Steve Oedekerk, the Academy Award nominated multi-hyphenate, has built an extraordinary career, experiencing vast success in writing, directing, producing, acting, stand-up comedy and computer generated animation. He has written and directed films that have grossed over $1.9 billion in worldwide box office, including such blockbusters as Bruce Almighty, the Ace Ventura franchise, The Nutty Professor, and Patch Adams. He received an Academy Award nomination for his producing and creative leadership role on Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and with the addition of the CG animated feature Barnyard along with its Emmy Award winning TV series, Oedekerk has created a successful template for turning hit animated feature films into long running hit television series. Having just completed the screenplay for the upcoming live action/VFX, stereoscopic spectacle Stretch Armstrong for Universal, Oedekerk is currently prepping his next round of blockbuster feature films and TV series.
Cult Crazy: Also excelling in the coveted youth demographic, Oedekerk has created cult franchise properties, whose audience continues to grow with each passing year. From his initial indy feature film High Strung, and his Thumb filmettes, including Thumb Wars and Thumbtanic, to writing, directing and starring in the wild retro-martial arts comedy Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Oedekerk has a steadily growing base of Oedefans, who religiously await, track down and tune into the future right-brained creations from Steve.
Television: Further expanding the Jimmy Neutron franchise for Nickelodeon Television, Steve executive produced 63 episodes of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, and 52 episodes of the Emmy Award winning Back at the Barnyard. The Neutron TV series initially released with $100 million dollars of sponsor support, and Back at the Barnyard continually lands in the top 20 ratings of all cable TV, reaching as high as the top 5. The new and raucous, Planet Sheen, a spin-off of the popular Neutron franchise will hit Nickelodeon air in 2010. Oedekerk also starred in his own television special for NBC, produced an animated Christmas special for ABC, and his six Thumb filmette titles: “Thumb Wars”,”Thumbtanic”, “The Blair Thumb”, “Bat Thumb”, “Frankenthumb” and “The Godthumb” have aired on both Showtime and Cartoon Network.
Digital Media: Always in pursuit of the future of entertainment, Steve is not only focused on the burgeoning areas of new media and social networking, but has created an innovative model defining the future of successful franchise property development, including Gaming, Internet, Mobile, Virtual worlds and Digital Media production. Dirk Derby Wonder Jockey will be the first broadcast length comedy series released exclusively to the online digital media arena and digital hand held media market , including Sony PSP, iPhone and iPad. Dirk Derby will set the pace for the future transition from repurposed online media to full length original content available exclusively in the digital marketplace.
New Technologies: Oedekerk’s company, O Entertainment, led the way with the first IMAX 3D animated film,Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (2002), releasing November, 2002 and launching the return of stereoscopic 3D entertainment to the big screen. Oedekerk also created “Thumbmation” the technology behind the series of Thumb Parody projects distributed worldwide on DVD and video by Image Entertainment. Kicking off the series was “Thumb Wars”, followed by “Thumbtanic”, “The Blair Thumb”, “Bat Thumb”, “Frankenthumb” and “The Godthumb”.
His writing credits include some of the most successful movies in recent history. While writing on the Fox series_”In Living Color” (1990)_, Oedekerk collaborated with Jim Carreyon the surprise hit comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” When that film became a break-out success, Oedekerk was asked to write and directed its sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), which proved to be one of those rare sequels that far surpassed the box office gross of the original.
Following the success of “Ace Ventura” franchise, Oedekerk wrote Universal’s_The Nutty Professor (1996)_, which became one of the highest-grossing films of 1996. He also wrote, directed and appeared (in a scene-stealing cameo) in Touchstone Pictures’ Nothing to Lose (1997), starring Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. He then went on to write the box office smash and Golden Globe nominated Patch Adams (1998) starring Robin Williams. On the small screen, Oedekerk directed, wrote, and starred in his own television special for NBC, produced an animated Christmas special for ABC as well as the original “Thumb Wars” special for UPN.
Oedekerk resides in Southern California with his wife, two children and a badger, pound for pound known to be the most vicious mammal on the planet.
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