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Michael Spiller Wins the Emmy Best TV Comedy Series Director

September 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES, September 19, 2011, A SHOOT Staff Report --- For the fourth straight year, the Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series was Mad Men, underscoring that the ad biz had indeed once again made its mark on the television awards season. But that impression wasn't confined to AMC's acclaimed 1960s Golden Age of Advertising period piece show. In fact, there was a TV commercialmaking tinge to several other winners both during this past Sunday's (9/18) primetime Emmy telecast and the prior week's Creative Arts portion of the competition.

The ad industry connection was even part of another big winner during the primetime Emmy telecast, ABC's Modern Family, which copped a total of five Emmys to top the evening--for Best Comedy Series (the second consecutive year), Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Julie Bowen) and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Ty Burrell), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Michael Spiller).

Spiller won on the strength of the "Halloween" episode of Modern Family, the same episode which earned him back in January the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Best TV Comedy Series Director. The Emmy thus capped a stirring awards season for a helmer who too has been gaining momentum as a TV commercial director via Lookout Entertainment, a Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based production house headed by executive producer Yvonne Bernard. Spiller's recent ad exploits include a three-spot package for Purolator oil filters out of Grey New York, the comedic premise centered on unlikely mechanics like a grandmother, geisha and an Amish man performing oil changes on an old pickup truck. If they can do it, anyone can as each is asked questions off camera by Spiller, adding to the people appeal and humor of the campaign.

Spiller's credits also include directing Lookout-produced commercials for Mercury Insurance out of Kovel/Fuller, Culver City, Calif., and Ross Dress For Less from Los Angeles agency Admarketing.

Spiller continues to direct multiple episodes of Modern Family (now in season three) and has embarked on a new ABC sitcom, Apartment 23.

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