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Joel Gallen is an American television and film director, producer, screenwriter, and founder and president of Tenth Planet Productions.[1] He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, and currently serves on the University's prestigious Harrington School of Communication and Media Executive Advisory Board.

Joel Gallen
Joel Gallen.jpeg
OccupationDirector, Producer, Screenwriter
Years active1990–present
ChildrenMax Gallen
Websitehttp://www.tenthplanet.net

Gallen has produced and directed many live television events and has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, Peabody, PGA and DGA award for producing and directing America: A Tribute to Heroes immediately following the 9/11 attacks.[2] He has executive produced and directed the last fourteen Comedy Central Roasts, including the most recent roast of Bruce Willis.[3] Gallen has directed and produced 17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies between 1993 and 2014,[4] and executive produced and directed the multiple Emmy winning 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden in 2009.[5] From 2007 through 2010, Gallen was the executive producer and director of CNN Heroes.[6] Gallen executive produced and directed the Stand Up to Cancer live multi-network broadcasts in 2012 and 2014.[7] The 2014 broadcast raised more than 100 million dollars for new clinical trials.[8] He also produced and directed The Concert for Valor for HBO in November 2014 held on the Mall in Washington, D.C.[9] In 2018, Gallen executive produced and directed the Independent Spirit Awards for the fourth consecutive year.[10] Joel produced and directed Chris Rock’s HBO Special “Never Scared” and also produced and directed both HBO Specials for Ellen DeGeneres in the early 2000’s.[11] He just completed producing and directing Ellen’s first stand-up special in 15 years for Netflix slated to premiere December 18, 2018.[12][13]

Gallen was the executive producer of two prime-time reality-competition series: The Sing-Off, an a cappella competition series for NBC for 3 seasons (2009–11);[14] and America’s Best Dance Crew, a dance competition series for MTV for 7 seasons (2008-2012).[15] More recently, Gallen executive produced and directed 8 episodes of The Comedy Jam for Comedy Central (2017),[16] and also 14 episodes of Roast Battle (2016–18).[17][18]

Gallen was an executive at MTV in the early 90's where he created and produced a number of popular shows and specials including the MTV Movie Awards.[19] He went on to produce 14 of the first 15 MTV Movie Awards shows between 1992 and 2006. Gallen returned to helm the MTV Movie and TV Awards in 2018 and the show’s ratings were the highest in years.[20][21] Gallen conceived and directed many of the Movie Award short comedic films that featured Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and Tiffany Haddish.[22][23][24]

Gallen produced a short film for Zoolander while producing the VH-1 Fashion Awards in the late 1990s and executive produced the movie for Paramount in 2001. He directed the hit comedy Not Another Teen Movie for Sony Pictures that same year.[25]

Gallen lives in Los Angeles with his 14-year-old son Max.

FilmographyEdit

Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (Netflix) 2018[26] Producer/Director
The Comedy Central Roasts 2005-2018[27] Executive Producer/Director
MTV Movie Awards (MTV) 1992-93, 1995-2006, 2018[28] Creator/Executive Producer/Short Films Director
Roast Battle 2016-2018[29][30] Executive Producer/Director
Independent Spirit Awards (IFC) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018[31] Executive Producer/Director
Dixie Chicks MMXVII (Blu-ray) 2017[32] Executive Producer
The Comedy Jam 2017[33] Executive Producer/Director
Pete Davidson: SMD 2016[34] Executive Producer/Director
The Concert for Valor (HBO) 2014[35] Executive Producer/Director
Stand Up To Cancer (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, and 30 other networks) 2012, 2014[36][37] Executive Producer/Director
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO) 2002-2014[38] Executive Producer/Director
The Howard Stern Birthday Bash (HowardStern.com) 2014[39] Executive Producer/Director
The Big Live Comedy Show (YouTube) 2013[40] Executive Producer/Director
America's Best Dance Crew (MTV) 2008-2012 (7 Seasons)[41] Executive Producer
The Sing-Off (NBC) 2009-2011 (3 Seasons)[42] Executive Producer
Give It Up For Greg Giraldo (Comedy Central) 2011[43] Executive Producer
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief (60 networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, MTV, HBO) 2010[44] Executive Producer/Director
25th Anniversary Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (HBO) 2009[45] Executive Producer/Director
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (CNN) 2007-2009[46][47][48] Executive Producer/Director
Celebrity Rap Superstar (MTV) 2007[49] Executive Producer
Last Laugh (Comedy Central) 2004 - 2007[50][51][52] Executive Producer/Director
Not Another High School Show Pilot (Comedy Central) 2006[53] Executive Producer/Director
Dave Attell: The Insomniac Tour (Comedy Central) 2005[54] Executive Producer/Director
Save the Music (VH1) 2005[55] Executive Producer/Director
Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) 2005[56] Executive Producer/Director
Chris Rock: Never Scared (HBO) 2004 (Emmy Nominated)[57] Executive Producer/Director
The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour (ABC) 2004[58] Executive Producer
Countdown to Oscars 2004 (ABC) 2004[59] Producer
NFL Kickoff Live (ABC) 2003[60] Executive Producer/Director
Pepsi SMASH (WB) Summer 2003 and 2004 (2 Seasons)[61] Executive Producer/Director
Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (HBO) 2003[62] Executive Producer/Director
Super Bowl XXXVII Half-Time Show (ABC) 2003[63] Producer/Director
An Evening with the Dixie Chicks (NBC) 2002[64] Producer/Director
NFL Friday Night Super Bowl Bash (CBS) 2002[65] Producer/Director
Not Another Teen Movie (Columbia Pictures and Original Film) 2001[66] Director
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (ABC) 2001[67] Producer/Director
Zoolander (Paramount Pictures and Red Hour Productions) 2001[68] Executive Producer
America: A Tribute to Heroes (39 networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO) 2001[69] Executive Producer/Director
A Very Special Christmas from Washington D.C. (TNT) 2000[70] Producer/Director
Dixie Chicks On The Fly (NBC) 2000[71] Producer/Director
Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning (HBO) 2000 (Emmy Nominated)[72] Producer/Director
The Experience Music Project (MTV & VH1) 2000[73] Producer
A Supernatural Evening with Santana (FOX) 2000 (Emmy Nominated)[74] Producer/Director
72nd Annual Academy Awards Pre-Show (ABC) 2000[75] Producer
Mariah Carey's Homecoming Special (FOX) 1999[76] Producer/Director
Concert of the Century: Save the Music (VH1) 1999[77] Producer/Director
Paul McCartney & Friends: PETA's Millennium Concert (VH1) 1999[78] Producer/Director
Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert (VH1 & Warner Bros. Home Video) 1999[79] Producer/Director
The VH1 Fashion Awards (VH1) 1996-98[80] Producer/Director
A Very Special Christmas from Washington D.C. (TNT) 1998[81] Producer/Director
The MTV Video Music Awards (MTV) 1998[82] Producer/Director: Ben Stiller short films
The Jenny McCarthy Show (MTV) 1997[83] Executive Producer/Director
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (MTV & VH1) 1993-1997[84] Producer/Director
The MTV Video Music Awards (MTV) 1989-1993[85] Producer

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