Rhys Thomas (director)
18 September 1979|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin|
|Occupation||Director, Producer, Writer|
Rhys Thomas became the Saturday Night Live Film Unit producer in 2005 and in 2010 began directing shorts, music videos and commercial parodies for the show. He also directed and produced the current opening title sequence for Saturday Night Live in 2012 and the opening credits for the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, which he also produced and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special in 2015. In 2015 he made his feature film debut with the film Staten Island Summer written by Colin Jost. That year he also directed John Mulaney’s Emmy nominated stand up special The Comeback Kid for Netflix.
Rhys is also a co-creator and director of the Emmy nominated IFC series, Documentary Now!. In 2016, he also produced the Adele Live in New York City concert special for NBC, for which he earned his fourth Prime Time Emmy nomination. He also produced and directed the opening credits for the talk show Late Night With Seth Meyers. In 2017, he produced and directed all six episodes of the Amazon show Comrade Detectivestarring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He teamed with Bill Hader again in 2018 for Pringles first ever Super Bowl commercial.
|2009-2016||Saturday Night Live||SNL shorts; director, producer|
|2012-Present||Saturday Night Live Opening Credits||Director, producer|
|2013||Newsreaders||3 episodes; Director|
|2015||Staten Island Summer||Director|
|2015||The Comeback Kid||Director|
|2015||Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special||Producer; Segment Director|
|2015||Documentary Now! Season 1||7 episodes; Creator; Director; Executive Producer|
|2015||Adele Live in New York City||Producer; Director of Opening Sequence|
|2016-Present||Late Night with Seth Meyers||Opening Titles; Director|
|2016||Documentary Now! Season 2||7 episodes; Creator; Director; Executive Producer|
|2017||Comrade Detective||6 episodes; Director; Executive Producer|
|2018||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Director, Party Monster: Scratching the Surface|
- "Rhys Thomas Interview". Charlie Rose.
- "Working on the latest 'Documentary Now!' episode is like 'SNL' all over again for Armisen and Hader". 12 October 2016 – via LA Times.
- McNary, Dave (19 September 2013). "Gina Gershon Joins 'Staten Island Summer' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
- "Netflix Picks Up SNL-Fueled Staten Island Summer Comedy". Slash Film. 11 June 2015.
- "'Staten Island Summer': Film Review". Hollywood Reporter.
- Andreeva, Nellie (22 June 2016). "Channing Tatum & A24 To Produce 1980s Romanian Cop TV Show Spoof As Series". Deadline.
- "Rhys Thomas". IMDB.
- Noble, Matt (18 August 2016). "[WATCH] 'Documentary Now!' star Bill Hader, directors Alex Buono & Rhys Thomas dish Emmy-nominated show". Gold Derby.
- ""How did I get here?": Documentary Now!'s little Talking Heads tribute that could". AV Club. 10 October 2016.
- "Rhys Thomas". IFC.
- Schildhause, Chloe (August 4, 2017). "What the Hell is Comrade Detective?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
- "See Pringles' Full Super Bowl Ad, a Bid to Wow You With 'Flavor Stacking'". Retrieved 2018-04-27.