Mark Pellington is an accomplished American filmmaker, writer, photographer, and artist based in Los Angeles. As the head of Prolific Film Content, he has a prolific career spanning over four decades, during which he has produced compelling content across various platforms. Pellington graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 with a B.A. in Rhetoric, having played attack on the Varsity lacrosse team on an athletic scholarship.
Pellington's professional journey began at MTV, where he worked from 1984 to 1990, developing his reputation as an innovator with his award-winning work as a promo producer. He co-created the landmark TV documentary series Buzz in 1990, cementing his position as a pioneer in the field. Since then, he has directed music videos for several notable artists, including U2, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Demi Lovato, and Imagine Dragons. His legendary video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" won four MTV awards in 1993, including Best Director and Video of the Year.
In addition to his work in music videos, Pellington has directed several feature films, including Going All the Way (1997), Arlington Road (1999), and The Mothman Prophecies (2002). He has also directed hit network TV shows like Blindspot, Red Widow, The Enemy Within, and Cold Case, creating their unique looks. Pellington has produced an array of commercials and branded content for brands like McDonald's, Nike, and Gatorade, demonstrating a diverse stylistic palette.
Pellington is a copious creator, working on documentaries, art projects, visual essays, immersive experiences, and short films. He even created the mini-series The United States of Poetry for PBS in 1995, which won the INPUT Award. His upcoming book, THE VISUALIST 1984-2024, is a process memoir chronicling his 40-year career in the industry. The book, which will be published by POWERHOUSE/SIMON & SCHUSTER in 2024, highlights his experience creating images and telling stories across multiple platforms. Whether he's working on music videos, films, TV shows, or commercials, Pellington's work is always striking, compelling, and thought-provoking.