Bill Lawrence is an award-winning television writer, producer and director and is currently in production on his executive-produced CW series “Life Sentence” starring Lucy Hale.
Lawrence most recently served as executive producer for “Undateable” on NBC. He previously created and executive-produced “Scrubs” and co-created “Cougar Town,” “Ground Floor,” “Spin City,” “Clone High” and online sensation “Nobody’s Watching.” “Scrubs,” which was twice nominated for an Emmy Award, was also named a Future Classic by the TV Land cable network, and was the winner of both a Humanitas Award and an Imagen Award.Read More
Lawrence currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Christa Miller (“The Drew Carey Show,” “Scrubs”); their daughter, Charlotte; and sons, William and Henry.
Christa is best known for her starring series regular roles in COUGAR TOWN, SCRUBS & THE DREW CAREY SHOW. On the film side, Christa currently co-stars opposite Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke and Richard Cabral in BREAKING IN. Prior to that she starred opposite Gary Cole in HOT AIR.
Michael McDonald is an alumnus of the Groundlings Theater in LA.
He is currently the showrunner and series director of NOBODIES, now filming its second season for TV Land. He also recurs on the show as Dr. Blaine Kane, perhaps the world’s worst therapist.Read More
Other recent directing credits include: BROOKLYN 99, SUPERSTORE, SUPERIOR DONUTS, MIKE AND MOLLY & COUGAR TOWN.
Recent film and TV acting credits include: SPY, THE HEAT, THE BOSS, THIS ISN’T HAPPENING, & SUPERIOR DONUTS. He is perhaps best known for his ten-year run on MAD TV.
McDonald occasionally tours as a stand-up comedian. His first hour-long comedy special, “Michael McDonald: Model. Citizen.” aired on Showtime and is now available online.
As a native New Yorker, Nicole has been acting since she was seven years old. She attended Northwestern University, where she spent four years studying the classics, including Shakespeare and Chekhov. After graduating on the Dean’s List, she joined the Greenwich Shakespeare Company.
In 1995, Sullivan joined the original cast of FOX smash hit “MADtv” as their youngest cast member. In the six years she worked on the Fox late night sketch comedy show, she played numerous memorable characters such as the Vancome Lady, Antonia, and Darlene McBride; and was noticed for her sometimes scathing impersonations of celebrities like Britney Spears and Meg Ryan.Read More
As a comedic voice actor, Sullivan has lent her voice to numerous animated feature hits such as The Ant Bully, and Meet the Robinsons- and to a number of popular animated television shows, among them “Kim Possible,” “Family Guy”, “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command”, Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” and the Emmy award winning “Penguins of Madagascar”. Nicole is currently recurring on the ABC hit “Blackish,” and the upcoming Netflix series “Girlboss.”
Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful films including The Lego Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Known for their unique sensibilities, the pair’s projects have successfully drawn in audiences of all demographics time and time again, having collectively earned over $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.Read More
The duo is currently in various stages of production on several high profile film projects including the sequel to The Lego Movie, which Lord and Miller will serve as producers to their massively successful animated feature, which is slated for February 8, 2019, as well as another Lego spin-off that is currently in the works, The Lego Ninjago Movie set for release on September 22, 2017. The duo also just recently produced the film Brigsby Bear, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January. The film’s raved reviews resulted in Sony Pictures acquiring the rights for distribution with an anticipated July 28, 2017 release. Additional projects in the pipeline for the multi-hyphenates are the Men in Black and 23 Jump Street cross-over film titled MIB 23, which they will produce, and an untitled animated Spider-Man feature, which the pair will produce from a script penned by Lord. The pair is also a part of the Warner Bros. Animation Group (WAG), a select group of writers and directors that the studio has brought together to form an animation think-tank with the goal of creating high-end animated movies. The most recent film from WAG was this summer’s Storks, which the pair served as executive producers.
Over their career, Lord and Miller have seen incredible success at the box office. In 2014, they were the only writers/directors with two films ranked among the top 15 highest-grossing features of the year. Their most recent production, The Lego Batman Movie, which released on February 10, 2017 to raved reviews, reached over $300 million in the worldwide box office. The Lego Movie, which the pair wrote and directed, debuted at #1 and remained on top of the box office for four straight weeks. The hugely successful film has earned over $469 million worldwide and was the 5th highest-grossing domestic feature of 2014. It also earned Lord and Miller rave reviews for their imaginative and unique sensibilities, as well as the BAFTA, PGA, and BFCA Critics Choice Awards for “Best Animated Feature,” the National Board of Review Award for “Best Original Screenplay,” and The Annie Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Writing for an Animated Feature.” The Lego Movie was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Animated Film” and was named one of the top ten films of 2014 on over 75 critics’ lists. That same year, Lord and Miller directed 22 Jump Street. The film debuted at #1 and has garnered over $331 million worldwide, earning Lord and Miller praise for their innate ability to transform unlikely material into cinematic brilliance. Lord and Miller had previously directed the hit action-comedy 21 Jump Street, which took in over $200 million worldwide in 2012 and earned a Critics Choice Award nomination for “Best Comedy.”
