Ellie Kanner

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Ellie Kanner
Other names Ellie Kanner-Zuckerman
Occupation Film director, television director, former casting director
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) David Zuckerman
(?–present; 2 children)

Ellie Kanner, sometimes credited as Ellie Kanner-Zuckerman, is an American film and television director and former casting director.


Kanner grew up in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Since a young age, she wanted to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in entertainment.[1]

She attended Southern Connecticut State University before transferring to Pasadena City College. She dropped out from school altogether and was hired as an agent by Irvin Arthur Associates, a talent agency that represented celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Marsha Warfield, Shelley Berman and Dick Shawn.[1] She soon left the company to become a casting director. As a casting director, she cast the pilot episodes of The Drew Carey Show, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Two Guys and a Girl, Sex and the City and Friends, she won a Casting Society of America award for her work on the latter series.[2]

Kanner other television casting credits include Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, Clueless, Time Trax, Special Unit 2 and The Dead Zone. As well as casting the films High Strung (1991), Sleep with Me (1994), Kicking and Screaming (1995), MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000) and Air Bud: World Pup.[3]

In 2001, Kanner directed her first film entitled Rachel's Room. The film featured Maggie Grace's first major acting role and Liz Tigelaar's first screenplay credit. Her next film Italian Ties (2001) starred Scott Baio and Meat Loaf. Her other film directing credits include Crazylove (2005) starring Reiko Aylesworth and Bruno Campos, Wake (2009) starring Bijou Phillips and Ian Somerhalder,[4] For the Love of Money (2012) with Edward Furlong and James Caan, and Authors Anonymous (2014) starring Kaley Cuoco, Dylan Walsh, Chris Klein, and Dennis Farina.[5][6][7]

As for television, she has directed episodes of The Division, The Dead Zone, Boston Legal, Greek and Wildfire.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kanner is married to television producer and writer David Zuckerman. They have two sons, Zachary and Adam.[1] She and her husband belong to the Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation of Pacific Palisades.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Aushenker, Michael (May 5, 2010). "Casting Director Turns Film Director". Pacific Palisades. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Awards of Ellie Kanner". IMDb. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Ellie Kanner Movies & TV". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wake directed by Ellie Kanner" (PDF). Indie PR. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 29, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Harmon, Jessica. "Cuoco's Authors Anonymous to make a big bang come Spring 2014". Movie Pilot. Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Screen Media Films & Starz Acquire AUTHORS ANONYMOUS with Kaley Cuoco". Broadway World. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (27 August 2012). "Kaley Cuoco, Dylan Walsh, Chris Klein, Teri Polo & Dennis Farina Cast In Indie 'Scribble'". 
  8. ^ Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation of Pacific Palisades Bulletin Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. MAY-AUGUST 2012 | Iyar/AV 5772 - Volume 61 | Issue 9

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