Lori Balaban is a filmmaker, who wrote, directed and produced the short film The Dogstalker, which featured The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper and aired on CBS Television as part of their CBS Comedy Night School comedy showcase. Her short films Learning Curve – A Musical, and the short drama Nie Zu Spat were both screened at the American Film Institute as part of the Ripfest Collaborative Film Project. As a freelance development executive, writer, producer and director she is committed to finding the story from concept, production and post. She completed ten episodes as a writer for the National Geographic International Hidden Worldsseries, as well as penning the Giant Panda TV special. Additionally she served as a segment producer on four episodes for TLC’S Random Acts of Duff.
Lori was a development executive for Flatiron Pictures and Wee Beastie Films, and has directed large-scale Branded Entertainment pieces for clients at Disney, USA, AMC, and Harley Davidson. Her freelance branding work has garnered four Silver Promax Awards. She also served as a senior producer and director for NBC Agency’s special projects division, directing The Today Show’s Kathy Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb as well as Brian Williams for national multi-platform commercial campaigns. She also ran AMC’s integrated content department where she directed Ron Howard for Toronto Film Festival content, and has directed and/or produced such leading Hollywood talent as Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner and Danny Trejo, among others.
Lori is also award-winning screenwriter whose Family Guy spec script won Scriptapoolza, and whose Arrested Development spec was a semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival. She has served as an Assistant Editor for the prestigious Fiction Magazine and recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing. During the course of her master’s work, she completed two novels in the literary thriller genre, further adapting each into a feature screenplay. Her novel Left of Bang, won City College’s prestigious Jerome Dejur award and its screenplay adaption also won the Dortort award. Currently, Lori is developing several pilot concepts for television. She is a member of both the Producer’s Guild of America and the Writer’s Guild of America, and holds a BFA in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from The City College of New York. She received additional training in Improv and Sketch Writing through Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Second City as well as screenwriting through the School of Visual Arts.