Richard Shepard
Born1965 (age 58–59)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation(s)Director, writer, producer
PartnerJennifer Konner

Richard Shepard (born 1965) is an American film and television director and screenwriter.[1]


Shepard was born in New York City, New York. Shepard's father was from an Austro-Hungarian-Jewish background and his mother was of Armenian descent.[2]

In 2007, Shepard received a Directors Guild of America Award and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for the television pilot for Ugly Betty. Shepard's next film, The Perfection, was financed by Miramax, and started its production in early 2018.[3] It was released in 2019 by Netflix.



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1989 Cool Blue Yes Yes No Co-directed with Mark Mullin
1991 The Linguini Incident Yes Yes No
1995 Mercy Yes Yes Yes
1997 Below Utopia No Yes No
1999 Oxygen Yes Yes Yes
2000 Mexico City Yes Yes Yes
2005 The Matador Yes Yes No
2007 The Hunting Party Yes Yes No
2009 I Knew It Was You Yes No Yes Documentary
2013 Dom Hemingway Yes Yes No
2018 The Perfection Yes Yes Yes
2023 Film Geek [4][5][6][7] Yes Yes Yes Documentary


Year Title Director Executive
1996 The Royale Yes No TV movie
2001 Class Warfare Yes No
2006 Ugly Betty Yes No Episode "Pilot"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
2008 30 Rock Yes No Episode 210
2011 Danni Lowinski Yes No Unaired pilot
Ringer Yes Yes Episode "Pilot"
2013 Girls Yes No 12 episodes
Golden Boy Yes Yes Episode "Pilot"
2014 Salem Yes Yes Episode "The Vow"
2018 Sweetbitter Yes Yes Episode "Salt"
2019 The Twilight Zone Yes No Episode "The Wunderkind"
2020 Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Yes Yes Episode "Pilot", Film "Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas"
2021 The Handmaid's Tale Yes No Episodes "Vows" and "Home"
Acapulco Yes Yes Episode "Pilot"
2022 Welcome to Chippendales Yes No Episodes "Paper is Paper" and "Switzerland"
TBA Blank Slate Yes Yes Episode "Pilot" [8]


  1. ^ "Richard Shepard". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2007. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007.
  2. ^ Arkun, Aram (2012-06-15). "The Two Hollywood Worlds of Richard Shepard". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator.
  3. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. (2017-09-13). "Miramax Buys Richard Shepard's Next Pic, 'The Perfection'". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  4. ^ "FILM GEEK". American Cinematheque. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  5. ^ Shepard, Richard (2023-09-22), Film Geek (Documentary), Stacey Reiss Productions, retrieved 2023-09-25
  6. ^ Shepard, Richard (2023-09-20). "Richard Shepard's Favorite Movies From High School, Including 'The King Of Comedy' and 'Staying Alive'". Variety. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  7. ^ "Richard Shepard's memories as a teenage 'Film Geek,' plus the week's best movies in L.A." Los Angeles Times. 2023-09-22. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  8. ^ White, Peter (March 1, 2022). "'Blank Slate': Richard Shepard To Direct & EP NBC Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.