Mike Jones is a writer, story producer, and script editor. He is recipient of numerous accolades, including an Australian writers guild award, and is well known as an expert in speculative and dark genre narratives. Primarily Mike serves as story editor with boutique TV production company, SweetPotatoFilms whose recent success includes the multi award-winning scifi supernatural drama series, ‘The Kettering Incident’.
Mike has worked in script development with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, Porchlight, and Jungle Entertainment; served as 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.
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’ which premiered at SXSW in 2018.
Mike previously served as a development consultant to ScreenAustralia and lectured in story & writing at the Australian Film TV & Radio School. 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.
He is very tall and talks very fast.
Radio, TV, Magazine, Interviews and Presentations with Mike Jones.
12/06/18 'Secret Threads' and the wonderful Rebecca Ingram is part of first Dame Changer Mentor-To-Market screen initiative. Having worked with Rebecca previously on the recent ABC/Every Cloud Productions series Deadlock, I'm now collaborating with Rebecca to story-produce Secret Threads and working with outstanding writer and playwright, Michele Lee.
07/06/18 Very exciting news today that our 4-part comic-drama series Wrong Kind of Black will have its world premiere at Festival SERIES MANIA in Melbourne next month followed by broadcast on ABC and iView.
06/06/18 At long last a big announcement today - THE GLOAMING is coming... The new series from showrunner Vicki Madden and Sweet Potato Films has been unveiled to premiere on Stan with Fiona McConaghy and John Molloy producing in partnership with Disney’s ABC Studios International.
I've been working with Vicki as story editor on The Gloaming and deep in the development trenches for months now shaping this complex and ambitious show. No two ways about it, it's bloody hard work. But I couldn't be more excited.
31/05/18 Small Town Hackers has been nominated for BEST AUSTRALIAN COMEDY at Melbourne WebFest 2018!
19/05/18 The Melbourne Web Fest line-up has been announced for 2018 and I’m very happy to see so many wonderful projects I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate on in the festival. Other People’s Problems, Event Zero, and Small Town Hackers. Well done to everyone.
28/04/18 Very stoked to have comic-drama series F*cking Adelaide In-Competition at Festival SERIES MANIA. It was a great pleasure last year working with the CloserFilms team to script-produce this series for ABC TV and Screen Australia. The show previously had a fantastic preview opening at the Adelaide Film Fest and will be coming soon to ABC. Stay tuned...
05/04/18 Rolling Stone takes a look at the pros and cons of the latest VR headset and in doing so has some very nice things to say about our VR film, AWAKE.
“Awake feels a bit like being dropped into the middle of a movie, if that movie were written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and directed by Guillermo Del Toro... It’s a cinematic experience that has you witness to a strange tale of loss, time travel and surreality.” ;-)