Trent O’Donnell

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Trent is a director, writer and producer working in comedy and drama in Australia and the US.

Trent was  supervising and directing Executive Producer on NEW GIRL season 4, 5 and 6 for Fox TV in Los Angeles.  He previously directed two episodes of Season 3 of NEW GIRL in 2013.

Trent created, wrote and directed comedy series THE MOODYS for ABC 1 in Australia.  The second series aired in 2014 and three episodes were recently nominated for AWGIE comedy script awards, the only program to receive nominations in the narrative comedy category. The first series was nominated for Best Television Comedy Series, Best Screenplay in Television and Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in the 2012 AACTAs. A MOODY CHRISTMAS won an AWGIE in 2013 for Best Narrative Comedy Script. Trent and his co-creator Phil Lloyd were commissioned by CBS Studios to rewrite THE MOODYS for US television.

Trent co-created, wrote and directed ABC-TV comedy drama series REVIEW WITH MYLES BARLOW.  The series won four AFI awards including Best TV comedy series and Trent was nominated for two AFI awards including Best Screenplay TV series (with Phil Lloyd) and Best Direction in TV. Trent and Phil won an AWG award for Best Comedy script for the first series and the first episode of series two was nominated for an AWGIE award in 2011. REVIEW WITH MYLES BARLOW was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy at the Logies.

The format rights to his original television series, REVIEW WITH MYLES BARLOW, have sold for remakes in the US, UK and the Netherlands. The remake REVIEW aired on the Comedy Channel in the US in 2014 starring Andy Daly. The third and final season of REVIEW was aired in March 2017.

Trent is a director of TVC and television production company Jungleboys who have offices in Sydney and LA. Jungleboys produced THE MOODYS, THE ELEGANT GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO KNIFEFIGHTING and are currently producing Van Vuuren brothers’ (THE BONDI HIPSTERS) new television series.

Trent’s directing credits include four-part series PROBLEMS, starring comedian Sam Simmons, and the eight part comedy series WOODLEY, the first series of LAID and KITCHEN CABINET starring journalist Annabel Crabb and Australian politicians – all for ABC 1. He directed the third series of THE CHASER’S WAR ON EVERYTHING and a 6 part documentary series WORLD NOMADS FOOTPRINTS for the National Geographic Adventure Channel. His short films, TINY LITTLE PIECES and RAW PRAWN, were Tropfest Finalists in 2002 and 2000 respectively.

Trent is attached to direct the feature film, DEATH IS FOR LIVING, written by Marieke Mardy and Kirsty Fisher currently in development with funding support from Screen Australia and the upcoming THE LETDOWN for Giant Dwarf Productions.