Nick Wenger was born in Montreal and raised in Southern California. His family moved in 1992 because his father decided to leave his career in retail and pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a composer. This was also the year the Montreal Canadiens beat the LA Kings to win the Stanley Cup, so it was a roller-coaster of feelings.
Growing up, Nick was very good at half-committing to artistic ventures. He dabbled in fine art, music and theater. While at UCLA, he majored in psychology, but spent most of his time working for the school’s closed-circuit TV station, where he wrote and directed segments for a weekly sketch comedy show.
Upon graduating, he landed a job assisting New Line executive Joe Fineman, who had just gone ‘independent.’ Nick worked as his post-production coordinator for such films as Little Miss Sunshine, Alpha Dog, and Pan’s Labyrinth.
He then attended USC’s renowned School of Cinematic Arts, where he earned his MFA. He directed a number of short films, music videos and commercials, which played at festivals across the country. Nick produced and co-directed One Million Strong, an artful PSA for the Love/Avon Army of Women, benefiting breast cancer research and featuring Susan Sarandon. This aired nationally and earned him the Panavision New Filmmaker Award.
After USC, he focused his attention on commercials. Working with MoFilm Agency out of the UK, he directed prize-winning content for Chevrolet, Durex, Johnny Walker, KPMG, and others. His work was honored at the World Cup in Sao Paulo and at the Cannes Lions Festival. He has been the recipient of the W3 Award and the Communicator Award.
Nick recently dipped his toe into directing television, helming several live-action segments for the wacky kids’ show Mack & Moxy, which airs on PBS networks and streams on Netflix. He was lucky to work with some amazing guest stars, including Jim Carrey, Keegan Michael-Key, Kal Penn, and Matt Lucas.
He has worked as an editor for Hulu’s Behind the Mask, Netflix’s Bad Samaritans, and the unscripted program Wonder Women for Hallmark Channel, which won the Emmy Award for outstanding Travel & Adventure Program in 2017. He has edited commercials and branded content for a long list of clients, including RSA/Cornetto’s “Cupidity” campaign which won the Silver Lion.
In 2018, Nick directed a short film called The Kid, which is hitting the festival circuit now. It’s a high-concept action piece that serves as a proof-of-concept for an exciting feature that he’s currently writing.
He lives in Atwater Village in Los Angeles with his wife and two cats. He spends his free time reading Wikipedia articles, playing accordion, and painting along with Bob Ross.
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