Rylee is a Forbes 30 Under 30 live action director, creative director, & startup advisor. She has directed short films, sketches, documentaries, commercials and branded content for some of the world’s largest brands, including Kellogg's, Disney, Facebook, ESPN, Zillow and Snapchat.
She is a Telly Award winning DGA comedy director who has worked with numerous high-profile actors and comedians including Seth McFarland, Ben Schwartz, Tom Felton, Nicholas Braun, Dillon Francis, Brittany Snow, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sky Katz, Jay Williams, and Doris Burke.
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.
With her experience between marketing, communications strategy, & design - she's passionate about helping brands develop their identity through storytelling.
As a proud supporter of women in film & tech, and a producer of new media like AR, VR, & new ad formats, Rylee is eager to share her knowledge. She’s been asked to speak at companies, conferences, and schools all over the world including Disney HQ, Facebook HQ, Promax, NYU, & USC.
Born and raised in the golden sunshine of Los Angeles, she’s been directing and editing movies since she was 10 years old.
Storytelling is in her DNA, she's the granddaughter of Hollywood actor Buddy Ebsen and comedian/advertising creative director Stan Freberg.
Rylee decided to reinstate Buddy's old production company, Ebsen Enterprises Inc, for direct-to-client projects. It was often on his trailers and used to produce his passion projects (some with Walt Disney himself).
In 2019, Rylee made Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women of Influence list.
She can officially add “inventor” to her resume as she is listed on Snap's augmented reality official patents.
In 2018, she directed Snap's campaign for Voter Registration, which lead to over 400,000 new registered voters.
She directed and produced Snap’s very first original content in 2015, with vertical shows like "Literally Can't Even", “Pillow Talk,” and “Under the Ghost” (a live music series ft bands like ‘Cold War Kids’ & ‘LANY).
She founded the first prize for mobile vertical storytelling through a Snapchat film festival in partnership with Tribeca Film Festival.
One of her comedic short films played at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.