Michael Urie – CFO
Michael Urie is the award-winning star of one of the most unexpected success stories in theatre this year, the brilliant and hilarious “Buyer & Cellar.” Playing multiple characters – including Barbra Streisand – in this one man tour de force, Urie has won the hearts of everyone smart enough to venture down to the Village for a night of off-Broadway genius that won him the Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance and the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performer.
Before “Buyer & Cellar” Urie was probably best known as the delicious Marc St. James on the award-winning Ugly Betty, the series that introduced him to and made him a favorite of TV audiences everywhere. Following that series, he spent most of his time in critically acclaimed stage productions. He played iconic fashion designer Rudi Gernreich in The Temperamentals, a role he originated in Los Angeles before bringing it to New York where he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. He followed that run with appearances off-Broadway in the Classic Stage Company’s production of The Cherry Orchard and the revival of Angels in America.
But his lifelong dream of Broadway came early last year when he took on the role of Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, opposite Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges. Critics raved that not since Charles Nelson Reilly originated the role had Bud Frump delighted audiences as Urie did. The run ended in time for him to star in the short-lived but much-loved CBS series Partners.
A graduate of Juilliard, Urie won the John Houseman Prize in his graduating class, and has worked on stage in major theaters throughout the country in every genre from Restoration comedy to Shakespeare to classic drama and musicals.
Urie is also a filmmaker, with his award-winning documentary “Thank You For Judging,” about the mother of all high school speech and debate tournaments — in Texas, of course — the tournament that catapulted him to the national competition (which he won), soon to be released theatrically. His first feature as a director, “He’s Way More Famous Than You,” was released in theatres earlier this year and is now available on DVD.
Glenn Meehan – President
Glenn Meehan, a seasoned television producer whose credits include “Entertainment Tonight,” “Hot Ticket” , STYLE’S EMMY nominated “Split Ends “ (which he created) and “Family Court with Judge Penny,” brings his proven non-fiction programming strengths to UR-MEE with Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn.
Most recently Meehan has been the Supervising Producer of the EMMY nominated CBS’ daytime talk show “The Talk.” Prior to the CBS talker, he served at the Supervising producer of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” on OWN.
Meehan has produced a wide range of genres – talk shows, magazines, reality programs – for Paramount, CNBC, Telepictures, Universal, PBS, The Learning Channel and Tribune. He was the Vice President of Development for 44 Blue Productions in Los Angeles, where he Co-created and Co-Executive Producer of the Emmy nominated series, “Family Court with Judge Penny.” He also is Executive Producer and Co- Creator of the STYLE networks hit show and EMMY nominated “Split Ends” and “Peter Perfect.”
Among the productions Meehan has spearheaded: “Big World, Little People” (which he executive-produced and co-created), “Hot Ticket” (with Emmy-winning film historian Leonard Maltin), “Scoop,” “Rivera Live,” “John and Leeza” and “America After Hours.” He has also produced a number of high-profile pilots, including “The Tyra Banks Show,” “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” “The Jennifer Lopez Project,” “Real People,” and “A Place of Our Own” (along with its companion, “Los Ninos en Su Casa”).
A graduate of Emerson College, Meehan moved to Los Angeles in 1988. He began his career as a production assistant on “Entertainment Tonight,” working his way up the ranks to producer to managing editor of the show.
Ryan Spahn – Development Executive
Ryan Spahn is an actor and screenwriter. While in attendance at The Juilliard School, he wrote, produced, and starred in three feature films: He’s Way More Famous Than You (dir. Michael Urie), co-written by Halley Feiffer; Grantham & Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi); and Woven (dir. Nagwa Ibrahim and Salome Mulugeta). He produced the award-winning short film “The Hyperglot,” and co-created the half-hour multi-cam When I Was Your Age, which sold to Warner Bros. He is currently co-creating with Halley Feiffer the Stage17.tv original web series What’s Your Emergency (dir. Michael Urie).
As an actor, he has performed regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Vineyard Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Group, Theatre @ Boston Court, and Celebration Theatre. TV: Ugly Betty, Tanner on Tanner, Star Trek: Voyager, and David Letterman. Ryan has appeared in 20+ commercials, including campaigns for Snickers, Ford, Bank of America, Sony Playstation, and Monster.com. He won an LA Weekly Award and was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. This Spring, he will appear in The Vineyard Theatre’s production of Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ new play Gloria (dir. Evan Cabnet).
Meghan-Michele German – Producer
Meghan-Michele German is Co-Producer of the the comedy He’s Way More Famous Than You, directed by Michael Urie. The film stars Halley Feiffer, Ryan Spahn, Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Stiller and was theatrically released in spring 2013. She is the producer of the the feature film Grantham & Rose, directed by Tony nominated Kristin Hanggi and starring Marla Gibbs, Jake T. Austin and Tessa Thompson. She is producer of the independent feature, Paper Dreams, as well as the short films, The Hyperglot & The Thao of Thom. Both shorts directed by Michael Urie. She is the Line Producer of Graham Waterston’s short film, And It Was Good, starring Sam Waterston, Louis Cancelmi and Jessica Joffe and currently the UPM/Line Producer of the indie drama Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale.
Evangel Fung – Producer
Evangel Fung is a New York City-based filmmaker and journalist. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she got her start working on documentaries for PBS Frontline, before moving on to independent filmmaking. She is the producer of Grantham & Rose and Hyperglot, and associate producer of He’s Way More Famous Than You, all with Urmee. She is also the producer of Divided Families, a documentary about the divided families from the Korean War.