Michael Jaffe, partner of Jaffe/Braunstein Films Ltd. (JBFL), began his career with his father, Henry Jaffe, in 1971. Together, they have produced 15 television movies and miniseries. He founded Michael Jaffe Films, Ltd. in the early 1980s and developed, produced or executive-produced five feature films during the next several years.
Returning to television, Michael produced The Great Escape, a four-hour mini-series for NBC starring Christopher Reeve, and then established Spectacor Films, a partnership with sports and entertainment businessman Ed Snider, with whom he distributed, produced, financed and executive-produced more than 20 films.
Jaffe is currently partnered in JBFL with Howard Braunstein and, together, they have produced more than 75 television films and miniseries, including Elvis Presley for CBS; Deliberate Intent, with Timothy Hutton, for FX; and The Monkees for VH-1. Jaffe/Braunstein Films also delivered Walking Shadow for A&E and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific for ABC, starring Glenn Close and Harry Connick Jr.
In 2003, JBFL produced more than a dozen television movies for the various networks, featuring such stars as Susan Sarandon, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Jami Gertz, Tyne Daly, Roma Downey, James Remar, Jacqueline Bissett, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges, Fred Ward, Cybill Shepherd, Don Johnson, Sharon Lawrence, Marcia Gaye Harden and Jason Priestley. In 2004, the company produced Evel Knievel, starring George Eads, for TNT; The Brooke Ellison Story, starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Slattery and Lacey Chabert, for A&E; and the joint venture Miracle Run, starring Mary-Louise Parker and Aidan Quinn. They also produced Faith of My Fathers, based on the bestselling book by Sen. John McCain and Mark Salter.
Jaffe is a founding partner and serves on the Board of Directors of Allied Communications, Inc. (ACI), a new distribution company that created a 200-title library of network movies and miniseries purchased by Fremantle Media.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Yankton College and did graduate work at the University of Chicago and Cornell University, where he earned an master of arts degree in theater.
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