With four Emmys, two Oscar nominations and a “Producer of the Year” award,Michael Casciohas a noteworthy career in franchise TV programming, from landmark series such as Brain Games, Biography, Dog Whisperer and Doomsday Preppers to major documentary specials on the Titanic and the Afghanistan War. Cascio now advises selected media and production partners through his company, M&C Media LLC, including Food Network, AccuWeather, Burson-Marsteller, Nutopia and National Geographic Channel. During his nine years as SVP and EVP, Cascio was the driving force behind many of the NGC’s most successful programs, including the Emmy-nominated and record-breaking Inside 9/11, the award-winning Restrepo, the recently acclaimed National Geographic series on major science issues, Breakthrough, and mini-series The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? and The 2000s: A New Reality.He’s created, developed and supervised a wide range of programming in many genres – documentary, news, reality, drama, performance and “event” specials.
Before his work at National Geographic, Cascio was EVP/GM at Animal Planet, where he achieved record ratings and revenues, launching high-rated series such as Animal Precinct and Pet Star, as well as the revitalization of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and hugely popular specials Crocodile Hunter Live and The Future Is Wild. He also commissioned a slate of original movies, including The Retrievers and Gentle Ben. Previously, Cascio was Vice President at NBC News, where he started a major prime time programming initiative at MSNBC, creating long-form programs such as MSNBC Investigates and Lock-Up ,along with specials such as Waging War: The Schwarzkopf Diaries.
Cascio was highly recognized for his work at A&E, especially Biography, Investigative Reports, American Justice, Titanic: Death of a Dream, and City Confidential. As Senior Vice President of Programming, he was responsible for the network’s overall program strategy, resulting in record ratings and revenues. He was also part of the team that developed the History Channel. Most notably, Cascio launched Biography as a daily series, handling production of more than 700 original episodes and building it into an iconic franchise with brand extensions, winning an Emmy for Best Documentary Series, wide critical acclaim and many other awards.
Before joining A&E, Cascio had a distinguished background in local TV news and public affairs programming, as Executive Producer and Director of Public Affairs for the high-rated Capital Cities/ABC-owned WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, and as a news director, field reporter, anchor and producer for WHYY-TV in Wilmington, Del., the New Jersey Network and WNET-TV, New York.
Among his many accolades, Cascio was cited in the Entertainment Weekly“It List” as one of the most creative people in the entertainment industry. He has a Master’s degree in Communication from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from the University of Virginia.
In college, Cascio worked as a courier for NBC News, where he carried important items, such as breakfast and lunch, to crews on Capitol Hill. His diverse work experience also includes being a clerk at the CIA and backstage janitor at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, which he chronicled in an article in the Sunday New York Times.