Tanya Ryno

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Tanya Ryno
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Tanya Ryno
Born Tanya Lynn Grondin
Occupation Producer / director / writer
Website www.tanyaryno.com

Tanya Ryno is an American film and television producer,[1] director, and writer. She was the film segment producer/head of production for more than 100 episodes of SNL and has produced many of the commercial parodies for which the show is noted. She is best known for her comedic work and her insight on pop-culture. In 2011, she won an "Inspiring Filmmaker" award from the city of Detroit for her continued contribution to helping build back the area's film and art community.

Early life[edit]

Ryno was born in Fort Lee (Virginia), at the Kenner Army Health Clinic, and is the daughter of Stephen Wayne Grondin and Donna Ruth Kitchen. She was raised in Maine, where she attended Hampden Academy. She later studied film and photography in New York City at the School of Visual Arts.


In addition to the commercial parodies, Tanya was a producer on several of Robert Smigel's TV Funhouse animation segments including the award winning Ambiguously Gay Duo, which was voiced by Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, The X-Presidents, Fun with Real Audio, the GoLords Puppet series written by Andrew Steele, and several filmed Shorts. Tanya was also a producer for several prime time specials including The Best of Chris Farley compilation and The Best of Phil Hartman.

In 2004, Ryno was a producer on New York at the Movies for A&E. A documentary hosted by Meryl Streep that included over 14 film legends (including: Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Spike Lee, Nora Ephron, Edward Burns, and John Turturro) giving their real life experiences of making movies in New York City. With the tagline of "You can't fake New York".

Ryno also produced Coney Island Baby,[2] an award winning romantic comedy that takes place in Sligo, Ireland and made its premiere television broadcast on the Sundance Channel.

Throughout the years, she has also worked with the ESPY's, the American Music Awards, and several commercial productions including Levi Strauss & Co., American Express, Toys R Us, microsoft, and Lincoln. During that time, she also ventured into publishing and created the New Jersey Production Guide, New Jersey's first comprehensive resource for film production, commercial productions, and television production in the New Jersey area.[3]

Currently, she is producing and directing several music videos,[4] commercials, and sketch parodies for various networks and internet sites like ESPN and FunnyorDie.com. She is also in development on several television and film projects.

She is an angel investor in Whynatte Latte.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • One Particular Harbor (film)| One Particular Harbor (2009)
  • Coney Island Baby (2006) is a comedy-drama in which Ryno made her producing debut for a feature length film.

Shorts / parodies[edit]

Also see:


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2011 Won Inspiring Filmmaker Award Detroit Trinity Film Festival For her contribution to the film community
2005 Won Best First Time Director Newport Int. Film Festival Coney Island Baby
1998 Nom Annie Award International Animated Film Association Titey - TV Funhouse


  1. ^ The Hollywood reporter, Volume 393. Hollywood Reporter Inc. 2006. p. lxxxii. 
  2. ^ Variety (film review),. 2003. 
  3. ^ Variety,New guide to give the lowdown on Jersey. 1998. 
  4. ^ Philly Courier Times,. Philly Burbs. 2011. 

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