Ryan Sage is an award-winning writer, producer, director, who splits his time between network promos and micro-budget filmmaking.
For Super Bowl LII, Ryan was apart of two high profile projects, directing The Voice “Super Commercial,” which premiered during halftime in front of 106 million viewers and was called out by Yahoo Sports, The Chicago Tribune and Rolling Stone as one of year’s best Super Bowl spots and is currently nominated for a Clio Award. He also worked closely with film legend Spike Lee as his editor for a Network Brand spot that paid tribute to Prince and aired during the pre-game.
Ryan’s latest feature, ‘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 60 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. Over his 18-year career he has worked on some of television's biggest success stories, including Modern Family, Dancing with the Stars, Will & Grace, This is Us, Heroes and many more. He has written and directed for some of television’s most recognizable stars including Jackie Chan, Seth MacFarlane, Eva Longoria, Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Jason Bateman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Betty White. Click here for a more complete list of talent.
Ryan recently was awarded a Clio for his work on a This is Us trailer that launched season 2 and picked up a Clio nomination for his Will & Grace short film that also went viral on Facebook gaining more than 30 million views within 48 hours. Previously he garnered a World Gold Promax award for Best Director (Celebrity Apprentice "Pillow Fight"), the industry’s highest honor for directors. To date, Ryan has been honored with more than twenty major awards for his work in television marketing.
Ryan has helped guide other feature films as an Executive Producer including the documentary, "24 Hour Comic" and the soon to be released social thriller, "The S.H.U." He has also had great success with short films, most notably producing ‘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.
He studied film at the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco, CA.