Production company Stink Films has signed director Rhys Thomas for global representation.
Rhys Thomas is an Emmy award-winning director/producer best known for his work on Documentary Now!, Saturday Night Live, and most recently, Comrade Detective. The six part series, which he directed and produced for A24 and Amazon Studios, is set in 1980’s Bucharest. The series was shot entirely in Romanian and subsequently dubbed by an American cast including Channing Tatum, Joseph-Gordon-Levitt, Kim Basinger, Chloe Sevigny, Daniel Craig, Jenny Slate, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson & Bobby Cannavale.
Thomas also directed Pringles’ first Super Bowl ad, starring Bill Hader, which will play during this year’s big game on February 4th.
Thomas hails from South Wales and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. Rhys joined Saturday Night Live as a production assistant in 2004, was the SNL film unit’s line producer from 2006-2009, and in 2010 began directing their short films. Since then he has directed over 100 SNL shorts as well as the opening title sequences for SNL’s 40-43rd seasons, the SNL40 special (which he also produced, garnering him his first primetime EMMY win), and the opening for Late Night With Seth Myers. Rhys’ debut feature film was the Paramount production, Staten Island Summer, released in July 2015 by Netflix. That year, he also directed John Mulaney’s Emmy-nominated The Comeback Kid stand-up special for Netflix.
Says Jeff Baron, Stink Films’ US Managing Director: “Rhys is a huge talent and we’re thrilled to have him join us here at Stink. He has a keen comedic sensibility and strong visual eye, which is immediately evident throughout his body of work. Whether it’s a commercial project or his work for SNL, Documentary Now or, most recently, Comrade Detective, he always makes something that is visually arresting and very very funny. You can see why we gravitated towards him.”
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