writer, script producer, story editor
Mike Jones is a writer, script producer, and story editor whose projects have received numerous accolades including AACTA, AWG, SPA, & ADG awards. Known as an expert in speculative & dark genre, yet equally at home in narrative comedy, Mike is a well regarded script developer having worked with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, Everycloud, Jungle, Princess Pictures, and MidWinter Films. Mike has also lead long-form script development labs for Google/YouTube and served as story consultant to ABC Signature studios in the US.
Mike worked as story editor with SweetPotatoFilms on international TV projects including upcoming mystery drama ‘The Gloaming’ and celebrated supernatural series ‘The Kettering Incident’. He was story producer for EveryCloud Productions steering AACTA-winning youth-drama series ‘Deadlock’. And he script-produced the comic-drama series ‘F*cking Adelaide’, ‘Other People’s Problems’, and ‘Wrong Kind of Black’ for the ABC.
Aside from film & tv Mike is a published novelist of historical horror fiction, was co-creator of the ground-breaking virtual-reality detective-thriller ‘VRNoir' with StartVR, and was also co-writer of speculative fiction VR mystery thriller, ‘Awake’ which premiered at SXSW and featured at Cannes.
Mike previously served as a development executive to ScreenAustralia and lectured in story and writing at the Australian Film TV & Radio School. His early career included journalism and writing for the theatre where he was twice recipient of the national young playwright’s award.
He is very tall, talks very fast, and is an active member of both Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Writer’s Guild.
Radio, TV, Magazine, Interviews and Presentations.
20/09/19 News this morning that our much loved comic-drama series 'Wrong Kind of Black', adapted from the memoir of Boori Monty Pryor, is a nominee in the 47th International Emmy Awards. And the whole team couldn't be more stoked!
Script-producing this series for ABC TV and Princess Pictures was a genuine pleasure and privilege that I'm enormously proud to have been a part of bringing this story with real heart, humour, and hope to the screen.
02/09/19 Hurrah for award nominations! Stoked to see two projects I had my fingers in up for nominations in this years Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards.
REBOOTED for Best Short Film, directed by Michael Shanks and produced by Nicholas Colla and Chris Hocking. And for Best Online Scripted, OVER AND OUT created by Adele Vuko and Christiaan Van Vuuren. Both projects represent such a wonderful mix of humour, pathos and drama and I'm very proud to have worked on both with such great creative minds.
23/07/19 More wonderful accolades for our much loved series based on the life of Boori Monty Pryor - ‘Wrong Kind of Black’ - taking out Best Australian Drama, Best Actor and the Grand Jury Prize! at Melbourne WebFest.
12/07/19 The Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE award nominations have been announced and am sincerely stoked to have AWAKE nominated for an AWGIE this year. I am enormously grateful to Martin John Taylor for having me along on his crazy creation and the whole team at StartVR.
16/06/19 Another accolade for our series 'Wrong Kind of Black' which took out a major prize at the Banff Rockie Awards. At the same time Television Business international picked Wrong Kind of Black as its 'show of the week'. Couldn't be more proud of the whole team.
29/05/19 It's a great to be able to say that the new scripts I'm working on this year are the most exciting I've ever had before me - the kind of projects you might wait a whole career to be able to work on.
So, I'm thrilled to have the support of Screen Australia to develop SECRET THREADS created by the wonderful Rebecca Ingram and collaborating with the very talented Michele Lee. Not to mention the chance to work with the legendary Kris Wyld who simply oozes experience and wisdom.
22/05/19 Great news that The Hitchhiker has been selected for both the Sydney Film Festival and opening night of the St Kilda Film Festival. This cracking short horror film was directed by Adele Vuko and it was such a pleasure a working with Adele and Jungle Entertainment to develop the script.
01/04/19 Something wicked this way comes… Thrilled to finally announce that The Gloaming is in production and currently shooting in the gothic wilds of Tasmania. It’s been a long journey over the past year working as story-editor wing-man to creator and showrunner, Vicki Madden, developing this ambitious and complex new series. But it has certainly been rewarding and a great privilege. Stay tuned for more updates to come…
13/03/19 Mark Pesce reviews our VR thriller, Awake, saying it “took me to places – and emotions – I’d never experienced before in any medium… Awake stretches the imagination and redefines the possibilities for entertainment”