For over 25 years, Katy Garretson has worked in film & TV production, the last eighteen years as a director. Her directing credits include: The new Netflix Original ALEXA & KATIE (launching Spring, 2018), 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 series SID THE SCIENCE KID for The Jim Henson Company. Additionally, she has directed several single-camera web series, including NURSES WHO KILL and TBS's Love Bites.
Nurses Who Kill trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZElZ9bJ-ilo
More episodes of NWK can be found on YouTube
Love Bites can be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/lovebitestv
Garretson received a DGA Award Nomination for Best Comedy Director for an episode of FRASIER entitled “Dr. Nora,” and four of her many guest stars have been nominated for Emmy’s. 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 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.
Garretson is also a producer. Among other projects, she found, developed and produces a series of TV movies, THE GARAGE SALE MYSTERIES, starring Lori Loughlin, for The Hallmark Movie & Mystery 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 now be The Hallmark Movie & Mystery Channel, and would have a “wheel” of mystery movies led by the GARAGE SALE MYSTERIES. Eleven GSMs have aired, and Hallmark has ordered an additional four more GSMs for 2018. The twelfth GSM is currently in pre-production in Vancouver, where Garretson spends her time during production as the on-set producer.
A resident of Studio City, CA, Garretson has multiple degrees from The University of Southern California. Her passions include football (and being a huge sports fan in general), restoring her 1968 Mustang, and going to work to have fun and make people laugh.