Judd Apatow

Director, Comedian
Apatow Productions

JUDD APATOW, one of the most sought-after comedic minds in the industry, has directed, produced and written many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of the last two decades. Apatow’s next feature The King of Staten Island, starring Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei and Bill Burr, is inspired by events from Davidson’s own life. Apatow directed and produced the film, which will be released by Universal Pictures on June 19, 2020, and co-wrote the script alongside Davidson and Dave Sirus. The film will have its world premiere at SXSW with Apatow and his cast, Burr, Davidson, Maude Apatow, and Steve Buscemi, among others. He recently executive produced comedian Gary Gulman’s HBO special, The Great Depresh which premiered Saturday, October 5. Off screen, Judd gathered journal entries, photographs and essays for an intimate portrait of Garry Shandling to create It’s Garry Shandling’s Book, a testament to the lasting impact Shandling had on Apatow personally and in the world. Published November 12 via Random House, the book expands on Apatow’s Emmy® award-winning HBO documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, released on March 26, 2018. Previous director credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This is 40, Trainwreck, May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (with co-director Mike Bonfiglio). He produced Academy Award®-nominated The Big Sick, Superbad, Bridesmaids, Pineapple Express, Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Popstar. For television, he executive produced Crashing (HBO), Girls, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show and co-created Love (Netflix). His Netflix comedy special Judd Apatow: The Return, marked his comeback to the stage after a 25 year hiatus.   

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