||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (May 2011)|
Bruce Leddy is a writer, director, and producer currently living in Los Angeles. His most recent work was directing the ABC sitcom "Cougar Town" starring Courteney Cox. Other recent projects include directing "Important Things with Demetri Martin" for Comedy Central, and sketch segments for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" His independent film "The Wedding Weekend" currently airs on The Sundance Channel and is available on DVD.
After graduating cum laude from Williams College, Leddy moved to New York City where he started his career at MTV Networks as a writer for VH1. He quickly became a producer, and joined sister channel MTV where he became a senior producer/writer. After overseeing studio-based shows and VJ segments, Leddy developed and created series for the network. He created the in-depth artist profile series "MTV Rockumentary," produced the pilot and first 7 episodes of "MTV Unplugged," and wrote/directed/produced MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour."
After 7 yearw with MTV, Leddy went freelance and formed the production company BLIP Inc. (Bruce Leddy Independent Productions). He continued to work with MTV, producing, writing, and directing one-hour comedy specials financed by the movie studios as promotional vehicles for their films. Several of these starred Mike Myers including the "MTV Wayne's World" and "Wayne's World II Specials," and "Austin Powers' Electric Pussycat Swinger's Club," a show styled after the psychedelic '70's comedy series Laugh In, and Playboy After Dark. He also directed comedy specials for HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, as well as a muppet holiday movie for Fox broadcast and Sony Home Video called "CinderElmo," starring Keri Russell, Oliver Platt, Kathy Najimy, and French Stewart.
During production of an MTV special promoting the Mike Myers TriStar Pictures film "So I Married an Axe Murderer," Leddy was offered the chance to direct his first feature film, a coming of age comedy called Bad With Numbers. Shot in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1994, the film starred Jason London, Tia Carrere, Jeffrey Tambor, Alexandra Lee, and Zak Orth. Two months before the film was to have a 1200 screen theatrical release, the distributing studio Savoy Pictures went bankrupt and the film was left in limbo. Eventually it was acquired by Trimark Pictures, and under the title My Teacher's Wife aired numerous times on the USA Network, and was released on DVD.
Move to Los Angeles
In 2000, Leddy moved to Los Angeles, and began a directing job at Fox's late night sketch comedy show MADtv. What initially started as a two week tryout ended up as a 9 year run, with Leddy becoming the primary director, and eventually becoming a series executive producer along with head writer John Crane. Leddy continued to freelance with MTV, primarily as a writer and creative consultant on the MTV Movie Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. He wrote and directed short films for both shows, including the show-opener for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards, The Pitch (Titanic II), starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and James Cameron. He also directed short films with Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans when they hosted the VMAs in 2000.
In 2005, during hiatus from MADtv, Leddy directed and produced an independent film based on his original screenplay called "Shut Up & Sing." Loosely inspired by his experiences singing in the a cappella group The Williams Octet—and later an alumni group in New York City called "The Lemmings" -- the ensemble comedy/drama is about a group of guys who sang together in a college a cappella group and are reuniting 15 years later to sing in a friend's wedding. With the help of renown casting director Avy Kaufman, Leddy assembled a stellar cast of New York-based performers including Mark Feuerstein, Molly Shannon, David Harbour, Rosemarie DeWitt, Elizabeth Reaser, and Reg Rogers. The film was shot on location in New York City and East Hampton, NY. On the festival circuit, the movie won 9 awards including the Audience Award at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Just prior to a limited theatrical release by Strand Releasing, the Weinstein Company announced that they were naming their previously untitled documentary about the Dixie Chicks as "Shut Up & Sing". A brief legal skirmish ensued but, without adequate funds to fight the Weinstein legal machine, Leddy was forced to re-title his film. For its initial theatrical release, the film was titled "Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace." For international sales purposes, the title was changed to "The Wedding Weekend," and that title proved more popular with DVD distributors where it was picked up by First Look Studios and released in May 2008 on DVD. In May 2010, the film began airing on The Sundance Channel as "The Wedding Weekend." It has been seen in multiple countries in Europe and had a theatrical release in Mexico in 2009.
In the fall of 2010, Leddy became a director at ABC's popular sitcom Cougar Town.
|This section is empty. You can help by adding to it. (June 2012)|
Awards and nominations
- 2000, nominated for DGA Award for 'Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs' for Cinderelmo
- 2006, won 'Audience Award' at U.S. Comedy Arts Festival for Shut Up and Sing
- 2006, won 'Audience Award' at Rhode Island International Film Festival for Shut Up and Sing
- 2006, won 'Audience Award' at Breckenridge Festival of Film for Shut Up and Sing
- 2006, won 'President Awrad for Independe Feature' at Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival for Shut Up and Sing
- "MADtv". imdb.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "The Wedding Weekend". sundancechannel.com. 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Unplugged". mtv.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "2000 Hosts: The Wayans Brothers". mtv.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "1998 MTV Movie Awards". mtv.com. May 30, 1998. Retrieved June 19, 2012.