Jou Jou Papailler is the Senior Creative Director over the firms TV production & Film Development business. He graduated from the pre-med program at the University of Louisville but was soon discovered by Jane Stuart on a Drug Free America commercial. He moved to New York and with Jane’s help, became a series regular on Sesame Street as Jamal, The Park Ranger.
While studying with Wynn Handman (who taught such greats as Denzel Washington, John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino, and Raul Julia) at the American Place Theatre, he had recurring roles on such shows as The Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect. Under Wynn’s tutelage, Jou Jou realized a dream when he got to write songs, sing, and star in a co-written hit Off-Broadway, Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine, in New York City.
In Los Angeles, he starred in such Feature Films as The Socratic Method and Welcome to Hollywood. Also noteworthy, he has screen-tested on both coasts for Ed Weinberger, Robi Reed-Humes, and Masani Gayle.
Jou Jou has over a decade of experience writing, directing, and producing. His short film, By Means of Natural Selection, in which he wrote, produced, and starred, won 3 awards-including Best Actor for his performance-at the 168 Film Festival in Bel Air. Smoke Screen, which he directed and associate produced, recently re-screened at Universal Studios.
He has also stage-managed and assistant directed for NBC and National Lampoon Network, working with stars such as Mario Lopez (America’s Best Dance Crew) and Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street). Most recently, he was the production coordinator for Restraining Order-starring Robin Givens, and just finished filming the feature film comedy Tan Lines in Louisville, Kentucky, in which he played the role of Turner. Currently, Jou Jou is a member of the Kentucky Film Commission and has a few projects in development with his company, Papailler Creative LLC. Mr. Papailler joined the Rich Ventures Group in September 2011.