Jeffrey Lengyel, is highly skilled storyteller, creator, producer-director of film, television and web entertainment with extensive experience in development and production. A Directing Fellow graduate of the American Film Institute, whose original film, Just For a Laugh with Robin Williams, was recently sold to I-Tunes. With Jackson/McHenry/Warner Productions, as director/writer, he developed seven feature film projects including BODYCOUNT for New Line, GUNPOINT for MGM and directed Second Unit on NEW JACK CITY and HOUSE PARTY II.
Jeff also co-wrote and co-created over a dozen original feature screenplays that have been optioned and in development at major studios including, AMAZON RUN/Lionsgate, INDIAN BINGO Elephant Walk, DESPERATE MEASURES/Tardy Green Productions and Sudden Death, Hung Productions. He served as Director of West Coast Development for National Geographic Film and Television with an emphasis on new media and young markets. He also co-created and/or directed ten original network comedy pilots and series including THE MAN SHOW, TOTALLY RIDICULOUS for UPN, ABSOLUTELY TRUE! for Ch4/UK, INSIDE SCOOP for ABC, PAGES for ABC and BIG DISH COMMUNICATIONS and USA for HBO. Read more
He has worked as a producer/director on over twenty hit reality/alternative shows including SCARIEST PLACES ON EARTH, ARREST AND TRIAL, WHEN HIDDEN CAMERAS ATTACK!, LOVE IS IN THE HEIR and SIGHTINGS and produced/directed highly rated History Channel specials, NAVAJO CODE TALKERS, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and HELL’S ANGELS.
As a digital media developer and strategist with XIPSTER.com, GENERAL MOTORS, CHEVRON, NRDC, COMEDY.com and others he helped develop new marketing content solutions for the internet entertainment revolution. He has also worked in public interest advertising using his story, strategic and marketing skills to develop tough targeted long and short form documentary advocacy with projects like BLOOD MONEY, FIRE AND ICE and THE EARTH IS LOSING, the highest rated global climate PSA the Sierra Club ever produced with Ed Asner. Most recently, Jeff strategically managed the launch of a statewide social media campaign, RAGE AGAINST THE TUNNELS aimed at defeating the proposed 40 billion dollar Delta Tunnels project proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and supported by Oil and Corporate lobbies.
He’s developed and created corporate advertising for Dreamworks, Fox, Disney, Universal/Wolf and Warner as well as Southern Pacific, Sierra Club, and Cornell Corrections. Seven years ago, he was the co-founder and VP of Development of Martini Digital Entertainment, which partnered with Ninja Mobile and AT&T and T-Mobile with JUVEE MOBILE, a nine channel original web/mobile content/brand platform of young male-centric action, comedy, extreme sports and underground comics.
Most recently – Jeff oversaw the launch of FIRSTLIGHT STORY LAB, for original brand/web series content which has attracted the interest and attention of Lionsgate Digital Media, Chiat-Day and other digital media agencies. While pursuing a number of transmedia and digital projects including the dramedy, THEM and the action thriller Unit 2-16 with CJ Entertainment and also recently completing directing the pilots for docu/drama BOOMTOWN USA for A&E and the original comedy web series pilot, IT’S SO L.A recently screened at Cannes – Jeff, a member of both the Writer’s Guild and Director’s Guild also taught graduate and undergraduate levels of directing, script development and production as Adjunct Prof at USC School of Cinematic Arts for eight years.