Guy Shalem

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Guy Shalem
Guy Shalem

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Guy Shalem
Guy Shalem

Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Writer · Producer · Director

Bio

“Guy Shalem is a creative force of nature. A director with a writer's instincts. An editor with a keen understanding of directing. In short, a triple threat. Add to that his incredible sense of timing and amazing kinship for working with on-screen talent, and he is quite simply the most valuable player on any film or TV project.”
— Kevin Beggs, President, Production and Programming, Lions Gate Television

Guy Shalem

By the age of 19, Guy Shalem had established himself as an award-winning commercial and music video director in Haifa, Israel, where he was born and raised. With aspirations to take on Hollywood, he moved to Los Angeles and spent the next eight years working as an editor. His first break in America came when he was hired to direct a reality pilot presentation for Buena Vista called “Aphrodite Jones Investigates” leading to a first-look deal with Disney.

Inspired by the work of Christopher Guest, Larry David, Woody Allen and even Reno 911, Guy developed a trademark semi-scripted directing style creating his niche in the new world of "improvised" comedies. This daring sensibility served him well during his two-year deal with FOXLAB, creating original pilots for Fox and other networks. Shalem then moved to Fox Television Studios for another two-year deal.

By 2006, he had written and directed several half-hour comedy pilots and presentations: With a Bullet for VH-1, Life of Leisure for ABC, and The Roxy for NBC. That same year, Guy produced and directed the feature film “Cook-Off!” co-written and starring Wendi Mclendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”), which premiered at the Aspen Comedy Film Festival and created the cult comedy hit “Lovespring International” for Lifetime, starring Jane Lynch in her first TV leading role.

No stranger to reality television, Guy directed several reality pilots and served as Supervising Producer on the shows “God or the Girl” and “Instant Beauty Pageant” nominated for a Daytime Emmy. In 2009, Guy created REX, a spec pilot that became a viral video sensation, starring Simon Rex, Paris Hilton, Jamie Presley, Victor Garber, Geoffrey Arend, Brian Huskey and Lance Bass.

In 2010, “Callbacks”, a pilot about stage parents starring Michael McDonald, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Eric McCormack and Jane Lynch. As a gift to long time friend and mentor Jane Lynch, Guy presented his short film at Outfest in 2010 entitled “Gay Shark Tank.”

In 2012, Shalem had the honor of directing Betty White in her new NBC show “Off Their Rockers” and developed two pilots with Be True Productions and Prospect Park. His recently completed comedy pilot “Family Style” featuring the all-star cast: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jonathan Silverman, Jaime Ray Newman, Jenny O'Hara and Michael Gross.

Guy's short film "Ronny & i" produced by Bryan Singer and Jane Lynch premiered at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (LINK: www.hollywire.com). His new pilot "RECORDED LIVES" stars Emmy winner Carrie Preston and is in final edits with Daisy 3 Pictures. He is currently in development on a feature film about "The Wright brothers" for Anonymous Content, a series for Bunim/Murray Productions and will be directing a new network pilot in the spring.

WORK



Fun is the driving force that keeps audiences engaged, keeps television re-runs relevant ten years later, causes internet clips to go viral.

My job as a director is to create a safe, risk-taking set where fun is the primary goal and then capture that spirit for my audience. One of the first things I say to actors, writers, DPs, and make-up artists (really, anyone on set) is, "Prepare to be wrong… and watch me be wrong many times. It's our baby we put first, our egos have no place in this process."

This creates a work environment where everyone contributes, everyone is heard and talent is allowed to shine. Great ideas can come from anyone at any time. They don't have to come from the writer or the star, they can be contributed by a gaffer or a production assistant. Whoever they are, they get credit for their contributions and also, my humble gratitude.

For some, democratic directing is a terrifying process but I find it is a breeding ground for new talent. The strength of a project is determined by the strength of its creators and ultimately the project just keeps getting better, funnier, and smarter than if all the decisions were left in my hands.

Guy Shalem
  • REEL

    Created by Guy Shalem

  • FAMILY STYLE

    Created by Guy Shalem

  • BETTY WHITE - HOST REP

    Directed by Guy Shalem

    In 2011 Shalem had the honor of directing Betty White in her new NBC show "Off Their Rockers".

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  • Rex

    Created by Guy Shalem

    Starring: Simon Rex, Paris Hilton, Jaime Pressly, Victor Garber, Geoffrey Arend, Jill Talley, Jill Bartlett, Brian Huskey and Lance Bass.

