is an award-winning writer, producer, director, who splits his time between big budget network promos and micro budget filmmaking. Ryan’s latest feature film, ‘Temps,’ which dives into modern day love and commitment through the eyes of temp workers, became one of the 2016’s biggest indie film success stories. Despite its ultra-low budget, the Temps trailer struck a nerve with audiences and went viral, racking up more than 52 million views. Those views turned into sales, and Temps became a chart topping romantic comedy - hitting #1 on iTunes bestseller list in April of 2016 and peaking again in July as a top 5 Indie.
His first feature, ‘A Big Love Story,’ a romantic comedy about a guy trying to lose weight to find love, took home seven festival awards, including Newport Beach Film Festival’s Breakout Filmmaker of the Year, Beverly Hills Film Festival’s Audience Choice – Best Feature and the Manhattan Film Festival’s, Best Comedy. Variety called it "unpretentiously well turned," while Hollywood Reporter raved, “it brings fresh life to the overworked romantic comedy genre.” Criterioncast simply called it "an absolute revelation."
Ryan has worked with NBC, ABC, BRAVO and the WB as a writer, producer, and director for on-air promos. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious World Gold Promax Award for Best Director, (Celebrity Apprentice "Pillow Fight"), the industry’s highest honor for directors. Over his 15-year career he has written and directed for some of film and television’s biggest names Jackie Chan, Seth MacFarlane, Eva Longoria, Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Jason Bateman Arnold Schwarzenegger, Betty White and hundreds more. (Click here for a partial list of talent).
Ryan just finished working on a short film for the return of the legendary 16 time Emmy award winner, 'Will & Grace.' Upon it's release, it went instantly viral and broke NBC's record for the most views in 48 hours on FaceBook, surpassing 20 million. On that same day, NBC also released a 'This Is Us' video, which Ryan directed, where cast members surprise fans of the show. With 19 million views, that too was immediately embraced by the FaceBook fans and became the networks second most watched video in 48 hours.
Recently, he has also worked the launch campaigns for season 1 and 2 of NBC's most watched comedy, ‘Superstore,’ starring America Ferrera and Ben Feldman. Prior, he conceptualized and executed the on-air marketing campaign for the first three seasons of ABC’s Emmy award winning comedy, ‘Modern Family,’ and 8 seasons of the network’s overall most watched show, ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ To date, he has won 16 Promax awards for his work in television marketing.
Ryan has also had great success with the short format, most notably producing the short film, ‘Boutonnière’ starring Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, The Goldbergs), and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek). It premiered at Sundance and went on to play in 20 other festivals winning various awards including Best Comedy Short at the LA Short Film Fest making it Oscar eligible.
He studied film at the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco, CA.
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