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Derek Frey is a passionate and prolific filmmaker with twenty years of leadership experience producing live-action and animated films for the major studios and serving as director, editor, and cinematographer on a number of award-winning independent projects.  He has been an integral member of filmmaking teams on an array of blockbuster projects from initial development and pre-production, through post and release. He has had the pleasure of assembling some of the most renowned talent both in front and behind the camera. 
 
Frey is currently producing  Zero, an animated action/adventure/comedy feature for Warner Bros. Pictures Animation as well as Toto, an animated musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz, told from the perspective of Dorothy’s loyal dog.  Frey previously served as Producer of Dumbo (2019), Executive Producer of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), Executive Producer of Big Eyes (2014), Producer of the Here With Me music video for The Killers (2013) and Co-Producer of Frankenweenie (2012). Derek also served as Associate Producer of Dark Shadows (2012), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Corpse Bride (2005), and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005). Films Frey has worked in a producer capacity have earned over $2.9 billion at the box office.

Frey progressed within multiple positions for Tim Burton Productions, joining the organization in 1996, and quickly advancing to the head of the organization. Frey also oversaw an in-house graphic design, photography and writing team for the creation of high quality consumer products, merchandise and publications related to Burton's projects and artistry.  In 2009 Frey worked closely with curators from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for the formation of the popular The World of Tim Burton exhibition which has made record-breaking stops around the globe.
 
Frey wrote the Frankenweenie-based short film Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers (2013). He also edited the award-winning publication The Art of Tim Burton (2009) and produced the documentaries In Search of Tomorrow (2022) and A Conversion with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton (2011).  Derek served as Production Coordinator of the animated series The World of Stainboy (2000) as well as the music video Bones (2006) for The Killers. Early in his career, he assisted Burton on Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), and Big Fish (2003).

Frey has also directed numerous indie featurettes, shorts, documentaries and music videos with wide
success on the film festival circuit including Awkward Endeavors (2022), Pangea (2018) and God Came 'Round (2017). His dark comedy, Kill The Engine (2017), won 45 awards including Best Comedy and Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. His horror featurette Green Lake (2016) won 50 awards including Best Short at the Honolulu Film Fest and Best Short, Director, and Cinematography at the NYC Indie Film Awards.

Other acclaimed projects include Motel Providence (2014), Sky Blue Collar (2013), and The Ballad of Sandeep (2012) in addition to music videos and documentaries featuring music by Professor T & the East Side Shredders, The Killers, Technical Difficulties, Delight Talkies, Witching Hour, and The Mars Patrol.

Derek started his career as an Assistant for the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation and
Production Assistant on the sitcom The Faculty (ABC Television).

Frey graduated with honors from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies with a concentration in Journalism. He is also a member of the Producers Guild of America, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, British Film Institute, and American Film Institute.

FILMOGRAPHY

ZERO (TBD) Producer

TOTO (TBD) Producer

THE BEATING OF A MOTH'S WING (2026) Producer

UNTITLED TIM BURTON DOCUMENTARY (2024) Interviewee


VIATICUM (2024) Director

ALIENS: EXPANDED
(2024) Producer

THE BOOK CLUB FOR MEN - (2023) Chapters 2-6 - Director
 
IN SEARCH OF TOMORROW (2022) Producer

AWKWARD ENDEAVORS (2021) Director

REVOLUTION TIME (2020) Director

RATSHIT WEASELS (2020) Director
 
DUMBO (2019)  Producer
 
PANGEA (2018)  Director
 
COME IN (THE WATER’S FINE) (2018) Director
 
GOD CAME ‘ROUND (2017)  Director
 
KILL THE ENGINE (2017)  Director
 
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016)  Executive Producer
 
GREEN LAKE (2016)  Director

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES: WHAT HAPPENED (2015) Interviewee

 
BIG EYES (2014)  Executive Producer
 
MOTEL PROVIDENCE (2014)  Director
 
SKY BLUE COLLAR (2013)  Director
 
CAPTAIN SPARKY vs. THE FLYING SAUCERS (2013) Writer
 
THE KILLERS: HERE WITH ME – BEHIND THE SCENES (2013) Director
 
THE KILLERS: HERE WITH ME (2012)  Producer
 
FRANKENEENIE (2012)  Co-Producer
 
VAMPIRES KISS/BLOOD INSIDE (2012) Director
 
DARK SHADOWS (2012)  Associate Producer
 
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (2012)  Associate Producer
 
A CONVERSATION WITH DANNY ELFMAN AND TIM BURTON (2011) Producer
 
THE BALLAD OF SANDEEP (2011) Director
 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)  Associate Producer
 
THE CURSE OF THE SACRED STONE (2010)  Director
 
AMERICA’S GAME (2009) Director
 
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007)  Associate Producer
 
4th and 99 (2007) Director
 
THE KILLERS: BONES (2006)  Production Coordinator
 
LONDON MADNESS (2006) Director
 
CORPSE BRIDE (2005)  Associate Producer
 
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005)  Associate Producer
 
BIG FISH (2003)   Director’s Assistant
 
THE DAY THE DOLLS STRUCK BACK! (2002) Director
 
CREEP (2002) Director
 
MEDICATION DREAMS (2002) Cinematographer
 
PLANET OF THE APES (2001)  Director’s Assistant
 
SEX IS EASIER (2001) Director
 
THE UPPER HAND (2001) Director

LOST IN OZ (2000) Director's Assistant
 
THE WORLD OF STAINBOY (2000)  Production Coordinator
 
SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999)  Director’s Assistant
 
MARS ATTACKS! (1996)  Director’s Assistant
 
VERGE OF DARKNESS (1995) Director
 

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