Michael Zinberg
Michael Allan Zinberg

(1944-03-22) March 22, 1944 (age 79)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Occupation(s)Television Director
TV Producer
TV Writer
Former TV Executive
Years active1971–present
Leslie Zinberg
(m. 1969)

Michael Allan Zinberg (born March 22, 1944)[1] is an American television director, producer and writer.

Early life and education

Zinberg was born in Bexar County, Texas to Dorothy (née Rissien) and William Zinberg.[1]

Zinberg graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, Texas. In 1977, he earned a B.S. in radio-television-film from Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.[2]


Zinberg moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1968, with his first job as an usher at CBS Television City. He worked his way up to become a production assistant and then a writer, eventually working as an Associate Producer on the James Garner TV show Nichols.[3]

In 1972, Zinberg joined the MTM Productions television production company that was founded by Mary Tyler Moore's husband, Grant Tinker. While at MTM Productions he wrote, produced and directed The Bob Newhart Show for six seasons,[4] as well as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, among other popular TV shows of the 1970s and 1980s.[3]

From 1979 to 1981, Zinberg was VP Production Development at NBC, where he was responsible for Hill Street Blues and Cheers as well as other programs.[3]

From 1993 to 1995, Zinberg was President of NBC Productions, where he oversaw Homicide: Life on the Street, JAG and all NBC late-night programming.[3][5]

As of 2023, Zinberg was still producing or directing episodes of TV series, such as directing the April 2023 season 20 episode "Head Games" of the series NCIS – his 23 episode, having started on that series with the November 2003 season 1 episode "Sub Rosa".

Personal life

Zinberg has been married to Leslie S. Fierman, a writer and designer, since 1969.[6]


Selected work



Zinberg has won the following awards and has served on the following bodies:


  1. ^ a b "Michael Allan Zinberg - Texas, Birth Index". FamilySearch. 22 March 1944. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Alumni - Outstanding - Michael Zinberg". University of Texas at Austin - Moody College of Communication. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Michael Zinberg Bio" (PDF). Flow TV. Summer 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. ^ Rice, Jerry (26 October 2012). "TV dreams live on: Bob Newhart: 50 Years in Showbiz". Variety. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ Variety Staff (16 November 1993). "Petry NBC West Coast sr. VP". Variety. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Michael A Zinberg mentioned in the record of Michael A Zinberg and Leslie S Fierman". FamilySearch. January 26, 1969. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Michael Zinberg". Emmys. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 18 April 2015.