Executive Producer / Managing Director
Maxim Langstaff is an award winning producer and writer whose work has been released and broadcast worldwide. He is recognized for his exceptional versatility and reach.
The multi-media fluency of his innovative management and creative work in film, television, radio, music, print, and social media has been groundbreaking because he sees and connects things others don’t. Founder of the Wildheart Group, he is regarded as both a visionary and an astute executive whose creative and editorial work has reached hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Founder of The Wildheart Group, his work has been represented by the William Morris Agency, Creative Artists agency, and International Creative Management worldwide. His management expertise extends to brand marketing & positioning, advertising, media & press relations, development, production, talent, and finance. He is a strong advocate of technological innovation to empower connection and reach across all the media & editorial platforms.
Many of the greatest music artists of the 20th century have collaborated with him on projects he has created, written, and produced including: Sir George Martin, the Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, the Bee Gees, Sir Elton John, Run DMZ, Clive Davis, John Denver, Joni Mitchell, Pete Seeger, Brian Eno, Stevie Van Zandt, Dave Brubeck, John Prine, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, Phil Ramone, Steve Cropper, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Herb Alpert, Steve Winwood, Jim Keltner, Frankie Vallie, Peter, Paul & Mary, Eddie Kramer, the Wrecking Crew, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerry Moss, Rascals (Felix Cavelieri), Cat Stevens (Yusuf), Jim Horn, Dave Mason, Kitty Wells, Public Enemy, Gordon Lightfoot, Steve Cropper, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Earl Scruggs, Robbie Robertson, Gamble & Huff, Hans Zimmer, the Monkees, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, Lieber & Stoller, James Burton, Roger Nichols, The Sherman Brothers, Paul Anka, Stephen Schwartz, Bob Ludwig, Chicago, George Benson, Jack Clement, Tommy James & the Shondells, Jack White, George Massenburg, Glen Campbell, Boston, Rudi Van Gelder, Roger Waters, Milt Okun, Jimmy Jam, Kenny Rogers, Jean Ritchie, Michael Feinstein, Jeff Beck, Jim Rooney, Carole King, Les Paul, Imogene Heap, Chuck Leavell, Jack White, Al Schmidt, Lamont Dozier, Dave Grohl, Vince Gill, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Willie Nelson.
His many credits include, The Making of Sergeant Pepper with legendary producer Sir George Martin, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Phil Collins. In addition, he wrote, directed and produced the most comprehensive filmed Beatles archive through the eyes of the man who signed and produced all of their recordings. Max was the creator, co-executive producer, producer, director and writer for the Emmy & Film Critics Award nominated PBS TV Series, DVD, Companion book Soundbreaking and On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives; one of the largest multi-media documentary projects of it’s kind.
Well known for his acclaimed work with John Denver, Max created, wrote and produced the Emmy and Grammy nominated Wildlife Concert, spawning the highest rated music program in cable TV history, a multi-million-selling CD set, and some of the best selling music video content ever released by Sony, topping Michael Jackson, the Eagles and Barbra Streisand on the Billboard Charts. It remains, today, one of the most successful prime-time pledge programs in PBS’s history. Max followed this with The Best of John Denver Live which topped both the pop and country charts.
Projects he has produced have been distributed by PBS, A&E, SONY, EMI, Capitol, and RYKO among others. His diverse award winning work in film and music extends to “Best Film” at the International Wildlife Film festival, the “Parents Choice Award” for The Jackfish, and extensive work at Abbey Road Studios, among others.
His most recent project, Soundbreaking, released in 2016, is the Emmy Award and Film Critics Award nominated PBS TV Series, DVD, and Companion book, for which he was Creator, Executive Producer, Producer and Director of interviews with many of the world’s most celebrated recording artists and producers.
An accomplished writer, and member of The Writer’s Guild, his creative and editorial work has been published by the New York Times and Gannett, been featured in major magazines, at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, and produced both theatrically and for television. A seasoned interviewer, Max has conducted feature interviews with more than 175 high profile, public figures.
On the radio, Max is recognized as the on-air host, writer and producer for Off The Charts, a radio music format reaching worldwide audiences through live broadcast (WERU FM) and streaming.
Serving as National Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the oldest and largest conservation organization in the world, Max led the national initiative for the largest fundraising effort ever undertaken for wildlife conservation, successfully completing the $100mm campaign one year ahead of schedule. As a part of that effort, he conceived and seeded the first integrated global conservation initiative to save Tigers, bringing together the leading scientists, conservation organizations, donors, and corporations to coordinate and work together for the first time.
A graduate of the Putney School, Connecticut College, and the National Theater Institute, Max serves on a number of boards, including the Northeast Film Board.
One of the country’s leading scholars on the history of recorded music, his great uncle is the Pulitzer winning playwright, Sidney Howard, who wrote the script for “Gone With the Wind”. His great grandfather, film pioneer/inventor, Hiram Maxim, founder of the Amateur Film League inventor of the Ham Radio.
A three-time Boston Marathoner, Max’s commitment to conservation, environmental & wildlife protection are central to his ethos. In his free time, he is likely to be found on a wilderness river or mountain trail.
“It’s simple really. At the end of the day, no matter our field or expertise, we are the stories we tell ourselves. What matters is the journey. It is our hearts that allow us to find our place in the world. For me, it always starts with a great story. Everything else is just stuff. Great narrative that finds it’s right expression is what connects us- tells us who we are, and what we value most.”
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