Adam Reed Biography, Age, Companies, Archer, Net Worth and Interview

Adam Reed Biography

Adam Reed born Adam Brooks Reed is an American voice actor, animator, writer, producer, and television director. Reed created, writes, and voice acts the FX adult animated comedy series Archer, which premiered in September 2009.

Adam Reed Age

Adam was born 8 January 1970, Asheville, North Carolina, United States.

Adam Reed Height

He stands at a height of 1.8 m.

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Adam Reed Image

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Reed graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. Reed and longtime collaborator Matt Thompson started out at Cartoon Network doing various odd jobs as production assistants until they came up with their own show, High Noon Toons, in 1994. High Noon Toons was a 3-hour programming block of cartoons hosted by cowboy hand puppets Haas and Lil’ Jo (a Bonanzapun). Thompson and Reed were frequently drunk during filming. Once in 1995, the duo was reprimanded for lighting one of the prop sets on fire.

After leaving Cartoon Network in 1996 (over disagreements while working on a morning cartoon show hosted by Carrot Top), Reed and Thompson moved to New York, where they would spend a year working in the “sordid underbelly” of daytime talk shows

Adam Reed Companies

Reed and Thompson formed 70/30 Productions when they created Sealab 2021, one of the first original series for Adult Swim. The company’s name came from the plan that Reed would do 70% of the writing and 30% of the producing, with Thompson doing the reverse.

The pair became renowned for their work on a number of other Adult Swim projects, including Frisky Dingo, which aired for several years after Sealab 2021 was cancelled.

In 2009, Reed and Thompson closed 70/30 Productions and formed Floyd County Productions to produce Reed’s new project, the FX Network series Archer. They have since grown the company from a small eight-person studio into one of the most competitive and sought after animation houses in the industry. Floyd County not only develops exclusive programming but also creates content for other media. Including the television shows Atlanta, Legion, Fargo, Goliath and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Adam Reed Archer

After the cancellation of Frisky Dingo in 2008, Reed took a vacation to Spain to get new ideas for a new project. His experience traversing the Vía de la Plata, and people watching in Plaza Mayor in nearby Salamanca, enabled him to conceptualize his vision of Archer.

Reed recalled in an interview, “So I sat on the Plaza Mayor for three days—drinking either coffee or beer or gin, depending on the time of day—surrounded by these Spanish women who seemed both unaware and completely aware of their beauty. Occasionally they would glance over—and catch me gaping at them—and just smile at me like, ‘I know, right?’ And for three days, I couldn’t even splutter ‘Buenos dias’ to any of them—not once. And thus was Sterling Archer born—he would’ve absolutely sauntered over to a table full of those women and sat down and ordered an entire case of cava or whatever.” Nevertheless, he believed developing a sitcom with the theme of global espionage was inevitable given his proclivity for adventure-driven comedy. Archer, was originally pitched under the working title Duchess.

Archer draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including the James Bond franchise, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006), and The Pink Panther franchise. The show’s hallmarks include reference-heavy humor, rapid-fire dialogue, and meta-comedy. Archer is produced using limited animation and takes its visual style from mid-century comic art. The cast members record their lines individually, and the show regularly employs guest actors and actresses for supporting characters. There have been 101 episodes broadcast in the show’s history.

Archer has received positive reviews from critics and won awards, including three Primetime Emmy Awards and four Critics Choice Awards. The series has also received 15 Annie Award nominations, among others, for outstanding achievement in animation, writing, direction, and voice acting. At San Diego Comic Con 2018, it was announced the tenth season will be titled Archer: 1999. Reed intends to leave Archer after its tenth season, although plans have not yet been finalized for the show’s future.

Adam Reed Shows

Year

Title

Role

2009–present

Archer

Ray Gillette, Bilbo

2008–09

Robot Chicken

King Randor, Tony Stark / Iron Man, NASCAR President, Announcer

2006–08

Frisky Dingo

Killface, Xander Crews / Awesome X, Ronnie, Wendell T. Stamps, Nearl Crews

2005–07; 2018

12 oz. Mouse

Shark

2000–05

Sealab 2021

Dr. Virjay, Mardock, Various

1994–95

High Noon Toons

Lil’ Jo

Adam Reed Ecommerce

Adam Reed is a British entrepreneur who has been involved in the launch and growth of various digital businesses since the age of 15. Now 23, Adam has a wealth of experience in E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing and Advertising, Event Management and more.

Adam Reed Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $12 million.

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Adam Reed Twitter

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Adam Reed Interview

Adam Reed talks leaving Archer, going to Applebees, and firing his characters into space.

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The A.V. Club: Let’s dive right in: Can you confirm that season 10 is going to be set in space?

Adam Reed: Yes!

AVC: And specifically, a very Alien-looking kind of space, if the Danger Islandfinale was any indication. What were the influences on the design of those scenes?

AR: It’s all ’70s clunky set design and production design. It’s supposed to have a feel of, like, somebody’s idea of the future from 1970. So any nods to Alienwouldn’t be the Giger-influenced stuff, but more just the sort of prevalent aesthetic at the time, of clackity keyboards and hoses and just overall clunkiness.

AVC: Is that because that’s what Archer thinks space is like?

AR: I think that’s a good question. And I think that probably, in Archer’s subconscious, he’s not going to know what the future is. He’s going to know what the movies and pop culture of his era depict the future as looking like. He’s going to have a 1970s vision of the future.

AVC: When did you know this was the direction you’d be taking the show’s tenth season in?

AR: In a way, it was like three years ago. A pretty long time. Not that this coming season is all mapped out and written, but the setting was something we’d talked about at the end of season seven.

