Judd Apatow
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Apatow Productions

Judd
Apatow

Principal / Director / Producer

The prolific producer-director-writer-comedian is responsible for some of Hollywood’s biggest comedy hits of the past 15 years, including “Bridesmaids,” “Trainwreck,” “Anchorman” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” And although he’s directed some of those smashes, including “Knocked Up” and “Funny People,” he is almost better known as a kingmaker and the ringleader of a vast comedy empire that stretches back to his teen years, when he began doing stand-up and interviewing such idols as Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling for his high school radio station.

He later worked with Shandling, writing for “The Larry Sanders Show,” and wrote and produced such influential cult hits as “The Ben Stiller Show” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Since producing the 1996 hit “The Cable Guy” for old pal Jim Carrey, Apatow has produced some 60 film and TV projects, including “Pineapple Express,” “Get Him to the Greek” and “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” and along the way he’s established and fine-tuned the Apatow comedic tone (raunchy but heartfelt) and expanded the Apatow brand into a cottage industry.

That brand now includes a revolving repertory company of like-minded stars such as Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, who all got big breaks with Apatow projects, and directors including Rogen, Paul Feig and Adam McKay. He is currently producing HBO’s “Crashing” and the feature “Juliet, Naked.”

Career

  • 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, THE
  • BRIDESMAIDS
  • TRAINWRECK

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Comedy Impact

Philanthropy

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Judd Apatow's 'Love' to End With Third Season on Netflix

Judd Apatow's 'Love' to End With Third Season on Netflix

Netflix is breaking up with "Love."The streaming service has announced that the upcoming third season of Judd Apatow's comedy "Love" will be its last. It is set to debut on March 9.Season three will continue to follow the trials and tribulations of Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus’s (Paul Rust) romance."I am really excited about the third season of Love.  I think it is our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way,” said series co-creator and executive...

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