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PAUL FUENTES

Director / Writer

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Paul has directed hundreds of national commercials and promos as well as written & directed for brands including Sony, Kmart, HBO, Arm & Hammer, Glad, Showtime, ESPN and CBS. He recently directed a new EPIX series, “Personal with Bill Rhoden,” a new campaign for WGN America and Showtime’s, “House of Lies” starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. Two spots in that campaign won Gold at PROMAX and Silver at the 2015 New York Festival Awards. Paul directed “The New Candid Camera” campaign with Mayim Bialik and Fox’s “New Girl” launch campaign starring Zooey Deschanel. Paul also won a CLIO for Showtime’s “Episodes” promotion starring Matt LeBlanc as well as directing “The School for Struggling Santas” series of holiday webisodes for Kmart.

Raised in Philadelphia, Paul graduated cum laude from Temple U, Tyler School of Art, (BFA). He moved to New York where his work appeared in national publications including The New York Times. He was hired as an on-air designer at NBC. At 30 Rock he created campaigns and show opens for NBC Nightly News, Saturday Night Live and others. He studied drama at the Stella Adler Studio and with Irene Moore and appeared in several New York plays and comedies. He toured Russia and performed at The Moscow Art Theater. He was accepted into The Actors Studio Observer unit where he learned much from Lee Grant, Ellen Burstyn, Arthur Penn and the most talented actors and directors in New York.

From NBC Paul moved to HBO where he became creative director, Broadcast Advertising & Promotion. Supervising a team of writer / producers and designers he helped create the look of the network from campaigns to movies, specials and sports. Robert Greenberg of R/GA saw his live action spots and signed Paul to his new company. At R/GA Paul combined his performance skills with R/GA’s effects to create memorable campaigns for Twix, Sports Authority, Nikon, Old El Paso, McDonalds and the CBS Fall Campaign and Winter Olympics.

Paul formed Huge, his NY production company where he wrote comedy spots and directed campaigns for brands including Yoplait, Disney, Dominos, Visa, Sonic, Paramount, Taco Bell, Clorox and a successful 20-spot national campaign for Glad Wrap for DDB Worldwide.

His work has received CLIO gold and silver, Art Directors Club awards (NY and LA), International Film and Television Awards, Belding, Best of Show, Gold from PROMAX and silver from New York Festivals. His classic Nikon “Alarm Clock” commercial was voted a “Top 5” Spot of the Year by Adweek.

Paul writes TV and branded entertainment. His ideas have been optioned to TV Land and Fox. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and maintains residency in New Jersey and Los Angeles.

Celebrity direction includes:
Pamela Adlon (“Californication,” Showtime), Marcos Ambrose (ESPN/NASCAR), Harry Anderson (CBS News), Louie Anderson (Sports Authority), Teddy Atlas (ESPN, HBO), Mario Batali (Glad Wrap), Joy Behar (ABC), Kristen Bell (“House of Lies,” Showtime), Candice Bergen (CBS), Chris Berman, Mayim Bialik (“The New Candid Camera”), Jon Bon Jovi (Grammys), (ESPN), Riddick Bowe (HBO Boxing), Barry Bostwick (Paramount TV), James Brown (ESPN), Nick Buoniconti (HBO), Delta Burke (CBS), Kyle Busch (ESPN/NASCAR), Dixie Carter (CBS), Jim Caviezel ("POI") Graham Chapman (“Dangerous Film Club”), Chevy Chase (L.A. Recycling), Don Cheadle (“House of Lies,” Showtime), Sasha Cohen (Marshall’s), Chris Collingsworth (INFL), Rodney Dangerfield (Glad Wrap), Clive Davis (Grammys), Brian Dennehy (HBO), Oscar De La Hoya (“Personal with Bill Rhoden,” Epix), Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl,” Fox TV), Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope,” Fox TV), Mike Ditka (Clorox), Phil Donahue (CBS News), Lou Duva (HBO Boxing), Dale Earnhardt Jr (Sony), Carl Edwards (NASCAR), Michael Emerson ("POI"), Boomer Esiason (Apex Sports), Faith Ford (CBS), George Foreman (HBO), Michael J. Fox (“Spin City), Redd Foxx (CBS), Randy Fuller (NASCAR), Jason Giambi (Degree), Whoopi Goldberg (CBS), Jeff Gordon (NASCAR), Gilbert Gottfried (Clorox), Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”), Kathy Griffin (Glad), Bryant Gumble (HBO Sports), Shanola Hampton (“Shameless,” Showtime), Estelle Harris (Seinfeld), Kevin Harvick (NASCAR), Cypress Hill (Music video), Celeste Holm (PSA), Rachel Hunter (Glad), David Hyde-Pierce (“Frasier”), Tom Jackson (ESPN), Jimmy Johnson (NASCAR), Grace Jones (“Boomerang”), Roy Jones Jr (HBO Boxing), Jim Kelly (Apex), Toby Keith (Ford/ESPN), Richard Kind (“Spin City”), Bob Knight (Clorox), Jim Lampley (HBO), Tommy Lasorda (Glad Wrap), Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope”), Matt LeBlanc (Showtime), Spike Lee (HBO doc), Lennox Lewis (HBO Boxing), Lucy Liu ("Elementary") Joy Logano (NASCAR), Louie Lombardi (Clorox), Heather Locklear (“Spin City), Jennifer Lopez (Winter Olympics), Romany Malco (“Weeds”), Peyton Manning (Sony), Jonny Lee Miller ("Elementary"), Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR), Warren Moon (Apex), Martin Mull (HBO), Brittany Murphy (Milton Bradley), Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”), Paul Newman (Hole-In-The-Wall-Gang Camp), Dawn Olivieri (“House of Lies,” Showtime), Dr. Oz ("Total 10 Diet"), Vincent Pastore (Clorox), Tonye Patano (“Weeds” promotion), Danica Patrick (ESPN), Oliver Platt (Showtime), Paula Poundstone, Della Reese (CBS), Don Rickles (Glad), Geraldo Rivera (CBS), Joan Rivers (Glad), Anita Renfroe (Kmart), Rita Rudner (Arm & Hammer), Phil Simms (INFL), Harry Smith (CBS News), Jean Stapleton (CBS), Ben Stein (Clorox), Jerry Stiller (Clorox), Tony Stewart (NASCAR), The Temptations (CBS campaign), James Toney (HBO), Mike Tyson (HBO Boxing), Brian Vickers (NASCAR), Pernell Whitaker (HBO), Montel Williams (“Montel”), Martin Yan (Glad), Paula Zahn (CBS)

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