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 production development with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, EveryCloud, Porchlight, & 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 a script producer for ABCTV on it's slate of iView original scripted comedy-drama projects, 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 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 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.
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...!
20/09/16 - Very pleased to say that 'VRNoir: A Day Before the Night' has been nominated in this years Screen Producers Australia Awards. The Award recipients will be revealed at the gala ceremony taking place at Crown Palladium, Melbourne on Thursday 17 November 2016 during the 31st SCREEN FOREVER conference.
05/09/16 - ScreenNSW has announced the slate of #VR projects it is supporting as part of #360Vision and am stoked to be part of the initiative collaborating with the supremely talented Rosie Lourde on her new Dystopian Thriller, BREACH.
26/07/16 - Happy to say I'll be coming on board as Script Producer with ABC TV to help steer a slate of new scripted-series commissions for ABC iView. Instigated as the 'Long Story Short' initivie with Screen Australia we'll be putting five exciting new series into production this year.
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."
"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'