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Seth Gordon

Seth Gordon
Gordon at the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews 2014 for Marry Me
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, editor
Notable work(s) The King of Kong
Breaking In
Horrible Bosses

Seth Gordon is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film editor. He has produced and directed both for film and television, including for PBS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Staff 1% for Development Fund. His films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival.


  • Life and career 1
  • Filmography 2
    • Television series 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Gordon grew up in Evanston, Illinois.[1] He attended Yale University where he studied architecture until leaving in 1997 to teach high school for six months in small village of Shimanyiro, Kenya.While there he helped secure United Nations financing to finish construction of a school, and began filming what would eventually become the documentary Building Shimanyiro.[2] Upon returning to Yale, Gordon taught himself how to edit his footage on an Avid editing machine.[1] Later, he helped shoot Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's Dixie Chicks documentary Shut Up & Sing,[1] and after working producing two films gained prominence with his documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

Gordon directed the game company Zynga's "GagaVille" online film in 2010. He co-created and is an executive producer of the Fox television series Breaking In.[3] He directed the 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses, but in August 2013 declined to direct the sequel, citing commitments to the television series The Goldbergs, on which he is an executive producer, and a planned remake of the film WarGames and will direct a film adaptation of Uncharted.[4][5]


Year Title Credit Notes
2005 New York Doll Producer nominated for a Grand Jury Prize in documentary at Sundance Film Festival in 2005.[6]
2005 Cry_Wolf Producer
2007 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Director accepted to Slamdance and bought for distribution by Picturehouse. New Line Cinema bought the film's remake rights and plans to turn it in to a fiction film with Gordon directing.
2008 Four Christmases Director
2010 Freakonomics Director and screenwriter
2011 Horrible Bosses Director Gordon makes a cameo appearance in the film
2011 Undefeated Producer won the documentary Oscar in 2012
2013 Identity Thief Director
2016 Uncharted Director
TBA WarGames Director

Television series

In 2009, Gordon developed and directed a video series focusing on the threat posed by cybercrime to Internet users, H*Commerce: The Business of Hacking You, sponsored by antivirus software company McAfee.[6] Gordon has also directed various music videos and commercials, as well as an episode each of Modern Family and Community, two episodes of The Office, and multiple episodes of Parks and Recreation. He is currently a director and executive producer on ABC's The Goldbergs and NBC's Marry Me.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Roston, Tom (November 30, 2008). "In 'Four Christmases,' Seth Gordon explores a season's gratings".  
  2. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (November 26, 2008). """Director traveled unlikely road to "Christmases.  
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 19, 2010). "Fox Mid-Season Schedule – 'American Idol' to Wednesdays/Thursdays; 'Fringe' to Fridays". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (August 7, 2013). Horrible Bosses 2' Loses Director Seth Gordon"'".  
  5. ^ "Seth Gordon To Helm Sony’s ‘Uncharted’". Deadline. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Snider, Mike (August 13, 2007). King of Kong' follows players in pursuit of the high score"'". Gannett Co. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ Cieply, Michael. "Seth Gordon Filmography". New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 

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