James Russell cont.

Jamesis best know for developingand directing    high profile music films for artists such as Morrissey, Kasabian, Stereophonics and a whole host of different artists for tv and cinema broadcast.

2015 began with  James   returning to MTV to   direct a   series of  live performancesfor James Bay, Charli XCX and the Grammy Award Winning Clean Bandit.   Soon after he started work  on  his second collaboration with BackStreet Boys.  Having filmed them previously at the O2 Arena London in 2009, February of this year saw him film the boys play a live simulcast to a worldwide audience from London’s Dominion Theatre, a performance which supported the bands film ‘ Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of’ by Stephen Kijak.

In 2014, James completed a concert film starring Kasabian.   ‘Summer Solstice Live from Leicester’ was a film documenting the bands homecoming gig in Victoria Park a week before their highly anticipated Glastonbury headline slot.  Summer Solstice received a theatrical and DVD / Blu Rayrelease andwasnominated for several awards.    This followed on from the previous years concert film with the legendary ‘Morrissey’  which was captured in Hollywood, Los Angelesfor a worldwide cinematic release. 

Jamesis currently in post production on a film with Oscar Winning composer ‘Hans Zimmer and Friends’ and completing‘The Strokes Live in Hyde Park’ as part of the British Summertime Festival. 


Over the years James has worked closely with a host of brands and ad funded projects to create commercials and branded content for multiple broadcast platforms. 

These have included: Barclay Card Mercury Prize, an award showJames has Directed from London’s Roundhouse for the past 3 years.  

The exclusive launch of Rihanna’s fashion range for River Island with a multi camera shoot as part of London Fashion Week.

2012 Olympic Games Beach Volley Ball from Horseguards Parade.

A client driven stylised reviewof the most popular new cars such as Volvo, Toyota and BMW

In what was aUK media first, James directed content that took over every commercial break on the UK's biggest music TV channel for a whole night.

‘Red Bull Bedroom Jam’ saw 4 artists performing at Red Bull Studios, with the winner announced live in commercial airtime.

A multi camera commercial for ‘Kabutoo Noodles’ saw James direct the worlds first improvised television ad break.

He has also directed films for a number of other brands including:

SEAT,  Guinness, Impulse, Ray-Ban, Sony Xperia and Blackberry.


James has worked in television broadcast for many years having first cut his teeth at MTV and VH1.  He has continued to work on a freelance basis in entertainment, award shows , documentaries and music based programmes.   He often takes on the role of Producer on various shoots and has added creative directing to his skill set. 

To date, Jameshas been credited with directing a number of multi-camera music specials and bespoke music entertainment programmes for artists such as Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Jason Derulo, Rudimental, Charli XCX and Usher. 

James was series director fora number of shows including The Mercury Sessions, Koko Pop, London Live and the Award Winning Launched at Red Bull Studios. Jameshas also had the honour of directing The Dubia World Cup Opening Ceremony and consulted on the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

He hasdirected a number of  productions broadcast   on the  BBC including the recent Manic Street Preachers live from Cardiff Castle, Snow Patrolin Ward  Park NI,   Fairport Convention   and Back   to Blackwood which was nominated for a BAFTA.

James has directed various shoots and events for a whole host of artists including: Beyonce, One Direction, Muse, Kasabian, Coldplay,   Florence and the Machine, Adele, Foals,   Nile Rodgers and  Chic, Jay Z,   Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Mark Ronson, Chase n Status, Eminem,    Rita Ora, Example, Flaming Lips, Usher, Foo Fighters, Emeli Sande, Queens of the Stone Age, Duran Duran, Ray Davis, Backstreet Boys, Kelis,    Morrissey, Primal Scream, Metronomy, Hurts, Paloma Faith, Paramore, Stereophonics, Jesse J, The Manic Street Preachers, The Horrors, PitBull, David Guetta, The Maccabees Little Mix and Snow Patrol.