City Films has added director James Wahlberg to its directorial roster. Wahlberg, the director of Nickelodeon‘s TV series The Fresh Beat Band, joins David Denneen, Derek McKane, Phil Meatchem, Kelly Hommon and Sandy Smolan.
Wahlberg has recently helmed projects in South Africa, South America, Vancouver, Toronto and Mexico City, as well as numerous productions in the Los Angeles area. He has just wrapped his first projects with City Films, shooting two, 30-second live-action spots for Playskool in Vancouver, and also shooting two spots for Heritage Milk.
“It’s exciting to be part of the new generation of production companies designed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing advertising landscape,” said Wahlberg. “Sheila Tighe and Josie Leonard and City Films are uniquely equipped to take on a diverse range of projects from commercials to webisodes to long format. I look forward to many successful collaborations with them in the future.”
Wahlberg first established himself as an animation director, then diversified into live action, gaining a reputation for visual story telling, understated comedy and dialogue, as well as combo work featuring a blend of strong actor-driven performances and effects.
Wahlberg has directed a wide variety of commercial projects for clients such as AT&T, Budweiser, Bud Light, California Tourism, Dish Network, Disney, EA Games, Expedia, Fox Network, H&R Block, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Orbitz, Proctor & Gamble, Mazda, Mattel, McDonalds, Microsoft, Miller Lite, Motorola, Nestles, Nintendo, Nissan, Samsonite, Seagate Technologies, Squirt and Travelocity.
Wahlberg’s recent long-form credits include directing Nickelodeon’s TV series The Fresh Beat Band. He served as executive producer on the viral video “Santa versus Jesus” that led to the creation of the Comedy Central series SouthPark Wahlberg produced the show’s pilot, “Cartman Gets An Anal Probe.” He also produced Derek Cianfrance‘s feature film, Brother Tied.