Jesse is a versatile and collaborative writer/director with a knack for comedy and working with high profile actors, athletes and well- known personalities. Most recently, created and show-ran the genre bending comedy series Gaming Show (In My Parents Garage) for Family Channel and Netflix, co-created and produced the e-sports pilot Press-X for Disney XD and is currently developing the scripted, single camera comedy series AV Club for Family Channel. From 2004-2009 Jesse served as comedy Director/Producer for CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, where he co-wrote, directed and edited nightly comedy shorts featuring hundreds of actors and celebrities including Morgan Freeman, the Foo Fighters, Gordon Ramsay, Snoop Dogg, Alan Alda, David Cross and many more. Jesse was instrumental in the show’s several award wins.
Since then, Jesse has directed the 1hr TV special Long Story Short for CBC Television starring Martin Short, DisneyXD’s The Grizzly Cup (which garnered him a Canadian Screen Award nomination for directing), and the Tom Saunders (Larry Sanders, Arrested Development) series Raising Expectations.
As a filmmaker, his most recent short Break A Leg, premiered at New York's MoMA and Lincoln Center for New Directors/New Films, and it has screened at international film festivals including Palm Springs, Milan, Vancouver, Toronto, London, and Just For Laughs.
In addition to TV and film, Jesse is currently directing commercials, where his knack for working with celebrities and athletes has garnered a great deal of attention, including campaigns for Cadbury/Mr Big featuring NHL star Alexander Ovechkin, and for Ford featuring NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. His commercial projects have appeared in Creativity’s Top 20, BestAdsOnTV, Shots and more.
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