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Jody Hill

A native of North Carolina, Hill attended the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts which is where he met Danny McBride and David Gordon Green. Hill’s first film, The Foot Fist Way, was paid with family mortgages and credit cards. It premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who championed the film’s release through their production company Gary Sanchez Productions.

Jody’s second film was the 2009 dark comedy Observe and Report which starred Seth Rogen, Ray Liotta, Michael Pena and Anna Faris. That same year, Hill, Gordon Green and McBride teamed up again to co-create and produce the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series, Eastbound and Down with McBride starring as Kenny Powers, and Hill behind the camera directing many of the episodes over its four-season run. 

Next up for Hill is The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, a comedy feature film written by Hill, McBride and John Carcieri. The film starring McBride, Josh Brolin, and Scoot McNairy will be released by Netflix in the Spring of 2018.

Soon after, McBride and Hill joined forces with David Gordon Green to found Rough House Pictures, the production company behind Eastbound and Down and the recent HBO hit series, Vice Principals.  Rough House is currently in production on Halloween which Gordon Green is directing and co-wrote with McBride.  Universal Pictures will be releasing the film next October.

Hill has also enjoyed great success as a commercial director. He directed Toyota’s ‘Swagger Wagon’ campaign, which received over 9 million hits on YouTube, he has also created two rounds of spots for KSWISS, in which Kenny Powers stars as the MFCEO of the company which has been collecting numerous awards – most notably “Best in Show” at the 2012 One Club Interactive Awards. In 2011, Jody was named as one of the Top 50 Innovative People to Watch by Creativity Online.