Jonathan Buss is an award-winning producer, writer and director of documentaries, TV specials, single and multi-camera scripted comedies, as well as a variety of marketing and web-based content. He has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, most recently for producing the CNN docu-series, The Sixties. He has also produced the HBO comedy 7 Days in Hell, CNN’s The History of Comedy, Hot in Cleveland, and Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh.
Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Buss always wanted to be a storyteller, first making people laugh with his quick wit and funny anecdotes, and then with a camera. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue film at USC’s School of Cinema-Television where his short film about a legendary grocery bag boy, Express: Aisle to Glory, won the Student Emmy for Best Comedy and appeared on HBO, Film Four, Canal+ and at the “Emerging Filmmakers Showcase” at the Cannes Film Festival. He then directed several episodes of the MTV single-camera comedy series, Undressed.
While at film school, he also starting working as a producer/director at Herzog & Co. creating marketing and behind the scenes content for major motion pictures including Black Hawk Down, Pirates of the Caribbean, Anchorman, Bridesmaids, and The Hangover series as well as producing network TV specials documenting the series finales of popular series like The West Wing, E.R., and Everybody Loves Raymond, which had 25 million viewers and garnered an Emmy nomination. He has since produced and directed the multi-camera sitcom, Hot in Cleveland for TVLand.
Buss also enjoys the world of documentary, shooting and producing various films, series and web campaigns. Following September 11th, he produced the documentary series, Military Diaries, about the lives of soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. For Herzog, he produced the CNN original series, The Sixties and The History of Comedy, while also producing the HBO scripted comedy, 7 Days in Hell, starring Andy Samberg, Kit Harington, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, and Lena Dunham.