An ex-musician who has played his fair share of parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, clubs and even a stadium or two, Jay is a director by vocation.
Graduating with Honors in Studio Guitar from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California, he spent the first few years of his adult working life as a music producer, arranger & composer for short films and (mostly) television commercials, even winning a couple of awards for best jingle at one point.
In a strange twist of fate (read "jobless musician”), he started directing videos, which led to directing commercials. It was whilst directing commercials that he found his true calling. A calling that has won him a CINE Special Jury Award, a nomination for a Cannes Lion, a New York Festivals Best Direction nomination, and a Gold award at the US International Film & Video Festival, amongst others.
Currently moonlighting as CEO of Moving Bits (a company he started almost 24 years ago to secure directing gigs), highlights include directing a full-length documentary for the Smithsonian Channel in the USA (the documentary Chilean Mine Rescue won a Silver Medal at the New York Festivals), as well as commercial spots for Universal Studios Theme Parks, Disney +, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, amongst others.
Insanely competitive, Jay’s always trying to bring a new point of view to every shoot he directs and every job he pitches. That approach informs the way he runs Moving Bits – the business, and it’s what gives the company its unique vision. A vision that has the Smithsonian Channel describing Moving Bits as "one of the world’s best non-fiction producers”.