Tenth Planet is a Los Angeles based production company founded by director/producer Joel Gallen. After several years as head of production of MTV, Gallen launched Tenth Planet in 1994. Tenth Planet’s highly-acclaimed work includes 19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies for HBO, 16 MTV Movie Awards, 14 Comedy Central Roasts, and 8 Independent Spirit Awards for IFC. Joel Gallen has also produced and directed several award-winning multi-network shows put together in mere days after tragic events to help people in need. Shows like the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning America: A Tribute to Heroes – 10 days after 9/11; Shelter From the Storm – a benefit for Katrina survivors in September of 2005: Hope for Haiti – immediately after the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, and iHeart Living Room Concert for America – the first fund-raising music event after the Pandemic closed down the country in March of 2020. Gallen and Tenth Planet have also produced CNN Heroes for CNN and Stand Up 2 Cancer for ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. In 2014, he produced and directed the 4-hour live broadcast of The Concert for Valor for HBO featuring Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, and others. In 2009, Gallen produced and directed the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert for HBO that won 4 Emmys and featured performances from Mick Jagger, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Ozzy Osbourne, Simon and Garfunkel, and many more. Joel has also been active in the series business, executive producing 7 seasons of America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV, 3 seasons of The Sing-Off for NBC, and 2 seasons of both Roast Battle and Comedy Jam for Comedy Central. Gallen directed and produced Chris Rock’s “Never Scared” Special for HBO and Pete Davidson’s “SMD” Special for Comedy Central. He also directed and produced several Ellen DeGeneres Specials for HBO, and her latest – “Relatable” in 2019 for Netflix. Joel also executive produced the film Zoolander for Paramount and directed the cult comedy classic Not Another Teen Movie for Sony.
Over the years, Joel has enjoyed working closely with many artists, actors, and comedians including Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Jack Black, Brandi Carlile, Dave Chappelle, The Chicks, Gary Clark Jr., George Clooney, LL Cool J, Tom Cruise, Pete Davidson, Ellen DeGeneres, Laura Dern, Eminem, Chris Evans, Will Farrell, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Tiffany Haddish, Halsey, Tom Hanks, H.E.R., Jennifer Hudson, Mick Jagger, Jay-Z, Elton John, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Madonna, Chris Martin, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Tom Morello, Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Pink, Aubrey Plaza, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna, Chris Rock,The Rock, Rush, Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler, Silk Sonic, Bruce Springsteen, Howard Stern, Ben Stiller, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, The Weeknd, and Neil Young.
In 2022, Tenth Planet is set to produce back to back live television specials – The Film independent Spirit Awards on March 6 and the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 22. In the Fall, Joel will produce and direct the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for a record-setting 20th time. And also this Fall, Joel will be sending his son Max off to college to study film.