Michael Schaefer
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1998-present

Michael Schaefer is a German film producer best known for the 2015 film The Martian.


In July 2012, after leaving Summit Entertainment, Schaefer was hired as the president of Ridley Scott's company, Scott Free Productions.[1]

In 2015, Schaefer produced the science fiction film The Martian starring Matt Damon, which Scott directed. He received an Academy Award nomination for the film for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards along with Simon Kinberg, Scott, and Mark Huffam.[2]

In October 2016, it was announced that Schaefer would be leaving Scott Free to become president at Arnon Milchan's New Regency.[3] In October 2023, it was announced Schaefer would be departing New Regency after seven years with the company.[4]



Executive producer


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (23 July 2012). "TOLDJA! Scott Free Hires Michael Schaefer As President". Deadline. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ "88th Academy Awards nominations - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (4 October 2016). "Michael Schaefer In Talks For Top Post At New Regency". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (12 October 2023). "New Regency President Michael Schaefer Leaving Company After Seven Years". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 October 2023.