Jesse Peretz, a former bass player for the Lemonheads, began his directing career shooting music videos for high profile artists like the Foo Fighters. He is also renowned for co-creating and directing the “Jimmy The Cab Driver” promos for MTV, which became a fixture in the ‘90s and captured the attention of the advertising industry. He went on to direct hundreds of commercials for brands such as Toyota, Nike, IKEA, Taco Bell, Vitamin Water, the Gap, Allstate, Cree and many others.
Peretz is a prolific talent in television, as well. He directed 15 episdoes and produced 32 episodes for HBO’s breakaway hit series “Girls.” He has also produced and directed critically acclaimed series such as Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” and HBO’s “Divorce.” And he’s directed episodes of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” and other popular shows—“New Girl,” “The Office,” “The Mindy Project” and Comedy Central’s “Important Things with Demetri Martin.”
Peretz’s first feature film, First Love, Last Rites, is an adaptation of the Ian McEwan short story for which he won a Fipresci Prize. His second feature, The Chateau, a comedic story about two brothers traveling to France to claim the chateau they inherited, starred Paul Rudd and Romany Malco. Next up was The Ex (2006), a comedy starring Zack Braff, Jason Bateman and Charles Grodin. And his most recent feature, My Idiot Brother premiered at Sundance in 2011. It is a comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters, starring Paul Rudd and Zooey Deschanel.
Peretz has directed music videos for the Foo Fighters, The Breeders and Teenage Fanclub, and for actors Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black. His “Learn to Fly” for the Foo Fighters won a Grammy Award in 2001, and he won an MTV Award for the band’s “Big Me.”