Jake Scott is an Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated director. A partner in the Ridley Scott Creative Group, Jake is an owner of RSA Films and a founder of music video production company Black Dog Films.
His most recent work is “Runaway Train 25,” a moving, beautifully filmed music video which reinterprets Soul Asylum’s original song and video for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and agency M/H VCCP, this time geo-tagging images of missing children and teens. Featuring musical artists Jaime N Commons and Skylar Grey with Gallant, the video received nearly 2 billion views online and widespread media praise – from Rolling Stone, People and ET to Good Morning America, The View and CNN. His new film, the drama American Woman with Sienna Miller, Amy Madigan, Aaron Paul and Christina Hendricks and produced by Scott Free, made its debut at TIFF and opened in theatres this month to critical acclaim with many reviews citing a career-defining performance for Sienna Miller.
Jake also directed Johnnie Walker’s multi award-winning “Gentlemen’s Wager” films for Anomaly, featuring Jude Law and Giancarlo Giannini. He directed Mads Mikkelsen in the branded short “Le Fantôme” for Ford Edge. Jake’s work includes a famous trilogy of Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl commercials—“Brotherhood,” “Puppy Love” and “Lost Dog”—which won the coveted No. 1 spot on USA Today’s Super Bowl Ad Meter for three consecutive years. And he directed Nike’s EMMY Award-winning commercial, “Move.”
Jake gained early directorial prominence with REM’s “Everybody Hurts.” It won multiple MTV awards, was honored with a Grammy nomination and inducted in the MVPA Hall of Fame in 2005. He directed other promos for top artists such as U2, No Doubt, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes and The Rolling Stones, to note just a few. More acclaimed commercial work includes three short films for HBO Voyeur, a groundbreaking multimedia campaign for BBDO NY which raked up myriad awards, perhaps most notably a Cannes Grand Prix and Cannes Cyber Lion. His commercial credits extend to a long list of prestigious brands such as adidas, AmEx, Apple, Bacardi, Coca-Cola, Dick’s Sporting Goods, ESPN, Ford, Martini, Nike, Puma, Samsung, South Park, Subaru, Tulamore Dew, VW and many others.
Jake made his feature film debut with Plunkett & Macleane, the historical action comedy with Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Liv Tyler. He also directed Welcome to the Rileys, the 2010 drama starring Kristen Stewart, the late James Gandolfini and Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo.