Mike Stroot started his career when he got out of the Marine Corp. He asked a fellow Marine what he planned to do next and when he said “I’m going to get a degree in television production at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville” Mike decided that was also the path he wanted to take. Mike’s career spanned from the 1970’s as a feature reporter (KTVI-TV. He was then a reality TV producer (“NBC’s Real People” and “You Asked For It” in Los Angeles) and then a corporate video producer in St. Louis in the mid-80’s. In the late 80’s and 90’s he ran one of St. Louis’ largest production companies (Innervision) and in the early 2000’s he bought Innervision’s only real competitor, Technisonic Studios (Technisonic was one of the oldest and most respected production companies in the country – founded in 1929).
While the owner of Technisonic Studios, Mike started the non-profit Civil Pictures to produce historical documentaries. The company’s documentaries on the World’s Fair and the Arch are legendary in the local production community; having both sold out the 4500-seat Fox Theatre and aired around the globe – unheard of for a locally produced historical documentary. As noted in 2010 by AdSaint STL, Mike is considered by many to be the “behind-the-scenes mastermind of the St. Louis video production scene.” Mike is currently retired and living in Wildwood, Missouri in west St. Louis County.