Laurence Shanet has had the honor of dancing with both Britney Spears and Bob Dole, helped teach hundreds of New York cab drivers how to flip the bird, and been intimate with an 825-pound black bear.
Laurence has directed and produced work that you’ve seen on your television, computer, and phone screen. He is a past winner of the CFP’s Young Director Award at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, was listed among the industry’s Top 10 “Directors to Watch”, and has had his work placed in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
His client list has included Starburst, H&R Block, Visa, Disney, LG Electronics, Powerball Lotto, KFC, Skittles, Pepsi, CBS, Green Giant, Volkswagen, and an obscure taxi driving school in Queens. His work for those clients has won Cannes Lions, AICP Awards, Clios, One Show pencils, and Best in Show at the ADDYs. Prior to his directing career, he was a writer and producer for some of the top ad agencies in the world, including McCann Erickson, Kirshenbaum & Bond, Berlin Cameron, Leo Burnett, and many more.
When he’s not changing the world by helping sell widgets, Laurence also works in the entertainment business. He recently directed the pilot episodes of the award-winning drama Cuff (an official selection of NYTVF and ITVF), and the episodic comedy Almost 40, and is in development on the animated series Badtime Stories and the sitcom How Did That Happen?. He also helmed the popular Off-Broadway play Connections, which received “Best Of New York Citysearch” honors during its frequently sold-out run. And he has contributed as a ghostwriter to some of the most popular animated comedy series on television.
He also smells good.