Under the banner Ballyhoo, Inc., Michael Besman signed a three-year production deal with TriStar Pictures, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. He began working in this capacity on March 1, 1996.
Serving as an executive producer, his first project to commence principle photography was Mandalay Entertainment's Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt and directed by Jean Jacques Annaud.
Prior to becoming a producer, Besman was executive vice president for TriStar Pictures since 1993. There he shepherded the Robin William's fantasy adventure Jumanji from development to release, as well as Sleepless in Seattle, Devil in a Blue Dress, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Wings of Courage, to name a few.
Before joining TriStar, Besman was senior vice president of production at Guber Peters Entertainment Company, a Sony Corporation, where he nurtured Single White Female. During his six years with OPEC, which began at Warner Brothers, he also worked on the hit film Batman, as a vice president of production.
Earlier in his career, Besman worked at Paramount Pictures for three years, rising from story department researcher to director of production, working on such films as Beverly Hills Cop, Witness, Star Trek IV and Summer School. He was the assistant to producer Aaron Russo for Trading Places and the assistant to director Michael Wadleigh for Wolfen.
Besman received his bachelor's degree from the UCLA Film School.