Meet Jesse Felsot of CM Films in East Hollywood
- Posted on August 31, 2020
Jesse Felsot started his career as an executive assistant working for producers Robert Newmyer and Jeffrey Silver at Outlaw Productions (Sex Lies and Videotape, The Santa Clause 1, 2 and 3). He worked as a producer’s assistant on such feature film projects as “Training Day” directed by Antoine Fuqua for Warner Bros., and “National Security” starring Martin Lawrence and directed by Denis Dugan for Sony Pictures.
Felsot was then hired at A Band Apart Commercials and Music Videos, a company owned by Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender. He served as staff production coordinator working with such top directors as McG, Wayne Isham, Neil Tardio, Jr. and Nigel Dick, and he oversaw high budget projects with the Executive Producer and Head of Production Some of the projects were commercials for American Express, Target and Budweiser and music videos for Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, and Sugar Ray (to name a few). Many of these were top voted videos by MTV’s Total Request Live.
Shortly thereafter, Felsot was hired at Crave Films by writer/director David Ayer (Fury, Suicide Squad) whom he met while working at Outlaw Productions. At Crave, Jesse co-produced the crime-drama, “Harsh Times,” which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film starred Christian Bale, Eva Longoria, Terry Crews and J.K. Simmons. The film was picked up theatrically by MGM for an 1000 screen release nationwide, and for home video and Blu Ray. The title currently plays on Hulu/HBO.
Felsot then decided to take advantage of his experience and formed his own business, Treasure Entertainment, which focused on representing directors; executive producing music videos; and developing and packaging feature films. Treasure produced big budget music videos for Janelle Monae’s debut music video from BadBoy/Atlantic Records, Latino rapper Lil Rob’s breakout hit “SummerNights,” as well as videos featuring Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Jim Jones, Cam’ron, Slum Village, Colby O’Donis and many more that made their way to the music video networks of MTV, MTV Tr3s, Mun2, BET, CMT and garnered millions of views on YouTube. Additional feature film credits include Hallmark channels, “You’ve Got a Friend,” starring John Schneider and the award winning gritty documentary, “Flintown kids,” distributed by E-1 Entertainment.
Felsot through his new film and music company; CM Films, produced the R&B/Hip Hop film “Where’s the Soul?” that plays on Amazon Prime, Itunes and Comcast/Xfinity. While producing his own films, CM Films also acquires and distributes urban music driven films with music soundtrack spin-offs that are distributed through CM Films distribution partners for DVD and streaming/digital on many DSP services. Felsot’s latest project is a music documentary “Nightclub Star” a film that revolves around the current state of the DJ business and hip hop culture.