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JODY HILL

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

Director/Producer Jody Hill grew up in North Carolina where he attended film school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating and working several television jobs in Los Angeles, he moved back East where he and fellow NCSA classmates Danny McBride and Ben Best produced the feature film The Foot Fist Way, which Hill co-wrote, acted in and directed.

Premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, The Foot Fist Way made a splash in the comedy world and caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who co-released the movie under their Gary Sanchez Production house.

In 2009, Hill, Best and McBride teamed up again to co-create and produce the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series, Eastbound and Down with McBride starring as Kenny Powers, and Hill behind the camera directing. That same year, Hill also wrote and directed the Warner Bros.’ buddy cop comedy, Observe & Report, starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta. Later that year, McBride and Hill joined forces with David Gordon Green to found Rough House Pictures, the production company behind movies such as Prince Avalanche starring Paul Rudd and The Sitter featuring Jonah Hill.

In 2014, Hill and McBride produced FXX’s first original animated comedy series, Chozen, featuring an openly gay ex-con who wants nothing more than revenge, redemption and a shot at rap fame.

In 2016, Hill and McBridge, the comedic duo, co-created and produced HBO’s Vice Principals, premiered on July 17. The comedy series starring McBride and Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) focuses on two unconventional vice principals caught in a power struggle over who will rule the school. Hill and McBride, the show’s co-creators and writers, started developing the series in late 2014. Filming began soon after when the series was ordered by HBO for an 18-episode pickup.

Most Recently, Hill directed The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, a comedy film written by Hill, McBridge and John Carcieri. The film starring McBridge, Josh Brolin, and Scoot McNairy will premiere in theaters on December 25, 2017.

Hill currently resides in Los Angeles.