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PAUL FUENTES

Director/Writer

Paul Fuentes has directed over 200 national commercials for major brands and broadcast networks. A former HBO Creative Director, Paul is recognized for his award-winning live action comedy commercials as well as concept driven film and television design. Paul has directed a wide range of national commercials for VISA, SONY, AT&T, POST CEREALS, NIKON, CLOROX, KRAFT, MCDONALDS, SPORTS AUTHORITY, and SPRITE. He has written, designed and directed network promotions for HBO, ESPN, NBC, SHOWTIME, and CBS. In 2009, Paul directed the worldwide web launch of MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7.

Paul’s work has garnered CLIO Gold and silver recognition as well as awards from the Art Directors Club (NY and LA), Communication Arts awards, International Film and Television Awards, Belding Awards (Best Entertainment for HBO Boxing, a campaign he wrote and directed), and Best of Show and Gold awards from The Broadcast Designers Association and BPME.  A Nikon commercial Paul co-created and directed was voted “Top 5” Spot of the Year by Adweek. His now classic Cinemax “Movie Clichés” won Best of Show at the Broadcast Designers Association.

Paul is a cum laude graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art where he earned his B.F.A. in Communication Design. He also studied acting with Stella Adler and Irene Moore and after years of appearing in NY plays became an Equity and SAG  member.  After directing a documentary for Paul Newman’s Hole-In-the-Wall-Gang Camp, Paul was invited to join the Director/Observer Unit of The Actors Studio in NY. There he continues to hone his directorial craft by observing the best acting and directing talent in the world.

As HBO Creative Director Paul created and supervised the on-air brands of HBO & CINEMAX designing and directing award-winning campaigns, show opens, and network I.D’s.

After six years Paul left HBO and signed with Robert Greenberg’s company R/GA Live. There he directed an all-star lineup for the CBS Fall Campaign as well as The CBS Winter Olympics.  Several national spots followed for brands including TWIX, SPORTS AUTHORITY, and NIKON.

After R/GA, Paul formed Huge, his own NY production company located in the Screen Gems headquarters in New York. There he directed national spots and campaigns for brands including YOPLAIT, DISNEY, DOMINOS, MEAD, PARAMOUNT, and TACO BELL. He directed a 20 spot campaign for GLAD WRAP as well as long-running campaigns for SONIC restaurants and POST cereals.

Paul recently co-wrote and directed a campaign for SONY TV starring Peyton Manning and also directed SHOWTIME promotions for “WEEDS” and “EPISODES” starring MattLeBlanc. Paul continues to create and develop branded entertainment and original content. His most recent show, “GIVE IT UP,” a reality series, was optioned in May 2009 by VIN Di BONA PRODUCTIONS. 

Celebrity direction:

ÞHarry Anderson (CBS News), Louie Anderson (Sports Authority), Mario Batali (Glad Wrap), Joy Behar (ABC), Candice Bergen (CBS), Chris Berman (ESPN), Riddick Bowe (HBO Boxing), Barry Bostwick (Paramount TV), James Brown (CBS Sports), Nick Buoniconti (HBO), Delta Burke (CBS), Dixie Carter (CBS), Graham Chapman (“Dangerous Film Club”), Chevy Chase (City of L.A. Recycling), Sasha Cohen (Marshall’s), Rodney Dangerfield (Glad Wrap), Brian Dennehy (HBO), Oscar De La Hoya (HBO Boxing), Mike Ditka (Clorox), Phil Donahue (CBS News), Lou Duva (HBO Boxing), Dale Earnhardt Jr (Sony), Boomer Esiason (Apex Sports), Faith Ford (CBS), George Foreman (HBO), Michael J. Fox (“Spin City), Redd Foxx (CBS), Jason Giambi (Degree), Whoopi Goldberg (CBS), Gilbert Gottfried (Clorox), Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”), Kathy Griffin (Glad), Bryant Gumble (HBO Sports), Estelle Harris (Sienfeld), Cypress Hill (Music video), Celeste Holm (PSA), Rachel Hunter (Glad containers), David Hyde-Pierce (“Frasier”), Tom Jackson (ESPN), Grace Jones (movie music spoof), Roy Jones Jr (HBO Boxing), Jim Kelly (Apex), Toby Keith (Ford F-150 promotion), Bob Knight (Clorox), Jim Lampley (HBO), Tommy Lasorda (Glad Wrap), 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” promotion), Peyton Manning (Sony), Martin Mull (HBO), Brittany Murphy (Milton Bradley), Paul Newman (Hole-In-The-Wall-Gang Camp), Vincent Pastore (Clorox), Tonye Patano (“Weeds promotion), Oliver Platt (Showtime promotion), Paula Poundstone (Filene’s), Melanie Paxon (Glad), Della Reese (“Touched By An Angel”), 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 campaign), Pernell Whitaker (HBO Boxing), Montel Williams (“Montel”), Warren Moon (Apex), Martin Yan (Glad), Paula Zahn (CBS)

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