Eddie Schmidt is an Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, as well as a showrunner and director of groundbreaking nonfiction TV series and specials.
Schmidt has produced six projects that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. These include Netflix’s CHELSEA DOES… (which he also directed), 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 tapestry, CHAIN CAMERA.
For TV, Schmidt was most recently Executive Producer (showrunner) and episodic Director of the Netflix series UGLY DELICIOUS, with superstar chef David Chang, and the new IN SEARCH OF starring Zachary Quinto for History. Previously, Schmidt was Executive Producer (showrunner) and Director of THE CASE OF: JONBENET RAMSEY for CBS, Executive Producer (showrunner) of Bravo’s NEWLYWEDS: THE FIRST YEAR, and Co-Executive Producer of MTV’s CATFISH: THE TV SHOW. He also directed segments for Netflix’s CHELSEA, the GE/Focus Forward short GOOD BREAD, and NBC’s WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Other projects include executive producing GILBERT: A Gilbert Gottfried Story, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently on Hulu, iTunes and amazon, and the Emmy-nominated BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING, which premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) and was released theatrically before airing on PBS.
As a personality, Schmidt appeared with Ira Glass on THIS AMERICAN LIFE. He was seen on-camera throughout the documentary series 50 DOCUMENTARIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE, as well as the specials IN THE GUTTER and SEX AND THE CINEMA, both for Starz. He was a frequent guest on ATTACK OF THE SHOW, and also appeared on CNN, MSNBC and IFC.
Once upon a time, Schmidt co-authored the book, THE FINGER: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FLIPPING OFF, and, for three years, served as Board President of the International Documentary Association (IDA).
He is repped by Tyler Kroos at ICM, Stephen Marks at Dialed-In Entertainment, and Darren Trattner at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.