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  • Life of Leisure - ABC

    Created by Guy Shalem

    Pilot Presentation

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  • The ROXY

    Created by Sally Robinson

    Pilot Presentation - NBC

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  • Road to Heaven

    Created by
    Guy Shalem & Darlene Hunt

  • Cookoff

    Directed by Guy Shalem

  • Pilot Presentation

    Created by
    Michael McDonald
    & Guy Shalem

    Starring: Michael Mcdonald, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Eric McCormack, Phoebe Shaw, Ruby Frankel, Christen Sussin, Carrie Aizley, Jordan Black and Jane Lynch.

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  • GaySharkTank

    Created by Guy Shalem

    GAYSHARKTANK.com


    15 minutes comedy short

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Chatter

“In terms of my appraisal of Guy as an editor, a director, and a person, the page had turned. I started to understand the wisdom of his style: he was trying to shake us up, so we'd do something different and out of the ordinary. It worked and made for some outlandishly funny moments.”
— Jane Lynch, Happy Accidents, a Memoir

Jane Lynch - Happy Accidents

“After forming my production company, the first person we got into business with, literally, was Guy Shalem. I haven't met many people with his balance of drive and skill. He's as collaborative as he is creative, and equally adept with cameras and actors (and that's rare). He's a brilliant comedy director (see our Lovespring International) yet always insisted that it wasn't funny if it wasn't real. And as an editor, he often created funny where there was none (and saved our asses!). I recommend Guy Shalem at the top of my lungs… unless I need him, then you can't have him.”

— Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

“Guy Shalem is a creative force of nature. A director with a writer's instincts. An editor with a keen understanding of directing. In short, a triple threat. Add to that his incredible sense of timing and amazing kinship for working with on-screen talent, and he is quite simply the most valuable player on any film or TV project.”

— Kevin Beggs, President, Production and Programming, Lions Gate Television

“Guy wears so many hats so well, it's kind of hard to decide which one looks best on him. Whether as producer, director or writer — and I've worked with him as all three — he brings such an easygoing and upbeat attitude to the job at hand that you almost don't notice how much good work he's getting done. He's got very clear ideas on what makes good comedy, and more than the necessary tools to bring those ideas home. He is a really talented Guy; hell, he'd even make a good Richard.”

— Richard Day, Writer/Showrunner, Arrested Development

“Guy and I had the pleasure of co-creating Lovespring International, a half-hour comedy shot in the Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm vein. His story sense and ability to work with actors were nothing short of amazing. His direction of those episodes showed both a dramatic and comedic intuitive flair that went well beyond his years of experience. Had he been available for some of the scripted shows I worked on (Roseanne, The Larry Sanders Show, NewsRadio) we would've hired him without hesitation. I'm blowing no smoke when I tell you that he's truly one of the most talented and innovative directors in this town.”

— Brad Isaacs, Writer/Showrunner, Roseanne, Larry Sanders

“Guy Shalem, writer / director / editor, captures all of life's unseen moments in whatever he shoots. Whether it is the awkwardness between characters, or the subtle sexuality that oozes beneath, his camera is always finding the essence. Guy is an incredible filmmaker who creates hilarious characters in his imaginative comedies. His stories are familiar, relatable but funny and fresh, and his direction finds the most comedic moments that make you laugh and blush. Guy has an innate sense of drama, and his characters are complex and deep, and both his writing and his ability to find the actors' best performances is so obvious in his work. Guy is wonderfully talented and a true auteur.”

— Nina Lederman, Senior Vice President, Series Programming and Development Lifetime Networks.

lovespring

lovespring

Lovespring International is now available on iTunes

  • Lovespring Pilot

    Created by Guy Shalem & Brad Issacs

    “Lovespring International is very funny in the same vein as The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm: Icy-dry satire laced with moments of farce and inspired lunacy.” — The New York Times

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  • Lovespring
    Eric McCormack Ep.

    Created by Guy Shalem & Brad Issacs

    “…one of the 5 TV series to heat up your summer…” “…this loose, wry sitcom makes a crackling love connection…” — TIME Magazine

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  • Lovespring
    Sean Hayes Ep.

    Created by Guy Shalem & Brad Issacs

    “Lovespring is filled with some of the best comedic talent out there.” — Entertainment Weekly

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  • Lovespring
    The New Friend

    Created by Guy Shalem & Brad Issacs

    “Lovespring International is demented enough to leave fans of conventional sitcoms mystified and even miffed.” — The Boston Globe

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  • Lovespring
    The Loser Club

    Created by Guy Shalem & Brad Issacs

    “Lovespring International has well-written characters performed expertly by a talended comedic cast. The situations are campy and fun, with a bit of twisted naughtiness thrown in.” — AfterElton.com

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  • Lovespring
    The Homeless Rockstar

    Created by Guy Shalem & Brad Issacs

    “The cast is strong…” — TV Guide

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  • Lovespring
    The Psychic

    Created by Guy Shalem & Brad Issacs

  • Lovespring
    The Fire - Season Finale

    Created by Guy Shalem & Brad Issacs

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