Matt Schrader is a three-time Emmy Award-winning news producer and filmmaker, and director of the international hit film SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, a New York Times Critics Pick documentary, and series creator of the critically acclaimed BLOCKBUSTER on Apple Podcasts.
In 2014, Schrader left a job with CBS to launch Epicleff Media and create the company’s first feature film, SCORE, which would become one of the most popular documentaries of 2017, topping the charts on iTunes and Amazon.
The film became a breakout hit in its limited theatrical release. SCORE later became the #1 iTunes and Amazon documentary when it was released on home video and digital, and due to overwhelming interest also became the #1 most pirated documentary of the year, according to torrent downloading site ThePirateBay. The film was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in O Magazine.
Schrader’s directorial debut qualified for Academy Award (“Oscars”) consideration for Best Documentary Film, and Recording Academy (“Grammys”) consideration for Best Music Film, attracted a cult following, and led to the creation of a weekly podcast series based on the documentary, Score: The Podcast, which interviews leading musical storytellers about music’s role in cinema and culture.
Schrader has been featured in articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Deadline Hollywood, IndieWire, Entertainment Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Mashable, A.V. Club, Roger Ebert, Collider, Nerdist and The Hollywood Reporter, and has been a guest and commentator on a wide variety of programs, including The Adam Carolla Show, Google Talks, CBS This Morning, NPR, CBS Radio, Good Day New York, Good Day LA and Good Day Sacramento. He has also written guest columns for Moviemaker Magazine and Film School Rejects.
Schrader has toured with several independent film, music and educational organizations and regularly speaks about the impact of media and culture. He has spoken at Google, the Smithsonian, The Grammy Museum, Dolby Laboratories, Hollywood’s historic Chinese Theatre, and at other events for local nonprofits, schools, orchestras, local museums and film festivals.
Prior to founding Epicleff Media, Schrader was an Emmy Award-winning producer for news organizations including CBS and NBC. His investigative and consumer reporting has changed lives and laws, and resulted in millions of dollars returned to consumers and communities, and held public officials accountable for their use of taxpayer funds.
During his time at NBC, Schrader successfully launched an Emmy Award-winning “entertainment-investigative” franchise which focused on deep dives in Hollywood and the entertainment world beyond. Notably, he also earned awards for his editing techniques on the franchise, which blended a flashy, entertainment style with traditional journalistic structure. While working for NBC, he also produced pieces for DuPont-Columbia- and Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter Joel Grover of NBC Los Angeles, including several pieces which uncovered the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa lying about water consumption during the California drought, farmers markets selling chemically grown produce, and major companies, including major restaurants, skirting health and safety regulations, empowering consumers with his reports to make educated decisions.
Schrader’s investigative journalism for CBS included regular consumer and government reporting that examined California Governor Jerry Brown’s oversight of the California budget and overspending (who, on one occasion, called Schrader “a clown” at a press event), and $1.5M in property taxes mistaken charged to residents of California, which Schrader’s reporting reversed.
His journalism has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Radio & Television News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Los Angeles Press Club, and he is a judge of the Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, held annually by the Norman Lear Center at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Schrader is a graduate of the School of Cinematic Arts and Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he helped to launch the Southern California Business Film Festival in 2008 and was Executive Producer of the award-winning nightly student newscast Annenberg Television News, where his work won awards for best newscast and news website.
Prior to college, Schrader grew up in Colorado Springs, where he worked as a high school sports writer for the 100,000 circulation regional newspaper The Colorado Springs Gazette, and covered several state championship games. He also worked on the Gazette‘s Denver Broncos Sunday coverage team.
When not traveling, Schrader lives in Los Angeles with his wife and in his spare time enjoys writing, watching college football and riding his longboard. He is a regular participant on Score: The Podcast, and is producing several independent film and television projects, including an upcoming feature for Epicleff Media.