Terry Stavoe is a filmmaker based in New York and Paris who directs, produces and edits feature films, television commercials, and branded content.
What started as a childhood obsession for editing short films using the play, pause and record buttons on two linked VCR’s carried on into adulthood. Today he has nearly a thousand commercials and three feature films under his belt and counting.
Terry has shot for iconic brands including Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Celebrity Cruises, Subway, and MTV. He’s worked with agencies like CP+B, BBDO, and DDB. He has collaborated on public-service advertising campaigns including anti-tobacco, anti-obesity, and environmental causes. Terry’s directed comedies, dramas, documentaries and everything in-between. He believes that it all comes down to great storytelling no matter what the genre.
After studying film at Northwestern University, Terry worked as a producer and an editor early in his career, eventually becoming the Director of Broadcast Production at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. At CP+B, he oversaw the launch of the Truth Anti-Tobacco Campaign and Burger King’s Subservient Chicken. Both were named within Ad Age’s top 15 campaigns of the 21st century.
When not directing commercials or branded content, Stavoe produces and directs feature films. His gritty street soccer documentary, DNA: The Brazil Sessions, shot in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, became a Hulu exclusive. One critic noted, “Whether you’re a die hard soccer fan or a student of the human experience, this superbly shot film is well-worth watching.”
He is currently in post-production on his latest documentary, The Flow Crew. Shot in 17 countries around the world over ten years, this documentary chronicles the birth and explosive growth of the new sport of freestyle football.