Ted Melfi


Theodore Melfi is the producer-writer-director of the Academy Award nominated film Hidden Figures (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress.)  The film was an international blockbuster, garnering over one hundred award nominations, including taking the Screen Actor’s Guild’s top prize: Best Cast in a Motion Picture.  Prior to that, Melfi produced, wrote and directed the critically acclaimed comedy, St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts & Chris O’Dowd.  The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards (Best Comedy, Best Leading Actor,) four Critics Choice Awards (Best Comedy, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Young Performer) and one SAG Award (Best Supporting Actress.)  His most recent film, The Starling, starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Kevin Kline, was the number one film on Netflix, garnering over 60 million views on opening weekend.  The film was recently honored with the 2022 Wilbur Award for best feature.

A commercial director by day, Melfi has helmed over one hundred commercials including work for Toyota, Domino’s Pizza, Subaru, Intel, Budweiser, Adidas, Gallo and FedX.  His most current work for the Apple Shot on iPhone campaign, Daughter, was recently awarded the AICP Award for Best Web Film and a Bronze Lion at Cannes.  In 2013, Melfi and Rich Carter, former President of the AICP and Gartner Films, founded commercial production company brother.

As a screenwriter, Melfi penned the remake of the Martin Brest classic, Going in Style for New Line Cinema, the animated feature, Cuckoo for DreamWorks, The 14th Goldfish for Netflix, the Hit List script, I Am Rose Fatou and American Dreamer, staring Peter Dinklage, Shirley MacLaine, Matt Dillon and Kim Quinn.  His adaptation writing credits include The Tender Bar for Sony Pictures, Every Exquisite Thing for Spyglass and Don DeLillo’s Pulitzer Prize Winning finalist, Underworld for Netflix, which he will direct and produce.  Melfi’s next film, Fruitloops, the story of life inside a psychiatric ward, will star Michael Keaton, Jodie Comer and Letitia Wright for Paramount Pictures.

Melfi and his wife, Kim Quinn, are the founders of Goldenlight Films, a production company dedicated to creating filmed entertainment with social relevance.

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