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Michael Hertzberg

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Occupation  Film producer
Name  Michael Hertzberg
Role  Writer

Nominations  Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Movies  Entrapment, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, The Twelve Chairs, Out on a Limb
Similar  Norman Steinberg, Ronald Bass, Jon Amiel, William Broyles - Jr, Andrew Bergman

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Michael Hertzberg is an American assistant director, writer, and film producer best known for his work with director Mel Brooks. Hertzberg was extremely influential on Brooks, having started working for Brooks as an assistant director on Brook's first film The Producers, and going on to produce several of Brooks' early films including box office hits, Blazing Saddles and Silent Movie. Blazing Saddles was awarded the #6 slot on the American Film Institute's list of Top 100 comedy films of all time. Hertzberg started working as an assistant director in commercials, television and feature films. He was the first assistant director to Frank Perry on the hit cult film, The Swimmer, starring Burt Lancaster.


Hertzberg also wrote the story (with Ronald Bass) and produced Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He produced Johnny Dangerously starring Michael Keaton and directed by Amy Heckerling (director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Hertzberg has also been interviewed for several behind-the-scenes documentaries including Back in the Saddle (featured on the 2003 DVD release of Blazing Saddles), The Making of The Producers (featured on the MGM Special Edition DVD release of The Producers and The Story of the Swimmer (featured on the 2014 Grindhouse Releasing/Box Office Spectaculars Blu-ray/DVD restoration).

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