Los Angeles—Director David Semel,
whose television credits include Homeland,
American Horror Story and House M.D. and Person of Interest with JJ Abrams
has signed with Santa Monica-based Accomplice
Media
for representation in commercials. It’s the first time Semel has
pursued work in advertising. A two-time Emmy nominee, Semel most recently
directed the CBS pilot, Madame Secretary,
starring Tea Leoni.
Semel has long been interested in directing commercials and
says the advent of long-form narrative-driven advertising content has created a
demand for his skill set. “I’ve always been enamored with commercial media
because it’s aggressive, forward-thinking and visually arresting,” he explains.
“I also like the brevity and economy in storytelling.”
David Semel

Accomplice Media executive producer Jeff Snyder notes that, as
a result of Semel’s television experience, he‘s become a master at illuminating
a story’s central core. “He
has a fantastic ability to create natural narratives and capture authentic moments,”
Snyder says. “He’s also worked with top tier celebrities who enjoy his
professionalism and ability to encourage great performances.”
Semel
has been directing episodic television for more than 20 years and is among the
most sought-after directors in Hollywood for pilots and series creation. He has
directed 15 pilots, 12 of which have gone to series, an astonishing success
rate in today’s marketplace.  His list of
successful show launches includes American Dreams, Heroes, Life, and No Ordinary Family. Airing
this season are CBS’ Intelligence and TNT’s Legends (with the executive producer of Homeland and 24).  His long list of series work includes Hannibal,
CSI and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
, among others, as well as the soon to
debut The Strain from Guillermo del Toro. Semel has also served
as executive producer on more than a dozen television series.
Snyder says that he expects Semel to draw interest
from advertisers seeking the kind of sharp, well-crafted and emotionally taut
storytelling that has characterized much of his television output. “We’re
confident that agencies and brands will be very excited by David’s ability to develop
characters, engage with audiences and attract top-level talent,” Snyder
observes.
For more information about Accomplice Media, visit http://www.accomplice-media.com/
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