Misha
Manson-Smith

Director and writer for film and television

Misha is a BAFTA-nominated director, writer and EP. He’s currently in Los Angeles prepping the pilot for anthology series Gooseberry, an audacious collision of comic thriller and immersive theatre. Misha created and wrote the show with Marc Wootton and serves as EP with Marc for Sacha Baron Cohen’s Four by Two Films for Lionsgate and Comedy Central.

Most recently, he directed The Feed for Studio Lambert and Amazon Studios. Prior to that Misha was lead director on Bryan Elsley's Kiss Me First, the RTS Award-winning adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s cult YA novel for Netflix and Channel 4 that combined live action drama with motion capture animation.

Coming out of the documentary world as a director and editor of seminal films such as the multi-Emmy and BAFTA winning Death in Gaza for HBO, Misha’s style is characterised by experiments in form that are darkly comic, rooted by visceral performances and executed with cinematic brio.

His brilliant short Barbados typifies this highly particular take. An LA set drama starring Michael Sheen, written by George Kay and produced by Fred Berger, it brought down the house at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In drama, Misha directed multiple episodes across all three seasons of Paul Abbott’s anarchic police drama No Offence, starring Jo Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy and Alexandra Roach. No Offence won the RTS Award for Drama Series and was BAFTA nominated for Drama Series.

As lead director on the acclaimed second season of Ordinary Lies for Red Productions, Misha reinvented the tone and style of the show to wide acclaim. The Times “It is time to acknowledge that Danny Brocklehurst’s serial is one of the best dramas on television this autumn”, Daily Mail “the new series is instantly much more engaging”, Daily Express “viewers gripped after fantastic first episode”, Independent “An almost Chaucerian ride through modern lives and mores”.

In comedy, Misha developed, wrote and directed the pilot for Hoff the Record, that went on to win the International Emmy Award for Comedy Series. He also co-created and EP’d Showtime comedy series La La Land, which was described by both The Guardian and The Mirror as "Genius" and by Time Out as "perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and above all, very funny".

Amongst his other work Misha directed and co-created action comedy pilot In Deep for Big Talk, directed part of Stephen Poliakoff’s Golden Globe winning BBC Two/Starz mini-series Dancing on the Edge and directed the widely acclaimed single drama Excluded for BBC Two, which The Guardian described as “all brilliant - immediate, tense, funny, sad, touching, relevant”.

Misha’s other awards include three BAFTA Award nominations for Breakthrough Talent, Non-Fiction Editing and Comedy Programme, winning the British Comedy Award for Best New Comedy and two nominations for the Rose D’Or for Best Comedy (winning once).

Misha’s website, with all his work, is mishamansonsmith.com - do email us for the video password.

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Television

Writer & Director & Creator & Executive Producer 

Creator Marc Wootton
Producer (Execs) Sacha Baron Cohen, Kara Welker & Dan Swimer
Four by Two & Lionsgate for Comedy Central

Director 

Producer Simon Lewis
Writer Channing Powell
Starring
  • David Thewlis
  • Michelle Fairley
  • Guy Burnett
  • Sci-fi drama

    Studio Lambert for Amazon
    Production
    Producer Bradley Adams
    Writer Bryan Elsley
    Starring
  • Tallulah Haddon
  • Simona Brown
  • Ben Chaplin
  • Balloon Entertainment and Kindle for Netflix and E4
    Writer Danny Brocklehurst
    Starring
  • Con O'Neill
  • Kimberly Nixon
  • Rebekah Staton
  • Red Productions for BBC One
    Creator Paul Abbott
    Producer Simon Meyers (Execs): Paul Abbott and Martin Carr
    Writer Paul Abbott
    Starring
  • Joanna Scanlon
  • Elaine Cassidy
  • Alexandra Roach
  • BAFTA Award (Nom) Best Drama Series 
    RTS Award (Win) Best Drama Series
    Broadcast Awards (Nom) Best Drama Series
    Broadcast Awards (Nom) Best Original Programme
    La Rochelle TV Awards (Win) Best Foreign TV Fiction


