Paul Feig
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Feigco Entertainment

Paul
Feig

Principal / Director / Producer

Paul Feig is the king of feminist comedies, working as a writer, director and producer on films and TV shows about characters who are rarely depicted on the big screen — particularly funny women.

He directed the 2011 Universal comedy “Bridesmaids,” which earned $288 million at the box office, and was a writer and producer on the film as well. It was followed by “The Heat” (2013) and “Spy” (2015), which featured Melissa McCarthy as women who are smart, good at their job and unappreciated; in both films, her key relationship is with another woman (Sandra Bullock and Rose Byrne, respectively).

Feig has three movies lined up: The currently filming Lionsgate film “A Simple Favor,” about a mommy blogger and starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, plus sequels to “Heat” and “Spy.” The originals of those two films respectively earned $229 million and $235 million.

Sometimes the formula fizzles, as with Sony’s 2016 all-female “Ghostbusters,” which online trolls attacked relentlessly. Whether or not that was a factor, the film earned an underwhelming $229 million at the box office.

Feig started as an actor and a stand-up comic and made a big Hollywood impact with the 1999 series that he created, “Freaks and Geeks,” on which he was writer-director-producer and occasional actor. The show was cancelled after only 12 episodes were aired, but it remains a prestige item and was a breakthrough for actors James Franco, Jason Segal and Seth Rogen. Another veteran of the series, producer Judd Apatow, has become a mini-factory, producing three dozen film and TV projects since then.

Feig is not that prolific, but he’s got his hand in multiple series. His Twitter description says, “Paul is a guy who wears suits and tries not to screw things up.” And, rather defiantly, his header photo on Twitter is of the female “Ghostbusters” action figures.

Career

  • Feigco Entertainment
  • BRIDESMAIDS
  • SPY

Education

  • Wayne State University (MI, USA)
  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Comedy Impact

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Paul Feig to Produce, Direct Female Tech Entrepreneur Comedy Series in Development at Freeform

Paul Feig to Produce, Direct Female Tech Entrepreneur Comedy Series in Development at Freeform

Freeform is developing a comedy series about female tech entrepreneurs with "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig attached to direct and executive produce."Girls Code" is described as a half-hour women-in-the workplace comedy about an antisocial tech CEO and an outspoken feminist non-profit warrior who must put aside their issues with each other in order to mastermind a groundbreaking, all-women tech incubator.The series was created by Kim Rosenstock, with Joy Gorman Wettels of Anonymous Content bringing the original idea to Feig and Rosenstock. It is...

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