December 13, 1961 |
Kittanning, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Scotch Ellis Loring|
Holland was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania and raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He was an honor student, graduating from Meadville Area Sr. High School. While there, he got his feet wet writing/directing/producing several parodies of movies popular at the time. Holland's spouse is actor and singer Scotch Ellis Loring, who played Dr. Ron and several "muse voices" on Holland's Wonderfalls.
Todd Holland has directed three feature films, more than 150 episodes of television and has been honored with three Emmy Awards, five CableAce Awards, eight Emmy nominations, a DGA award and six nominations, and a WGA nomination. As a producer/director, he was a key creative force behind The Larry Sanders Show, Malcolm in the Middle and the critically acclaimed Wonderfalls. His episodic work spans the gamut of genres from Twin Peaks and My So-Called Life to Shameless, and from Tales from the Crypt to Friends and 30 Rock. Through his Dark Toy Entertainment shingle based at Universal, he is currently executive producing and directing the NBC comedy, Go On, starring Matthew Perry premiering Fall 2012.
A 1985 graduate of UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television, Holland got his career break when Steven Spielberg saw his UCLA thesis film CHICKEN THING—a 12 minute comedy horror short—and hired Holland to write and direct on the second season of AMAZING STORIES.
Holland's first Emmy came after six seasons on The Larry Sanders Show for HBO. While nominated numerous times for his work on that series, Holland's first Emmy win was for the series finale, the famous "FLIP" episode. Holland directed 52 episodes of the series. The "Everybody Loves Larry" episode starring David Duchovny was named one of TV Guide's "100 greatest Episodes of Television." (Holland in fact earned two slots among the "100 greatest Episodes of Television."—the second being his episode of My So-Called Life titled "The Life Of Bryan").
After The Larry Sanders Show ended after its sixth season, Holland started working in the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. The show was created by Linwood Boomer and ran for seven seasons with Holland directing a total of 26 episodes and serving as co-executive producer for the show. Holland earned two Emmy Awards for the show: both wins were for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, his first one for the pilot episode of the series, the second for the season two episode "Bowling"—for which he also won the DGA ward for excellence in comedy directing.
Holland worked as an executive producer for Malcolm in the Middle, and co-created Wonderfalls with Bryan Fuller - for which they received a WGA nomination (the only cancelled series to be so honored that year). He has also directed the feature films The Wizard, Krippendorf's Tribe and Firehouse Dog.
Holland has directed twice for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. He directed the episode "Generalissimo," an episode for which he received his seventh Emmy Award nomination, but lost to Jeffrey Blitz for The Office.
Holland worked with Justin Berfield (former star of Malcolm in the Middle) on Sons of Tucson, a 2010 Fox television sitcom. He directed five of the thirteen episodes and executive produced the series.