Mike is a writer, script-editor and creative producer working across screen, page and interactive media, and recipient of numerous accolades including an Australian writers guild award. He has worked in project development for networks and companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, EveryCloud, Cornerstone, Deadhouse Films, The Project Factory, and overseeing long-form script labs for YouTube and Screen Australia.
Mike is a regular collaborator with boutique screen production company, Sweet Potato Films, lead by showrunner Vicki Madden, and he previously worked on the award-winning mystery drama series, ‘The Kettering Incident’ for Foxtel, which collected the Special Jury Prize at SeriesMania, Paris.
Most recently Mike was co-creator and writer of the virtual-reality detective-thriller ‘VRNoir: A Day Before the Night’, with Sydney-based production company StartVR, which premiered at Vivid Sydney and was in official selection at both Fantasia and MIFF film festivals. He previously lead story development for award-winning multi-platform company, Portal Entertainment UK and helped pioneer web-series in Australia serving as story editor and co-writer of cult post-apocalyptic series, ‘Wastelander Panda’ for MadMan films and ABCTV.
As a novelist he is the 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 is currently Script Producer for the ABC on it's new slate of iView original scripted comedy-drama projects, and Story Editor on up-coming youth drama series 'Deadlock' for Everycloud productions.
An active member of the Australian Writers Guild, and regular project assessor for Australian screen funding agencies, Mike’s early career spanned writing for theatre, including the award-winning post-apocalyptic play ‘The Candle’, & working as a screen industry journalist.
Mike's current development slate includes drama series projects ‘The Vineyard', ‘The Eden Project’, and 'Save Game' for SweetPotatoFilms, and writing the follow-up series of immersive detective thriller, ‘VRNoir’ with StartVR.
He is very tall and talks very fast...
Collection of Radio, TV, Magazine, and documentary Interviews with Mike Jones.
13/07/16 - Will be speaking at 'Breaking Bland', part of the Splendour in the Grass festival forums, Friday 22nd July. Presenting youth drama series 'Deadlock' (developed by EveryCloud Productions) and discussing the opportunities of screen storytelling in the online space.
08/07/16 - VRNoir: A Day Before the Night will showing at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
"Combining the best aspects of cinema and gaming into a novelistic narrative, VR Noir is a collaborative experiment between from creators Nathan Anderson, Martin Taylor and Mike Jones. Navigating through 360-degree live-action cinematography and CGI environments, users must solve puzzles, interact with other users and characters, make hard choices and notice everything in their search for clues that will keep the story moving."
07/07/16 - The Fantasia International Film Festival program has been announced and uber-excited to say that my #VirtualReality detective thriller, VRNoir: A Day Before the Night, is being featured as part of the Official Selection in a dedicated VR showcase.
Sweet Potato Films is thrilled to announce an exciting new project heading into development, the first production wholly created under Vicki Madden’s SPF company banner, and a bold step into online series drama.
SAVE GAME is a techno-thriller for a smart youth audience. Five teenagers must play a deadly game to save their missing friend, but the game is not what they think it is…
Created and written by newcomer Lyndon Riggall, the project has attracted a crack team of creatives including executive producer Enzo Tedeschi (Airlock, The Tunnel) and writer/director Stu Willis (Payload, Restoration). Regular SPF collaborator Mike Jones (The Craftsman, VRNoir) will script-edit the series which will be produced by Vicki Madden, co-creator of celebrated Foxtel drama, The Kettering Incident.
30/06/16 - Heading to Melbourne this weekend to be part of 2016 Screen Futures Summit and Youth Media Festival I'll be speaking on the panel Writing for the Screen - Finding Your Place about the challenges and opportunities available for screenwriters today and how to build a creative career. Presented by the Australian Film Television and Radio School & the Australian Writers' Guild
23/06/16 - Very excited to be helping oversee the new production initiative from ABC iView and ScreenAustralia - projects selected for Long Story Short have now be announced, and the standout few came from a massive tide of submissions. No shortage of talent and ideas out there.
22/06/16 - Tomorrow I'll be heading to Melbourne to be part of the Film Victoria Incubator on new Feature Film scripts. I'll be taking the creative teams through a pretty intense crash-course in genre narratives and their underlying mythologies and story patterns. There'll be Scares, Thrills, Speculation and Romance aplenty.
"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'