Mike Jones is a writer, script-editor & creative producer working across screen, page & interactive media. He is recipient of numerous accolades including an Australian writers guild award & has worked in script and project development with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, EveryCloud, Porchlight, Deadhouse Films, Latenite Films, & Princess Pictures. He has also overseen long-form script labs for YouTube and is story consultant to ABC Signature studios in the US.
Mike is currently Story Producer for youth-drama series 'Deadlock' for EveryCloud productions, commissioned by the ABC, and is regular collaborator and story consultant with boutique TV production company, SweetPotatoFilms, whose recent success was the multi award-winning mystery drama series, ‘The Kettering Incident’. Mike was also script producer for ABCTV on it's slate of iView original scripted comedy-drama projects.
Mike was co-creator of the virtual-reality detective-thriller ‘VRNoir: A Day Before the Night’ with StartVR and short-listed for the International ProtoAward for most Innovative VR 2016. He is also co-writer of forthcoming speculative-fiction VR experience, 'Awake:First Contact'. Mike previously lead story development for multi-platform company, Portal, developed interactive projects for WarnerBros, and served as a development consultant to ScreenAustralia.
As a novelist Mike is author of “The Transgressions Cycle”, a three-book series of supernatural gothic novels published by Simon&Schuster, named on Apple iBooks 'Best Of' list and twice nominated for the Australian Shadows award for best Horror novel of the year.
Mike’s early career spanned writing for theatre, working as a screen industry journalist, and he previously lectured in story & writing at the Australian Film TV & Radio School.
He is very tall and talks very fast...
Radio, TV, Magazine, and documentary Interviews with Mike Jones.
09/05/17 #DEADLOCK is coming...! Shoot dates are now set and we'll be heading to Byron Bay in July to begin production.
Created by Every Cloud Productions, in collaboration with ABC TV and Screen Australia, DEADLOCK has been an incremental labour of love over the past few years and it's been a privilege to work with creator Deb Cox and producer Fiona Eagger to oversee script development with the fantastically talented Billie Pleffer.
28/03/17 Excited to be invited to speak at the ACMA conference - 'Australian Content Conversation', 16-17 May. The conference looks the big challenges and industry directions for Australian #screen and media production.
From the 16th to the 20th March I’ll be appearing in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin for a series of talks and workshops including some double-act appearances with the fabulously creative Lynette Wallworth.
Come armed with your burning VR questions and we'll attempt to tackle them. http://www.nzvrara.nz/events/
20/02/17 My regular collaborator, SweetPotatoFilms, has announced it's latest high concept TV series. The Gloaming. roamin-in-the-gloaming-kettering-incident-producer-developing-new-project-20170216-gueihg.html
25/01/17 Our #Virtual Reality detective mystery 'VRNoir: A Day Before the Night' is playing in competition at #FIPA international audio visual festival in Biarritz, France. It's been a great ride with this little project and the great team at @Start_VR
20/12/16 Good news as ScreenNSW announce investment in new series #DEADLOCK. Created by Deb Cox and Every Cloud Productions, Deadlock has been a labour of love over the past few years where I've had the great privilege to work with an extraordinary team overseeing the script development of this innovative youth-drama project.http://www.deadlock.tv
20/11/16 Thrilled to say I'll be heading to C21 Media's ContentLondon this year for the annual DramaSummit and FutureMedia conferences. I'll be a guest speaker at FutureMedia which this year is focused on Narrative VR. I'm there to talk about the process of making VRNoir, working with the amazing team at Start VR, and the challenges of VirtualReality storytelling. Whilst there I'll also be at the Drama Summit as part of the SweetPotatoFilms team with showrunner Vicki Madden as she talks about The Kettering Incident and the new SPF TV drama slate.
01/10/16 - VRNoir named in the VirtualReality ProtoAwards, nominated for Most Innovative VR Production of the year. It's a rather humbling experience to see our nifty little detective thriller sitting along side industry juggernauts Google Tiltbrush and Valve...!
"a gripping, cinematically detailed horror story following a fearless 19th-century heroine."
- The Newtown Review of Books
"a nail-biting gothic tale, a creative blend of horror and historical fiction... Jones' novel hooked us in with its evocative imagery and skin-crawling suspense."
- Apple 'Best Books of the Month'