Emmy®-nominated, BAFTA award-winning director and showrunner Kari Skogland is CEO of Mad Rabbit, a Red Arrow Studios company, which launched in 2016. As CEO, Skogland is committed to producing high-end one-hour dramas for the international market while she continues her award-winning work as director of hit series including The Handmaid’s Tale, the first two episodes of AMC’s NOS4A2 starring Zachary Quinto, and the pilot of Starz’s The Rook. Skogland also serves as pilot block director and an executive producer of Showtime’s limited series The Loudest Voice starring Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes. Up next, Skogland will direct the six-part Marvel Studios Falcon and the Winter Soldier miniseries for Disney+.
Skogland has become one of the world’s most prolific female directors of one-hour dramas and feature films. She was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Ten Directors to Watch” for her auteur debut, won a prestigious BAFTA award for directing The Handmaid’s Tale season one finale, nominated for a 2018 Emmy® award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for The Handmaid’s Tale season two and most recently was featured in Variety’s 2018 Women’s Impact Report.
Skogland’s additional television credits include the premiere season of Condor (Audience), The Borgias and Penny Dreadful (Showtime), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), The Killing, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead (AMC), Under the Dome (CBS), Vikings (History Channel), Power (Starz), The Americans (FX), House of Cards and The Punisher (Netflix) and many more. Skogland also directed Sons of Liberty (History), a 6-part event miniseries for which she won the Directors Guild of Canada (DCG) award for best director of a television miniseries.
As a feature film writer, director and producer, Skogland’s film Fifty Dead Men Walking, starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess, premiered at a gala at Toronto International Film Festival. The film won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for an additional six awards including Best Film. It also won Best Feature Drama at the Leo Awards. Additionally, Skogland was recognized by the DCG for Best Director. Her previous film, The Stone Angel starring Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Page, which Skogland directed, wrote, and produced, garnered nominations by the DGC for Best Director and Best Film, as well as Best Screenplay by the WGC, and a win for Ellen Burstyn for the Genie Award for Best Actress.
For her body of work, Skogland was honored at the BIRKS-TELEFIM 2015 Diamond Tribute to Women in Film. She has also worked for many years advocating with the DGA and DGC on behalf of women directors.