Mike Jones is a writer, script-editor & story producer.
Recipient of numerous accolades, including an Australian writers guild award, Mike has worked in script development with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, EveryCloud, Porchlight, Jungle, & Princess Pictures; has lead long-form script labs for YouTube, and is story consultant to ABC Signature studios in the US.
Mike oversees story development with boutique TV production company, SweetPotatoFilms, whose recent success in includes the multi award-winning mystery drama series, ‘The Kettering Incident’. He is story producer for ABC youth-drama series 'Deadlock' for EveryCloud productions, and has served as script producer for ABCTV on comic-drama series including 'F*cking Adelaide', 'Other People's Problems', 'Wrong Kind of Black', and 'Edge of the Bush'.
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 thriller, ‘Awake'. Mike previously lead story development for multi-platform company, Portal, developed cross-platform 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.
12/09/2017 Very stoked to see VRNoir is named No3 on MUO's #VR best of list... "delivers a cinematic experience and almost transcends pure gaming. The voice acting is top-notch, and the narrative is engrossing."
01/09/2017 Production on DEADLOCK has now officially wrapped. Huge thanks to the mazing crew we had who all went above and beyond. Post production is about to begin.
20/07/17 ABC series, Other People's Problems, will premiere at the prestigious Series Mania Festival in Melbourne. Part of a new slate of shows I script produced for the ABC, OPP is described as a "two-handed comedy that Reflects on the minutiae of human interactions for those who sweat the small stuff". Coming soon to ABC iView.
19/07/17 Pre-Production has begun on new series Deadlock TV and we're stoked to announce we've taken on 9 emerging filmmakers as attachments to the show, working across every department; from Directing and Camera, to Costume and Sound.
20/06/17 Sincerely stoked today to have been nominated for an Australian Writers' Guild Award for 'VRNoir A Day Before The Night' created with the fantastic team at Start VR.
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
"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'