EXCLUSIVE: Amy York Rubin will direct Paramount Pictures’ Gay Kid and Fat Chick, a title that would raise eyebrows if it weren’t about two outsider teenagers who create costumed alter egos to get revenge on the students who have bullied them in school. The film was written and is being produced by Bo Burnham (The Big Sick) for Paramount Players, the division started up last summer inside Paramount Pictures that is devoted entirely to producing films derived from the Viacom flagship brands, including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET.
Over the past year or so, Rubin has been steadily working as a director, helming many episodes for various TV shows, including episodes of Casual(Hulu), SMILF (Showtime), The Mick (FOX), Fresh Off The Boat (ABC), Grown-ish and Alone Together (both Freeform titles), I’m Sorry (TruTV) and upcoming episodes of Dietlan (AMC), Tribeca and Wrecked (both for TBS).
Burnham is multi-talented. He acted in The Big Sick and Rough Night (to name only a few roles) and has been writing and producing, directing and even composing for many years. Bo write and directed Eighth Grade which debuted at Sundance and premiered at SXSW; A24 is releasing the film July. Burnham also directed Chris Rock’s Netflix stand up show.
Rubin previously wrote for the HBO series Divorce and she is also developing an original pilot at the cable network. She directed and executive produced the entire first season of Foursome, a six-episode half hour YouTube Red series and she returned to direct four episodes of Season 2. She received critical acclaim for her 2013 popular ‘darkly comedic’ web series Little Horribles which played at SXSW was then sold and developed at TV Land with Jessi Klein (Inside Amy Schumer) producing.
Her other credits include directing and producing the series Notary Publix which starred Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant (SNL) and a Funny Or Die series The Program.
Rubin also created and directed the original series Boxed In for IFC Comedy Crib, which became the first digital series to cross over into the network’s on-air programming. She has worked with talent such as Amy Schumer, Issa Rae, Sarah Silverman and Ilana Glazer in digital content and worked with brands such as Google, Vanity Fair, Hyundai, College Humor and GQ.
Rubin is represented by WME, Rise Management and law firm Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Burnham is repped by UTA and law firm Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman.