Kenny Ortega Film Director

Kenny ortega

Kenneth John "Kenny" Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American producer, director, and choreographer. He is known for directing the High School Musical trilogy and Michael Jackson's This Is It concert tour. Ortega was born in Palo Alto, California, the son of Madeline, a waitress, and Octavio (Tibby) Ortega, a factory worker from Redwood City. His grandparents were from Spain. Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly on the film Xanadu, Ortega went on to choreographing the dance for the Menudo video "Hold Me", as well as the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, and has won awards for choreography in music videos, such as Madonna's "Material Girl". Ortega directed Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" video, which is often cited as the worst music promo clip ever made and has been blamed by Squier for killing his career. Together with Michael Jackson, he created and designed the Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 and the HIStory World Tour 1996-1997. He has also choreographed events ranging from Super Bowl XXX, the 72nd Academy Awards, the 1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta) and the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City).

Personal details

Date of birth
April 18th, 1950
Nationality
United States of America

Family

Parents

Movies produced

Title Year Budget Awards Co-producers Directors Writers External resources
Michael Jackson's This Is It
Documentary,Music
2009 USD 60M
Paul Gongaware
Chantal Feghali
Randy Phillips
Michael Bearden
Robb Wagner

Movies directed

Average rating of directed movie by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Comedy55.06
Family55.06
Drama85.62
Music37.43
Documentary27.8
Musical26.9
Title Year Budget Awards Producers Co-directors Writers External resources
Dirty Dancing
Drama
2014
In the Heights
Drama,Musical
2011
Dome Project
Short,Crime
2010
Michael Jackson's This Is It
Documentary,Music
2009 USD 60M
Paul Gongaware
Chantal Feghali
Randy Phillips
Michael Bearden
Robb Wagner
Michael Jackson Memorial
Documentary,Music
2009 USD 1.4M 1
Renato Basile
Gregg Gelfand
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Comedy,Drama,Family
2008 USD 11M 6
Barry Rosenbush
Bill Borden
Hocus Pocus
Comedy,Family,Fantasy
1993 USD 28M 1
Steven Haft
Neil Cuthbert
Newsies
Drama,Musical
1992 USD 15M 1
Bob Tzudiker
Noni White
Red Hot Rock
Music
1984
David Rose
Bradley Friedman

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
Michael Jackson's This Is It
Documentary,Music
2009 Him/Herself USD 60M
Paul Gongaware
Chantal Feghali
Randy Phillips
Michael Bearden
Robb Wagner
Michael Jackson Memorial
Documentary,Music
2009 Him/Herself USD 1.4M 1
Renato Basile
Gregg Gelfand
Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
Documentary,Music
2008 Him/Herself USD 7M
Art Repola
Ear of the Heart: The Music of Galt MacDermot
Documentary
Him/Herself
Meredith Jacobson
Jeff Lunger

Guest TV appearances

Chicago Hope

Program genre

Drama
Medical fiction
Medical drama

External resources

Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It ran on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The show is set to return in the fall of 2013 on TVGN in reruns.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E20 April 1st, 1998 Ellston McCool ,

TV programs produced

1. XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Networks Creators Writers Num. of seassons Num. of epizodes Program runtime First epizode air date Last epizode air date Languages Regular cast

2. Hull High

Drama, Musical, Teen drama
Networks Creators Writers Num. of seassons Num. of epizodes Program runtime First epizode air date Last epizode air date Languages Regular cast
NBC
1 8
60 min.
August 20th, 1990 December 30th, 1990 English
Cheryl Pollak
Micki Duran

Awards won

2008 ALMA Award for Special Achievement

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
High School Musical 2
National Council of La Raza

2007 ALMA Award for Outstanding Director of a Television Drama or Comedy

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
High School Musical Musical comedy Film
National Council of La Raza

2006 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Children's Programs

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
High School Musical Musical comedy Film

2006 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
High School Musical Musical comedy Film
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing - Variety, Music or Comedy Program

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Award-Winning Work
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Ron de Moraes

2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Award-Winning Work
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Doug Jack

Wikipedia

Check Kenny Ortega on wikipedia.

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