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Michael Zinberg (born March 22, 1944), also known as Michael A. Zinberg, is an American TV director, producer and writer.

Early life[]

Born and raised in Bexar County, TX, Michael earned a bachelor's degree in radio-television-film at the University of Texas at Austin.


Zinberg started out in Hollywood as an associate producer on Nichols and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He began his directing career in 1972 on The Bob Newhart Show. Since then, he has directed episodes of Taxi, Lou Grant, WKRP in Cincinnati, Family Ties Who's the Boss, L.A. Law, Coach, Quantum Leap; Boston Public; JAG Everybody Loves Raymond, The Practice, Lost, Gilmore Girls, Monk, The Unit and The Good Wife, among many others.

He has also directed the movies for television Not Until Today, Homeroom, Wildest Dreams; For the Very First Time; Accidental Meeting; and most recently, A Christmas Wedding. His writing credits include episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show Newhart, and Fathers and Sons.

In 1991, Zinberg won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for his work on Quantum Leap. As a producer, he also received Emmy nominations for Quantum Leap three years in a row from 1990 to 1992 and previously received an Emmy nomination for his work on The Bob Newhart Show.

Michael co-chairs the DGA's Television Creative Rights Committee and has served on the National Board since 2007, on the Western Directors Council since 2006, and as a Trustee of the Directors Guild Foundation since 2010. He also served on the 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014 Negotiating Committees.

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