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Director Jared Clayton has joined Academy for representation through their UK and US offices. 

Jared Clayton is a self-taught filmmaker known for his inventive use of form. Handmade, tangible, and unique - his films feel alive. Driven by sound and focused on performance, every frame breathes with unflinching honesty. 

His unique storytelling has created bespoke work for clients like Toyota, Hyundai, Corona, Coca Cola, Skoda, Adidas and Rimowa and his list of awards are numerous - he has been decorated by major prizes at Ciclope, D&AD, AICP, CLIO, ONE Show, and YDA. 

Violence for Unicef, a deeply personal project, was nominated for Best Director at Ciclope. A haunting piece, elevated by his distinct craft, the film captures the brutal effects of violence on children by finding the light between the shadows. Clayton uses discordant sounds and images to capture alienation and dissociation from a child’s perspective. 

Clayton's work is grounded in human truth, creating powerful, emotive storytelling that is both timeless and impactful.

Academy Global MD and Co-owner, Simon Cooper, said of the company’s latest signing, “Jared is that rare being, a prodigiously talented film maker and writer, and an absolutely genuine and humble human. His warmth and humanity underpin films that are richly immersive, emotionally arresting, often visually surprising and as deeply engaging as the man himself. I’m very excited about working with such a special individual.” 

John Nguyen, Academy’s EP in the States, is equally complimentary, “Jared is an incredibly talented and thoughtful person and it shines through in his work. His visual storytelling has such great emotional depth and nuance. From the first minute we met, we knew how special he was and how he could help propel the Academy legacy into the next generation. We are so excited to welcome him to the family.” 

Clayton had this to say of his new representation,“For me, Academy’s legacy sets the benchmark for creativity. They consistently execute ideas to perfection. Their entire team is composed of genuinely generous and kind humans that embodies what I admire most: creating work grounded in human truth with people I adore. I’m beyond excited and humbled to join the family.”

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