Mike Watson is a freelance director and videographer based in Southern California.
Mike has covered news events such as the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and the Columbine high school shootings outside Denver. In 2002, Mike was the first videographer allowed inside the fence at the post-9/11 World Trade Center. Mike has done extensive aerial videography, including covering the Los Alamos wildfire in 2000 for CNN. Mike pioneered portable live video transmission from a hot air balloon during the 2001 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, sharing live pictures of more than 1,000 other hot air balloons, in an area forbidden to video helicopters.
Mike has interviewed celebrities from James Brown to George W. Bush to Katie Couric, in the production of news pieces, commercials, and long-form programs.
In the past 12 months, Mike has worked with several nonprofits, including the Susan G. Komen foundation, the Breast Cancer 3-Day, and The American Heart Association.
Mike earned his first Emmy in 2003 for live coverage during the first San Diego wildfires, and now holds seven Emmys for photography and editing.
Mike maintains contacts throughout Southern California for videographers, gaffers, grips, talent, directors, producers and writers. He has put together crews for events both small and large.