Russell Bates


Russell Bates has most recently directed campaigns for VW, The Oscars, Sony & LEGO.  Drawing on a talent for rigorous casting, witty and naturalistic performances, and highly cinematic imagery, Russell creates films that are much loved around the world.

He first carved his place in pop culture by co-creating and naming the character of Derek Zoolander. Subsequently Russell directed and edited the short film “Derek Zoolander, Male Model” starring Ben Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards.

Russell has also directed comedic shorts for the MTV Movie Awards, Comedy Central, and the People’s Choice Awards.  Russell is often called upon for projects involving celebrities - over the years he has worked with Queen Latifah, Danny DeVito, Will Ferrell, Jon Favreau, Neil Patrick Harris, Owen Wilson, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel, Patton Oswald, Nathan Fillion, Lisa Kudrow, Billy Crystal, Charlie Day and Alison Brie. He’s directed the athletes Roger Federer, C.J. Wilson, Josh Hamilton, Austin Dillion, David Robinson, Phil Simms, Cris Carter, and Oliver Kahn.

A graduate of UCLA Film School, Russell’s an avid surfer and cyclist, and is a contributing writer for the music blog Sound It Out. He’s also a beekeeper and co-founder of the Backwards Beekeepers, an all-organic educational and advocacy collective. Russell and his wife keep wild bees that they capture themselves, producing the much coveted Feral Honey brand, featured in several LA restaurants and wine bars.