James De Frond is an award winning comedy Director, Producer and Writer who has 18 years experience in the television industry.
He’s been the creative force behind a number of much loved sketch shows including Bo’ Selecta, Chamone Mo’ Fo’ Selecta, Keith Lemons very brilliant world tour, Very Important People and The Morgana Show.
Collaborating at every level of the production process with the stars of these shows – Leigh Francis and Morgana Robinson, respectively – James has successfully guided an eclectic range of cult comedy classics and introduced an array of memorable comedy characters, impressions and catchphrases.
James has also directed both series of Murder in Successville, the critically acclaimed and highly original semi-improvised murder mystery sitcom hybrid, starring Tom Davis, which has been a huge hit for BBC3. The first series has just won the “Best Comedy Entertainment” show at the digital broadcast awards and the second series has just been promoted to a prime time BBC 2 slot.
Currently James has just had two sitcom series commissioned, which he’s created and co-written.
The first is an eight part series for comedy central entitled, ‘Wasteman’. An offbeat sitcom following protagonist Kendrick Davis who gets dumped publicly on facebook by his fed up girlfriend Emma, who lists all the reasons why she’s finished the relationship, which are in turn his flaws as a human being. After the list goes viral, making him the internet’s biggest loser, Kendrick decides to take on the list to win her back and become a better man.
The second is ‘Action Team’ for ITV and is an action spoof comedy about a team of secret agents working for the British government and their attempts to save the world. James will direct both series next year.
James has also directed a multitude of shorts, aired pilots, channel 4 comedy labs and BBC comedy feeds for television including: The Warm Up Guy, Vodka Diaries, Space Ark, and a Geins Family Gift Shop Christmas.
Commercials include campaigns for: O2, Hooch, and Paddy Power.
He’s also worked in America for a year developing a Morgana Robinson pilot for FX with Dakota Pictures (Flight of the Conchords) and Mith Hurwitz exec producing (Arrested Development).