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PHIL LORD & CHRISTOPHER MILLER (Directors / Screenplay /
Story) are best known for co-directing the hit action-comedy "21 Jump Street,"
starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, which took in over $200 million
worldwide last year. The critically acclaimed comedy was honored with a Critics
Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy of 2012 and Lord and Miller recently
wrapped production on the sequel, "22 Jump Street."
The duo also co-wrote and co-directed the animated feature "Cloudy With A
Chance of Meatballs," loosely based on the beloved children's book of the same
name. Lord and Miller's unique comic sensibilities earned the film a Golden
Globe and Critics Choice nomination for Best Animated Feature along with four
Annie Award nominations for excellence in animation, including Best Direction
and Best Screenplay. Lord also
executive produced the micro-indie film "Pincus," in 2012, which was nominated
for a 2013 Independent Spirit Award.
They also directed the pilot for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," one of television's
most anticipated series of the 2013 Fall Season.
In May, Lord and Miller signed a three year exclusive deal with Twentieth
Century Fox Television where they will develop, write and direct comedy
projects, both in live action and animation for network and cable television.
Their collaboration started when Lord and Miller met at Dartmouth College.
The two contend it was a comical misunderstanding that landed them a job
developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company, which led to
their stint developing primetime animated shows for Touchstone Television. In
2002, they executive produced, wrote, and directed the short-lived but highly
talked about animated series "Clone High," on MTV. The series was critically
acclaimed for its well-developed and unique personalities as well as for its
witty, fast-paced dialogue, but is probably best known for causing a hunger
strike in India and being quickly cancelled. Lord voiced the characters of
Principal Scudworth, Genghis Khan, and Geldhemoor, the Humkeycorn; Miller voiced
the characters of John F. Kennedy and Mr. Butterworth.
Among their television writing credits, Lord and Miller served as
co-executive producers on "How I Met Your Mother," the Emmy-winning primetime
sitcom that began airing on CBS in September of 2005; and executive producers of
many pilots, including "Awesometown," featuring the comedy troupe The Lonely
Island, and "Phil Hendrie," featuring the radio genius of the same name. The
team also worked as consulting producers on "Jake in Progress" and "Cracking Up"
(created and executive produced by Mike White), supervising producers on "Method
& Red" and "Luis," and staff writers on "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane."
Lord graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Art History.
His college animated short, "Man Bites Breakfast," won Best Animation at the
1998 New England Film and Video Festival and was also included in several other
festivals, including ASIFA East and ASIFA San Francisco. He is a native of
Coconut Grove, Florida and likes bikes.
While still pursuing his education, Miller received the 1998 New England Film
and Video Festival Awards prize for his animated short, "Sleazy Goes to France."
He also served as editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth College campus humor
magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern. Miller is a native of Lake Stevens, Washington. He
left there to attend
Dartmouth College, where he found a lifelong friend in Lord while obtaining a
degree in government and studio art: three achievements, two of which are useful
to his career.
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