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KEN KWAPIS (Director) is an award-winning director who has moved easily between the worlds of feature filmmaking and television directing.

Kwapis helped launch some of the most innovative television comedies of the past decade. He directed the pilot of NBC's Emmy Award-winning series "The Office,” starring Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson. He was honored with an Emmy nomination for directing "The Office” third season premiere, entitled "Gay Witch Hunt,” and recently directed the special two-part episode, "Lecture Circuit,” airing in February.

Kwapis also directed the pilots of the groundbreaking HBO series "The Larry Sanders Show” and the Emmy Award-winning "The Bernie Mac Show” for FOX. He earned another Emmy nomination for his work as a producer-director of FOX's "Malcolm in the Middle,” and contributed episodes to the much-beloved NBC series "Freaks and Geeks.”

For the big screen, Kwapis directed the critically acclaimed "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” a film adaptation of Ann Brashares' best-selling novel, starring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel. His notable feature film credits also include the romantic comedies "License to Wed,” starring Robin Williams, Mandy Moore and John Krasinski; "The Beautician and the Beast,” starring Fran Drescher; and "He Said, She Said,” starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins.

"He Said, She Said” was conceived and co-directed with Kwapis' wife, Marisa Silver. His other feature films include "Dunston Checks In,” starring Jason Alexander and Faye Dunaway; "Vibes,” starring Jeff Goldblum and Cyndi Lauper; and "Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird,” starring Jim Henson's Muppets.

Kwapis' film "Sexual Life” marked his first effort as a writer-director. Adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde,” "Sexual Life” premiered to rave reviews at the Los Angeles Film Festival and aired on Showtime in 2005. The ensemble cast includes Anne Heche, Elizabeth Banks and Kerry Washington.

Kwapis studied filmmaking at Northwestern University and the University of Southern California. He won the Student Academy Award in Dramatic Achievement for his USC thesis film "For Heaven's Sake,” an adaptation of Mozart's one-act comic opera "Der Schauspieldirektor” ("The Impresario”).


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