Guy Shalem
Guy Shalem

Lovespring International

Guy Shalem
Guy Shalem
Guy Shalem

Premiere Screening For "REX"

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

Growing up in Haifa, Israel, Guy Shalem dreamed of becoming a successful director. By the age of 19, he had established himself as and award-winning commercial and music video director in Israel, moving to Los Angeles, to spend the next eight years working as an editor.

His first break as an American director came with a reality pilot presentation for Buena Vista called “Aphrodite Jones Investigates” leading to a first-look deal with Disney.

Taking inspiration from shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Reno 911 Guy developed a trademark directing style finding his niche in the new world of semi-scripted 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 on 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 2011 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” garnered an all-star cast: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jonathan Silverman, Jaime Ray Newman, Jenny O'Hara and Michael Gross.

WORK



Mission Statement: Someone once told me a film director should be an on-set-dictator and say things like "I strongly disagree!" Well, let me say now, "I strongly disagree." I'm of the school that a more democratic set is a more fun, enjoyable set — and isn't it that fun we're all looking for when we're gazing at a movie screen or staring at the flat screen TV?

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Fun is the driving force that keeps us coming back to watch the same old episode of that TV show 10 years later, a re-run of our favorite childhood movie, or making that internet clip go viral.

My job as a director is to allow the fun, and then capture it. One of the first things I say to actors, writers, DPs, and make-up artists (really anyone on the set) is, "Prepare to be wrong… and watch me be wrong, many times. It's our baby that we put first, then our ego".

Some of the best ideas I've heard didn't just come from the writer or the comedian, but from the gaffer or the new PA (and they always get a credit, and my humble gratitude).

I find that most people who embrace the terrifying process of democracy and "not knowing" often discover new talents. Ultimately the project just keeps getting better, funnier, and smarter than if all the decisions were left in my hands.

Guy Shalem
  • 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.

“From the first moment that I saw Guy's reel, I was amazed and impressed by his ability to create a reality where none existed. Working with him on a pilot presentation was a pleasure. The actors loved him and when it came time to edit the footage, Guy's speed and his ability to capture the rhythm of the piece in the first cut was astonishing. There wasn't anything to correct or change — I only wish I had him on everything I write and produce.”

— Sally Robinson, Writer/Showrunner, Dirt

"In a business where 'no' and 'can't do' are everyday hurdles, Guy is that most important positive force to keep your project moving forward. It isn't simply that he's a good collaborator; he draws out the best from his actors, the writers, the producers and execs -- hell, from his entire crew. In the writers' room, in editing and on the set, Guy creates an atmosphere where there are no bad ideas, only pitches that lead to a consensus that we're all doing the absolute best work we can do. I've spent 20 years getting to a place where I only want to do projects I love, with people I can't wait to get up and work with. I'd say 'yes' and 'can do' to Guy Shalem again in a heartbeat."

— Don Woodard, Writer/Showrunner, Just Shoot Me

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The cult hit comedy Lovespring International is now available on iTunes

  • Lovespring Pilot

    Created by Guy Shalem

    “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

    “…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

    “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

    “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

    “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

    “The cast is strong…” — TV Guide

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