Michael Kuhn studied Law at Cambridge University before becoming an intellectual property specialist. He joined PolyGram in 1972 and rose to become General Counsel, PolyGram Worldwide. In 1991 he won approval from the Board to establish PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. He relocated to Los Angeles and over the next eight years built up the only worldwide European based film studio, with operations in 14 countries and revenues of $1 billion. He was responsible for founding the Sundance Channel in the USA, a joint venture with Viacom and Robert Redford, which within three years reached 25m households. He set up PolyGram Television, producing several successful dramas and series, and also founded PolyGram Specialist Video, which became one of the top five sell-through companies in the world. Michael Kuhn is a Board member of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute in the USA. In Europe, he served on Commissioner Oreja's committee on the media industry and its digital future [the report was published in 1998]. He received the 1999 BAFTA Michael Balcon award for Outstanding Services to British Cinema.