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Award-winning director Tony Yacenda, represented by LA-based production company The Directors Bureau, snagged a much-deserved Emmy nomination for his hit Netflix comedy satire series “American Vandal” in the ‘Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special’ category. Yacenda co-created, wrote and directed season one of the uproarious 2017 summer smash, certified Fresh at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, which was quickly greenlit for a second season to premiere this Fall.
The mockumentary “American Vandal” spoofs true-crime shows, with a unique twist. When high school administrators discover a scandalous parking lot crime–27 faculty vehicles spray painted with giant penises–one hopelessly implicated high school student is left to prove his innocence and unveil the conspiracy that landed him in hot water.
The Emmys announcement continues the “American Vandal” streak, having also been nominated for three additional awards in 2018: a Writers Guild of America award for New Series, and two Critics Choice Awards for Best Limited Series and Best Actor In A Movie Made For Television Or Limited Series. The serial earned a 2017 Peabody Award in the Entertainment category.
After graduating from Emerson College, Yacenda began his directorial career freelancing with top comedy groups including Comedy Central Digital, among others. His slate of quirky commercial content includes projects for brands such as Lammily, Hyundai, NBC Online and Nexium. In addition to his advertising work, Yacenda boasts an impressive slate of music video productions, helming “Save Dat Money” for Lil Dicky feat. Fetty Wap, which won a Streamy, “Pillow Talking” and “Freaky Friday” for Lil Dicky and more.
Click HERE to read the full list of Emmy nominees. The Emmy Awards premiere on Monday, September 17 on NBC.