Josh Greenbaum

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Josh Greenbaum
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materCornell University, University of Oxford and University of Southern California
Years active2007–present

Josh Greenbaum is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has won an MTV Movie Award, CINE Golden Eagle and Emmy Award.[1][2][3] He directed the feature documentary The Short Game, winner of the SXSW Audience Award, which was acquired by Netflix to launch their Originals film division. He is also the creator, director and executive producer of Behind the Mask, which earned Hulu its first ever Emmy nomination.[4][4][5][6][7]

Early life and career[edit]

Greenbaum was born in Saratoga Springs, New York. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Oxford, earning an MFA in film from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.[8]

He won the 2007 MTV Movie Award for mtvU Best Filmmaker on Campus as well as the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Award while at USC.[1][9]

In 2011, Greenbaum directed and co-wrote Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Division, a short spoof starring Bill Clinton, Matt Damon, Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Kristen Wiig shot for the Clinton Foundation. It premiered at Bill Clinton's "Decade of Difference" party at Hollywood Bowl, and can be seen on Funny or Die.[10][11]


Greenbaum directed the feature documentary The Short Game, which won the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix as its first exclusive documentary.[6] The film was executive produced by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.

Greenbaum is signed on to direct the upcoming Universal comedy Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl starring Elizabeth Banks, the romantic comedy No Hearts Club for Universal produced by Imagine Entertainment, as well as Flat Stanley, a movie adaptation of the 1964 children's book for Fox, and The Art of Cool, a high school coming-of-age comedy.[12][13]


Greenbaum created and directs Behind the Mask, a Hulu documentary series about sports mascots and the people in the costumes. The series earned Hulu its first Emmy nomination.[5]

He directed “Helmet,” an episode of New Girl for Fox, as well as two episodes of Deadbeat for Hulu and, Border Patrol featured on episodes of Comedy Central's Atom TV, created Nickelodeon's Max & Shred (nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards' Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series in 2016) and directed "Good Debbie Hunting", an episode of ABC's The Neighbors.[14][15] He has written and directed projects for CBS, NBC, FOX and The CW.[12][16][17]


Greenbaum collaborated with After-School All-Stars charity, directing commercials that feature the organization's founder, Arnold Schwarzenegger. A commercial featuring Schwarzenegger on Hollywood Boulevard and at Madame Tussauds Hollywood in character as the Terminator interacting with tourists received more than 25 million views on YouTube and was awarded the YouTube Ad of the Year.[18]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2016 Canadian Screen Award, nominated Max and Shred best Youth Fiction Series
  • 2014 Sports Emmy Awards, nominated — Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming (Behind the Mask)
  • 2014 CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Competition, Golden Eagle Televised Series (Behind the Mask)
  • 2013 SXSW Film Festival, Audience Award Documentary Feature (The Short Game)
  • 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival, Audience Award Best Documentary Feature (The Short Game)
  • 2013 Maui Film Festival, Audience Award Feature Documentary (The Short Game)
  • 2013 Nantucket Film Festival, Best Feature, Audience Award 2nd Place (The Short Game)
  • 2012 The Webby Awards, Best Comedy Long Form or Series (The Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Division)
  • 2007 MTV Movie Awards, MTV Movie Award Best New Filmmaker (Border Patrol)
  • 2007 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Award, Red Ribbon Award
  • 2007 Emmy Awards (Rocky Mountain), Documentary – Topical (Mwana Wako Ni Mwana Wanga - - Your Child Is My Child, Park City Television)
  • 2005 Emmy Awards (Rocky Mountain), Sports Program, Editing – Programs, Documentaries and Magazines (Endurance 100, Park City Television)

Selected filmography[edit]

  • 2018-19 Single Parents, "The Beast!", "The Shed", “Raining Blood!”, director
  • 2017-19 Fresh Off The Boat, "The Vouch", ”Where Have All The Cattleman Gone?“, “Legends of the Fortieth“, director
  • 2016-18 New Girl, “Helmet”, "The Hike", "Rumspringa", "Tuesday Meeting", "The Curse Of The Pirate Bride", director
  • 2015 Arnold Pranks Fans as the Terminator (short), writer, director
  • 2013 – present, Behind the Mask, executive producer, creator, director
  • 2013 The Neighbors, "Good Debbie Hunting", director
  • 2013 The Short Game, director, producer
  • 2014 – present, Max & Shred, creator, writer
  • 2011 – Ricky and Ravi (Are in Between Jobs), creator, director, writer
  • 2011 Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Division (short), director, writer
  • 2007 Border Patrol (short), executive producer, director, editor writer
  • 2007 Sole Mates (short), writer, director, producer
  • 2007 The Morning Routine (short), writer, director, producer
  • 2007 The Beginning and the End (short) writer, director, producer


  1. ^ a b "List of 2007 MTV Movie Awards winners". The Seattle Times. June 4, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "2014 CINE GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD RECIPIENTS". CINE. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Lewis, Hilary (November 5, 2013). "Netflix to Make 'The Short Game' First Original Documentary Available". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Stedman, Alex (November 20, 2013). "'The Short Game' Filmmakers Dealt with Temper Tantrums, Stolen Cameras". Variety. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Hernandez, Brian (March 26, 2014). "Hulu Earns First-Ever Emmy Nomination With 'Behind the Mask'". Mashable. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "SXSW: 'Short Term 12', 'The Short Game' Take Audience Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. March 16, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "2013 Maui Film Festival Audience Awards Announced". Maui Film Festival. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Meet the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers #24: Josh Greenbaum On 'The Short Game,' A Golf Film That's Not About Golf". Indiewire. March 4, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (December 17, 2007). "Freshman director gets 'Cool' start". Variety. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Bond, Paul (October 18, 2011). "Bill Clinton, Hollywood Heavyweights Star in Funny or Die Video". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Live: Bill Clinton's 'Decade of Difference' party at Hollywood Bowl". October 16, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "TB EXCLUSIVE: EMERGING DIRECTOR JOSH GREENBAUM HELMING UNIVERSAL'S "NO HEARTS CLUB"". The Tracking Board. August 24, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  13. ^ Lyons, Josh (May 6, 2016). "{EXCLUSIVE} ELIZABETH BANKS TO STAR IN UNIVERSAL COMEDY "BOY, GIRL, BOY, GIRL"". The Tracking Board. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  14. ^ Roberts, Owen (September 11, 2008). "'Border Patrol' – Xenophobic Comedy Done Right". Tubefilter. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "2016 Television". Canadian Screen Awards. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  16. ^ Rife, Katie (November 24, 2014). "NBC is developing a sitcom called #Winning". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  17. ^ Cohen, Joshua (November 9, 2010). "CBS Picks Up Web Show Pilot, 'Homeland Insecurity'". Tubefilter. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  18. ^ Horgan, Richard (June 18, 2015). "The Terminator Pranks Hollywood Tourists". AdWeek. Retrieved April 19, 2016.

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