Rhys Thomas (director)

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Rhys Thomas
Born (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 39)
Cowbridge, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Occupation Director, Producer, Writer
Years active 2004-present

Rhys Thomas is a Welsh director and producer best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and the IFC series Documentary Now![1][2]

Career[edit]

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[3][4] written by Colin Jost.[5] That year he also directed John Mulaney’s Emmy nominated stand up special The Comeback Kid for Netflix.[6]

Rhys is also a co-creator and director of the Emmy nominated IFC series, Documentary Now![7][8][9]. 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.[10] In 2017, he produced and directed all six episodes of the Amazon show Comrade Detective[11]starring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He teamed with Bill Hader again in 2018 for Pringles first ever Super Bowl commercial[12].

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
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

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