James Wahlberg is an Emmy nominated director who brings a unique range of filmmaking experience to a variety of media platforms including episodic television, TV commercials, and web-based content.
Wahlberg first established himself as an animation director, then diversified successfully into live-action, gaining a reputation for visual storytelling; comedy; dialogue; as well as combo work featuring a blend of strong actor-driven performances and effects. He’s directed numerous commercial and web-based campaigns for clients such as AT&T, Budweiser, Bud Light, California Tourism, Chiquita Banana, Dish Network, Disney, EA Games, Fox Network, H&R Block, Hasbro, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Lay’s, Mattel, Mazda, McDonalds, Microsoft, Miller Lite, Moose, Nerf, Nestles, Nintendo, Nissan, Oroweat, Playskool, Proctor & Gamble, Samsonite, Seagate Technologies, Spin Master, Squirt, and Travelocity.
In addition to a wide range of current commercial and web-based projects, Wahlberg directs the episodic series “Dwight In Shining Armor”, a comedy that features Dwight as a 21st-century teen who accidentally awakens Gothic princess Gretta from a 1,000-year slumber and is forced to deal with the hordes of magicians and medieval villains that go hand-in-hand with her awakening.
Wahlberg’s other recent long-format credits include directing Nickelodeon’s TV series “The Fresh Beat Band”, for which he received a 2013 Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Director In A Children’s Series”.
He served as executive producer on the viral video “Santa versus Jesus” that led to the creation of the Comedy Central series “South Park”. Wahlberg produced the show’s pilot, “Cartman Gets An Anal Probe”. He also produced Derek Cianfrance’s feature film, “Brother Tied”.
Wahlberg began his career in illustration and design before expanding into animation with Burbank-based Hanna Barbera, where he cut his teeth on several television series’ blocking action, timing performances, and laying out backgrounds for shows destined to be completed in Asia. Wahlberg went on to make his solo mark in the film industry as the founder and lead director of Celluloid Studios, an award-winning animation studio working in a variety of diverse mediums. Celluloid created a vast number of innovative commercials and alternative programming and was home to the buzz-generating video Christmas card “Santa vs. Jesus”, conceived by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Wahlberg continues to hone his skills as a director, writer, creative director, and visual effects supervisor on episodic TV, commercial, and web-based projects. He’s recently helmed projects in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, South Africa, South America, Vancouver, Toronto, Mexico City, as well as numerous productions in the Los Angeles area.