Rhys also directed Pringles’ first Super Bowl ad, starring Bill Hader, which will run during this year’s big game on February 4th.Thomas hails from South Wales and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. Rhys joined SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE as a production assistant in 2004, was the SNL film unit’s line producer from 2006–2009, and in 2010 began directing their short films. Since then Rhys has directed over 100 SNL shorts as well as the opening title sequences for SNL’s 40–43rd seasons, the SNL40 special (which he also produced, garnering him his first primetime EMMY win), and the opening for LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS. Rhys’ debut feature film was the Paramount production, STATEN ISLAND SUMMER, released in July 2015 by Netflix. That year, he also directed John Mulaney’s Emmy-nominated THE COMEBACK KID stand-up special for Netflix.
Says Jeff Baron, Stink Films’ US Managing Director: “Rhys is a huge talent and we’re thrilled to have him join us here at Stink. He has a keen comedic sensibility and strong visual eye, which is immediately evident throughout his body of work. Whether it’s a commercial project or his work for SNL, Documentary Now or, most recently, Comrade Detective, he always makes something that is visually arresting and very very funny. You can see why we gravitated towards him.”Rhys co-created and directs DOCUMENTARY NOW! for IFC alongside Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers (Emmy nominated for Best Variety/Sketch 2016 & 2017). In 2015 he also produced the ADELE: LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY concert special for NBC (broadcast in the UK on the BBC) for which he also directed the opening (Emmy nominated for Best Variety Special 2016).
Says Rhys: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Stink. They foster such a collaborative and creative atmosphere, and they’re also just a lovely group of people. I can’t wait to see what we make together.”