Showrunner/EP for this half hour comedy about race, gender, class and family. In development with Wojack Productions, along with the rest of its multi-platform ecosystem, including the webseries "Scarberia" and a VR experience called "the duppy". Have completed a pilot script for "Hood Island" and story edited 3 webisode scripts for "Scarberia", written by Mandeq Hassan. In discussions about a South African/Canadian co-production.
Worked as showrunner/EP on Season 2 of this successful digital series about a young woman (CHELSEY REIST, The 100) who discovers she has the ability to use astral travel to take over other people’s bodies. Premiered on Youtube and Highball TV Dec 2020. In development as a YA drama series for TV with Kate Green at KGP Films - have completed a pilot script, treatment and ripo.
An epic sci-fi action-drama about a time traveler’s daughter (ANIA SETH) who is forced to step into her father’s shoes when he’s murdered and put together an extraordinary team to prevent a war for control of Time itself. Currently pitching a package that includes a ripo, a deck and my pilot script. Based on the graphic novels published by Titan1 Studios.
Dark Iris is a horror anthology series that gives multi-cultural mythologies a modern speculative twist and a Deadpool-ish sense of humor. Think a blend of Tales from the Crypt and Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales), a popular Argentine-Spanish black comedy anthology film with themes of violence and vengeance. In development with Campanario Entertainment and Mucho Mas Media.
An interactive experience that speaks to the immigrant experience in a playful way that contains deeper lessons about about how we welcome those who are different from us, or don't. Have completed a conceptualization animation with funding from Telefilm, and are now looking at developing this as a children's series.
Reducing emissions is only half of what we need to do to stop climate change -- we've also got to use soil restoration to draw down the legacy carbon already in the atmosphere. Working in an advisory communications role to spread the word that Drawdown is #TheOtherHalf.
Produced a livestreamed virtual gala for Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP), the oldest Latino voting organization in the US, and the most effective. Featured LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Kenny Ortega, Danny Trejo, Ozomatli, comedian Erik Rivera and many others. Trailer below!
A drama series in the vein of The X Files that foreshadowed later series like Stranger Things.
A supernatural series about a soul-collector for the Devil who decides he wants to try to save the souls of his clients. Sold into 66 counties.
A documentary about overshoot (too many people using up too little planet too fast) and how to save civilization with comedy.
As a showrunner and architect of multiplatform story universes, Jon Cooksey shapes iconic entertainment in all genres of film, television and digital that has resonated with millions of viewers across the globe. His work has won or been nominated for Emmy, Humanitas, Gemini, Leo, Cable Ace and Canadian Screen Awards in TV, plus numerous awards for his comedic feature documentary about saving civilization, How to Boil a Frog.
From his seminal work as head writer/showrunner on Rugrats (both TV and feature), to his genre work on shows like Primeval: New World, SPIDES and Killjoys, Jon has focused intensively on stories that will capture the Millennial and now Gen Z demographics, with all the diversity and social awareness that requires. He was at the forefront of developing for alternative and interactive platforms, and continues on the cutting edge. He's working with TITAN1STUDIOS the Events at Unity Farm VR game, which will soon have its early release, and has recently completed pilot scripts for both the one-hour comedy/music series The Studio, with Famous Productions in Toronto, and the half hour comedy Hood Island with Wojack Productions in Vancouver.
Jon infuses his cutting edge TV work with a depth of influences that enrich his storytelling in genres ranging from comedies to YA thrillers to family dramas. Credits as TV showrunner include Arctic Air, Shattered, The Best Years and his original series The Collector. He’s developed 18 pilots for various prodcos and networks, including Comedy Central, FX and ITV (UK), and has run series for Disney Channel and Nickelodeon in the US, for Rogers, Global, CBC and Space in Canada. Altogether he’s produced over 150 hours of TV.
On the feature side, Jon has lately tended toward historical fiction. He’s recently written Los Angeles: Being the True Story of the largest Lynching in the History of America, and the birth of a City, about the mystery behind the Chinatown Massacre of 1871, based on IP. Other recent feature scripts include The Oracle’s Wife, a biopic about M. King Hubbert, one of the great minds of the 20thcentury who foresaw the end of the Oil Age, and Hindenburg LZ-129, a film noir thriller that uses the famous disaster as a springboard.
In general Jon’s goal is to break the boundaries of current entertainment silos, creating broad audiences across multiple platforms (XR, games, TV/digital series, movies, live events, musical theatre, storyworlds, theme park rides, etc.), with stories that have an international appeal. Also, start a farm and write a satirical kids' book about political insanity. Both in progress.
Jon is repped by Bob Getman at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer. He’s a dual citizen, an environmental consultant, has a degree in economics from Stanford, and is a member of the WGA, WGC and WGGB.
A 3 minute trailer giving a taste of all the politicians, celebs, bands and short films we featured, set to the incredible music of Ozomatli!
I usually post this only once a year, but lately EVERY day has been This Is Insane Day.
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