MICHAEL SAGOLA founding member of Caviar, Michael Sagol currently serves as one of its Managing Partners and as Executive Producer.
Born in Belgium, Michael came to the United States when he was ten years old. He studied, briefly, sports broadcasting at the University of Missouri before transferring to Emerson College in Boston in 1993. There, he worked on both sides of the camera — studying performing arts while simultaneously working on student video productions. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, he moved to Los Angeles in 1996.
In LA, Michael bounced around doing freelance work, learning the business from every conceivable angle. He worked with independent feature producers, distributors, for commercial production companies, start-up internet companies and, briefly, even for Steven Seagal. In 2002, Michael organized these disparate threads into the founding of Atomik Pictures, a service production company specializing in commercials and music videos. The company grew quickly, opening satellite offices in New York City and Cape Town.
In 2005, Atomik merged with Roses Are Blue, a Belgian based production company, and formed what is now Caviar. In 2010, Michael brought on Jasper Thomlinson, who now serves as Managing Partner alongside Michael and Bert Hamelinck. Currently, Caviar has offices in Los Angeles, London, Brussels and Paris.
In 2015, Michael teamed up with Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone to Executive Produce Caviar’s first USA feature film, The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Immediately after its Sundance debut, the film sold to Sony Pictures Classics. It went on to win several awards around the world, including Best First Feature for director Marielle Heller at the Independent Spirit Awards.
A father of two, Michael lives in Venice Beach and continues to live by the motto that he’s “Saving the world one commercial at a time.”