Welcome, Michael V!

Introducing, Michael Vassallo, Creative Video Manager, Film & TV Operations

I’m Michael Thomas Vassallo, and I’m very excited to join the Orchard as Creative Video Manager on the Film/TV team.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, where I attended the University of Pennsylvania and the MFA program in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. I moved to New York in 2012 and got my start in distribution managing digital releases for TLA Releasing. I came to The Orchard after a year on the film festival circuit, working in tech and print traffic for festivals including Rooftop Films, DOC NYC and Tribeca.


The Orchard Acquires “Under The Eiffel Tower” At Cannes

What’s more fitting than acquiring a French-themed film during Festival de Cannes? The Orchard is excited to acquire worldwide rights to Archie Borders’ Under The Eiffel Tower. 

Written by Borders and David Henry, Under The Eiffel Tower stars Matt Walsh (Veep) as Stuart, a salesman struggling through a mid-life crisis. In his search of fulfillment, Stuart finds himself on a Parisian vacation with is best friend’s family where he proposes to and is rejected by his friend’s 24-year-old daughter. In the throws of self-pity, Stuart takes off across the French countryside in search of meaning and meets a footballer and beautiful French woman along the way.


Out Today by The Orchard: The Como Mamas, Bobby Saint & More

It is finally Friday! Time to wind down, pick your picnics and scurry to your friends an family. Before you make your afternoon dash through the door, let’s enjoy some incredible new music to accompany you on your weekend adventures.

From Daptone Records, The Como Mamas release their new soulful blues album Move Upstairs. With an impressive list of influences, Move Upstairs delivers the southern R&B sounds reflective of B.B. King, Gladys Knight and Rufus Thomas to name a few. The Como Mamas were founded in Como, Mississippi where their primary source of musical inspiration was radio and the church choir. The sounds of both religion and radio are translated in the raw gospel-style production of the album, transporting you to the town and time period that sparked the creation. The Como Mamas followed the music and we are so glad it led them to Move Upstairs.


Pandora Premium Is Here & It ‘Sounds Like You’

You have likely noticed the new ‘Sounds Like You’ campaign that Pandora has launched to announce the arrival of Pandora Premium, their new paid on-demand subscription service. Pandora Premium is now available to all users on mobile via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The ‘Sounds Like You’ promotion is an artist driven marketing campaign that is quite unique. Put in motion to celebrate the wide availability of it’s new Pandora Premium music service, ‘Sounds Like You’ highlights Pandora’s “legacy of delivering truly personalized music experiences for listeners and artists.”