Brendan Gibbons burst onto the directing scene with campaigns for CNN and Comedy Central. He followed up with an impressive array of work, including his most recent EFFY-winning campaign “What’s in your hot dog?,” for Applegate (via Taxi New York), featuring a conspicuously Herculean Applegate spokesman. He’s also directed commercials for Tribeca Film Festival, ESPN, Nintendo, Mars, Denny’s and Carlton Dry, for which his highly praised “Sheep Impact” with Steven Seagal was featured as Spot of the Day on Adweek.
Brendan’s work in commercials has been recognized for excellence with honors from D&AD, CLIOS, AICP and One Show. His short film Dear Josh was recognized for outstanding achievement at numerous festivals, including AFI and NoSpot. His unique combination of striking, cinematic visuals and honest, human performance has also created memorable spots for clients such as Showtime, USA Networks, Sony, Pinnacle Golf, Vodafone and IKEA.
Brendan recently completed his first narrative feature, Preoccupied. It’s an incisive, funny and poignant look at one of the defining issues of our time: Two New York investment bankers attempt to shut down the Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011. They create their own counter movement called Occupy Occupy Wall Street, saying what no one else will say … for a reason. And he’s currently developing a comedic feature called Salamander.
Brendan began his career in advertising as an award-winning writer and creative director. Prior to that, he worked as a political writer and screenwriter. He is also a musician whose songs have appeared in commercials and films. Today he divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.