Waverly Films is a Brooklyn based group of filmmakers who met at NYU and are named after a nearby diner.The group is Duncan Skiles, Christopher Ford, Jeff Kaplan, Ben Dickinson, Jon Watts, Jake Schreier and Aaron Wesner. They usually work with cinematographer Matthew J Santo.
Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York City, with an estimated 2,648,771 residents in 2017. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it borders the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects it with Staten Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has been coterminous with Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County.
Jon Watts is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is most well known for directing and co-writing the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming and its upcoming sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. He also directed and co-wrote the horror film Clown, and the thriller film Cop Car. In television, Watts directed numerous episodes of the parody news series Onion News Network.
Jake Schreier is an American director. He was a founding member of Waverly Films, a Brooklyn-based filmmaking collective, and joined Park Pictures in 2006, releasing his first feature film Robot & Frank in 2012.
Their members' portfolios include films commissioned for MTV, VH1, Channel 102, McDonald's, Heinz Ketchup and bands such as The Rapture, Fatboy Slim, LCD Soundsystem, Death Cab For Cutie, and TV on the Radio. Their newest work has included Burger King, ESPN, Trident, and Reebok.
MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.
VH1 is an American pay television network based in New York City owned by Viacom. It was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and the original owner of MTV, and launched on January 1, 1985, in the former space of Turner Broadcasting System's short-lived Cable Music Channel.
McDonald's is an American fast food company, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers. McDonald's had its original headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but moved its global headquarters to Chicago in early 2018.
They made a pilot for Comedy Central called The Scariest Show on Television.
Comedy Central is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Global Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom. The channel is geared for mature audiences and carries comedy programming in the form of both original, licensed, and syndicated series and stand-up comedy specials, as well as feature films.
Waverly Films won the 2008 YouTube Sketchies 2 Contest sponsored by Toyota Corolla.They previously came in second place in a 24-hour film contest in 2004.
The Toyota Corolla is a line of subcompact and compact cars manufactured by Toyota. Introduced in 1966, the Corolla was the best-selling car worldwide by 1974 and has been one of the best-selling cars in the world since then. In 1997, the Corolla became the best selling nameplate in the world, surpassing the Volkswagen Beetle. Toyota reached the milestone of 40 million Corollas sold over eleven generations in July 2013. The series has undergone several major redesigns.
They are also known for their recurring web series, Clip of the Week, which is often published to YouTube and are very popular with fans. Since becoming YouTube members in June 2007, they have amassed over 60,000 subscribers to their content.
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries.
They also opened their own online merchandise store.
In 2009, Waverly Films won a Webby Award and a People's Voice award for its six-episode animated series Stickman Exodus on Atom.com.
A Webby Award is an award for excellence on the Internet presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judging body composed of over two thousand industry experts and technology innovators. Categories include websites; advertising and media; online film and video; mobile sites and apps; and social.
Atom.com was a broadband entertainment network offering original short subject movies, animations, and series by independent creators.
In 2016, it was revealed that Waverly Films would produce the film Spider-Man: Homecoming , which was directed by Jon Watts.
Graham William Walker, known professionally as Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, actor, and author based in the United Kingdom. He is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show and an eight-time award winner, overall. Originally shown on BBC Two before moving to other slots on BBC One, it succeeded Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in BBC One's prestigious late-Friday-evening slot in 2010.
Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter is an American actor. His prominent roles include the title role in the 2003 live action film Peter Pan, Jacob in the 2014 disaster film Into the Storm, and the recurring role of J. D. McCoy in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights (2008–2010).
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Sarah Kate Silverman is an American stand-up comedian, actress, producer, and writer. Her comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism, politics, and religion, sometimes having her comic character endorse them in a satirical or deadpan fashion. For her work on television, she has won two Primetime Emmy Awards.
Erika Jane Christensen is an American actress and singer whose filmography includes roles in Traffic (2000), Swimfan (2002), The Banger Sisters (2002), The Perfect Score (2004), Flightplan (2005), How to Rob a Bank (2007), The Tortured (2010), and The Case for Christ (2017). For her performance in Traffic, she won the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture along with her co-stars.
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Rhett James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III, better known as Rhett & Link, are an American comedy duo. Self-styled as "Internetainers", they are known for creating and hosting Good Mythical Morning. Their other notable projects include comedic songs and sketches, Independent Film Channel series Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, and their YouTube Red series Rhett and Link's Buddy System.
Justin Jitae Chon is an American actor, director, and YouTube personality. He is best known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series, for his critically acclaimed 2017 film Gook, and for being a member of the K-pop parody group Boys Generally Asian.
Sandeep Parikh is an American writer, director, actor and producer of comedy currently residing in Silverlake in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his co-starring role as Zaboo on the award-winning web series The Guild. He is the founder of Effinfunny.com, a comedy video site focusing on alternative stand up comedy and the creation of original web series like The Legend of Neil, which are currently available online.
Simon Antony Bird is an English actor and comedian. He played Will McKenzie in The Inbetweeners (2008-2014) and Adam Goodman in the Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner (2011-2018).
Lucas Alan Cruikshank is an American actor and YouTube personality who created the character Fred Figglehorn and the associated Fred series for his channel on the video-sharing website YouTube in late 2005. These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional six-year-old who has a dysfunctional home life and "anger management issues".
POYKPAC is a Brooklyn-based comedy troupe consisting of five writer/performers, which are Ryan Hall, Ryan Hunter, Taige Jensen, Jenn Lyon, and Maggie Ross.
Fred Figglehorn is a fictional character created and portrayed by American actor Lucas Cruikshank. Fred is a six-year-old boy with a high-pitched voice, dysfunctional home life, and "anger management issues." Cruikshank, a teenager from Columbus, Nebraska, created the Fred video series for his channel on the video-sharing Web site YouTube, to center on the Fred character. Although Cruikshank voices Fred, the audio is digitally altered to sound higher-pitched than Cruikshank's true voice.
Grace Anne Helbig is an American comedian, actress and YouTube personality. She is the creator and host of her own YouTube channel, as well as the podcasts Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig and This Might Get Weird.
Jash is a comedy community and advertising agency created by Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts. New videos are posted to the Jash homepage periodically by the creative team, and by new members of the always expanding collective of comics. Jash premiered online March 10, 2013. Since its launch, Jash has gone on to extend its reach into traditional media with television series and award-winning short films.
Anna Kay Akana is an American actress, filmmaker, author, and comedian. She is known for her YouTube channel, which has over 2.5 million subscribers and over 226 million video views.
Flula Borg is a German actor, musician, comedian, and DJ who is also known simply as Flula or DJ Flula. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Borg has acted in several feature films, including Pitch Perfect 2, and a number of popular TV shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Place. He has made multiple appearances on Conan and has participated in a number of other projects with Conan O'Brien. Across a wide variety of projects, he has collaborated with well-known YouTuber personalities such as Rhett and Link, Miranda Sings, and Smosh, as well as mainstream celebrities including Sir Mix-A-Lot, Ed Helms, and Dirk Nowitzki. In 2015, he was named one of The Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Digital Stars as well as one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch.
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Jason Eric Nash is an American actor, writer, director, comedian, podcaster, and YouTube personality. Best known for his channel on Vine, he was also a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing in 2010. In 2016, Nash co-produced and starred in the movie, FML alongside friend and fellow YouTuber, Brandon Calvillo.