Jim’s hunger for a good idea – coupled with his thirst for true collaboration – sets him apart as a director. 

Mike McLeish, star of Keating – the Musical. 

Bio & Awards

   

Over 20 years Jim has sprinkled his storytelling craft across film, TV, web, radio, magazines and novels.


An international pioneer in online video, in 2005 he created ‘forget the rules’; the first comedy/drama series in the world to broadcast all episodes on TV, web and mobiles.


In 2010 he was ranked #30 in Encore Magazine's ‘Australian Film & TV Power-50’. He has also been recognised with nominations and awards in Cannes, Film Victoria and the Australian Writers Guild. Jim has attracted development and/or production funding for original projects from: Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. 


His brand-caressed feelosophy has added spice to videos and TVCs for: CGU Insurance, Ansell, Deakin University, Berri Juice, Australian Stroke Foundation, Elite Caravans, AGL Power and Headspace.


Jim has been a regular speaker or mentor at digital media workshops & seminars for film schools, universities and government agencies across Australia; and was an official speaker in Cannes at MIPCOM 2007, MIPTV 2008 & 2009. He enjoyed stints as a storyliner on Neighbours, copywriter on Sale of The Century, and is a published songwriter (lyricist). Jim studied writing and production at AFTRS in Sydney in 1998 following a business and marketing background.


Awards & Nominations

  • 2017: AWGIE Nomination: Documentary in Community, Educational & Training – for Headspace & Victorian Education Department. 
  • 2016: Quarter Finalist in Shore Scripts Features Competition for ‘Up Here’ (highest ranked romantic-comedy)
  • 2015: Winner Best Web Video (writer/director) – Australian Video Producers Association National Awards – Deakin University Campus videos (four campuses) Deakin University Burwood Campus
  • 2013: ‘Caravans for Refugees’ (writer/director). Judges’ Top-20 films, Adelaide Shorts Film Festival
  • 2013: ‘Caravans for Refugees’ selected for closing night screening: Made in Melbourne Film Festival
  • 2011: ‘Sidekick’ (Director/co-writer; first short film) leads to directing work for major Australian brands
  • 2010: Ranked #30 in Australian Film & TV Power 50 list, Encore Magazine
  • 2010: Top-5 in Australian Writers’ Guild ‘Romantic Comedy feature screenplay competition’: “Up Here”
  • 2010: Selected as member of AWG Pathways 
  • 2008: AWGIE nomination for writing on FTR2
  • 2007: Co-winner of the prestigious Greg Tepper award, Film Victoria.
  • 2006: FTR winner Best Interactive Format, MIPCOM (Cannes)
  • 2006: FTR nominated Best Original Content, MIPCOM (Cannes)


Member Australian Writers Guild (AWG)

Former Victorian Chapter Head, Screen Producers Australia (SPA)

Passion for mint dark chocolate, Arsenal, Melbourne Victory and blueberry muffins

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