Jon Shaivitz is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. Jon's career began as a teenager when he gained his first production experiences on docu-reality shows for Discovery Networks, TLC, HGTV and National Geographic while concurrently pursing his degree from the University of Maryland. He quickly acquired on-set skills that led him to a full-time producing and editing position at Rock Creek Productions, Inc. of Washington D.C. where he worked on dozens of programs from SAG industrials to marketing and advertising for federal agencies such as DOD, DHS, NAVY and U.S. Air Force. After more than two years with Rock-Creek, Jon moved to Los Angeles to work in feature-film and television script development at Sony Pictures, Universal Studios and Valhalla Motion Pictures for some of the most accomplished Producers around including Lynda Obst (Contact, Interstellar), Marc Platt (Legally Blonde, Drive) and Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, The Walking Dead).
Throughout his time in development Jon worked hard to build his portfolio as both a narrative and commercial filmmaker. To date, Jon has directed over a half-dozen short form commercial spots including an award-winning brand film for Charles River Apparel of Boston, MA and a now-famous commercial for the dating website FarmersOnly.com. Jon’s work has appeared on national networks such as CNN, ESPN, NBC and during worldwide events including the 2014 World Cup. Jon has also produced, edited and directed corporate/marketing videos for Viacom companies such as BET, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and blue-chip brands like Anheuser-Busch. Jon’s 2014 short film “No Longer There” was selected to have its world premier at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival aka LA Shorts Fest -- one of the most prestigious short film festivals that is sanctioned by and qualifies for the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences Awards (OSCARS.org).