Michael William Bussan, Jr is an American producer who began his career at the age of 34 with NBC Universal, where he worked on several key productions such as the Jerry Springer Show and the Steve Wilkos Show. After leaving NBC to complete a degree in film and cinema, Michael established himself as a producer in Chicago, Illinois. His filmmaking passion extends beyond his own productions to working with, and passing along his experience to, student films as well.
Michael has produced and co-produced numerous films by assisting with budgeting, marketing, social media, and access to discounted gear and resources. He has supported hundreds of productions in the Chicagoland area since 2009. His more recent projects include Bloodlines, Embrace, Going Strong, and Gus:An American Icon.
In 2013 Michael founded the not-for-profit CTSWorldwide.org, an organization to assist in the production of documentaries which highlight people and events that help educate and inspire on a global level. Through CTSWorldwide, he seeks to provide resources and experience to filmmakers worldwide who cannot afford it.
Michael's inspiration comes from James Franco, Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Vince Vaughn, and Jay Chandrasekha films. He feels that the slapstick, over-the-top humor crosses into the unexpected, keeping the audience engaged. Through his work on the Jerry Springer Show, Michael has seen the gamut of human behavior. Thus, he incorporates these experiences into the creative process when writing his screenplays. As an independent filmmaker, some of Michael's favorite film festivals include the Naperville Independent Film Festival, Belair International Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, and the Marbello International Film Festival.