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Jude Gerard Prest is an American director, executive producer, showrunner, producer, writer and actor.
In early 2010, Prest serves as a Producer for an Untitled series for SYFY channel, as well as acting in several films currently filming or in Post Production. Through his own company, LifeLike Productions, LLC, Prest is developing a number of projects for both film and television.
In 2009, Prest served as the Showrunner / Supervising Producer for the Pre-Production of SEASON TWO of Spike TV's popular hit TV series, "DEADLIEST WARRIOR". He also worked as a DGA director for the true crime series "Solved" for the Discovery Networks and he was the Senior Producer for 13 episodes of the popular series, WRECKREATION NATION WITH DAVE MORDAL, also for the Discovery Network.
He has overseen, directed, produced and written hundreds of hours of broadcast, syndicated, cable and international programming. Prest has also served as executive producer, co-executive producer, creator, supervising producer and director for a number of series and specials for networks such as Universal-NBC Sports, CBS, UPN, Fox, PBS, National Geographic, A&E, The Travel Channel, Sony Pictures Television, The History Channel, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, VH1, Court TV, 20th Century Fox, Fox Movie Channel and more. Having filmed on every continent (except Antarctica) and in countless countries, Prest has been involved with a number of award winning series, specials and multi-cam live event specials for television.
Prest has directed, executive produced, produced and written specials, series and films that have taken him to a vast and varied array of locations around the globe: from deep in the heart of the African jungle to the bustling markets of Morocco, Bangkok and India to remote villages of Malaysia, China, India and Haiti among many others. Prest has directed princes, kings and tribal chiefs throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and New Zealand and overseen, produced and directed projects throughout the South Pacific, Australia, Russia, Canada, Europe and a majority of states throughout the U.S.
Some of shows, series and specials that Prest has been involved with include: Deadliest Warrior, America's Castles, The Ultimate Ten, Biography, Ancient Mysteries, Pat Croce: Moving In, Solved, Rabbit Hash: Center of the Universe (Feature), Mayor Dog, Caught in the Moment, Magic Castle After Dark, The World's Most..., Untamed and Uncut, The Royals, Haunted America, Modern Marvels, Murder ReOpened, The World's Best..., The Secret Of..., Magic's Greatest Illusions, Magic Aid, History's Mysteries, Sciography, Trivial Pursuit, Infatuation, The Mind's Thin Line, Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon, Tag Team, Human Canvas: Sacred Skin, VH1 All Access and many more.
Through his production company – LifeLike Productions, LLC., Prest continues to create, develop, executive produce and oversee film and television projects including the award-winning feature documentary film: Rabbit Hash – the Center of the Universe. This is a quirky charming film that focuses on the true story of the town of Rabbit Hash, a sleepy little Kentucky town that actually elected a dog named Goofy as their mayor. This film was a festival audience award winner and spawned a highly rated special for Animal Planet called, Mayor Dog – also produced and directed by Prest. Prest also recently created and executive produced the A&E special titled Magic Castle After Dark – a variety special showcasing the best in magic and variety from the legendary Magic Castle club in Hollywood. Prest has also become a sought after re-enactment director, known for his high level of filmic dramatic and comedic recreations.
LifeLike Productions currently has a full slate of television and film projects in development.
Prest began his career as an actor on stage and in a variety of films, television appearances and commercials. He continues to act as the producing and directing schedule allows and is also a successful Voice Over artist. As an actor, Prest has performed in over 100 plays in New York, Boston, Ohio, Los Angeles and Touring, and has starred, co-starred and been featured in numerous films, television spots and commercials. He is also an accomplished Voice Over artist and narrator for television series and commercials including series on TLC, Animal Planet, The Travel Channel and more.
In 2009, Prest co-starred in the film, "The Perfect Student", directed by Michael Feifer and starring Natasha Henstridge. In late 2009, he completed a supporting lead role in a western, "Gunslinger" for Asylum films. Both films are set to be released in 2010. Prest also stars in one of the leading roles (Dr. Higgins), in the upcoming 2010 horror film, MEGA PIRANA from The Asylum Entertainment.
Prest attended Boston University and Wright State University where he majored in Acting and film and television production. He is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana and is married to Jennifer Prest. Jude Gerard Prest is also a fully certified SCUBA diver and has been involved in a number of underwater high definition shoots around the globe in areas such as Hawaii, The Great Barrier Reef, The Amazon, Bora Bora and American Samoa.
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