Since joining GTDI in 2019, Michael Pogarian leads the Universal Composers Initiative and is also involved with the Universal Directors Initiative, Universal Writers Program and the Universal Animation Writers Program. Previously, he was an Associate Creative Producer at Fullscreen, co-creating and overseeing the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program, that brought together entertainment industry leaders including Lena Waithe and Taika Waititi with emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to create their signature work. In the first two years of the program he developed, produced and distributed ten short films that premiered on DirecTV Now and were accepted to notable international film festivals including SXSW, Outfest, and the Calgary Film Festival. Before Fullscreen, Pogarian worked in unscripted development and production at Magical Elves (Project Runway, Top Chef) and Zodiak USA (Celebrity Wife Swap). In 2012, Pogarian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television Production at Boston University.