Biography

 ANNABEL JANKEL Annabel, with Rocky Morton, was the creative force behind Cucumber Studios, founded in the late 70’s and celebrated for pushing the boundaries of film-making with innovative combinations of animation, CGI and live action. Cucumber produced many award-winning commercials, titles and music videos including the seminal “Accidents Will Happen” for Elvis Costello and “Decoy” for Miles Davis. Several of these works reside in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In the mid-eighties, Jankel co-created and co-directed Max Headroom - 20 minutes Into The Future - a TV movie and 13-part series for Channel 4 in the UK and HBO that led to its US re-visioning in 1986. Offers from Hollywood followed including the cult movies DOA, with Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, and Super Mario Brothers, with Dennis Hopper and Bob Hoskins. In 1991, she was a founding partner of Commercials Production Company MJZ (Morton Jankel Zander Inc.) based in Los Angeles, with offices in New York and London. Having left MJZ in 2005, Jankel then went on to create the pilot and direct the music/documentary multi-camera TV Series Live From Abbey Road, broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK and the Sundance Channel. Over the course of the series, seventy of the world’s leading artists were filmed in the Studios, including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, The Killers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Massive attack and Mary J Blige. Soon after Live From Abbey Road, she directed the feature length film Skellig, starring Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs; Lie To Me) John Simm (Intruders; Life on Mars) and Kelly McDonald (No Country For Old Men; Boardwalk Empire) for Sky TV in the UK and international theatrical distribution. Working in 3D, Jankel directed the full-length music and documentary show ‘Live on Air’ featuring Elbow, the Manchester based band, culminating in a Live performance at London’s O2 Centre, broadcast by Sky in the UK. A US and UK citizen, DGA and Directors UK member, she divides her time between London 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 17 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
Tell It To The Bees 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2017

Skills

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