3- The Farah Brothers, talented film makers, producers & writers in Hollywood

Producer: Michael Farah is in a small class of producers with expertise in both feature film and new media. President of Production at Funny Or Die, the premiere comedy website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, Michael was recently named to The Hollywood Reporter's list of the top 35 entertainment execs under 35. As the man behind FOD's internet, TV and film projects, he's worked with studios like Paramount and HBO, and with every star from Jack Black to Natalie Portman. Michael began his career at United Talent Agency, and headed up feature development at Paramount-based Southern Cross the Dog, makers of "Hustle & Flow."

Writer/Director: Christopher Farah has worked in entertainment, served as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East and spent at least one summer cutting meat in a deli. He has written and directed a bunch of cool stuff for the website Funny Or Die, including "RoboCop Speaks to Detroit" and "The Big Lebowski 2," and his first web show "Sexy Talk with Dirty Jay" was nominated for a Webby Award for best comedy series. As a journalist, he has written for publications such as The New York Times, Salon.com, and The Jerusalem Report, and was assistant editor at Foreign Affairs Magazine. An Ann Arbor native who holds a Bachelors and a Masters from the University of Michigan and another Masters from Columbia University, this is his first feature film.


 Writer/director Chris (left) & Producer Mike (right) 



2- News & Articles

Mike Farah of Ann Arbor Named to Sundance Film Festival's Short Film Jury

By Jenn McKee

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival Just announced the names of the 19 people, in five categories, who will serve as this year's competition jurors; Ann Arbor Native Mike Farah, who is President of Production at the popular comedy website FunnyorDie.com, will serve on the festival's short film jury. Farah is a graduate of Gabriel Richard High School, and first gained fame when the FOD video he produced, "Prop 8: The Musical," went viral. Since then, Farah made the feature film comedy "Answer This!" with his brother, director/screenwriter Chris Farah, in Ann Arbor. Cast members included Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Arielle Kebbel (Vampire Diaries). Below are some photographs from the "Answer This!" movie premiere

Mike Farah

Funny or Die: How the Web is Changing Comedy

By Richard Zoglin Aug. 09, 2010

How many comedy writers does it take to make a Hollywood star laugh? A half-dozen staffers for the comedy website Funny or Die are sitting around a conference table on a recent Tuesday afternoon taking a stab at it. Their target: 23-year-old actress Camilla Belle (When a Stranger Calls), the latest Hollywood celeb to make the unlikely pilgrimage to a modest suite of offices on Hollywood Boulevard to discuss starring in a Funny or Die video. Click here to get the fully story. 

Production Chief Michael Farah (center) with Funny or Die staff.

Funny or Die takes edgy humor beyond Web to TV, Movies

By Jefferson Graham USA Today

Funny or Die was born of an idea from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Partner Mark Kvamme was looking for the next YouTube, and his son Michael, an aspiring stand-up comedian, suggested a site that married self-produced comedy with celebrity content. Talent firm Creative Artists Agency connected Kvamme with film star Ferrell and his producing partners, Adam Mckay and Chris Henchy. Sequoia and others invested $15 million and after four years, the site is now profitable and a huge magnet for both Hollywood and TV.
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Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover, left,and Mike Farah, president of production.

1- How Funny Or Die Makes Room For What Works

"The Internet went out for 10 minutes, so we were playing soccer," said one young staffer, nudging around a ball in a set of offices that looked more like the home base of a Silicon Valley startup than a comedy incubator.

It was just growing pains; at the time, the company was completing its third move in four years.

Funny or Die recently celebrated its seventh birthday. Comic Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay founded it to build a comedy bridge between Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

But now, creative director Andrew Steele says they have bigger aims than just creating great online videos: "Our goal is world domination ... content provider on the level of, say, Sony. That's our goal."

That's right: The website that made America believe hover boards were a real thing now wants to craft TV shows and movies right alongside the biggest studios around.

But to reach that modest goal, Funny or Die must develop its larger projects with the same qualities that make its viral videos work. That means high-quality material, made quickly and cheaply, promoted through lots of social media.

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