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Jesse Cowell

founder Jeskid Productions; writer/exec producer/director Drawn by Pain, Status Kill, Shades of Gray; Webby Award Winner

Jesse has written/directed/produced an average of 3 films for every year of his life. He first made his mark working in online video by creating the hit series, Drawn by Pain, Shades of Gray (not the S&M film) and Status Kill.


Called a “legend” by the massively popular Rooster Teeth Productions, Jesse was one of a handful of Vloggers creating content before YouTube opened its doors. He launched his first comedy feature film online in 2004 and has been actively producing content ever since.


He went on to serve as My Damn Channel's Director of Content from 2010-2013, where he executive-produced all of their original content slate. He worked closely with passionate filmmakers on projects featuring Josh Gad, Seth Green, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Adam Carolla, and Judah Friedlander. Jesse is also proud to have helped develop the half-billion-view Daily Grace show starring Grace Helbig. 


Omnivision Entertainment & My Damn Channel Founder/CEO, Rob Barnett has called Jesse, “an extremely talented, dedicated, passionate filmmaker and creative executive.”


He is a Webby Award winner and has had his work featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Ad Age, the Hollywood Reporter, IFC, Media Week, iTunes, the MSG channel, and the NY Post.


Currently, in addition to developing several TV pitches, Jesse has mentored up-and-coming filmmakers for Storycentral LABS and the CBS interactive showcase.