Michael Landon Jr. Producer/Writer/Director
Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend, Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years. Educated at USC and a Directing Fellow graduate of the American Film Institute, he has worked in just about every capacity of the moviemaking process including film loader, 1st and 2nd assistant cameraman, stedicam operator, Director of Photography, apprentice film editor, production assistant, and actor. He has developed and/or produced, directed and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and Hallmark.
His film, Love Comes Softly, has won numerous awards including the Camie (Character and Morality in Entertainment) Award, the Movie Guide Award, and the Gabriel Award. It also became the highest-rated movie in the history of the Hallmark Channel by 40 percent. When he followed up with the sequel, Love’s Enduring Promise, the ratings surpassed even the original giving Landon the top two highest-rated movies in the history of the Channel. Since then, he has written, directed and/or produced eight more installments of the Love Comes Softly series of films. The DVD release of Love Comes Softly has been the top-selling DVD in the Christian Booksellers Association market for three straight years since its release in 2004, and four of Landon’s films in the series rank in the top-ten.
In 2005, Landon formed Believe Pictures, with partner Brian Bird. The production company’s first film was the theatrically released The Last Sin Eater, based upon the best-selling novel by Francine Rivers. Their second film, Saving Sarah Cain, inspired by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis, aired on Lifetime with record numbers. Landon had his first foray into animation with his film The Velveteen Rabbit, based upon the Margery Williams children’s classic. It was a combination of live action and animation and was released in February 2009 by Starz/Anchor Bay. “Jamaa,” a film inspired by a true story, was shot in Unganda last year. Landon and his partner made the film for the relief organization, World Vision, which is now being presented in churches across the country. So far over two thousand children have already found sponsorship through this film. Landon’s latest film to be released, “The Shunning,” which is also based upon a Beverly Lewis novel, airs April 16th on the Hallmark Channel starring Danielle Panabaker and Sherry Stringfield.
Landon is currently working on several films. Gown of Spanish Lace, a story inspired by a Janette Oke novel which is in development at MPower, Deep in the Heart, based on a true story of unimaginable forgiveness, and Rise, which he is developing with author, Kelly Monroe Kullberg (Finding God at Harvard). .Landon also co-authored his first novel with best-selling author, Tracie Peterson, for Bethany House Publishing. The novel, titled One More Sunrise, went into bookstores in January of 2008. His second novel, The Silent Gift, was co-authored with long time writing partner, Cindy Kelley, also with Bethany House Publishing. Landon is working on his third novel with veteran novelist, Joe Hilley.