Lord and Miller’s first feature was 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which the duo wrote and directed. The film was loosely based on the beloved children’s book of the same name and earned Lord and Miller a Golden Globe and Critics Choice nomination for “Best Animated Feature” along with four Annie Award nominations for excellence in animation, including “Best Direction” and “Best Screenplay.”
On the television side, Lord and Miller are in development on the comedy The Escape, which recently received a put pilot commitment from ABC. The comedy, which Lord and Miller will executive produce with Dan Sterling, centers on a stressed-out urban professional who uproots himself and his troubled 19-year-old son to move to rural Idaho to live with his father, a retired surgeon with the ruggedness of Indiana Jones. Additionally, they are developing the podcast phenomenon “Serial” for television.
Lord and Miller made the return to their television roots in 2015 as executive producers on the Fox comedy series “The Last Man on Earth,” which recently wrapped its second season. The duo also directed the first two episodes of the series, for which they received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.” The show is written by and stars Will Forte as the sole male survivor working to ensure the survival of the human race at the end of the world. The series premiered to rave reviews and was the highest-rated broadcast series of the night with 5.7 million viewers during its debut airing. The pair also directed the pilot episode of the breakout hit “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was one of most anticipated television series of the 2013 Fall Season. Also among their prior television writing credits, the duo served as co-executive producers on the successful CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”
Lord and Miller’s collaboration began when the pair met as students at Dartmouth College. The two contend it was a mistake that landed them a job developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company, which led to their stint developing primetime animated shows for Touchstone Television. In 2002, they executive produced, wrote, and directed the short-lived but highly buzzed about animated series “Clone High” on MTV. The series was critically acclaimed for its well-developed and unique personalities as well as for its witty, fast-paced dialogue, but is probably best known for causing a hunger strike in India and being quickly cancelled. Miller voiced the characters of John F. Kennedy and Mr. Butlertron, and Lord voiced the characters of Principal Scudworth, Genghis Khan, and Geldhemoor, the Humkeycorn.
Lord graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Art History. His college animated short Man Bites Breakfast won “Best Animation” at the 1998 New England Film and Video Festival and was also included in several other festivals, including ASIFA East and ASIFA San Francisco. He is a native of Coconut Grove, Florida, and likes bikes.
Miller is a native of Lake Stevens, Washington. He left there to attend Dartmouth College, where he found a lifelong friend in Phil Lord while obtaining a degree in government and studio art: three achievements, two of which are useful to his career.
Will Forte has established himself as one of the most versatile actors in film and television. For his work on THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, he recently was nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He was nominated for two 2015 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. He also was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award in the category of Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016, and received two 2016 WGA nominations for his work on the show.Read More
Forte previously starred in Alexander Payne’s Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated film, “Nebraska.” For his role as “David Grant,” he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the Best Supporting Male category, and he won the National Board of Review’s Best Supporting Actor Award. Forte recently wrapped production on the David Wain-directed feature film “A Futile and Stupid Gesture,” in which he plays the lead role of Doug Kenney, one of National Lampoon’s co-founders.
Forte is also known for his starring role in the feature film adaptation of “MacGruber,” for which he co-wrote the script with Jorma Taccone and John Solomon. Other film credits include the recent comedy “Keanu”; Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way,” opposite Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson; “Life of Crime,” opposite Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins and Isla Fisher; “Run and Jump,” which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Festival; the Adam Sandler Netflix comedy “The Ridiculous 6,” as well as “That’s My Boy,” opposite Sandler and Andy Samberg; and “The Watch,” opposite Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn. Additionally, he wrote and starred in the feature “The Brothers Solomon,” opposite Will Arnett and Kristen Wiig. Forte also lent his voice to the hit animated films “The LEGO Movie,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” and its sequel, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.”
Along with spending eight seasons making audiences laugh on “Saturday Night Live,” Forte has had many memorable guest-starring roles on hit television comedies. His work on “30 Rock” earned him a 2013 Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He also has had roles on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Up All Night,” “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” and “Flight of the Conchords.” Additionally, he has lent his voice to a handful of FOX animated series, including “Allen Gregory”; “The Cleveland Show,” from creator Seth MacFarlane; and “Sit Down, Shut Up,” from creator Mitch Hurwitz.
Forte came to “Saturday Night Live” from Los Angeles’ improv-sketch theater “The Groundlings,” where “SNL” alums Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman and Maya Rudolph got their respective starts. Forte has a great deal of experience behind the camera, serving as producer on “That ’70s Show” and as story editor for “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “Action,” as well as working as a writer for “Late Show with David Letterman” and the MTV Movie Awards.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.