Armenian Assembly Features Keynote Speaker Michael Agbabian, Award-Winning TV Producer

Gala “Celebrating the Future” Will Take Place in Newport Beach on March 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) is pleased to announce award-winning TV producer Michael Agbabian as one of the keynote speakers during its “Celebrating the Future” Gala in Newport Beach, California on March 4, marking the 40th anniversary of the Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Internship Program. He interned with the Assembly in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1990. Agbabian is joined by intern alumna Katherine Sarafian, and they will discuss their D.C. experiences, as well as their life and career since the internship.

“A solid contingent of Armenian youth who will attend the gala will be especially eager to learn about Michael’s experience with the Assembly’s summer internship program,” Assembly Western Office Regional Director Mihran Toumajan stated. “The forthcoming gala will be a welcome opportunity to hear success stories relative to the Assembly’s internship initiatives in D.C. and in Yerevan,” he added.

Agbabian is Co-President and Co-Founder of Mission Control Media, recently named two years in a row by RealScreen, a leading TV industry association, as one of the top non-scripted production companies in the world. Mission Control has amassed an impressive array of credits spanning network and cable outlets while producing over 70 hours of premium content each year.

He is the Executive Producer of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night hosted by Jane Lynch. The star-studded game show has earned multiple Emmy Awards and WGA awards among others. It is also the recipient of multiple RealScreen Awards for Outstanding Game Show, and a two-time winner of the National Association of Television Program Executives’ (NATPE) Reality Breakthrough Award.  Agbabian also serves as Executive Producer of Syfy’s critically-acclaimed special FX make-up competition, Face Off, now entering its 11th season.  Winner of the 2015 Critics’ Choice Award for Outstanding Reality Competition Series, Face Off remains the #1 non-scripted series on Syfy, a distinction it has held since its premiere in 2011.

Recent Mission Control projects include Celebrity Food Fight hosted by Andy Richter for Food Network, as well as Tracks, a music game show produced with Christina Aguilera for Spike.  Additional projects include New Year’s Eve Game Night (NBC), Framework (Spike), How to Be a Grown-Up (truTV), Hair Jacked (truTV), Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen (Syfy), Hot Set (Syfy), WCG Ultimate Gamer (Syfy), and Late Night Liars (GSN). The company is currently prepping projects for NBC, Freeform (formerly ABC Family), Syfy, Netflix, and Apple.

Along with producing partner, Dwight D. Smith, Agbabian has also produced such projects as Last Comic Standing, Game Show Marathon, Project Runway, Weakest Link, Phenomenon, I’ve Got a Secret, and Hit Me Baby One More Time.Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

Photo Caption 1: Armenian Assembly Summer Internship Class of 1990 in front of Voice of America.

Photo Caption 2: Michael Agbabian

Armenian Assembly Terjenian-Thomas Internship Alumnus Michael Agbabian Honored with a 2016 Writers Guild Award


By Mihran Toumajan

Armenian Agenda Western Region Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Armenian Assembly of
America (Assembly) congratulates and salutes Assembly Terjenian-Thomas Internship
alumnus and distinguished entertainment industry producer, Michael
Agbabian, who was the recent recipient of the 2016 Writers Guild Award in the
category of “Quiz and Audience Participation.”

The 2016
Writers Guild Award West Coast Ceremony took place at the Hyatt Regency Century
Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The ceremony was
hosted by actor Patton Oswalt.

Agbabian and
colleagues Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith, and Grant Taylor earned
the recognition as writers for the television comedy series and game show on
the NBC network, Hollywood Game Night,
hosted by award-winning actress Jane Lynch. Hollywood
Game Night
earned nominations in its category along with the ABC network’s
long-running Jeopardy! game show. As
Executive Producer of Hollywood Game
, Agbabian has produced 31 episodes between 2013 and 2015.

Agbabian and
business partner Dwight D. Smith are co-owners and co-presidents of Mission
Control Media, an entertainment company specializing in the production of non-scripted
television programs. Before starting their company in 2008, Agbabian and Smith produced
programming for a wide range of television networks including NBC, CBS, ABC,
Fox, Oxygen, Bravo, MTV, Lifetime, and for national syndication.


Agbabian is
a Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California’s
School of Cinematic Arts. Agbabian participated in the Assembly’s Terjenian-Thomas
Internship Program in 1990. He is the son of Assembly Fellow Trustees, Dr.
Mihran and Elizabeth Agbabian.

Caption 1: Michael Agbabian (second from left) and fellow writers of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night after receiving a
2016 Writers Guild Award.

Caption 2: Michael Agbabian with Armenian Assembly of America Terjenian-Thomas
Internship Program interns in the summer of 1990 at former Assembly Board
Chairman Hirair and Anna Hovnanian’s home in Red Bank, New Jersey.