Glen Zipper

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Glen Zipper
Born (1974-02-25) February 25, 1974 (age 44)
OccupationProducer, writer
Years active2010–present
Known forUndefeated, Dogs, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, Betting on Zero, Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus

Glen Zipper (born February 25, 1974) is an American writer, film producer and former New Jersey assistant state prosecutor.[1]

Life and film career[edit]

Zipper graduated from Fort Lee High School, in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and received a degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After college Glen attended Brooklyn Law School, before going on to become a prosecutor at the Hudson County Prosecutors Office in Hudson County, New Jersey.

After serving as a prosecutor for three years, Zipper left New Jersey to embark on a career in filmmaking in Los Angeles.

In 2007, Zipper began his film career working for Nigel Sinclair and Guy East at Spitfire Pictures, which was subsequently acquired by Cyrte Investments and rebranded as Exclusive Media.[2] After this acquisition, Spitfire was repurposed as the standalone documentary arm of Exclusive Media and Zipper was named Head of Documentary Features.

For Spitfire, Zipper was the executive producer of The Last Play at Shea about rock icon Billy Joel, and the Grammy winning Foo Fighters: Back and Forth and was an executive in charge of production on Martin Scorsese's Emmy winning George Harrison: Living in the Material World

In 2011, Glen founded Zipper Bros Films with his brother Ralph Zipper. Zipper Bros' first feature film was Undefeated, which premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival and went on to win the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1]

In 2015, Glen produced The Nightmare, a non-fiction horror film from director Rodney Ascher (Room 237). The Nightmare premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has been reviewed as "the scariest movie of the decade" and "one of the scariest documentaries ever."[3][4]

Additional credits for Zipper include Betting on Zero which was released in 2016, the Cinemax original series Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus which premiered its first season in 2017, and HBO's Elvis Presley: The Searcher which premiered in 2018.

Upcoming credits for Zipper include 2019's feature documentary Tread, and 2019's Untitled Johnny Cash Documentary which are being produced in cooperation with Doug Liman and Frank Marshall respectively.

In May 2018 it was announced that Zipper had entered into an overall deal with Bad Robot Productions.[5]

In October of 2018 it was announced that Zipper developed and executive produced the Netflix Original documentary series Dogs. The series tracks six individual stories “celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged friends” from countries including Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the United States, and boasts a roster of award-winning directors including Academy Award winners Roger Ross Williams, Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin, Academy Award nominees Amy J. Berg and Heidi Ewing and Emmy Award winner Richard Hankin. Amy J. Berg also serves as Zipper’s executive producing partner on the series. [6]

Writing[edit]

In September 2018 it was announced that Stampede, the indie media company formed by former Warner Bros president Greg Silverman acquired movie rights to ‘Devastation Class’, an unpublished sci-fi novel co-written by Zipper and Elaine Mongeon. The novel follows an unlikely group of young cadets forced to mutiny aboard a revolutionary starship to save themselves from an annihilation force of invading aliens. When their escape transports them to a reality they don’t recognize and reveals unimaginably terrifying secrets, they must fight their way home to save not just everyone they love but also humanity itself. Standing in their way is an insurmountable enemy, a mystery eons in the making and the fabric of time and space itself.[7]

Philanthropy[edit]

Zipper currently sits on the advisory board of the Santa Monica-based charity k9 connection and is a noted advocate for homeless domestic animals.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Coutros, Evonne (February 28, 2012). "Fort Lee natives receive Oscar honors for documentary 'Undefeated'". North Jersey Media Group. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Exclusive
  3. ^ Faraci, Devin (January 28, 2015). "Sundance Review: THE NIGHTMARE Is The Scariest Movie Of The Decade".
  4. ^ Kohn, Eric (January 27, 2015). "Sundance Review: Rodney Ascher's 'The Nightmare' is One of the Scariest Documentaries Ever".
  5. ^ "Bad Robot Inks Overall Deal With Doc Filmmaker Glen Zipper".
  6. ^ "Dogs' Docuseries Gets Netflix Premiere Date, First Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)".
  7. ^ "Greg Silverman's Stampede Books Upcoming Sci-Fi Novel 'Devastation Class' By Glen Zipper & Elaine Mongeon (Exclusive)". Deadline.
  8. ^ Who We Are Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.