Area of Expertise: Production, Production Management
Julie Fong is Partizan’s Managing Partner / CEO. She has worked extensively as a producer in areas encompassing feature films, television, documentaries, music videos and commercial production.
After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Motion Picture/TV Production, Fong began her career as a freelance producer of music videos. During this time, she worked and traveled throughout England, France, and the United States with a variety of artists including Will Smith, Joe Cocker and Celine Dion.
From her work with music videos, Fong moved on to produce commercials for such clients as Nike, Pepsi, BMW, Diet Coke, and Gap. In 1993 she teamed with celebrated French director Michel Gondry for a Levi’s spot entitled “Drugstore,” which won numerous awards, including the Lion D’Or at Cannes, a Cleo and three silvers at D&AD. In fact, it is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most award-winning commercial of all time. Fong produced the first 5 videos for The Kid News on the Block, earning her her first Grammy nomination. Fong went on to win a Grammy award in 1993 for producing a Music Video Longform for Sting – Ten Summoner’s Tales.
Fong and Gondry worked together to create videos for such artists as The Rolling Stones, Beck, and the Foo Fighters. Their production of Bjork’s “Bachelorette” earned a Silver Award from D&AD, an MTV VMA Nomination, and a Grammy Nomination. The video for the Chemical Brothers’ “Let Forever Be” was voted Video of the Year by the MVPA, and the video for Steriogram’s “Walkie Talkie Man” received a Grammy Nomination. Their video for Kanye West’s “Heard ‘Em Say” premiered on MTV’s “Making the Band,” and the White Stripes’ “Denial Twist” featuring Conan O’Brien has received much critical acclaim.
Their first feature film project was Human Nature, which would begin Fong and Gondry’s line of fruitful film ventures including Dave Chapelle’s Block Party (2005), Be Kind Rewind (2008), The We and the I (2012), and Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013).
Now, Fong currently has 4 movie projects in development and continues to collaborate with Gondry as she manages Partizan, overseeing the U.S. operations of the company.