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"House of Lies" Creator Matthew Carnahan Joins Holmes Defender of the Faith
Matthew Carnahan
  • SANTA MONICA, Calif.
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Holmes Defender of the Faith has signed director Matthew Carnahan for exclusive representation in commercials and branded short films. 

Carnahan is the creator of Showtime’s hit series House of Lies. He wrote and produced all 56 episodes of the dark comedy that chronicles the misadventures of superstar business management consultant Marty Kaan (portrayed by Don Cheadle) and his associates (Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson). During his five years as showrunner, Carnahan directed six episodes going back to season one and extending through to the recently debuted (6/12) season finale. 

That series finale marked the first scripted American TV show to film in Cuba in more than 55 years. Of filming in Cuba, Carnahan said, “It was an incredible experience and a visual feast.”  

While this is the first time Carnahan has been represented as a director for advertising assignments he has experience with big brands, having worked closely with clients to successfully integrate products from GMC, Sony, Virgin Air, Cisco, Mercedes, Samsung, and Audi into the House of Lies story. 

“I’m thrilled to be able to work in the commercial world, where there are so many opportunities for bold narrative and cutting-edge visual storytelling” said Carnahan.

Carnahan also created the series Dirt and Trinity.  Dirt, a dark comedy about schizophrenic paparazzo (Ian Hart) and tabloid magazine editor (Courtney Cox), aired for 20 episodes on FX. Carnahan directed the pilot and season finale. 

Carnahan has also directed two feature films, Black Circle Boys, which premiered at Sundance, and Rudyland, a feature length documentary chronicling Rudy Giuliani’s tumultuous terms as Mayor of New York City, which debuted at The IDFA in Amsterdam.

Carnahan got his start as a playwright, writing and directing off-Broadway.

Holmes Defender of the Faith is a Santa Monica-based production company that in addition to Carnahan represents feature film directors Shane Black, Thomas Campbell, David S. Goyer and McG for TV commercials and branded films. Ben Dossett is EP for Holmes Defender of the Faith.