My name is Joshua Grossberg and I’m an Emmy nominated filmmaker and journalist.
My dream has always been to tell stories for a living. I embarked on a career in the entertainment industry after receiving my bachelor’s degree in film and creative writing at Northwestern University and a master’s degree in film and history at NYU and the Graduate Center at City University of New York.
Though I have been making films since I was 14, the first real job I landed after school was as a writer-reporter for E! Online, where I worked my way up into a senior position writing and editing stories covering all facets of show business — from junkets and award show red carpets to reviewing movies, TV and Broadway shows. Along the way, I directed and produced live streams and video interviews with celebrities and other key industry professionals and helped grow E! Online from two million monthly unique visitors to 18 million.
While working at E!, I launched my film career in 2005 with my award-winning Hurricane Katrina documentary, A Bridge Life: Finding Our Way Home, which I wrote, directed, co-edited and produced. The film, which took home a slew of festival awards, premiered on the Documentary Channel, streamed on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes among other digital outlets and was released on DVD. I then followed that with Betrayed, the first-ever narrative film shot on the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR. The short thriller stars Seth Gilliam (The Wire, The Walking Dead), Cara Buono (Stranger Things), and PJ Sosko (The Good Wife) and premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
After those successes, I left NBCUniversal to pursue my dream of filmmaking full time. Starting in 2010, I conceptualized, developed and distributed short-form documentaries and digital content for a diverse slate of clients ranging from Viacom, the Independent Production Fund and Healthline Media on the corporate side to nonprofits like the New York City Charter School Center and political campaigns like progressive David Holden for Congress. In addition, I also worked as a writer-producer on Fashion, an 8-episode docuseries about famous fashion designers for Stephen David Entertainment, the Emmy-winning company behind The Men Who Built America and The Making of the Mob, that was commissioned by Amazon.
As a freelance producer, my other credits include IPF’s The Power of Protest, for which I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign raising $56,440 to help finance a feature-length documentary about progressive resistance in the Trump era. I also associate produced three documentaries for Diva Communications, a New York production company that’s won five Emmy Awards for their social justice documentaries. Those are: Brightness of Noon: The Intersect of Faith, Immigration and Refugees – Part I and II, about people of faith protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees; and Hurting Inside; Women, Faith, and the Opioid Epidemic, about the underreported toll opioids has taken on women.
My other directing credits include Puppet 911, a sizzle reel/web pilot for an unscripted puppet comedy; a political ad for Rory Kennedy and Liz Garbus’ Moxie Firecracker Films on behalf of President Obama’s presidential campaign; The Electors, a web series following Democratic electors lobbying Republican electors to dump Donald Trump in the wake of the 2016 presidential election; and Looking For Harrison, a short comedy featuring John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones).
I am also an established screenwriter and playwright whose work has been optioned by established production companies.
Feature film projects currently in development include Sandy Springs, a coming of age drama/thriller currently in development with attachments including Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. OJ Simpson), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Marcus Scribner (Black-ish) and Louisa Krause (Billions); Binaural, a sci-fi psychological horror film; The Ascendance, a sci-fi thriller; Booth, a biopic on Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth; and How To Disappear Completely, a neo-noir mystery.
As of 2020, I am currently in production on The Search for the Lost Print: The Making of Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons, about my 25-year quest to find the original working print of the legendary director’s follow up to Citizen Kane, also considered a masterpiece. And I’m planning to hold a workshop in 2020 for my upcoming off-Broadway musical, Boy Band: The Musical and a musical showcase for my other musical, The Gentle Quiet of Esther Park at the Esther Ha Foundation’s annual gala.
In my spare time (which isn’t much these days!), I am the co-chair of the Producers Guild of America East’s Mentoring Committee and a member of the Documentary Committee. I also server on the board of nonprofit ArtStudio Miami, which serves underprivileged kids in need through art therapy.
As a journalist, I have also freelanced for such publications as New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Post, SYFY Wire and CNBC’s Global Traveler.
I was also profiled in the Paris newspaper Le Monde as well as featured in Vanity Fair and Empire Magazine regarding my long-in-the works feature documentary, The Search for the Lost Print: The Making of Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons.
Last but not least, I am proud winner on CBS’ The Price Is Right! Don’t believe me? Check out the video below! It was always a lifelong dream to be on my favorite game show. Bucket list checked!
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