Joel Gallen

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Joel Gallen
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Occupation Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Years active 1986–present
Children Max Gallen

Joel Gallen is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and founder and president of Tenth Planet Productions.[1]

Gallen has produced and directed many live television events and has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, Peabody, PGA and DGA award for producing and directing "America: A Tribute to Heroes" immediately following the 9/11 attacks.[2] He has executive produced and directed the last ten Comedy Central Roasts, including the most recent roast of Roseanne.[3] Gallen has directed and produced more than a dozen Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.[4] From 2007 through 2010, Gallen was the executive producer and director of CNN Heroes.[5]

Gallen is the executive producer of two prime-time reality-competition series: The Sing-Off, the group a cappella competition series,;[6] and America’s Best Dance Crew, the reality-competition series for MTV. Gallen was an executive at MTV in the early 90's where he produced The MTV Video Music Awards for 5 years and created The MTV Movie Awards.[7] He went on to produce 14 of the first 15 MTV Movie Awards shows between 1992 and 2006. Gallen conceived and directed many of the Movie Award short comedic films during that period that featured Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Vince Vaughn and many others.[8][9]

Joel produced a short film for Zoolander while producing the VH1 Fashion Awards in the late 90's and executive produced the movie for Paramount in 2001. He directed the hit comedy Not Another Teen Movie for Sony Pictures that same year.[10]

Joel lives in Los Angeles with his 8 year old son Max.


Year Title Director Producer Notes
2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes Yes Yes
Not Another Teen Movie Yes
Zoolander Yes
2005 Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson Yes Yes
2006 Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner Yes Yes
2007 Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav Yes Yes
2008 Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget Yes Yes
2009 Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers Yes Yes
25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Yes Yes Won 3 Emmys[11]
2010 Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff Yes Yes
Hope For Haiti Now Yes Yes Emmy nomination[12]
2012 Stand Up To Cancer Yes Yes
Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Yes Yes
  • Car Ride
  • Dixie Chicks on the Fly (2000)


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