With over 25 years of experience as a Production Designer, Gary Kordan has strengthened many scripted and variety series through his distinct creative vision.
In 2016, Gary won an Art Directors Guild Award and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on the hit series Key & Peele starring Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele. Additionally, he was the first Production Designer for an Amazon Prime series (Betas), the second designer overall for Amazon Studios and the first Production Designer for Hulu with Quickdraw.
In addition to the entire 54 episode run of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning Key & Peele, some of Gary's production design credits include: Miracle Workers starring Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi (TBS, HBO Max), The Prank Panel with Johnny Knoxville, Eric André and Gabourey Sidibe (ABC), Kenan starring Kenan Thompson and Don Johnson (NBC), Downward Dog (ABC), Ghosted starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson (FOX), Jordan Peele's Weird City (YouTube), Crank Yankers (Comedy Central), Time Traveling Bong starring Broad City's Ilana Glazer (Comedy Central), The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, @midnight (Comedy Central), Workaholics starring Blake Anderson, Adam Devine and Anders Holm, Reggie Watts: Spatial (Netflix), Fred Armisen: For Drummers Only (Netflix), The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle (Comedy Central), Melissa McCarthy's Nobodies (TruTV), the feature film What Now? starring Kevin Hart (Universal), Just Add Magic (Amazon Prime), Betas (Amazon Prime), Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (Epix), Teachers (TV Land), Those Who Can't (TruTV), Just Add Magic: New Protectors (Amazon Prime), For The Cultura (Quibi) and 2022 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Art Direction, The Barbarian and the Troll (Nickelodeon).
He also co-created and executive produced #1 Single with Lisa Loeb (E! Entertainment), directed two music videos for the alternative rock band Veruca Salt and wrote jokes for Joan Rivers, one of his many professional and personal collaborations with the comedy legend. Gary spent the fall and winter of 2002 in Paris as a writer for the massive reality hit Joe Millionaire (FOX), its finale beating the Super Bowl ratings with 42.6 million viewers. In 2017 he followed Ike Turner with a camera, documenting his life, which led to an unlikely friendship that lasted until Ike's death and resulted in a box of unused, yet fascinating footage.
In front of the camera, Gary produced and hosted two public access shows on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, both resulting in a cult following, co-hosted Treasures In Your Home, a nightly live eBay style talk show that very often beat Late Night with David Letterman in many markets and hosted the red carpet arrivals of the first X-Men film on Ellis Island.
Gary's life in art and comedy began at a very early age, drawing portraits and caricatures of everyone he knew and working as a doorman at the legendary Catch A Rising Star comedy club during the tail end of the comedy boom.
He went on to study Fine Arts and Illustration at School of Visual Arts in New York City, and during his junior year landed full time job working for Joan Rivers on her daytime talk show, The Joan Rivers Show. It was there, and because of Joan's encouragement, Gary began his career in the art department.
Gary is a member of the Art Directors Guild Local 800, a Daytime Emmy Judge, a member of the Television Academy Peer Group Executive Committee and resides in Los Angeles with his photographer wife, Justine Ungaro. Together they own a creative soundstage in Los Angeles called Stu., live with two dogs, Simon & Daphne (named prior to Bridgerton) and have a closet full of black clothes.