Michael Zinberg

Michael Zinberg
Born Michael Allan Zinberg
(1944-03-22) March 22, 1944
Bexar County, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Television Director
TV Producer
TV Writer
Former TV Executive
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Leslie Zinberg

Michael Allan Zinberg (born March 22, 1944),[1] is an American television director, producer and writer.

Early life

Zinberg was born in Bexar County, Texas to Dorothy Zinberg (née Rissien) and William Zinberg.[1] Graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, TX.

He is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin, where he was an English major.[2]


Zinberg moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1968, with his first job as an usher at CBS Television City. He worked his way up to become a production assistant and then a writer, eventually working as an Associate Producer on the James Garner TV show Nichols.[3]

MTM Productions

In 1972, Zinberg joined the MTM Productions television production company that was founded by Mary Tyler Moore's husband, Grant Tinker. While at MTM Productions he wrote, produced and directed The Bob Newhart Show for six seasons,[4] as well as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, among other popular TV shows of the 1970s and 1980s.[3]

Executive career

From 1979 to 1981, Zinberg was VP Production Development at NBC, where he was responsible for Hill Street Blues, Cheers, as well as other programs.[3]

From 1993 to 1995, Zinberg was President of NBC Productions, where he oversaw Homicide: Life on the Street, JAG, and all NBC Late Night programming.[3][5]


Zinberg continues to produce direct many episodic TV programs, including Rizzoli & Isles, where he serves as Executive Producer. He has directed current shows like The Good Wife, The Blacklist, and NCIS: New Orleans, among others. He counts John Rich, John Frankenheimer, Bob Butler, and Gene Reynolds as inspiration for his directing work.[6]


Selected work



Zinberg has won the following awards and has served on the following bodies:

Personal life

Zinberg has been married to Leslie Zinberg (née Fierman), a writer and designer, since 1969.[8]


  1. 1 2 "Michael Allan Zinberg - Texas, Birth Index". FamilySearch. 22 March 1944. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  2. "Alumni - Outstanding - Michael Zinberg". University of Texas at Austin - Moody College of Communication. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Michael Zinberg Bio" (PDF). Flow TV. Summer 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. Rice, Jerry (26 October 2012). "TV dreams live on: Bob Newhart: 50 Years in Showbiz". Variety. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. Variety Staff (16 November 1993). "Petry NBC West Coast sr. VP". Variety. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. Shimokawa, Gary (28 May 2009). "Visual History with Michael Zinberg". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved 18 April 2015. Video interviews
  7. 1 2 3 "Michael Zinberg". Emmys. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  8. "Michael A Zinberg mentioned in the record of Michael A Zinberg and Leslie S Fierman". FamilySearch. 26 January 1969. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
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