A native of Southern California, Michael Alden began his career on stage and motion pictures at an early age. As a child actor, he appeared in numerous family shows during the late fifties and early sixties. In 1977 Mr. Alden stepped behind the scenes working in various aspects of production.
In 1984 Mr. Alden joined Cannon Films in their post-production department. Quickly moving up the ranks, in 1986 he was made supervisor of the department, overseeing the creative and technical post-production of over one hundred feature films.
Mr. Alden assumed Vice Presidency at Pathe Communications in 1989, where he headed their public post production facility, Pathe Services. He served as a corporate officer of the newly formed company taking them into profit in their first year. During his term, Mr. Alden was instrumental in locating, analyzing and supervising the rejuvenation of over 1,500 feature film elements that had been stored worldwide which comprised the company’s film library. These feature elements served as the equity foundation for Pathe’s purchase of MGM/UA where Mr. Alden went on to serve as their vice president of post-production.
As a producer, Mr. Alden has been represented in the West End with COME FROM AWAY, (Olivier Award for Best Musical) , David Seidler’s original play THE KING’S SPEECH and BAT BOY THE MUSICAL. On Broadway: COME FROM AWAY (2017 Tony Nomination & Olivier Winner for Best Musical), DISGRACED (Pulitzer Prize – Drama) GREY GARDENS and BRIDGE & TUNNEL (Special Tony Award).
His off Broadway and regional works include; THE KING’S SPEECH, NOT THAT JEWISH, BECOMING DR. RUTH, ADMIT ONE, the Brochu-Schalchlin musical THE LAST SESSION, SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL, the Los Angeles productions of Howard Crabtree’s WHEN PIGS FLY, and Theresa Rebeck’s BAD DATES.
Alden’s film works include: FROM THE SHADOWS, STUDIO ONE FOREVER, ESTELLA SCROOGE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL WITH A TWIST, DEATH METAL, MY BEAUTIFUL STUTTER, JUST CAUSE with Sean Connery, the fashion forward documentary UNZIPPED for Miramax, Stephen Daldry’s THE HOURS, the multi-award winning feature comedy KISSING JESSICA STEIN and Ralph Ziman’s foreign feature film THE ZOOKEEPER starring Sam Neill.
His current 2023/24 film production works include Ian Holt’s supernatural thriller, CURSED, Mike Kuciak’s IN THE SHADOWS, WHEN REAGAN KILLED ROOSEVELT, a film chronicling the formative years of famed rap group Public Enemy, and THE GRIOTS OF HIP HOP (the never before told story of the rise of MTV Raps and their place in the hip hop revolution.)