- LOS ANGELES
Director Jan Wentz has joined Skunk for commercial and branded content representation in the U.S.
Wentz just wrapped international spots for both BMW and Peugeot, and has to his credit worldwide campaigns for brands including Audi, Samsung, Gucci, Mercedes, Nescafe, Hornbach, Volkswagen and Renault, directing notable talent ranging from Leonardo DiCaprio to Kiera Knightly, James Franco, Bryan Ferry, Boris Becker, Sienna Miller and Nina Hagen.
Wentz was born in Germany and educated in the U.S., always pursuing a career focused on his deep passion for cinema. Having begun in editing and camera work before becoming an AD, Wentz quickly saw in directing an effective and satisfying route for expressing the stories at the core of his very human, unique worldview. His ability to capture relevant and credible moments and convey them with a bold and poetic visual style has long been one of his trademarks. His ultimate goal is to take the heart of a brand’s message and craft it into an impactful, resonant connection with the viewer. He is well known for exploring new narrative approaches and being a passionate and collaborative partner working with agency, client and crew alike.
Among Wentz’s high-profile directorial endeavors was Rolex’s “The Art of Storytelling” spot which aired during the 2018 Academy Awards telecast. Featuring filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and James Cameron, the Rolex piece from J. Walter Thompson New York was produced by Quad Paris, which reps the director in France. Wentz’s signing with Skunk marks his return to having representation in the American ad market. A couple of years ago, he had been handled by Bob Industries in the U.S. for spots and branded fare.