Eddie Schmidt is an Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, as well as a director, producer and showrunner of Emmy-nominated TV series and specials.
Schmidt has produced six projects that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He recently wrapped work as Executive Producer for GILBERT, an inspiring feature documentary revealing the inside world of infamous comedian Gilbert Gottfried that’s been recently released. Previous films include HBO’s two-time Emmy nominee VALENTINE ROAD, IFC’s infamous THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (which he co-wrote), HBO’s TWIST OF FAITH (later nominated for an Academy Award), Morgan Neville’s music doc TROUBADOURS (Emmy-nominated, for PBS), and the prescient teenage snapshot, CHAIN CAMERA.
Schmidt was also Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING, which premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) and was released theatrically before airing on PBS.
For television, Schmidt was recently the Executive Producer of Netflix’s CHELSEA DOES (which he also directed), Executive Producer (Showrunner) and Director of THE CASE OF: JONBENET RAMSEY for CBS. Previously, he was Executive Producer (Showrunner) of Bravo’s NEWLYWEDS: THE FIRST YEAR, Co-Executive Producer of MTV’s CATFISH: THE TV SHOW, and Supervising Producer of A&E’s STORAGE WARS: NEW YORK. Schmidt also directed NBC’s Emmy-nominated series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, documentary segments for Netflix’s CHELSEA, and contributed a short film, GOOD BREAD, to Morgan Spurlock’s FOCUS FORWARD series.
Elsewhere, Schmidt has appeared on THIS AMERICAN LIFE and in the mini-series 50 DOCUMENTARIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE. He also co-authored the book, THE FINGER: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FLIPPING OFF.
From 2009-2011, Schmidt served as Board President of the International Documentary Association (IDA), and was its interim Executive Director during the latter half of 2008.
Schmidt is currently in production on a new series with Morgan Neville and Tremolo Productions.
He is repped by Tyler Kroos at ICM and Stephen Marks of Dialed-In Entertainment.