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 - the film and TV series, created a cultural icon, now a recent acquisition of MoMA, fusing the boundaries of animation, CGI and live action. This lead to co-directing two Hollywood feature films with a move from London to LA. Her solo career has included directing award-winning commercials for Greenpeace, Speedo, Hallmark, Coca Cola and Bell. Her groundbreaking TV Show Live from Abbey Road - a radical revisioning of the music and documentary format, recorded over 70 of the world’s leading musicians including Massive Attack, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Mary J Blige, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers, was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK, Sundance Channel in the US and televised worldwide in over 175 countries.
In 2009, Annabel produced and directed the screen adaptation of David Almond’s Carnegie Medal winning novel Skellig, with Tim Roth, John Simm and Kelly McDonald. Her most recent film - a BFI funded period love story between two women, TELL IT TO THE BEES features Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger. It was included as an official selection at The Toronto Film Festival 2018, and distributed world wide theatrically, in 2019.
Annabel Jankel is a DGA, Directors UK, WFTV and BAFTA member and lives and works Bi-Continentally between London and LA.