USC SCA Director / Director-Writer / Director-Producer

by roguerep | created - 22 Jan 2021 | updated - 22 Jan 2021 | Public

1. Ryan Coogler

Writer | Black Panther

Ryan Kyle Coogler is an African-American filmmaker and producer who is from Oakland, California. He is known for directing the Black Panther film series, Creed, a Rocky spin-off and Fruitvale Station. He frequently casts Michael B. Jordan in his works. He produced the Creed sequels, Judas and the ...

Fruitvale Station, Creed

2. Paul Feig

Producer | Freaks and Geeks

Paul Feig is an American film director and writer who is known for creating Freaks and Geeks and directing Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy and A Simple Favor. He also directed the highly controversial 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters. The failure of the reboot resulted in the production of Ghostbusters: ...

Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, Spy

3. James Foley

Director | At Close Range

James Foley was born on December 28, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and writer, known for At Close Range (1986), After Dark, My Sweet (1990) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).

Glengarry Glen Ross, House of Cards

4. Gary Fleder

Director | Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

Gary Fleder was born on December 19, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), Impostor (2001) and Runaway Jury (2003).

Haven, The Ropes

5. Frank E. Flowers

Director | Swallow

Frank E. Flowers is known for Swallow (2003), Metro Manila (2013) and The Warrior's Way (2010).

We Own The Night, Two Lovers, The Immigrant

6. James Gray

Director | Ad Astra

Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa (1994) at the age of twenty-five. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994.


We Own The Night, Two Lovers, The Immigrant

7. Taylor Hackford

Producer | Ray

In addition to helming the iconic feature hits, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Against All Odds (1984), Ray (2004), and the cult thriller The Devil's Advocate (1997), Taylor Hackford has directed the films Dolores Claiborne (1995), Everybody's All American (1988), and Proof of Life (2000). ...

Ray, An Officer and A Gentleman, The Devil’s Advocate

8. Ron Howard

Producer | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1983), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon

9. James Ivory

Writer | Call Me by Your Name

The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean ...

Howard’s End, The Remains of the Day

10. Ken Kwapis

Director | One Mississippi

Ken Kwapis is an award-winning director of motion pictures and television. He has directed eleven feature films, among them A Walk In The Woods, based on Bill Bryson's acclaimed comedic memoir; He's Just Not That Into You, inspired by the New York Times bestselling advice book; and The Sisterhood ...

The Office, A Walk in the Woods, Happyish

11. Michael Lehmann

Director | Hudson Hawk

Michael Lehmann was born on March 30, 1957 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Hudson Hawk (1991), Heathers (1988) and American Horror Story (2011). He is married to Holland Sutton.

American Horror Story, Heathers, Californication, House of Lies

12. Shawn Levy

Producer | Free Guy

Shawn Levy was born on July 23, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Stranger Things (2016), Real Steel (2011), and the Night at the Museum franchise. He is the founder and principal of 21 Laps Entertainment. He is married to Serena Levy and they have four ...

The Internship, Date Night, Night at the Museum

13. Doug Liman

Producer | Edge of Tomorrow

Douglas Eric Liman is a Jewish-American filmmaker and producer who directed Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Chaos Walking, Jumper, Go, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fair Game, Locked Down, Edge of Tomorrow, The Wall and American Made. He executive produced the Bourne sequels except The Bourne Legacy, The ...

The Bourne Identity, Swingers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith

14. Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Writer | Traitor

Jeffrey Nachmanoff was born on March 9, 1967 in Arlington, Virginia, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Traitor (2008), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Replicas (2018).

Legends, The Day After Tomorrow, Traitor

15. Eric Nazarian

Writer | Die Like A Man

Born in Armenia and raised in Los Angeles, Eric Nazarian is a graduate of the University of Southern California's (USC) School of Cinematic Arts where he earned a B.A. in Film Production.

"The Blue Hour," his first feature film as writer-director, is composed of four stories about working-class ...

Do Not Forget Me Istanbul, The Blue Hour

16. Tommy O'Haver

Director | An American Crime

Tommy O'Haver was born on October 24, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is a director and writer, known for An American Crime (2007), Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998) and Ella Enchanted (2004).

Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss, Ella Enchanted, United States of Tara

17. Matt Reeves

Producer | The Batman

Matthew George "Matt" Reeves was born April 27, 1966 in Rockville Center, New York, USA and is a writer, director and producer. Reeves began making movies at age eight, directing friends and using a wind-up camera. He befriended filmmaker J.J. Abrams when both were 13 years old and a public-access ...

Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Let Me In

18. Kevin Reynolds

Director | Waterworld

Raised as an Air Force brat, Kevin Reynolds' love for cinema inspired him to forsake his law school degree and move to Los Angeles to enroll in the University of Southern California's legendary film school. Reynolds' graduate thesis film "Proof" became the basis for "Fandango" starring Kevin ...

Hatfields & McCoys, Tristan +Isolde

19. John Singleton

Writer | Boyz n the Hood

Son of Danny Singleton, a mortgage broker, and Sheila Ward, a pharmaceutical company sales executive, and raised in separate households by his unmarried parents, John Singleton attended the Film Writing Program at USC, after graduating from high school in 1986. While studying there, he won three ...

20. Andy Tennant

Director | Fool's Gold

Andy Tennant was born on June 15, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Fool's Gold (2008), Hitch (2005) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). He has been married to Sharon Johnson since February 13, 1993. They have four children.

Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch, The Bounty Hunter

21. Jon Turteltaub

Director | Cool Runnings

Jon Turteltaub was born on August 8, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Cool Runnings (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995) and Phenomenon (1996). He has been married to Amy Eldon since July 6, 2006. They have three children.

Last Vegas, National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

22. James Vanderbilt

Producer | Zodiac

James Vanderbilt was born in 1975 in the USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Zodiac (2007), Scream (2022) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). He has been married to Amber Freeman since May 7, 2005.

Truth, The Amazing Spider–Man, White House Down, Zodiac

23. John Wells

Producer | The Company Men

John Wells is one of the most prolific writers, directors and producers for television, film and the stage. Over the past two decades, Wells has been a creative force behind some of primetime's biggest hit series, including ER, The West Wing, Third Watch and China Beach. He is currently Executive ...

Shameless, ER, Southland, Burnt

24. Max Winkler

Director | Flower

Max Winkler was born on August 18, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Flower (2017), The King of Central Park (2006) and Jungleland (2019).

Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl

25. Greg Yaitanes

Producer | House M.D.

Yaitanes is currently producing and directing the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, for HBO. Prior to that he Executive Produced and Directed Castle Rock for J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, The Twilight Zone for Jordan Peele. Yaitanes served as Showrunner, Executive Producer, and sole ...

Ray Donovan, Banshee, House

26. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

Forrest Gump, Flight, Back to the Future

27. Craig Zisk

Director | The Looming Tower

After graduating from The University of Southern California, Craig Zisk produced his first television series, COP ROCK, as the age of 25. A year later, he directed his first television series, BROOKLYN BRIDGE, on which he was also a producer.

He has executive produced several series including THE ...

Parks and Recreation, The English Teacher, United States of Tara

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