Great news: Our wonderful family of directors is growing! We’re excited to announce the latest addition to our team: TJ O’Grady-Peyton
TJ first landed on industry radars back in 2013 when he was shortlisted at the YDA in Cannes for his adidas Super film, an inspiring story of a world class young fighter in-the-making. What made the piece stand out was its “striking visuals, surrealism and a perfect mix of drama and fun,” as described by SHOOT Magazine.
Since then, he’s directed an array of work including a cinematic commercial for Asics with Steve Aoki that’s an anthem to youth culture, as well as Tensnake’s “See Right Through ft. Fiora,” a sultry music video about a heist gone bad, and the short film festival sensation, Wave, which he co-directed and stars in.
“TJ’s work has a truly special combination of stunning visuals and authentic performances that resonate far beyond their screen-time,” says our EP Sarah McMurray. “His lighting and camera movement feel so distinct and striking, but most importantly are always used to enhance his storytelling. We loved his eye and approach from the first moment we saw his film and are tremendously excited to add him to the Hey Wonderful family!”
When asked about joining Hey Wonderful, TJ said, “Everyone I spoke to had fantastic things to say about Hey Wonderful. Meeting Michael, Sarah and the whole Hey Wonderful team in the RSA offices in L.A. really impressed me. They had a clear plan of action and strong ideas about where my career should go while also having a great blend of professionalism, experience and personality. The roster is a lovely size and the company has that boutique, hands on approach that was what I was looking for. I am also really excited to be part of the Ridley Scott Creative Group as he is obviously a huge hero of mine. He is a pioneer in both commercials and feature films and a visionary.”
With his move to Hey Wonderful, TJ says he hopes to pursue more opportunities for collaboration with brands on global campaigns, and developing projects for film and television.
SHOOT Magazine also praises his passion for bringing great ideas to life on both large-scale projects, and smaller, more open-ended work that enables him to keep evolving creatively.
“Having the opportunity to pitch on projects that are varied and unique and a good fit for me, and which allow me to experiment a little so I never get too pigeonholed would be … Wonderful,” TJ says. “I want to make work for clients that is seen by audiences all over the world that people look up to and respect. In essence, to tell stories that are in some way human and relatable and that leave an impact.”
Check out his reel to see some of his work —> here.
On top of this wonderful news, we’ve brought on the incredible Earl McDaniel as Hey Wonderful’s newest Executive Producer and head of production. McDaniel will be overseeing international and domestic productions, as well as building and managing production teams, vendors and production services on all aspects of projects from bidding through post-production.
Earl rose through the ranks at Propaganda Films, working with directors such as David Fincher, Michael Bay and Antoine Fuqua. Prior to joining us, he was head of production at Prettybird. (via Ad Age)
We’re all excited for the future of Hey Wonderful, and can’t wait to share what we have in store!