Forbes, Fortune (magazine) and Variety (magazine) among others[22]. For two years running, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Jaman Properties among its “100 Fastest growing Private Companies"[23].

Personal Life

In his free time, Mr. Manheim has served as an unpaid apprentice in two of LA’s top Italian restaurants. He lives in Malibu with his wife, the writer/designer Janus Cercone. He still occasionally picks up his trumpet.


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  2. "Golden Globe Awards for Michael Manheim". The Golden Globes.
  3. "Emmy Awards & Nominations". Television Academy.
  4. "Michael Manheim - IMDB". IMDB.
  5. "Michael Manheim - IBDB". IBDB.
  6. "Michael Manheim - About". Jamam Properties.
  7. "Jamam Properties - Press". Jamam Properties.
  8. "Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979) Full Cast & Crew - IMDB". IMDB.
  9. "Chico and the Man (1974–1978) Full Cast & Crew - IMDB". IMDB.
  10. "With The Manheim Company". Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
  12. "Michael Manheim". Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
  14. "Leap of Faith". Internet Broadway Database.
  15. "Tony Award for Best Musical". IMDB).
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  17. "Golden Globe Awards". goldenglobes.com).
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 "Dirty Pictures Awards and nominations". IMDB).
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 "Roe vs. Wade - Miscellaneous Notes". Turner Classic Movies).
  20. "Roe vs. Wade (1989 TV Movie) Awards". IMDB).
  21. "Jaman Properties Owners". Jaman Properties).
  22. "Jaman Properties Press". Jaman Properties Press).
  23. "Los Angeles Business Journal - 100 Fastest growing Private Companies" (PDF). Breakwater Management).

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