Pressman has directed a diverse slate of feature films including cult classic Boulevard Nights (one of 25 films selected in 2019 for preservation by the Library of Congress) Those Lips, Those Eyes (starring Frank Langella), Doctor Detroit (starring Dan Aykroyd), and Some Kind of Hero starring Richard Pryor.

Pressman has also directed episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Justified, Law and Order: SVU, Sneaky Pete, Damages, Chicago Med, Picket Fences and many more.

His extensive TV movie credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Saint Maybe, based on the Anne Tyler novel (starring Blythe Danner) and the USA Network film, Quicksand: No Escape (starring Donald Sutherland). Michael has also directed many theater productions including the highly successful Broadway revival of Come Back Little Sheba (starring S. Epatha Merkerson).

Pressman has won two Emmy Awards for executive producing and show running the acclaimed series Picket Fences, and has earned an Emmy nomination and a DGA nomination for his work on the hospital series Chicago Hope.