Biography

Founder of two award-winning production companies  – Cucumber Studios in London, and MJZ (Morton Jankel Zander) in LA, NY and London, Annabel Jankel’s career began directing music videos for artists such as Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis and George Harrison. The creation of Max Headroom created a cultural icon, now a recent acquisition of MoMA, and pushed the boundaries of CGI and live action. This lead to directing two Hollywood feature films with co-director Rocky Morton. Her solo career has included directing award-winning commercials for Greenpeace, Speedo, Hallmark, Coca Cola and Bell.  Her series Live from Abbey Road and Abbey Road Classics, recorded over 70 of the world’s leading musicians including Massive Attack, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, The Kills, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers, and broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and Sundance Channel in the US.

In 2009, Annabel directed the screen adaptation of David Almond’s Whitbred and Carnegie Medal winning novel Skellig, with Tim Roth, John Simm and Kelly McDonald. She has recently completed a feature film based on Fiona Shaw’s period love story, Tell It To the Bees - featuring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger.

Holding dual US and UK nationalities, Annabel lives and works in both the UK and Los Angeles.

Credits

Max Headroom 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 1985
Dead On Arrival 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 1988
Super Mario Bros. 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 1993
Live From Abbey Road 26 episodes View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 2   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 3   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 4   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 5   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 6   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 7   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 8   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 9   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 10   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 11   Director 2007
Series 1, Episode 12   Director 2007
Series 2, Episode 1   Director 2007
Series 2, Episode 2   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 3   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 4   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 5   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 6   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 7   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 8   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 9   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 10   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 11   Director 2008
Series 2, Episode 12   Director 2008
Series 3, Episode 4   Director 2009
Skellig 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2009
Live On Air 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
Series 1, Episode 1   Director 2011
Live From Abbey Road Classics 20 episodes View
Series   Role Year
Series 2, Episode 2   Director 2016
Series 2, Episode 3   Director 2016
Series 2, Episode 4   Director 2016
Series 3, Episode 2   Director 2016
Series 3, Episode 4   Director 2016
Series 3, Episode 5   Director 2016
Series 3, Episode 6   Director 2016
Series 4, Episode 1   Director 2017
Series 4, Episode 2   Director 2017
Series 4, Episode 5   Director 2017
Series 4, Episode 6   Director 2017
Series 5, Episode 1   Director 2017
Series 5, Episode 2   Director 2017
Series 5, Episode 3   Director 2017
Series 5, Episode 4   Director 2017
Series 5, Episode 5   Director 2017
Series 5, Episode 6   Director 2017
Series 6, Episode 1   Director 2018
Series 6, Episode 2   Director 2018
Series 6, Episode 3   Director 2018
Tell It To The Bees 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2017

Skills

  • HD
  • Lecturing
  • Music
  • 3D
  • CGI
  • Live broadcast