AVC: Is there a big document of different season ideas just sitting around somewhere?

AR: It’s more like a long email chain, sort of like a written brainstorm that gets added to, and people’s ideas hurtfully made fun of. It’s sort of a running, living document, of “What about this?” and “Hey, what about this?” and “Hey, that’s a terrible idea.”

AVC: What’s the best terrible idea on there?

AR: I wanted them to all work at a fast-casual restaurant called Archerbees. That was problematic for a whole bunch of reasons, but I think we could have done an okay job with it.

AVC: That’s basically the show’s philosophy at this point, right? That you can put these characters anywhere and get something enjoyable out of it.

AR: Yeah. They’ll hate each other no matter what their job is.

AVC: Danger Island made a lot of references to “Heart Of Archness.” Now you’re heading to space, which the crew also visited in season three. Are those references intentional?

AR: Nothing is intentional. If it seems intentional, that is probably an unintentional coincidence.

AVC: Do you see these characters as the same people, just in different settings? Do you give H. Jon Benjamin different notes to play Danger IslandArcher versus Dreamlands Archer versus regular Archer?

AR: No, I see everybody as the same people, especially as they relate to Archer. Cyril might be a German spy, but the way he relates to Archer is basically the same: Archer hates him. Lana is a Pacific Islander princess, but Archer is still infatuated with her but doesn’t like her as a person. The key thing is, “How does everyone relate to Archer?” How they think of Archer, and how Archer thinks of them, is the constant. No matter where they are or what new accent they have, it’s all about how Archer is perceiving them.

AVC: Does the nature of the “dream” seasons heighten that? This year, you functionally turned Cyril into Mecha-Hitler. Is that a reflection of how much Archer hates him?

AR: Yeah, definitely. What’s the worst thing Archer could project onto somebody? Well, they’re a Nazi. Well, that’s not bad enough, so okay, now they’re a robot Nazi. “I want to destroy that person.” It’s about trying to out-Cyril Cyril, to make him a bigger nemesis for Archer each time. Trying to crystallize and amplify all the other characters, as seen by Archer.

AVC: From that point of view, why make the Pam-Archer friendship such a focus this year?

AR: You know, I’m not entirely sure. That pairing is fun, and as we were slotting everybody into their roles, it just seemed natural. The inspirations for this season, the films and movies of that 1930s serialized adventure, a lot them were something where the guy always had a sidekick. So Archer needed one, and because his relationships with everybody else have always been so borderline toxic, he and Pam are like the only two who can stand each other. So that seemed like a natural fit. And then, to make her a huge bodybuilder was sort of a nod to Han Solo and Chewbacca. Like, it would be great for Archer to have this huge enforcer looking out for him.

AVC: And then also a magical talking parrot.

AR: And an actual talking parrot! Who, I’d say, just reeks of spin-off. I could see Crackers opening a pizza parlor, or a bar, where he’s just the wisecracking bartender. People come in and out…

AVC: Is this the last we’ve seen of Crackers? Krieger’s name is on one of the cryo pods in the final scene.

AR: He could always just be a giant robotic parrot in the future. A space parrot.

AVC: These varied settings have given you a chance to jump around to a lot of different locales. What will you miss most about doing Danger Island?

AR: Well, Crackers. And all that lush scenery was really great to look at. I’m not sure the physics and spectacle of space battles, for me, can be as moving as dog fights in airplanes and smoke and grease and spluttering engines. It’s all so much more romantic than laser beams. I’m sure whatever the art team comes up with is going to be beautiful, but the setting sun coming through plantation shutters is just, for me, so beautiful to look at. Its going to be a little tougher to do rich afternoon hues on a spaceship.

Although, I guess they could cruise around a sun somewhere. I don’t know, I don’t know how space works. I’ve got to Google that.

AVC: This upcoming season is the last one of your current order. Is this the end of Archer?

AR: I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen. I think everyone has been studiously avoiding talking about it. Although [Laughs.] I’m sure that will change soon.

AVC: How long do you feel like you could keep doing this show, personally?

AR: As far as I’m concerned, [season 10] will definitely be my last season. But Archer may keep going without me. 

I should know more about that probably very soon after your article posts!

AVC: Archer has a lot of jokes that are designed around building up an expectation, then smashing it to pieces. What is it about that kind of intentional anti-climax that appeals to you?

AR: I’ve always liked it. Like, going back to [Reed’s earlier Adult Swim series] Frisky Dingo, it was ostensibly about a superhero and a supervillain destroying the Earth. But following those stories bores me, because they’ve been done better than I could ever do them, so many times. So I tend to put up this wallpaper, and then never talk about the wallpaper again. So these guys ended up both being blind and naked and roommates. And I like building up those expectations, and then ignoring them to concentrate on some tiny, seemingly unrelated thing, and getting all the characters distracted and going down some other rabbit hole.

I don’t know, it just makes me laugh.

AVC: What do you say to fans who say “We would like the ‘real’ versions of these characters back, please?”

AR: It’s tough, because I can totally see their point. And, you know, I read their comments, I lurk in the comment sections and read the reviews and totally get people’s points about that. But my goal has been—and obviously I haven’t reached it every time, or nobody would be upset—but my hope is that even though it’s a new setting and new roles for these characters, that people will become as invested in that season’s storyline as they were in previous seasons. And some people are. But definitely, some people aren’t. But I would want them to know that the people making the show feel just as emotionally invested in the lives of the characters. We root for them just as hard, even though it’s not, quote unquote, the “real” world of Archer. I worry about them just as much in a volcano as I do in a car chase shoot-out.


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