Lance Khazei, founder of Space Age Entertainment, is an Emmy nominated writer, award winning producer, and festival acclaimed director. Lance has developed and written television comedy for Fox, ABC, MTV, Disney Animation, Dreamworks, Klasky Csupo, Jim Henson Productions, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central and NBC Studios. He has written late night and sketch comedy for the Emmy Award winning “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” “House of Buggin” with John Leguizamo, “The Chevy Chase Show,” and Disney’s Emmy nominated series of animated shorts “Genie’s Great Minds,” voiced by Robin Williams. Lance served as a writer, co-creator and supervising producer on his own sketch comedy “Color TV” which received a six script commitment from NBC.
Lance made a splash in feature film when he sold his first two original screenplays. Khazei sold “Romantic Comedy,” the first screenplay he ever penned, to MGM. The scribe set up his second feature “Baby Formula,” a comedy fantasy adventure, at New Line. While Khazei did not participate in the production rewrites, “Baby Formula” was re-developed as the theatrical release “Son of the Mask.” Khazei has also worked as a writer on additional feature films for New Line, Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures, working primarily in the comedy and action genres. Lance set up his action comedy graphic novel “Dionysus” at Archie Comics.
More recently, Lance has broken through as a director of ascending comedy talent and award winning film on the festival circuit. Fox Digital hired Lance to write and direct a sports competition comedy featuring Rob Delany of Amazon’s “Catastrophe” and Mike Hatton of “Green Book. “NAMCAR Night Race,” an independent comedy Lance wrote, directed and produced, has screened in 2017 and 2018 to forty-five festival wins and honors worldwide, including multiple Audience Awards, Best Television Pilot, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Edit awards.
MovieMaker Magazine calls NAMCAR Night Race, “brilliant.” The Mindfield Film Festival gushes, “If you’re looking for what’s next in crazy great entertainment, look no further than ascendant filmmaker Lance Khazei,” adding NAMCAR is “deliriously funny.” New Filmmakers LA calls Lance a “passionate and ultra-talented writer director.” The Kapow Intergalactic Film Festival characterizes Lance’s filmmaking as “ingenious, charmingly playful” and “ready to usher in a brave new universe of funny.” Lance’s animated short, “Crayos” won the Audience Award at the DMOFF and DSOFF festivals in 2017. Crayos has a fan in producer Norman Lear who comments, “It is rare to find an original idea in the marketplace these days. But Lance Khazei has done it with Crayos. The animation style, characters and raw story lines are fresh, interesting and hilarious.”
In the digital space, Lance has worked as a writer, producer and director on additional comedies for Fox Digital, Z.com, GQ and Conde Nast. Lance served as a founding producer on “HuffPost Live” which was named Mashable’s Best Media Innovation of 2012 and earned a Webby Award in 2013. In 2015, Lance Khazei was named a producer to watch by Indie’s UNITE!
Lance Khazei was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Bedford, New Hampshire. His father, a doctor, immigrated from Iran. His mother, a nurse, was the daughter of Italian immigrants. Lance graduated from Harvard with honors where he rowed varsity lightweight crew and was elected Ibis (Vice President) of the Harvard Lampoon. Before Lance’s work in the entertainment industry, he worked for City Year, a domestic Peace Corps.