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Peter Jones

WRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

“Revelation of character must anchor a film’s narrative trajectory. Character is best revealed one detail and one story at a time. We rely on evidence more than exposition.”

Peter Jones is a name synonymous with excellence in the field of documentary filmmaking. Originally specializing in documentaries related to the history of the Hollywood film industry, his company produced 85 profiles for the A&E series Biography over a ten-year span. Jones has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award five times, winning twice: in 1997 for his A&E Biography special on Judy Garland, and in 2006 for Stardust: The Bette Davis Story. In 2009, the Peabody Award-winning Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times premiered as a national primetime special on PBS, a first for a documentary on Los Angeles. In 2012, Johnny Carson: King of Late Night was the highest rated documentary in the then 26-year history of the PBS series American Masters. He later produced fifty episodes of Carson on TCM, hosted by Conan O’Brien. He has twice been the recipient of the Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America.

Peter’s latest production, the Emmy-nominated series Angeleno, explores the spirit of modern multicultural Los Angeles. The LA native began his career in broadcast news with stints in Austin (ABC), Roanoke (NBC) and Los Angeles (CBS), after earning degrees from Stanford University (BA, American Studies, 1978) and Northwestern University (MA, Journalism, 1981).

 

Peter Jones