James Manera


James Manera owns Blindfaith Productions, where he has acted as head of production, development and advertising for over 12 years. Manera began his career as a writer at the Leo Burnett Company, ending a 10-year run as a GCD at DDB Worldwide before joining the Bedford Falls Company as a Director for One-hour dramatic series (CBS), Director/EP writer - Documentary Series (PBS), Director 2nd Unit/Feature Films with Paramount and Eternity Pictures, Director/writer TV Pilot drama (Comcast network), Director ABC TV Fall Promo, Producer/director documentary feature independent.

Current: Director/writer Feature film 2014 (A is A Productions) Development: Full Disclosure A documentary feature film (in development) 2014/2015, Director/Writer/Producer – “Lombardi” The feature film  Writer/Director/Producer: “The Red Blanket” - Feature film – Spain 2015 Writer/Director/Producer: Anthology Series/sports 2016




SOUNDBREAKING (A history of recorded music beginning with the first recorded sound to present day. Grammy nominated for, Best Music Show 2018.

An 8-part Documentary Series for PBS.  Sir George Martin – Co-EP. James ManeraCo-Executive Producer, Director

The series explores; the competition between the urban middle class and rural working class as the defining influence of popular music, recorded music as it has affected minority culture over mainstream culture, the creating of America’s national culture, recording technology as the driving force of modern mass media; radio, movies, television & social media; and the battle between written and oral music traditions as the defining expression of popular music.

Manera, wrote, directed and produced interviews and performances with each of the following artists, composers, mixers and record company executives:  Al Schmidt, Afrika Bambaataa, BB King, Baskhar Menon, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Eno, Carol King, Chuck D., Chuck Levalle, Cosimo Matassa, Dame Vera Lynn, Darryl McDanials, Dave Furgeson, Dave Mason, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eddie Kramer, Frankie Valli, George Massenburg, Greg Gillis, Gustavo Santaolalla, Herb Jeffries, Herbie Hancock, Imogen Heap, Kenneth Gamble, Jack White, James Burton, Jeff Anthony, Jim Keltner, Jimmy Jam, Jim Rooney, Joe Smith, John Kay, Juan De Marcos Gonzales, Ken Scott, Lemont Dozier, Leon Huff, Lester Smith, Malcom Taylor, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Michael Feinstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Milt Okin, Nanci Griffith, Oliver Berliner, Paul Anka, Peter Martland, Phil Q, Rankin family, Robert Lamb, Robbie Robertson, Robby Krieger, Roger Nichols, Shirley Collins, Smokey Robinson, Sir Elton John, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson.


Manera wrote and produced songs in the recording studio with the following artists:

Gregg Allman, Richard Betts, (The Allman Brothers Band) Dave Mason, The Neville Brothers, Billy Kirchen, George Frayne (Commander Cody & the lost planet airmen), David Allen Coe (BS&T), Hughie Thomasson, Henry Paul (The Outlaws), Gary Rossington, Billy Powell (The Lynyrd Skynyrd Band), The Temptations, Toy Caldwell (The Marshall Tucker Band), Pine Top Perkins, Sugar Blue, Mighty Joe Young, Taj Mahal and Leon Russell.



Manera began his advertising career as a writer at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago and continuing on as a writer-director, Manera has garnered over 60 international industry awards, including 16 Clio awards, three, Best in Show awards and the International Broadcast Award Show's Best in Show (2004) for his Chevy Trucks, "Like a Rock" campaign spot, Boots.


Leo Burnett Company - Writer/Sr. Associate Creative Director - 4 years

Tatham, Laird & Kudner (now Euro RSG) - Writer, Creative Director - 3 years

DDB Worldwide - Creative Director/Writer/Group Creative Director and In-house Director - 4 years

The Leo Burnett Company (Chicago Ill.) Writer/ACD

Accounts: United Airlines, Phillip Morris/Marlboro International, 7-Up International, Nestles, Proctor & Gamble, Kellogg’s cereals, Miller Beer, McDonalds. Credited for: Writer/creator of, co-creator on the following advertising campaigns: 7-Up International "The difference is clear", United Airlines "Gershwin's "Rhapsody in blue" campaign with Gene Hackman, Nestles ""Music to your mouth", Landing the McDonalds account "McDonalds and you", Landing the Miller beer account and a variety of Kellogg's cereals & Proctor & Gamble campaign successes.

Tatham, Laird & Kudner Advertising (Chicago/San Francisco) Writer/Creative Director

Accounts: Chandon Champagne, Activision Games, Del Monte Foods, U.S. Department of Justice/Reagan Administration, Coors Beers, Proctor & Gamble, R. J. Reynolds Corporation.

Credited for: Opening new TLK office in San Francisco, CA and staffing the entire office, pitching new accounts, being awarded new accounts from; Chandon Champagne, Activision Games and Del Monte Foods before returning to Chicago office to create, "Report, Identify, testify" campaign for the U.S. Department of Justice (Reagan administration), landing the Coors Beer account, R.J. Reynolds (new brands) and P&G "brand versus product" charter-changing concept.

DDB Worldwide Advertising (Chicago, Ill.)

CD/Group Creative Director/In-House commercial Director/Zone One Productions Credited for: Taking the Busch Beer Brand from 14th largest in the country to 4th largest in one year with new "Head for the Mountains" campaign, then took Bud Light and Michelob to higher sales with new campaigns. New campaigns for new products; Bud Dry "What dry was, what dry is" and new rollout advertising for all AB brands as a GCD on the account. In-house production company "Zone One", directing commercials for DDB clients.

Professional Affiliations & Positions Held

PSPN Professional Sports Players Network – Creative Director / Media Grand Prix Entertainment/Grand Prix Rugby – Head of Media

OLM Our Lady of Malibu School – Executive Board of Directors

DGA Directors Guild of America – Member since 1989

WGA Writers Guild of America – Registered Writer

AICP – Member since 2000

Outward Bound Organization – Instructor

Collegiate All-American Rugby Team

USA Eagles Rugby Team – Professional Rugby Player 1979 – 1982 Chicago Lions Rugby, Cincinnati Wolfhounds Rugby, BGSU Rugby, USA Rugby board.


Bowling Green State University Ohio – BFA (Advertising)

Central Academy of Commercial Art Ohio (writing/photography)

Outward Bound survival instructor/New Mexico (3 seasons)

United States Eagles Rugby player. (3 seasons - USANational team)

Ohio State golf championship titles - Bowling Green State University.


Robert Schmidt (Executive Director NFL Retired Players Association, Founder of the Vincent T. Lombardi Foundation and Co-Founder of C-Span. 240 925 1532

Andrew Howard (Talent Management, Shelter Entertainment in Beverly Hills, CA 310 209 3000

Michael Romersa (Former EP/Bedford Falls Company) 310 567 7423


James Manera - 310 930 4687 / www.jamesmanera.com

jamesmanera@icloud.com / IMDBPro