writer, script producer, story editor
Mike Jones is a writer, script producer, and story editor, best known for expertise in speculative & dark genres but equally adept in narrative comedy. His projects have garnered numerous awards including AACTA, SPA, and AWG accolades. He serves as story editor with boutique TV production company, SweetPotatoFilms, whose credits include the celebrated mystery drama series, ‘The Kettering Incident’, and he is currently Story Editor on upcoming drama series, 'The Gloaming', for Stan and ABC Studios International.
Mike is a well regarded story developer and has worked with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, Jungle, and Princess Pictures, as well as leading long-form script development labs for YouTube. He is story consultant to ABC Signature studios in the US and was script producer for EveryCloud Productions; most recently steering AACTA award-winning youth-drama series 'Deadlock' for the ABC.
Also with the ABC, Mike was script producer overseeing celebrated comic-drama series 'F*cking Adelaide', 'Other People's Problems', and 'Wrong Kind of Black' and served as script editor on the ADG award-winning comedy series, ‘Small Town Hackers’ for US comedy network Above Average.
Aside from TV, Mike was co-creator of the virtual-reality detective-thriller ‘VRNoir' with StartVR; short-listed for the International ProtoAward for most Innovative VR of the year. He was also co-writer of speculative fiction VR mystery thriller, ‘Awake’ which premiered at SXSW and featured at Cannes.
Mike is a published novelist, served as a development executive to ScreenAustralia, & has 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 the national young playwright’s award - and working as a stage and screen industry journalist.
Mike is a full member of Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Writer’s Guild.
Radio, TV, Magazine, Interviews and Presentations.
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"
04/12/18 Deadlock wins Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)award for best online series! Couldn't be more stoked and very proud of the whole team. It was such a privilege and creative challenge to story-produce this series with the extraordinary folks at Every Cloud Productions and wonderful producer Belinda Mravicic.
03/12/18 A great week for our much loved series Wrong Kind Of Black which was a finalist for the C21Media International Drama awards in London on Wednesday and took out the win for Best Achievement in Casting at the CGA awards on Friday!
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.