The Directors Bureau has welcomed Emmy winner Natasha Lyonne to the filmmaker collective. Lyonne is a gifted creator who continually pushes boundaries as a producer, actor, writer, and director, resulting in original and compelling storytelling in many forms. Uniting with The Directors Bureau marks Lyonne’s premiere global representation for branded content, advertising and music video projects.
In speaking about the collaboration, she notes: “I'm honoured to be joining The Directors Bureau's impressive body of cutting-edge directors and look forward to collaborating with Roman and his team.”
"The Directors Bureau has always valued collaborating with people that have diverse talents in different fields, especially when they have such a strong voice as Natasha's,” says The Directors Bureau founder Roman Coppola. “Natasha is someone with such dynamic, inventive, and outrageous creativity — I’m sure she’s going to make some remarkable, distinctive work, and we can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Lyonne made her directorial debut with Kenzo short film Cabiria, Charity, Chastity, featuring the Fall/Winter 2017 collection. Among her many accoladed projects, Natasha Lyonne co-created the Netflix series Russian Doll, which has received three Emmy awards, 13 Emmy nominations, a Gotham Award nomination, and a Golden Globe nomination since its premiere in 2019. She showruns, writes and directs for the series which returns in 2022 with its second season.
In 2020, Lyonne directed the Netflix comedy special, Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine, a variety special dealing with issues of politics, race, gender, and class and features Helen Mirren, Fred Armisen, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Hamm, Aubrey Plaza, Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, and Marisa Tomei, among others. In addition to directing, Natasha executive produced the special through Animal Pictures, her production company with Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens. Upcoming, Lyonne will executive produce and star in Rian Johnson’s mystery drama series Poker Face, which has been picked up by Peacock.
In 2019, Lyonne returned as Nicky Nichols in the seventh and final season of Netflix original drama series Orange Is the New Black for which she also directed an episode. That year, Lyonne also directed and appeared in an episode of Comedy Central’s Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, and directed an episode each of Shrill starring Aidy Bryant and the Hulu series High Fidelity starring Zoë Kravitz.