    Abbott Vision for Channel 4
    Producer (Execs) David Hasslehoff and Krish Majumdar
    Starring
  • Craig Roberts
  • David Hasslehoff
  • International Emmy Award (Win) - Best Comedy Series

    Me & You for Dave
    Producer Fay Ward
    Writer Stephen Poliakoff
    Starring
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Jenna Coleman
  • Matthew Goode
  • John Goodman
  • Rugby Films for BBC Two / Starz
    Pramface (Series 2)
    1 x 60' and 2 x 30'
    Producer (Exec) Lucy Robinson
    Writer Chris Reddy
    Starring
  • Anna Chancellor
  • Scarlett Alice Johnson
  • Sean Michael Verey
  • Little Comet and BBC Comedy for BBC3
    Excluded
    1 x 60'
    Producer Caroline Levy
    Writer Brian Fillis
    Starring
  • Monica Dolan
  • Bryan Dick
  • Craig Parkinson
  • BBC Drama and Factual for BBC2
    Producer Allan Greenspan
    Writer Leo Richardson
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Holliday Grainger
  • Joe Cole
  • Lionsgate for BBC Three
    Producer Kate Norrish and Polly Leys
    Writer Tom Browne
    Starring
  • Peter Capaldi and Matt King
  • Dell Synnott
  • Matt King
  • IWC for Channel 4
    High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman
    BAFTA (Nom) - Breakthrough Talent Award for Directing
    6 x 30'
    Producer (Execs) Drew Pearce
    Writer Peter Baynham & Marc Wootton
    Starring
  • Marc Wootton
  • Tiger Aspect for BBC Three
    Producer Mob Dar
    Writer Marc Wootton
    Tiger Aspect for BBC Three
    Producer Faye Ward
    Ruby Films for BBC Northern Ireland, BBC 3
    In development

    Director & Creator 

    Producer Josh Cole (Execs): Luke Alkin and Kenton Allen
    Writer Tom Joseph and Thomas Eccleshare
    Starring
  • Jonny Sweet
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Ashley Walters
  • Adam Deacon
  • Paul Kaye
  • Big Talk for BBC Three
    Delta Forever (Pilot)
    BAFTA Scotland (Nom) Best Comedy Programme
    1 x 30' Pilot
    Producer Kelly McGolpin
    Starring
  • Ophelia Lovibond
  • Alex Macqueen
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Jonny Sweet
  • Greg McHugh
  • Angel Eye for BBC3
    Incognito
    6 x 30'
    Producer Saurabh Kakkar, Michelle Farr, Sam Bryant
    BBC Comedy for BBC Three
    In development
    Chameleon
    5 x 60'
    Producer Eleanor Moran
    Writer Marnie Dickens
    Twenty Twenty
    In development

    Writer & Director & Executive Producer 

    La La Land
    Nominated for Rose D'Or Comedy Award
    6 x 30'
    Creator Marc Wootton
    Starring
  • Marc Wootton
  • Melinda Augustina
  • Ruta Lee
  • Fooling Nobody for Showtime

    Film

    Director 

    Producer Fred Berger, Jason Carden
    Writer George Kay
    Starring
  • Michael Sheen
  • Radha Mitchell
  • Ty Simpkins
  • Toronto International Film Festival - Premiere

    Imposter Pictures and Funny or Die
    Sex Education
    In development
    Producer Faye Ward and Alison Owen
    Writer Jonathan Stern and Jamie Minoprio
    BBC Films
    Ruby Films

    Writer & Director 

    9 1/2 minutes
    Short Film
    Producer Ollie Madden
    Starring
  • David Tennant
  • Zoe Telford
  • BFI
    Producer Joe Wright, Paul Webster and Guy Heeley
    Shoebox Films
    In development

    Director & Editor 

    Producer Saira Shah
    Director James Miller
    HBO
    Producer Simon Egan
    Channel 4

    Commercial