Misha is a BAFTA-nominated director, writer and EP. He’s currently in Los Angeles prepping the pilot for anthology series Gooseberry, a unique collision of comic thriller and immersive theatre. Misha created and wrote the show with Marc Wootton, alongside whom he serves as EP with 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).