Newly launched production company Reform School just wants to bring laughs and change the culture

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Evan Silver and Ryan Ennis founded Reform School, a Los Angeles and New York-based film production studio that uses humor and storytelling to shock, delight and impact culture. Silver and Ennis have collaborated over the past decade to produce award-winning commercials, Super Bowl spots, branded content, television sketches and music videos.

The founders emphasize Reform School’s fresh, modern and creative approach to production. “We are a filmmaker-led studio founded to meet the ever-changing production needs of today while responding to the cultural shifts occurring in our world.” They each believe that a clever message delivered with a laugh can defuse even the hottest topics and create real change.

“The production company model established over the last ten or even two years seems very anachronistic in 2022. We have responded by revamping the production process to be more agile, collaborative, diverse and intimate. This allows us to customize our approach to each project and ensure our clients get everything they want despite any limitations,” says Ennis.

“In starting our business from scratch, we were determined to make the production process more creative and fun for our directors, agencies and clients. As a filmmaker-run boutique, we have the freedom to take risks on these more avant-garde, yet coveted, creative projects that have a real impact on our culture,” Silver added.

Reform School has been busy producing projects for Amazon, Fage Greek Yogurt, MTV and Meijer supermarkets over the past few months. Their upcoming work includes a high-profile TV campaign for cult wine brand 19 Crimes.

Silver, founder and director, has had an illustrious career directing Super Bowl commercials, television sketches, music videos and pro-social causes. He has worked with prestigious clients such as Nike, Audi, MTV, FunnyorDie, HBO, Burger King, Mint Mobile, Xbox, ESPN and The Daily Show. Silver recently won two 2021 Entertainment Clios: a Silver for a VH1 spot with Martha Stewart and a Bronze for Hulu with the cast of Jumanji. His work has earned him Emmys, Cannes Lions, AICP, One Show, Webbys, GLAAD and other industry accolades.

Ennis, Founder and Executive Producer, has 17 years of freelance experience in commercial and film production during which he produced projects for top advertising agencies Droga5, Mother, Deutsch LA and 72andSunny. Having risen through the ranks of the Los Angeles film community, he learned all facets of production, and he uses that knowledge to solve any creative challenge and deliver creative vision as promised. As a proud member of the Choctaw Nation, a Native American tribe originally occupying the Southeastern United States, Ennis is passionate about promoting Native American and Indigenous representation in commercial and film production.

The Reform School’s diverse roster of talent includes a mix of well-known and up-and-coming filmmakers from the worlds of advertising, comedy, television and social media – Silver, Dax Martinez-Vargas, Julie and Heath Cullens. Each director offers a different shade of comedy delivered in a unique visual style.

“We deliberately keep our roster of directors tight, well-defined and researched. The industry doesn’t need another hugely listed company trying to be everything to everyone at the same time,” says Ennis.

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