CBS then appointed Mr. Campus to the position of Director of Special Programs for the then top rated network. During his tenure at CBS, he was responsible for over 150 television specials, which garnered many Emmy Awards and nominations.
Universal then signed Mr. Campus to an extensive producer-writer-director contract. THE MACK has become a cult classic, achieving an extraordinary level of fame throughout the African-American community and the film industry. THE EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON is considered to the forerunner of BOYZ IN THE HOOD.
In 1987, Mr. Campus formed Journey Entertainment and acted as Executive Producer and Writer of THE MAN WHO BROKE 1000 CHAINS for HBO. In 1995, Mr. Campus created and acted as Executive Producer on the Emmy nominated miniseries HIROSHIMA for Showtime. In 1996, Mr. Campus formed a relationship with DAY OF THE JACKAL author Frederick Forsyth and served as Executive Producer on Forsyth’s CODE NAME WOLVERINE for FOX.
Thomas Kinkade’s HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was produced with Lionsgate in 2007. This film is the first venture into motion pictures for the world famous artist who is known as “The Painter of Light”.
The majority of the television programs he has been involved with received or were nominated for Emmy Awards. One of his films received an Academy Award nomination. Mr. Campus is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, the Director’s Guild of America, and is one of only 400 members of the Directors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Producer / Director Michael Campus
Michael Campus, President of Journey Entertainment and Birch Grove Films, has a long and experienced background in the film and television industry.
He was a producer-writer on PM EAST – PM WEST, a groundbreaking news series starring Mike Wallace, of CBS and Sixty Minutes fame. He then joined ABC Television’s acclaimed Special Projects Division, where he worked on twenty-five documentaries as producer-writer-director. Mr. Campus then joined David Susskind and Daniel Melnick, partners in Talent Associates, and produced THE AGES OF MAN, starring Sir John Gielgud.
Arla Dietz Campus, Partner and Executive Vice President of Birch Grove Films and Journey Entertainment, has 35 years of extensive experience in all areas of the entertainment industry.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Fresno, she joined the performance/musical troupe The Mystic Nights of the Oingo Boingo as choreographer and lead dancer in Los Angeles, California.
In mid 1975, Arla Dietz Campus was recruited by A&M Records as an Administrative Assistant to then President, Gil Friesen. She was then promoted to Creative Advertising Manager where she produced radio advertisements, music videos, television spots and print advertising. At A&M Records, Ms. Dietz Campus was involved with the careers of such enduring recording artists as The Police, Sting, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Herb Albert, Joe Jackson, The Go Go’s, Joan Armatrading, Supertramp, Peter Frampton and The Oingo Boingo.
Because of Ms. Dietz Campus’ Entertainment Industry experience, she also served as Executive Consultant to McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA), a boutique talent agency focusing on the careers of the top choreographers and director/choreographers working in the entertainment industry. In that capacity she negotiated work on behalf of MSA, representing such recording artists as, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Pink and Lenny Kravitz. MSA’s Feature Films representation included the following: Shall we Dance, Pirates of the Caribbean, 13 Going On 30, Van Helsing, School Of Rock, Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen, the entire Austin Powers franchise, Legally Blonde I & II, Charlie’s Angels I & II, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Television representation by MSA included Will & Grace, Scrubs, ER, Friends, Sex and The City, Cold Case Files and The Sopranos.
Arla Dietz Campus then joined Michael Campus to form Journey Entertainment then later Birch Grove Films. Their projects include Lionsgate’s Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage, starring Academy Award Winning actors Peter O’Toole and Marcia Gay Harden and Jared Padalecki (Supernatural) Wolverine (20th Century Fox Television), Hiroshima (Showtime) and The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (HBO).
Arla Dietz Campus’ movies have received rave reviews and critical acclaim, to include the achievement of eight Cable ACE Awards for the Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains and an Emmy nomination for Best Movie Mini-Series for Hiroshima.