Archie Gips

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Gips on set in 2009
Archie Gips
Born New York, United States
Occupation Director, writer, producer

Archie Gips is a New York-born filmmaker and producer who resides in Los Angeles.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gips studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University before moving to Chicago, where he was trained at The Second City and wrote several plays and sketch shows, including the comedy revue Saturday Morning Live.[2] He received his masters in film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he won the top Graduate Screenwriting Student Award and New York Picture Company Award for Best Comedic Screenplay.[3]

In an online interview, Gips says he was heavily influenced by his father, Philip Gips a graphic designer who created iconic movie posters for such films as Rosemary's Baby, and his mother, Barbara Gips a copywriter who penned the classic Alien tagline, "In space no one can hear you scream." [4]

Career[edit]

His first feature-length film, Loveless in Los Angeles, is a romantic comedy that takes place behind the scenes of a reality dating show. The plot and characters were informed by his work as a writer/producer for Blind Date, EX-treme Dating and The Fifth Wheel.[5]

Gips wrote the animated feature,The Golden Blaze, featuring the voices of Blair Underwood and Neil Patrick Harris. The film took top honors at the 2005 Giffoni International Film Festival.[6]

He co-directed and produced the documentary feature The Ambassadors of Hollywood,[7] which examines the lives of the costumed characters who work on Hollywood Boulevard, and then wrote and directed Chloe and Keith's Wedding, the first independent feature ever marketed solely as a viral video. A clip from the film, which depicts a bride and a priest being knocked into a pool during a wedding ring exchange by the best man, has been viewed by more than 100 million people online.[8] Titled Worst Best Man Ever, Clumsy Best Man Ruins Wedding, or Wedding Ring Exchange Fail, the movie clip became a viral sensation, making several top ten best lists including #80 on Time.com's best 99 viral videos of all time[9] and featured on Yahoo's and AOL's home pages. The clip was also aired on hundreds of television talk shows and news broadcasts, most notably The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, and Inside Edition and has been used in TV commercials throughout the world.[10] In all, the film clip has been seen by more than 100 million people worldwide online and on TV. Chloe and Keith's Wedding had a limited theatrical release in fall 2012.

Gips also helped produce two features for Paramount Pictures. The Jon Chu feature film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Katy Perry: Part of Me.

In television, he served as executive producer & showrunner for A&E's Wahlburgers, TLC's Welcome to Myrtle Manor, Style Network's XOX Betsey Johnson and WE tv's Braxton Family Values. The first season of BFV was the #1 rated reality show on WE tv and the network ordered a 13-episode second season of the show after the third episode.[11][12] Gips has directed, produced and written for ABC's Academy Awards Red Carpet show and was a consulting producer for the A&E hit show, Duck Dynasty.

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

  • Chloe & Keith's Wedding
  • The Ambassadors of Hollywood
  • 83rd & 84th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet Show (segments)
  • Loveless in Los Angeles

Writer[edit]

Producer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ Film Courage
  3. ^ Nyu.edu
  4. ^ Film Courage
  5. ^ Nerve.com
  6. ^ Screendaily.com
  7. ^ Slashfilm.com
  8. ^ Yahoo.com
  9. ^ Time
  10. ^ Telegraph.co.uk
  11. ^ MacIntyre, April. "Toni Braxton's Bankruptcy Issues Resolved: Braxton Family Values on We TV." MonstersandCritics.com. Monsters and Critics.com, WotR Ltd. Web. 17 June 2011. <http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/news/article_1610175.php/Toni-Braxton-s-bankruptcy-issues-solved-Braxton-Family-Values-on-We-TV>.
  12. ^ Rhett, Starr. ""Braxton Family Values" Renewed For Second Season | News | BET." Celebrities, Music, News, Fashion, Entertainment, TV Shows and Video | BET. Black Entertainment Television LLC. Web. 17 June 2011. <http://www.bet.com/news/celebrities/2011/05/11/-braxton-family-values-renewed-for-second-season.html>.

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