For over 25 years, Katy Garretson has worked in film & TV production, the last twenty years as a Director. Her directing credits include: The new CBS show (Fall, 2019) CAROL'S SECOND ACT with Patricia Heaton, BROKE (New, CBS, Mid-Season, 2019-2020), THE COOL KIDS, LIVING BIBLICALLY, ALEXA & KATIE, FULLER HOUSE, THE ODD COUPLE, 2 BROKE GIRLS, ONE BIG HAPPY, YOUNG & HUNGRY, FRASIER, SULLIVAN & SON, REBA, GEORGE LOPEZ, GIRLFRIENDS, and “hybrids” like SCHOOL OF ROCK, TITUS and THE PITTS. She has also directed several “tween” and children’s shows, including the high-tech motion-capture and digital puppetry animated series SID THE SCIENCE KID for The Jim Henson Company. Additionally, she has directed several single-camera series, including NURSES WHO KILL and TBS's interstitial series Love Bites.
Garretson received a DGA Award Nomination for Best Comedy Director for her debut episode on FRASIER, and four of her many guest stars have been nominated for or won Emmys. She was nominated for two BET awards for episodes of GIRLFRIENDS, and Ashley Tisdale won the Teen's Choice Award for a character she portrayed in an episode of YOUNG & HUNGRY, directed by Garretson.
Prior to being a director, Garretson was a DGA Trainee, then an award-winning Assistant Director on numerous TV movies, commercials, hour episodics and features. Her full list of AD credits can be found on IMDB.com.
In 2012, Garretson was the recipient of the Frank Capra Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America. This award, given out at that point only 25 times in the history of the Guild, is presented to a member with at least twenty years of distinguished DGA credits and fifteen years of quality Guild service. Garretson has served as an Associate National Board member and Council Chair at the DGA, and on numerous guild committees. She currently serves on the Western Directors Council Ethics Committee, The DGA Leadership Committee, and the Frank Capra Award Committee. She has been an elected Delegate to the Biennial DGA Convention for every convention since 1993.
Garretson is also a producer. Among other projects, she found, developed and produces a series of TV movies, THE GARAGE SALE MYSTERIES for The Hallmark Channel. The first of these MOWs aired in September 2013 and broke nearly every ratings record for The Hallmark Channel, and in March 2014, Hallmark announced it would re-brand The Hallmark Movie Channel to be The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel, and would have a “wheel” of mystery movies led by the GSMs. Garretson produced sixteen-and-a-half (feel free to ask her about that half, it's a good story) GARAGE SALE MYSTERY movies between 2013 and 2019.
Katy Garretson is currently producing an independent feature, a comedy-horror film, CUPID'S CURSE, set to release early 2021. She is based in Los Angeles, California, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she also currently teaches a graduate course on directing at the School of Cinematic Arts. Fight On.