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Michael Ashton Kuhn (born 1949) is a Kenyan-born English film producer based primarily in England.


Kuhn was born in 1949 in Nairobi, Kenya. At age 13, he traveled to England to study at Dover College and then read law at Clare College, Cambridge. He joined PolyGram in 1975, and in 1991 he set up the subsidiary PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (PFE). In 1999, when PolyGram merged with Universal Music Group, he went independent and formed the production company Qwerty Films. He published his memoir 100 Films and a Funeral in 2001. This was later turned into a documentary of the same name, charting the rise and fall of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. In 2002 he was appointed Chair of the National Film and Television School.[1]

Kuhn was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to the film industry.[2]

Personal life

Kuhn married his wife Caroline in 1995 and has two sons. One, named George, the other Jacob.[citation needed]



Coat of arms of Michael Kuhn
Granted 25 November 2021 (183/329).[3]
Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Sable A Raccoon statant Proper.
Or a Chevronel issuant in sinister chief throughout the lower limb in fess the whole chevronny reversed Argent and Sable.
Kindness Is All
A Bear rampant Sable holding between the forepaws a Fountain.


  1. ^ "Michael Kuhn, Trustee – Independent Cinema Office". Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  2. ^ "No. 63218". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2020. p. N8.
  3. ^ "January 2022 Newsletter (no 67)". College of Arms. Retrieved 29 January 2022.