This Is How I Broke Into Network Studio Television – Thomas Verrette

Thomas Verrette, Director, Producer, Editor: That was the biggest break for me that I had in a way for my own career just to be like I’m producing a series that’s going to go to TV that’s never been done before.

Film Courage: How did you go from an independent filmmaker to Fox creative and production executive? 

Thomas: That story starts on Craigslist. Actually when I first moved to Los Angeles I was applying for lots of jobs and didn’t know anybody. A lot of those jobs I would apply for on Craigslist and one of them was actually for an editor at Fox but it didn’t say where it was from. That was a surprise to me when they wrote back. I ended up working for them as an editor for four years (I think). I was talking earlier about how I worked as an editor and then I was like Who’s doing the post and managing all that? And then I sort of was like I’m going to do it and nobody ever told me not to and once I did it turned out great. We hit our deliveries and everything came out on budget and it looked great for very little money. We would do it again and do it again and do it again and that went on for about four years on and off. I then went into my euro backpacking trip because I was working l just too much I needed a break. When I got back I took a job for DirecTV cutting promos, producing and directing some of them…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Thomas Verrette is an award-winning director, producer, and editor in Los Angeles. His most recent work is “Zero Gravity”, a feature documentary about middle-school students who compete in a nationwide competition to write code for a satellites aboard the International Space Station, which premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival in 2021, and has continued as an official selection at DOC NYC, Heartland International Film Festival, Dances With Films: LA, and SCAD Savannah Film Festival, among many others. Verrette is best known for producing the FOX Sports docu-series, “Phenoms”. The series was shot in 20 countries and follows the professional and personal lives of 60 young star players as they fight their way to their respective national teams for the World Cup in Russia 2018. Verrette also edited the “Goalkeepers” episode, which premiered the series at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. Other featured work includes editing the feature “Parallels”, co-producing the series “Small Shots”, and executive producing the documentary “Ordinary Gods”. He also produced and edited the promo campaigns for multiple seasons of the critically-acclaimed series “Kingdom”, as well as “Ice”, “Rogue”, and many others while working for DirecTV/AT&T’s Audience Network. He also directed promos for “The Dan Patrick Show”, “The Rich Eisen Show”, and “Undeniable with Joe Buck”.









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