Todd Holland

Director, Producer
Fledgling director Todd Holland got the kind of big break many would trade anything for when he was discovered by Steven Spielberg in 1985. Born on December 13, 1961 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, Holland was an honor ... Read more »
Born: 12/13/1961 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (25)

The Real O'Neals 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Stitchers 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001, 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

About a Boy 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Red Band Society 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Selfie 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Go On 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Michael J. Fox Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Shameless 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

30 Rock 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Firehouse Dog 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Freakylinks 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Jack's Place 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Malcolm in the Middle 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Maximum Bob 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Tracey Takes On... 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Vietnam War Story 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

CityKids 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

D.C. 1992 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Felicity 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

My So-Called Life 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Friends 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

The Wizard 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Free Agents 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Sons of Tucson 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Miss/Guided 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wonderfalls 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Biography

Fledgling director Todd Holland got the kind of big break many would trade anything for when he was discovered by Steven Spielberg in 1985. Born on December 13, 1961 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, Holland was an honor student who started writing comedy screenplays in high school in which he parodied the popular movies of the day. After graduating UCLA in 1985, Steven Spielberg saw Holland's thesis film, "Chicken Thing," and offered him a job directing an episode of his short-lived anthology TV series "Amazing Stories" (NBC 1985-87). Considering Holland didn't even have an agent at the time, it was clearly an enormous jumpstart to his career. Holland clearly gained a reputation as someone comfortable with oddball material, as he then moved into directing episodes of cult favorite "Max Headroom" (ABC 1987-88), David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" (ABC 1990-1991), the cable horror anthology "Tales From the Crypt" (HBO 1989-1996), and the spooky teen series "Eerie Indiana" (NBC, 1991-92). He moved into more conventional comedy with his association with "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO 1992-98), where Holland was especially prolific, directing fifty-one episodes of the acclaimed Gary Shandling comedy and becoming a co-producer on the show as well. Holland won Emmys for both "Sanders," and the dysfunctional family comedy "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox 2000-06), for which he directed twenty-six episodes. Holland then created the quirky comedy-drama "Wonderfalls" (Fox 2004), which garnered enormous praise from a devoted cult following but did not perform well in the ratings, being canceled before its 13 completed episodes could air. (The entire series was quickly released on DVD, where it continued to find new fans.) In addition to his prolific television work, Holland also made several feature films, including the fantasy "The Wizard" (1989), which starred Fred Savage of "The Wonder Years" (ABC 1988-1993); the academic comedy "Krippendorf's Tribe," starring Richard Dreyfuss and Jenna Elfman; and the family comedy "Firehouse Dog" (2007), starring a young Josh Hutcherson. Though none of his films were particularly successful either critically or commercially, Holland's continuing work in television remained his primary artistic focus.

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
graduated; made student film "Chicken Thing"

Milestones

2004

Creates cult favorite series "Wonderfalls."

1992

Becomes primary director for Garry Shandling's "The Larry Sanders Show."

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