Academy Award-Nominee Don Burgess Joins The Joneses

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012

Santa Monica, Calif.—Don Burgess, the award-winning cinematographer of such classic films as Forrest Gump, Cast-Away and Spider-Man, has joined The Joneses for exclusive representation as a commercial director. Burgess’s latest project, Flight, his sixth film with director Robert Zemeckis, is being released worldwide this week.

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The Joneses Lands Director Duane Crichton

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012

Santa Monica, Calif.— Commercial, music video and feature film director Duane Crichton has joined The Joneses for exclusive representation for U.S. advertising work. The agreement marks the first time that Crichton, a Canadian, has been represented in the United States. He is represented by Partners Film Company, Toronto, in Canada, where his credits include work for Volkswagen, Toyota, Rogers, Home Depot and Ontario Tourism. He first garnered wide attention when his Adidas spec spot Three won a Shots’ Young Directors Award at Cannes.

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Director Matthieu Mantovani Joins The Joneses

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012

French director Matthieu Mantovani, who has directed ads for such brands as Volkswagen, Peugeot, Audi, Vodafone and Longines, has signed with The Joneses for exclusive representation in the United States. Mantovani is highly regarded in Europe for his narrative skills and ability to combine great acting, visual style and special effects.

“Matthieu is a great storyteller. His work has a lot of emotional power, and also shows a wonderful sense of humor,” says The Joneses executive producer Mel Gragido. “He is a complete filmmaker who brings a fresh perspective and style to U.S. advertising. We are very excited to introduce him to the market.”

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Director Mike Nelesen Joins The Joneses

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012

Former Crossroads and Best Buy director specializes in narrative-style commercials and virals.

 

Santa Monica, Calif.— Mike Nelesen, a commercial director known for his ability to craft smart, engaging stories, both fictional and with real people, has joined Santa Monica-based The Joneses for exclusive representation. Nelesen’s work includes traditional broadcast spots and virals for such brands as Best Buy, Conoco Phillips, Logitech and AMC.

Mel Gragido, executive producer of The Joneses, said that he was impressed with the diversity, sophistication and emotional range of Nelesen’s work. “Mike is a great talent who can benefit from the attention, production strength and the marketing resources that we provide,” Gragido observes. “He has a great understanding of the tools of filmmaking, and a relaxed and natural way with talent, especially non-professionals. That’s a special gift.”

Nelesen has drawn praise for his ability to generate stories that are well honed and nuanced, but without a trace of artifice. An example of this is his recent spot Bus for Wisconsin’s Marshfield Clinic. It includes a sweet exchange between a school bus driver and her lone passenger, a young girl, and ends with the revelation that driver is the girl’s mother.

“I like things to feel real and authentic, spontaneous,” he says. “My kind of storytelling has a stylized element, but it’s not readily apparent. When it’s over, I don’t want people to think it was staged, but rather ‘wow, those were interesting people.’ It’s a natural and human approach to storytelling.”

Nelesen has been directing commercials most recently via bi-coastal Crossroads. Prior to that he was a staff director for Best Buy. During that period, he directed projects featuring the Rolling Stones, Tony Hawk, Sheryl Crow and Moby, and shot on location throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe and Canada. Based in Minneapolis for much of his career, he has especially strong ties with ad agencies across the Midwest.

Nelesen said that he was attracted to The Joneses by its boutique-size and focus on narrative filmmaking. “Mel has put together a wonderful team and is taking the company in a great direction,” he says. “I feel I fit in well here.”

The Joneses is located at 1501 Colorado, Suite C, Santa Monica, California 90404. For more information, call 310.656.8300 or visit www.thejoneses.tv

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The Joneses Signs Director John Bonito for Advertising Work

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012

Santa Monica, Calif.— Director John Bonito, known for his work in comedy, sports and action, has signed with The Joneses for exclusive representation in commercials. Bonito, whose work also includes network promos and features, has directed recent ads for such brands as Zyrtec, Doritos and Pep Boys. His most recent project was a global broadcast and online campaign for Unilever and NBC/Universal launching the former’s new product, Clear Shampoo.

Mel Gragido, executive producer of The Joneses, called Bonito a storyteller par excellence who brings a rare combination of wit, design and intelligence to his narratives. “He has enormous talent that hasn’t been fully tapped,” Gragido says. “Given the right opportunities, there is no limit to what he can achieve.” Gragido added that Bonito’s experience in working with celebrities is another big plus.

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Director Anniken Lien Joins The Joneses

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012

Santa Monica, Calif.— Norwegian commercial director Anniken Lien has signed with The Joneses for exclusive representation in commercials. The award-winning, British- and American-educated director is excited to have renewed and vigorous representation in the United States. Her credits include work for such brands as Volkswagen, Nivea, Kraft, L’Oreal, Nestle and Lego in association with agencies and production companies across Europe.

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