Director / Writer
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Paul Fuentes has directed hundreds of national commercials and promos as well as written & directed original content for brands and corporations including HP, Sony, HBO, Arm & Hammer, Glad, Showtime, ESPN and CBS. Paul directed successful campaigns for Lifelock, St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, The Florida Lottery and the successful launch of the new Fox TV series, “New Girl” starring Zooey Deschanel. He recently won a CLIO award for directing the launch spot of Showtime’s “Episodes” series, starring Matt LeBlanc.
Raised in Philadelphia, Paul is a cum laude graduate of Temple’s Tyler School of Design. Upon graduation he moved to New York where his design and illustrations appeared in national publications including The New York Times, Institutional Investor and Black Enterprise. He was hired as an on-air designer at NBC Network Advertising & Promotion. At 30 Rock he created promos and show openings for NBC programming including Nightly News, Saturday Night Live and Movies of the Week.
After NBC Paul moved to HBO where he soon became creative director, Broadcast Advertising & Promotion. There, he supervised writer / producers and designers creating the look of promotions for movies, specials and sports. An HBO Boxing campaign he wrote and directed won a Belding award for Best Entertainment.
Adept at comedy and drama (Paul studied at The Stella Adler Conservatory and The Actors Studio) he moved into directing. Robert Greenberg of R/GA saw his director reel and signed Paul to his new company, R/GA Live. At R/GA Paul developed his directing skills and became known for his ability to get natural performances from celebrities, athletes and non-actors. He helmed national spots for Twix, Sports Authority, Nikon, Old El Paso, McDonalds and the CBS Fall Campaign and Winter Olympics.
After four years at R/GA Paul formed Huge, his own production company in New York where he directed campaigns for brands including Yoplait, Disney, Dominos, Visa, Sonic, Paramount, Taco Bell and a successful 20-spot national campaign for Glad Wrap.
Paul’s work has received CLIO gold and silver awards as well as recognition from the Art Directors Club (NY and LA), The International Film and Television Awards, The Belding Awards, and Best of Show and Gold from The Broadcast Designers Association. His classic Nikon“Alarm Clock” commercial was voted a “Top 5” Spot of the Year by Adweek.
Paul has optioned branded entertainment series ideas to TV Land, Fox TV and Vin di Bona Productions. He continues to write and direct TV commercials, web, and branded content. In 2012, with best-selling financial author Dan Solin, Paul created “Trade Up,” an informative and irreverent series about the world of finance and investing. In 2013 Paul will direct an original series for Epix hosted by New York Times sports writer, William Rhoden. Paul is a member of the Directors Guild of America. He 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), Candice Bergen (CBS), Chris Berman (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), Graham Chapman (“Dangerous Film Club”), Chevy Chase (L.A. Recycling), Don Cheadle (“House of Lies,” Showtime), Sasha Cohen (Marshall’s), Rodney Dangerfield (Glad Wrap), Brian Dennehy (HBO), Oscar De La Hoya (HBO Boxing), 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), 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), Michele Lee (CBS), Spike Lee (HBO doc), Lennox Lewis (HBO Boxing), Louie Lombardi (Clorox), Heather Locklear (“Spin City), Jennifer Lopez (Winter Olympics), Romany Malco (“Weeds”), Peyton Manning (Sony), Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR), 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), Vincent Pastore (Clorox), Tonye Patano (“Weeds” promotion), Danica Patrick (ESPN), Oliver Platt (Showtime), Paula Poundstone, Della Reese (“Touched By An Angel,” CBS), Don Rickles (Glad), Geraldo Rivera (CBS), Joan Rivers (Glad), Rita Rudner (Arm & Hammer), Harry Smith (CBS News), Jean Stapleton (CBS), Ben Stein (Clorox), Jerry Stiller (Clorox), The Temptations (CBS campaign), James Toney (HBO Boxing), Mike Tyson (HBO Boxing), Pernell Whitaker (HBO Boxing), Montel Williams (“Montel”), Warren Moon (Apex), Martin Yan (Glad), Paula Zahn (CBS)