Mike Cangemi is a television producer, writer, musician and independent filmmaker.
Mike joined MTV in October 2000 in the Music & Series Development department after serving as a production assistant on a number of projects for MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and ABC. Prior to this he was with USANetworks/SCI-FI Channel from May 1999 to July 2000.
He became a producer on all Real World, Challenges & MTV Series Production ancillary specials beginning in 2003. Other series/specials include Making The Band, Daddy’s Girls and MTV2 Playlistism. He has also performed voice over work in various MTV promotions.
After MTV, Mike went on to FUSE TV (in 2007) where he was a producer on a daily one-hour live show called The Sauce. The show was hosted by Steven Smith (VH1, IMX, Daily Download) & Jared Cotter (American Idol). Mike was a producer, writer and post producer that also conducted interviews with talent at press junkets, red carpets and live concert events.
Celebrity interviews include George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Tim Burton, Jack Black, Keifer Sutherland, Sigourney Weaver, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Live event artist interviews include Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Lil’ Wayne, Weezer, Kelly Clarkson, Scott Weiland, Perry Farrell, Wu Tang Clan (Rza/Method Man), Nine Inch Nails, My Chemical Romance, Wyclef Jean, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy and The Black Keys.
Soon after, Mike was hired to produce Steven’s Untitled Rock Show (a one-hour studio/field-based daily music entertainment show) hosted by Steven Smith. The show included hundreds of celebrity interviews, bands, music videos, field shoots and original skits. He also produced content for FUSE.tv/digital and FUSE on Demand. The Rock Show covered all festivals including Sundance, Warped Tour, Projekt revolution, Bonnaroo, VooDoo Experience and Lollapalooza.
Mike moved on to MTV Digital, where he crossed paths with Steven Smith again. Specifically covering numerous events like Comic Con for MTV Geek (a division of MTV.com). Comic Con interviews included Stan Lee, Gerard Way (My Chem/True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys), Shaun Simon (Killjoys), Adam West (Batman), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Ben Folds Five, Gary Dell’abate (The Howard Stern Show), Alex Pardee (Artist/Comics Creator/The Used), Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake (WWE) and Travie Mc Coy (Gym Class Heroes).
At MTV Digital, Mike produced a pilot called “MTV Foodies” starring Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola of Jersey Shore fame. He also conducted interviews with the cast members of MTV shows including the cast of Jersey Shore, Teen Wolf, Snooki & JWoww, Awkward and Underemployed. He helped write and develop various ideas for new web programming and produced a live-stream finale party for Jersey Shore (including all cast members). Next, Mike produced a Target-sponsored four-hour live concert event for MTV.com. The event was hosted by Gabe Saporta (Midtown/Cobra Starship).
In October of 2012, Mike was hired to produce NBC’s New Year’s Eve Live with Carson Daly (Done & Dusted Productions). He produced the live event as well as wrote/conducted interviews to be included in the live show. Interviews included Donald Trump, the cast of Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, 1600 Penn, Go On, and Parks & Recreation. He also wrote intros/skits for all cast members of The Voice (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera) to perform at the top of the show.
After New Year’s Eve, Mike was producer on a Nickelodeon pilot for a daily live show called Nick Studio 10. The pilot was picked up by the network and Mike was hired as a producer for season 1. He wrote skits and produced four hosts (Troy Doherty, Noah Grossman, Malika Samuel and Gabrielle Senn) as well as Nickelodeon talent including members of Big time Rush and Sam & Kat (Jennette Mc Curdy and Ariana Grande). Mike also wrote, composed and choreographed musical acts for the hosts to perform on the show. Performances included “Kitchen Rock Band,” “Punkyard Band” and “Ghost Story Glee Club.” The show is currently on hiatus.
From Nickelodeon Mike went on to Spike TV where he was a producer for Ink Master Live (Season 3 Finale). The show was a two-hour live finale event hosted by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chris Nunez (Miami Ink) and Oliver Peck (True Tattoo). It included live tattoo’s, a 600 member audience and the crowning of Ink Master Joey Hamilton.
Mike is currently back at FUSE producing a new music-based show called Absolute. “Absolute” takes a deep look at the monumental artists and events that have shaped four genres of music (Pop, Hip Hop, Dance, and Rock). Each genre will consist of ten one-hour episodes. Each hour of this forty hour series will weave a narrative storyline around music videos and artist commentary connecting the dots between the artists, their influences, those THEY have influenced, and the events that shaped music and pop culture history.
Mike recently reunited with host Steven Smith, music journalist (and writer for Steven’s Untitled Rock Show) Jonah Bayer, and audio producer Brad Worrell (The Goops/Converse Rubber Tracks Studio) to form Going Off Track: A More Than Music Podcast. The podcast is recorded weekly at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn, NY. Guest interviews have included everyone from members of the Saturday Night Live cast (Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, Mike O’brien, Aidy Bryant, Keenan Thompson and Fred Armisen), to comedians like Janeane Garofalo (also ex-SNL member), to musicians like Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy), Lyle Preslar (Minor Threat), Fat Mike (NOFX), Benny Horowitz (The Gaslight Anthem), Geoff Rickly (Thursday), to hosts like Matt Pinfield (MTV), to artists like Eisner award winning cartoonist Paul Pope. Going off track just celebrated their 100th episode with a live podcast at Union Hall in Brooklyn. The group has done four live podcasts with acoustic live performances from Joe Trohman & Matt Devine (Kill Hannah), Geoff Rickly and a rare original acoustic piece from Frank Iero.
For more information go to www.goingofftrack.com
In 2009, Mike was hired as a freelance writer for Gorezone magazine. He’s an avid fan of the horror/sci-fi genres, and has written numerous articles/ conducted interviews for GZ over the past few years. Articles/Interviews include Nicolas Cage (Season of the Witch 2), Toolbox Murders 2 (producer/make-up fx artist Star Jones), Hellbent For Leather (Rob Halford vs. Clive Barker), Welcome to Elm Street (Nightmare on Elm Street cast members), Monster FX Above and Below (cast of Tremors & the Burrowers) and Reykjavic Whale Watching Massacre (Gunnar Hansen & director Julius Kemp).
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Mike was introduced to a NJ shore clam digger named Ted Paul, who is also the founder of the rock band The Clams, and is known locally as Clammer Ted. This clammer is a local legend known around the island for his original rock n’ roll. Mike began filming a documentary on the Clammer and eventually joined The Clams (lead guitar, bass, percussion and backing vocals). The Clams have played some of the most well-known rock venues on the East Coast (for the purposes of the film). Most notably they played a number of gigs at the legendary late CBGB’s. The film has been an on-going project for the past decade and will be ready for the film festival circuit within the next year. The Clams produced 2 studio albums (Up From the Mud & Murky Dismal) as well as the acoustic album “One Hard Clam.” The Clams have an alter-ego side project called The Ted Allen Paul Band. This is a country/bluegrass band. Mike plays slide/acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass in this project. They have recorded one album (Saltwater Country) and are currently working on new music.
For more information go to www.clammerted.com