Rylee Jean Ebsen is a Telly Award winning, Forbes 30 under 30 (Marketing & Advertising, Class of 2020), comedy director who has worked with numerous high-profile actors, personalities, and comedians including Seth McFarland, Ben Schwartz, Alfonso Ribeiro, Nicholas Braun, Brittany Snow, and Doris Burke. She has directed short films, sketches, documentaries, commercials and branded content for some of the world’s largest brands, including Disney, Facebook, ESPN, State Farm, Kelloggs, Zillow and Snapchat.
She is listed as one of the inventors on Snapchat’s earliest augmented reality patents. She’s an AR and VR creator, an expert in directing campaigns across multiple platforms. Previously, Rylee was an executive at Snapchat for several years (starting when the company was less than a dozen people), directing content and guiding the creative evolution of Snap from a startup to multibillion-dollar public company. While at Snap, she directed spots for their biggest product launches and oversaw content for Snapchat, Bitmoji, Spectacles, and Lens Studio.
With her background in startups, marketing, and content, she currently advises several young innovative companies. She’s been asked to speak at companies, conferences, and schools all over the world (including Facebook HQ, Promax, & NYU). In March 2020, she shared the stage with Alma Har’el at Disney’s HQ for the ‘Brave Global Marketing Series.’ Storytelling is in her DNA, she’s the granddaughter of Hollywood actor Buddy Ebsen and comedian/advertising creative director Stan Freberg.
— Neil Sadhu, Writer/Producer Branded Content, Disney CreativeWorks, The Walt Disney Company.Rylee is a directorial force: energetic, collaborative, lightning fast on her feet… and just exudes creativity – a gifted storyteller and bonus, a pleasure to work with.
— Janet Higdon Current, CCO & Co-Founder of Forme LifeRylee brings an unstoppable energy to her work -- and you can feel its effect on the people, process, and product she creates.
— Forbes, Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc. Co-Founder and Chief Executive OfficerA valuable and innovative creative partner throughout Snap’s early journey. We’re excited for her to fulfill her dreams as a full-time director!