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Taika Waititi

New Zealand Film Director, Writer & Actor; Known for Directing "Thor: Ragnarok" and Writing and Directing "Jojo Rabbit"

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Taika Waititi Biography

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, is a New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian known for directing Thor: Ragnarok and writing and directing Jojo Rabbit. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night.

His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been the top-grossing New Zealand film for a time. He co-directed and starred in the horror-comedy film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) with Jemaine Clement.

Waititi wrote the initial screenplay for the 2016 Disney film Moana, which focused on gender and family. Those elements were passed over in favor of what would become the finalized story.

In 2017, Waititi directed and played Korg in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Thor: Ragnarok. That same year, Waititi won the award for New Zealander of the Year but was unable to receive it in person due to work commitments.

In 2019, he directed and portrayed Adolf Hitler in the satirical black comedy Jojo Rabbit, which he also wrote. He won an Oscar Award for Adapted Screenplay for this movie.

Waititi has described himself as a Polynesian Jew, as his father is Maori and his mother has both Irish and Russian Jewish heritage.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Taika Waititi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Taika Waititi for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Taika Waititi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Taika Waititi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Taika Waititi?

    Speaking fees for Taika Waititi, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Taika Waititi charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Taika Waititi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Taika Waititi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Taika Waititi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Taika Waititi for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Taika Waititi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Taika Waititi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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New Zealand Film Director, Writer & Actor; Known for Directing "Thor: Ragnarok" and Writing and Directing "Jojo Rabbit"

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Taika Waititi Biography

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, is a New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian known for directing Thor: Ragnarok and writing and directing Jojo Rabbit. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night.

His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been the top-grossing New Zealand film for a time. He co-directed and starred in the horror-comedy film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) with Jemaine Clement.

Waititi wrote the initial screenplay for the 2016 Disney film Moana, which focused on gender and family. Those elements were passed over in favor of what would become the finalized story.

In 2017, Waititi directed and played Korg in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Thor: Ragnarok. That same year, Waititi won the award for New Zealander of the Year but was unable to receive it in person due to work commitments.

In 2019, he directed and portrayed Adolf Hitler in the satirical black comedy Jojo Rabbit, which he also wrote. He won an Oscar Award for Adapted Screenplay for this movie.

Waititi has described himself as a Polynesian Jew, as his father is Maori and his mother has both Irish and Russian Jewish heritage.

Taika Waititi Videos

  • Taika Waititi Breaks Down His Most Iconic Films & Characters | GQ
    Taika Waititi breaks down a few of his most iconic characters and films, including 'Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Thor: Love and Thunder,' 'Jojo Rabbit,' 'What...
  • How to Write Like Taika Waititi | Screenwriter's Lecture
    Taika Waititi shares some of his methods on writing a script, which includes writing beginning and the end first, breaking up the work load into 20...
  • Taika Waititi | BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture Series
    Join Taika Waititi, the much-loved filmmaker behind Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do In the Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok, for a hilarious lecture...

FAQs on booking Taika Waititi

  • How to book Taika Waititi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Taika Waititi for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Taika Waititi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Taika Waititi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Taika Waititi?

    Speaking fees for Taika Waititi, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Taika Waititi charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Taika Waititi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Taika Waititi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Taika Waititi for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Taika Waititi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Taika Waititi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Taika Waititi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Taika Waititi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Taika Waititi for your event is available upon request. Taika Waititi generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon, Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee and Selena Gomez. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Taika Waititi for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Taika Waititi Speaker Videos

  • Taika Waititi Breaks Down His Most Iconic Films & Characters | GQ
    Taika Waititi breaks down a few of his most iconic characters and films, including 'Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Thor: Love and Thunder,' 'Jojo Rabbit,' 'What We Do in the Shadows,' 'The Mandalorian,' 'Free...
    How to Write Like Taika Waititi | Screenwriter's Lecture
    Taika Waititi shares some of his methods on writing a script, which includes writing beginning and the end first, breaking up the work load into 20 minute segments, and more!
  • Taika Waititi | BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture Series
    Join Taika Waititi, the much-loved filmmaker behind Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do In the Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok, for a hilarious lecture about starting late, taking 6 years to bring...
    The Art of Creativity | Taika Waititi | TEDxDoha
    Taika Waititi is a visual artist, actor, writer and director hailing from the Raukokore region of New Zealand. His short film Two Cars, One Night was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005. Taika's...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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