McG

Highest Rated: 73% The Babysitter (2017)
Lowest Rated: 9% Stay Alive (2006)
Birthday: Aug 9, 1968
Birthplace: Not Available
With over 50 music video credentials to his name before he joined Spike Jonze and David Fincher among the ranks of music video directors turned ultra-hip, flamboyant feature helmers, MTV-era filmmaker McG seemed the ideal choice to direct the flashy, big-budget adaptation of the girl-powered 1970s television series Charlie's Angels. Born Joseph McGinty Mitchell and raised in Newport Beach, CA, the future director was merely six-years-old when the television series from which he would launch his career aired. Though his earliest memories related to Charlie's Angels were of his parents pleading with him to turn off the television and go to bed, McG eventually turned to his studies and graduated from the University of California-Irvine with a degree in psychology. Moving on to direct videos for such artists as Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray, McG viewed music videos as a perfect training ground to move into feature-film territory. Developing an imprint of his own with his flashy and infectiously energetic videos, the future feature helmer was later approached by actress/producer Drew Barrymore to step behind the camera for Charlie's Angels (2000). Pitching the movie to studio execs by mapping it out on index cards and acting it out scene-for-scene, his energy for the project proved effective and he was given the green light to begin pre-production. Though it took him some time to adjust to feature-length pacing as opposed to the visceral visual assault of music videos, McG soon worked out his initial concerns and dove into the process head-on. After re-acquainting himself with the series by watching all 109 episodes, the Hong Kong film fanatic decided to infuse the high-octane energy of the genre with a distinctly colorful Western flavor. The result was one of the biggest action draws of the year, and though the 2003 sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle upped the cartoonish ante in just about every way possible, poor box office ultimately prevented the series from turning into a trilogy. But the critical failure seemed to have little effect on McG's upward career trajectory, because that meanwhile he shifted gears into the role of Executive Producer for the short-lived television series Fastlane, which took a cue from The Fast and the Furious in telling the tale of two Los Angeles undercover cops with a need for speed. Though the series lasted only one season, it wasn't long before the increasingly prolific producer scored a direct hit with the glossy WB drama The O.C. -- a sort-of Gen-Y Beleverly Hills 90210 that hit a satisfying four season stride. Back on the big screen, audiences stood up and cheered for the director's 2006 inspirational football drama We Are Marshall, but those cheers turned to jeers three years later, when McG failed spectacularly in his attempt to resurrect on of the biggest sci-fi series' in cinema history in the dreadful Terminator Salvation. Fortunately for McG, his role as Executive Producer of Chuck and Supernatural ensured that he was still a major Hollywood player. And though in 2012 McG embraced his romantic side as director of the Valentine's Day action comedy This Means War, audiences and critics just didn't seem to be feeling the love when the film failed to perform at the box office.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
35% I Feel Pretty Producer 2018
No Score Yet Rim of the World Producer Director 2018
73% The Babysitter Director Producer 2017
24% Before We Go Producer $23K 2015
14% Playing It Cool Producer 2015
72% The DUFF Producer $30.8M 2015
No Score Yet Mercy Producer 2014
No Score Yet Untitled McG Sci-Fi/Adventure Project Director 2014
28% 3 Days To Kill Director 2014
26% This Means War Director $54.8M 2012
33% Terminator Salvation Director $125.3M 2009
48% We Are Marshall Producer Director $43.6M 2006
9% Stay Alive Producer $23M 2006
42% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle Director $100.7M 2003
68% Charlie's Angels Director $124.5M 2000

TV

CREDIT
89% Lethal Weapon
2016
Director Executive Producer Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
77% Shadowhunters
2016-2018
Director Executive Producer Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
88% Supernatural
2005
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
85% 9-1-1
2018
Director
  • 2018
23% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
Director Executive Producer Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
55% Kevin From Work
2015
Director Executive Producer
  • 2015
81% Nikita
2010-2013
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
75% Human Target
2010-2011
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2011
  • 2010
89% Chuck
2007-2012
Producer
  • 2010
72% The O.C.
2003-2007
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Mountain
2004-2005
Executive Producer
  • 2005
  • 2004

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