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Also Known As: Mike Tollin Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: producer, director, screenwriter

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Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated producer-director-writer Mike (a.k.a. Michael) Tollin has lent his hand to many sports and youth related projects, working extensively in both television and features. Before teaming up with producer-director Brian Robbins, with whom he would collaborate on several successful shows and movies, Tollin scored several Sports Emmy Awards for his efforts on "The Baseball Bunch" (syndicated, 1980-82). He was later nominated as the producer of the sports anthology "This is the USFL" (1983), and went on to chronicle the now defunct United States Football League with his 1988 feature debut "The Final Season", a sports documentary following the Tampa Bay Bandits in their 1985 final season.

Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated producer-director-writer Mike (a.k.a. Michael) Tollin has lent his hand to many sports and youth related projects, working extensively in both television and features. Before teaming up with producer-director Brian Robbins, with whom he would collaborate on several successful shows and movies, Tollin scored several Sports Emmy Awards for his efforts on "The Baseball Bunch" (syndicated, 1980-82). He was later nominated as the producer of the sports anthology "This is the USFL" (1983), and went on to chronicle the now defunct United States Football League with his 1988 feature debut "The Final Season", a sports documentary following the Tampa Bay Bandits in their 1985 final season.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Radio (2003) Director
2.
  Summer Catch (2001) Director
3.
  Final Season, The (1988) Director
4.
  Hardwood Dreams (1995) Director
5.
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  All That (1994) Creator
7.
  Magic Johnson's All-Star Slam 'N Jam (1992) Segment Director (Show Opening & Mike Spots)
9.
  Kids on Kids on Kids (1987) Director

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Served as writer-director for the instructional sports program "The Baseball Bunch", hosted by Johnny Bench; received Emmy nomination for writing show
1988:
Produced and directed the documentary "The Final Season", chronicling the Tampa Bay Bandits football team and the 1985 demise of the USFL
1989:
Directed the HBO consumer educational documentary "Buy Me That! A Kids' Survival Guide to TV Advertising"
1992:
With Brian Robbins, co-founded Tollin/Robbins Productions
1994:
Wrote, directed and executive produced the basketball documentary "Hardwood Dreams", aired on Fox in 1995
2003:
Helmed the southern football drama feature "Radio", which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr and Ed Harris
1994:
Was creator and executive producer of "All That" a popular kids sketch comedy series on Nickelodeon
1995:
With Brian Robbins co-produced and co-wrote "The Show", a documentary about the hip-hop music scene
1995:
Wrote, directed and executive produced the Oscar nominated documentary "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" (TBS)
1996:
Executive produced and directed the HBO's sports-themed sitcom "Arli$$"
1996:
Produced the "All That" spinoff series "Kenan & Kel" (Nickelodeon)
1997:
Produced the comedy "Good Burger", starring Kenan and Kel
1997:
Directed and produced the live-action/puppet series "Cousin Skeeter" (Nickelodeon)
1998:
Tollin/Robbins Productions acquired by The Marquee Group and renamed Marquee-Tollin/Robbins
1999:
Produced the hit high school football-themed feature "Varsity Blues"
2000:
Executive produced "The Amanda Show" with Amanda Bynes
2001:
Feature film directorial debut, "Summer Catch"
2002:
Produced the WB series, "What I Like About You"
2004:
Produced the WB teen drama, "One Tree Hill"
2007:
With Brian Robbins co-produced the Eddie Murphy comedy, "Norbit"; Robbins also directed
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Will co-produce with Brian Robbins the comedy, "Wild Hogs" (lensed 2007)
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Notes

Tollin on making "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream": "We have chosen to use the participants as the witnesses to history, as opposed to historians, academics and other uninvolved parties. If we're going to tell the story of Henry Aaron breaking into the starting line-up because of an injury to Bobby Thompson, we're going to hear it from Bobby Thompson, not from someone who remembers reading a story about it in The New York Times, -- quoted in an interview with TBS

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daughter:
Georgia Tollin.

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