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Paul Feig

2016 Extraordinary Contribution to Film award recipient

Paul Feig is a multi-talented creator, working successfully as a filmmaker, writer, producer, and author.  Feig’s most recent film was a reboot of Ghostbusters, which was released on July 15, 2016 with a female-led cast that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Feig directed from a script he co-wrote with Katie Dippold.

Before Ghostbusters was the female spy comedy Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham and Rose Byrne, which was released on June 5th, 2015, and earned over $230 million worldwide.  This was Feig and McCarthy’s third collaboration, and he wrote, directed and produced the film.  Spy was nominated for two Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy.  Feig’s other recent films include the buddy cop comedy The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, which grossed over $220 million globally and the hit comedy Bridesmaids starring Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm, that grossed over $283 million worldwide.  The film also garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay. 

Feig founded the production company Feigco Entertainment, which produced Spy, and which has a first-look deal with Fox.  Feigco Entertainment specializes in developing edgy and commercial comedies with an emphasis on complex female lead characters.  Other Feigco Entertainment projects in different stages of development include: a film with Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin based on their characters Beth and Gina from Feig’s recent comedy hit The Heat; an untitled comedy written by Broad City creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson; and an untitled comedy for a group of ethnically diverse comic actresses that Melissa Stack will write based on an original idea by Feig.  Feig is also a producer of the Golden Globe nominated film The Peanuts Movie, which was released in 2015.

Feig collaborated with YAHOO on the critically acclaimed original series Other Space, which premiered in the spring of 2015, and marks Feig’s return to television. The show is a half-hour galactic adventure comedy that chronicles a misfit group of space adventurers who stumble upon an alternate universe.  Feig created the series and is serving as its Executive Producer.

A three-time EMMY nominated writer/director and DGA Award winner, Feig is also known for creating the beloved and critically acclaimed series “Freaks and Geeks” and serving as director and co-executive producer of “The Office.”

He was named one of Esquire's Best Dressed Men of 2012 and as "The Best Dressed Man in Hollywood" in Esquire’s Winter 2012 Black Book edition.

“Freaks and Geeks,” launched the careers of Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jason Segel and Time proclaimed it one of the 100 Greatest Shows of All Time.  For his work on the show, Feig was nominated for two comedy writing Emmy Awards, one for the pilot episode and one for the series finale, which he also directed. 

Feig went on to write and direct the film I Am David, based on the Danish book of the same name by Anne Holm, and is the uplifting story about an 11-year-old boy who escapes from a Bulgarian labor camp.  Feig’s third feature was the 2006 Warner Bros. family-comedy Unaccompanied Minors, which was based on an episode of Ira Glass’ “This American Life.” 

Feig has directed multiple episodes of the television series “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Bored to Death,” “Weeds,” “30 Rock,” and “Mad Men.”  He has served as a co-executive producer on both “The Office” and “Nurse Jackie.”  In 2008, his work on “The Office” earned him an EMMY nomination for Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series for the hour long episode “Goodbye, Toby” and in January of 2009, he won the DGA award for Direction in a Comedy Series for the episode “Dinner Party.” Feig directed the hour long episode “Goodbye, Michael,” Steve Carell’s last episode.

Feig’s early stand-up career soon led to a successful career as a character actor, appearing as a series regular on the television series “Dirty Dancing,” “Good Sports,” “The Jackie Thomas Show,”  “The Louie Show,” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”  He also appeared in such films as Paul Maslansky’s Ski Patrol, Disney’s Heavyweights, and Tom Hanks’ That Thing You Do.  After leaving the series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” Feig wrote, produced and directed his first independent feature film, Life Sold Separately

In addition to his film and television work, Feig is the author of two comedic memoirs released by Random House, Kick Me – Adventures in Adolescence and Superstud, Or How I Became a 24 Year Old Virgin, the latter becoming a New York Times and Los Angeles Times best seller.  He is also the author of two young-adult science fiction novels, Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut! and Ignatius MacFarland: Frequency Freak Out!, both published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers.  Feig’s short story, “My Parents Give My Bedroom to a Biker,” is in the young adult humor collection Guys Read: Funny Business from Walden Pond Press.

A graduate of the University of Southern California Film School, Feig was a winner of the school’s Jack Oakie Award for Comedy in Film.  After USC, Feig worked as a script reader for Taxi Driver producer Michael Phillips until he went on “The $25,000 Pyramid and won $29,000.  “I always was an over-achiever,” he jokes.