Academy Award®-winning writer/director/producer Adam McKay is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most comedic filmmakers working today. Initially, McKay made his name in the comedy world as a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade. In 1995 McKay and Will Ferrell happened to start on the same day at Saturday Night Live, where McKay remained for six years and became Head Writer. McKay and Ferrell’s time at SNL led to successful collaborations that established their unique absurdist style on the now classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, followed by the hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby as well as Step Brothers, The Other Guys and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
In 2015, McKay and Charles Randolph adapted Michael Lewis’s New York Times best-selling book, The Big Short about the financial crisis of 2007/2008 which earned him Academy Award®, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Director, and he and Randolph won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards®, BAFTA, WGA and USC Scripter Awards.
Most recently, McKay executive produced and directed HBO pilot Succession and is currently in development
on the 10-episode series. McKay’s next feature film will see him re-team with Christian Bale, Steve Carrel and Amy Adams for an original script by McKay about Dick Cheney. Along with Ferrell and Chris Henchy, McKay started the wildly successful website Funny or Die, which now gets over 35 million hits each year.