Ari Sandel started his career in the entertainment industry in 1999 creating and hosting the comedic TV segment, The Traveler, for the FX Channel's, The X Show. Ari wrote, directed, and hosted the segment for two seasons as he traveled the globe, offering a tongue-in-cheek view of the world's unknown hot spots for the young and hip.

Ari directed and co-wrote the short film, West Bank Story, which premiered at Sundance and won an Academy Award in 2007. His documentary, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, was his feature documentary directorial debut which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released nationwide in theatres in 2008. Since then, Ari has been in development on a multitude of feature films including projects at Warner Brothers, Fox, and Lionsgate to name a few. He recently directed Aim High 2 for Warner Brothers and is currently attached to direct The D.U.F.F. for CBS Films which is scheduled to shoot late 2013.

Ari is represented as a writer/director by William Morris Endeavor and Principatto Young. In addition to directing and writing, he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ari is also repped by the Harry Walker Agency and speaks globally about short filmmaking and how to tackle controversial subjects through comedy.

When Ari is not working on films, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts where he teaches a graduate-level course on how to make and market short films and how to navigate the film business after graduation.

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