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Paul Fuentes has directed hundreds of commercials and promos as well as written & directed for brands including Sony, KMART, HBO, Arm & Hammer and HP.
Raised in Philadelphia, Paul graduated cum laude from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, (BFA). He moved to New York where his design and illustration work appeared in national publications including The New York Times. He was hired at NBC where he created show opens, ID's and promotions. He moved to HBO where he became creative director Broadcast Advertising & Promotion (BAP). There he began to direct.
Paul studied filmmaking at NYU and studied drama at the Stella Adler Studio and also with Irene Moore. He appeared in several New York plays and toured Russia in a Tennessee Williams play. He credits much of his directing ability to having once been an actor. He was accepted into The Actors Studio Director / Observer Unit where he learned from Ellen Burstyn, Arthur Penn and some of the most talented directors and actors in New York.
Robert Greenberg of R/GA saw Paul's work and signed him as a director to R/GA Live. At R/GA Paul combined performance with R/GA's cutting edge effects to create memorable commercials for Twix, Sports Authority, Nikon, Old El Paso, McDonalds as well as campaigns for the CBS Fall and Winter Olympics.
Paul soon formed Huge, his NY production company with Screen Gems where he directed comedy spots and 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 awards including CLIO (gold, bronze), The Art Directors Club (NY and LA), International Film & Television Awards, International Monitor Awards, Houston International Film Festival, Belding Best of Show, gold from PROMAX and silver from New York Festivals.
Paul writes for ad agencies, TV, and corporate clients. He co-wrote "The World Without Women," a dark comedy series under consideration at The Jackal Group. He recently directed "Personal With Bill Rhoden," a series starring the New York Times award-winning journalist. With best-selling financial author Dan Solin, he created “Trade Up,” an informative and irreverent TV series for American Public Television.
Paul is a member of the Directors Guild of America and maintains residency in New Jersey and Los Angeles.
Celebrity direction (partial list) 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), Riddick Bowe (HBO Boxing), Barry Bostwick (Paramount TV), James Brown (ESPN), Kevin Hart (Rally Health), Nick Buoniconti (HBO), Delta Burke (CBS), Kyle Busch (ESPN/NASCAR), Estelle Harris (Seinfeld),Dixie Carter (CBS), Jim Caviezel ("Person of Interest" campaign) 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 campaign), Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope,” Fox TV campaign), Mike Ditka (Clorox), Phil Donahue (CBS News), Lou Duva (HBO Boxing), Dale Earnhardt Jr (Sony), Carl Edwards (NASCAR), Michael Emerson ("Person of Interest" campaign), Boomer Esiason (Apex Sports), Faith Ford (CBS), George Foreman (HBO), Michael J. Fox (“Spin City), Redd Foxx (CBS),Randy Fuller (NASCAR), Jim Gaffigan ("The Jim Gaffigan Show") 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), 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), Lennox Lewis (HBO Boxing), Lucy Liu ("Elementary" campaign), Joey Logano (NASCAR), Heather Locklear (“Spin City"), Jennifer Lopez (Winter Olympics), Lori Loughlin ("When Calls the Heart," Hallmark), Romany Malco (“Weeds”), Peyton Manning (Sony), Jonny Lee Miller ("Elementary" campaign), Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR), Warren Moon (Apex), Martin Mull (HBO), Brittany Murphy (Twix), 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), "Snooki" Polizzi ("Hashtaggers," E!), Ellen Pompeo (Sonic), 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), Johnny Weir Pernell Whitaker (HBO), Montel Williams (“Montel”) Martin Yan (Glad), ("Hashtaggers,"E!), Paula Zahn (CBS)