Cast of Characters: Episode 22: Jamie Mortellaro

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Jamie spent ten years as a producer and writer at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago, Illinois where he produced commercials for all of Burnett’s major clients, including iconic brands Miller Brewing, Proctor & Gamble, McDonalds, and Nintendo.

Upon leaving Burnett, Jamie was highly sought after by commercial production companies and, over the past fourteen years, has directed for countless brands including Disney, FOX Television, McDonalds, Orbitz, Dell, Kellogg’s and Reebok. Jamie is also a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

In addition to commercials, Jamie wrote and directed two nationally released feature films,Murder in the Heartland and the critically acclaimed Video X: Evidence (both films Vanguard Cinema distributor). Jamie also co-wrote and was a producer on the theatrically released animated feature film Back to the Sea produced in China for worldwide distribution.

Jamie is also an award winning director for his video game work. He has directed the Motion Capture, VO, and cast for many of the highest profile video games in the world including Halo 4&5, Hitman: Absolution, Lost Planet 3, Bulletstorm, Final Fantasy 13, Knack, Mighty #9 to name but a few. His clients include the top names in the industry including CAPCOM, Square Enix, Sony, Nintendo and Electronic Arts (EA).

In addition to advertising and directing, Jamie has an extensive improv background having graduated from the prestigious Second City Improvisational Center in Chicago and was a founding member of Theater Sports in Chicago. Jamie never intended to pursue acting, but understood this type of education would make him a more dynamic writer and director.