- Thursday, Jul. 7, 2016
- LOS ANGELES
Guillermo Navarro--an Oscar winner for his cinematography of the Guillermo del Toro-directed feature Pan’s Labyrinth--has joined the directorial roster of Believe Media for exclusive commercial representation. Believe will oversee Navarro’s commercial projects and work with him on a non-exclusive basis for the development of select television projects.
This marks the first time Navarro has been officially represented by a production company in the ad arena. Via Believe, Navarro is looking to direct his first spots. However, Navarro is no stranger to the director’s chair, having helmed episodes of such TV series as Narcos (Netflix), Hannibal (NBC), Preacher (AMC) and American Gods (Starz).
In addition to the Best Cinematography Oscar back in 2006, Pan’s Labyrinth earned DP Navarro an Independent Spirit Award, Camerimage’s coveted Golden Frog honor, and a New York Film Critics Circle Award. The film also garnered him Best Cinematography nominations from the BAFTA Film Awards and the British Society of Cinematographers.
Navarro’s other notable credits as a cinematographer include the features Jackie Brown (directed by Quentin Tarantino), Pacific Rim, Hellboy and Hellboy II (all three helmed by del Toro), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2 (both directed by Bill Condon), Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (both directed by Shawn Levy), and Desperado (directed by Robert Rodriguez).
Luke Thornton, partner at Believe Media, said, “We are extremely excited to be working with Guillermo to apply his narrative and visual storytelling creativity to the advertising genre. His ability to oversee a project and have a strong creative impact on the story, lighting, and photography is unique among directors.”
Navarro’s career began when he moved to Paris and DP Ricardo Aronovich took him under his wing and became his mentor. It wasn’t until 10 years later when Navarro served as DP on his first feature. Since then Navarro has become an accomplished cinematographer. His transition to television started as the DP on Bryan Fuller’s pilot Mockingbird Lane which led to Navarro directing several episodes of the NBC series Hannibal.
Navarro said of embarking on a commercial directing career, “It is a thrilling privilege to enter the Believe creative community. Together we share a common vision of a rich and diverse world.”
Believe maintains offices in Los Angeles, New York, London and Prague.