writer, script producer, story editor
Mike Jones is a writer, script producer, and story editor whose projects have received numerous AWG, SPA, ADG, and ACCTA awards & nominations. He is best known as an expert in speculative & dark genres but is equally adept in narrative comedy. Currently Mike serves as story editor with boutique TV production company, SweetPotatoFilms, whose credits include the multi-award winning supernatural drama series, The Kettering Incident. Mike is also a script producer for EveryCloud Productions, most recently steering youth-drama series Deadlock for the ABC.
A well regarded story developer, Mike has worked with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, Jungle, Porchlight, Essential, and Princess Pictures. He has also led long-form script development labs for YouTube, & is story consultant to ABC Signature studios in the US.
Mike was script producer for the ABC, overseeing celebrated comic-drama series including F*cking Adelaide, Other People's Problems, and Wrong Kind of Black. He was also script editor on the ADG award-winning comedy series, Small Town Hackers for US network Above Average, and is currently co-producer of animated comedy series Heady Days with MediaWorld Pictures.
Aside from TV, Mike was co-creator and writer of the virtual-reality detective-thriller VRNoir 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 and featured at Cannes in 2018.
As a novelist he is the author of The Transgression’s Cycle, a three book series of historical-fiction horror published by Simon & Schuster and named on Apple iBooks ‘Best of’ list.
Mike previously served as a development executive to ScreenAustralia & lectured in story & writing at the Australian Film TV & Radio School, where he sits on the AFTRS industry advisory group. His early career spanned writing for theatre - where he was twice recipient of a national young playwright’s award - and working as a stage and screen industry journalist.
Radio, TV, Magazine, Interviews and Presentations.
08/11/18 New pre-launch teaser for Awake: Episode One which launches for the Vive on 5 December 2018.
08/11/18 Thrilled to see two projects I story-produced nominated in the Casting Guild of Australia - CGA Awards. Deadlock, Danny Long Casting and Wrong Kind of Black, Anousha Zarkesh. Both were true ensemble casts featuring great new talent.
30/10/18 Great news to wake up to. Two shows nominated for #AACTA awards -- DEADLOCK with the fantastic Every Cloud Productions, and SMALL TOWN HACKERS created by the brilliant team at Mad Kids. Both shows were a pleasure to help develop with wonderful collaborators.
16/08/18 The Screen Producers Australia SPA Award nominations for 2018 have been announced and very happy to have three projects make the list.
12/07/18 Our immersive VR psychological thriller, AWAKE, will have its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next month. After selective showings at SXSW and Cannes earlier this year very happy to see the complete AWAKE experience now showing on home soil. AWAKE stars Jake McDorman (American Sniper, Limitless), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Warm Bodies) and Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby, Picnic at Hanging Rock).
28/06/18 Nominations for the 51st Australian Writers' Guild awards have been announced and am thrilled to have two shows on the list. 'Fucking Adelaide' with the episode 'Maude Loves Us' penned by Matthew Cormack is up for Best Comedy, and 'Wrong Kind of Black' is nominated for Best Online series. It was an enormous pleasure to script-produce both these shows and work which such extraordinary teams and talents.
21/06/18 Excited to announce production has begun on new comedy series, Superwog created by online superstars, Theo and Nathan Saidden. Working with the fantastic team at Princess Pictures and producer Paul Walton, it's been a blast to serve as script editor on this their first 6xhalf-hour comedy series for ABC TV.
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.