Mike Jones is a writer, story producer, script editor, and recipient of numerous accolades including an Australian writers guild award. Well known as an expert in speculative and dark genre narratives, Mike has worked in script development with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, Porchlight, and Jungle Entertainment. He serves as regular story-producer and script editor for Princess Pictures and Everycloud Productions, has lead long-form script development labs for Google/YouTube, and is story consultant to ABC Signature studios in the US.
Primarily Mike serves as story editor with boutique TV production company, SweetPotatoFilms whose recent success includes the multi award-winning scifi-supernatual drama series, ‘The Kettering Incident’.
Previously Mike has worked as script-producer for the ABC across a slate of projects including forthcoming youth-drama 'Deadlock' and comic-drama series; 'F*cking Adelaide', 'Other People's Problems', 'Wrong Kind of Black', and 'Edge of the Bush’. He was co-creator of the virtual-reality detective-thriller ‘VRNoir: A Day Before the Night’ with StartVR; short-listed for the International ProtoAward for most Innovative VR 2016. He is also co-writer of speculative fiction VR mystery thriller, ‘Awake’, hailed as the “most comprehensive and visually impressive narrative VR experience to premiere at SXSW”.
Mike previously served as a development consultant to ScreenAustralia, lead story development for multi-platform company Portal, and developed cross-platform projects for WarnerBros. 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.
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08/02/18 Our speculative fiction #VR #film - AWAKE - will have it's world premiere at SXSW. This project has been such a labour of love with the most absurd levels of ambition. It's rare to work on something where no idea was too wild, and the canvas of possibility was so open. Awake is slated for public release late March 2018 so stayed tuned.
20/01/18 2018 is off to a flying start with 'Other People's Problems' and 'Fucking Adelaide' both heading the EFM Berlin Film Festival this year. It was a great pleasure script-producing both these shows for the ABC and stoked to see them reaching out to international audiences.
29/01/18 Pleased to be hosting the first industry event of the year for the AFTRS on the topic of TV Comedy. Will be joined by Rick Kalowski - Head of Comedy at the ABC TV, Jason Burrows -Executive Producer Jungle Entertainment, the supremely talented Delly Jade - Writer/Director Skit Box, the ever versatile Mike Cowap - producer at Princess Pictures, plus the brilliant writing combo of Alison Bell and Sarah Scheller, creators and writers of TheLetdown. Hope to see you there on Tues 6th of Feb. Further details here.
25/01/18 Heading to Adelaide in March to lead the SpringBoard script development workshops. A great initiative of the MRC.
05/12/17 AWAKE has been featured up in Variety announcing that the VR film will feature Jake McDorman (star of CBS series Limitless and American Sniper) and Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love, and Luc Besson's Lucy). It has been one of the most extraordinary creative experiences of my career. Cant wait to share it with you. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/jake-mcdorman-analeigh-tipton-vr-movie-awake-1202629370/
04/12/17 Very happy to say that Other People's Problems is out now on iView! I had the great pleasure this past year of script-producing OPP with a wonderfully talented, all women, team including writers Penelope Chai and Jane Dickenson, director Erin White, and producer Charlotte Seymour, Executive producer Sue Maslin, and featuring the acting talents of Ainslie Clouston and Maria Angelico. http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/other-peoples-problems/CO1614V001S00
21/11/17 Good time today discussing the future of the screen industries at AFTRS ReFrame seminar. Many thanks to my generous and insightful colleagues; Chloe Rickard, Lauren Elliott, Nathan Anderson, Drew Grove, and Kate Montague. Jungle - Start VR - Audiocraft - Every Cloud Productions - Mad Kids
01/11/17 Happy to announce the release date of Other People's Problems, a short-form comedy series that will be part of the launch of the new ABC Comedy Channel on the 4th of December. https://www.if.com.au/abc-goes-laughs-rebranding-abc2-abc-comedy/