Honor Society signs director Julian Pugsley


Bi-coastal production company Honor Society has signed director Julian Pugsley for U.S. commercial representation.

Julian’s directorial aesthetic has been cultivated for over a decade with work for Kmart, Mercedes, Amazon, World of Tanks, Postbank, Migros, and many others.

He has also shot award-winning work with agencies worldwide including Adam & Eve DDB, BBH, BBDO, Droga5, Fallon, Fred & Farid, Grey, Jung Von Matt, McCann, among others. His work represents a trifecta of creativity, cinema and comedy.

His thoughtful and humorous approach honors a story; while his keen eye for detail and passion for performance-driven work takes projects to unexpected — yet elevated — levels.

London-native Julian began his career as an award-winning agency creative working on top campaigns for global brands. His experience on both the agency and production sides of advertising has fostered deeper respect for the creative process and has allowed him to become involved in projects early on as a director.

Having cultivated great insight on client needs, Julian has had stints at Skunk, Rabbit and Sweet Shop, among others. Here is a sample of Pugsley’s work:

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In his early days as a director, while at Sweet Shop, Julian and Honor Society EP Megan Kelly got to work together, and the two quickly connected and had a deep appreciation for each other’s drive and focus on creativity.


Notes Honor Society managing director and executive producer Megan Kelly, “Julian’s eclectic standout humor and directing style synergize perfectly with our roster. After having worked together over the years, I couldn’t be more excited to bring Julian into the Honor Society family.”

“Megan and I work really well together and I was drawn to the type of company she built. It’s great that things have come full circle and we have the opportunity to work together once again,” adds Pugsley. “Not only is Honor Society a women-led production company, but it’s also an incubator for diverse talent with a wide range of work, so it’s an exciting place to be and it really made sense for me.”

Whether his work hones in on the beauty and nuances of the mundane or displays a deeper observation of surreal circumstances, it tends to always lead to laughable revelations of how life works. This includes making audiences fall in love with a world-destroying tank that eventually wins over hearts with comedic relief, or having an anxiety-ridden hairy monster as the symbol for the stresses that stem from insurance mishaps becoming larger than life.

Julian is also known for mastering the casting process, constantly bringing out the best performances from actors and pushing the angle to bring on the best fitting talent for each project.

Julian grew up in the U.K., but has always been fascinated with different cultures. His adventurous spirit led him to live abroad for most of his life. He has called Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and now New York City his home.

When he is not on set, he is working on developing his documentary about his autistic nephew who quit his office job to cycle around the world. When he finally steps away from the camera, you can then find Julian on the slopes in the winter, the ocean in the summer, kicking around a soccer ball year-round, or crafting a painting or sculpture.

Reel 360 wishes Julian and Honor Society all the best.

Source: Press Kitchen