Producer, Director & Executive Producer  Jon Small

Producer, Director & Executive Producer Jon Small

Jon Small is an internationally recognized director and producer of live event-driven specials as well as award-winning broadcast and cable series, along with groundbreaking music videos.

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Small began his career as a drummer, keeping a steady beat for several legendary artists including Billy Joel. His background as a musician empowers Small to work with artists in a unique and personal way.

Small has earned a reputation as a true musician’s director and producer, having formed long-standing associations with renowned performers, from Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Reba McEntire to RUN DMC, Aerosmith, Sting, Enrique Iglesias, Leann Rimes, and Keith Urban -- among many others.

Small has produced and directed, Garth Brooks Live in Las Vegas. The CBS special, described as "the most up-close and intimate Brooks concert" was a ratings winner for the network. Prior collaborations with Brooks include the NBC special, Ireland and Back. That award-winning production was captured with 24 cameras and included two in helicopters; the HBO Special, Garth Brooks Live From Central Park, which garnered enormous TV ratings and broke all attendance records in the park. The show received six Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Musical Special.

Other noteworthy concerts Small produced and directed for Brooks, the #1 bestselling music artist of all time, was a performance filmed in HD, One Man, One City, One Night seen in movie theaters nationwide; a CBS special, Coast to Coast that was filmed live in three locations (LA’s Staple Center, atop aircraft carrier in Norfolk VA, and from South Padre Island TX) and broadcast on CBS for three consecutive Saturday nights;  and most recently, Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas, Blame It All On My Roots, broadcast from the Wynn Hotel, which was a huge ratings winner for the CBS television network, broadcast over Thanksgiving weekend in 2013.

Additional critically acclaimed concerts that are part of Small’s catalog include Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope, filmed live at Madison Square Garden, garnering four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award; Blake Shelton’s It’s All About Tonight; Reba McEntire’s All The Women I Am;  Van Morrison’s performance at the New York’s Beacon Theatre, which critics proclaimed as the “definitive Van Morrison concert”; Billy Joel’s Live at Yankee Stadium, praised for having “…the feel of a theatrical release rather than a television special...” and for “impressive cinematography and skillful editing.”

Small reunited with Billy Joel to produce and direct another stadium concert, Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert, featuring guest artists Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Roger Daltrey, John Mayer, Don Henley, Steven Tyler and Sir Paul McCartney. The concert was released both as a CD and DVD.  The Last Play at Shea had its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and was later released to theaters nationwide.

Among Small’s television series is USA Network’s reality talent show Nashville Star, which was broadcast later on NBC. The series ran for six seasons and featured guest stars Brad Paisley, Big and Rich, Blake Shelton, Leann Rimes, Taylor Swift, to name just a few.

In addition to filming mega concerts and producing TV series, Small has also produced and/or directed hundreds of music videos, including the groundbreaking Walk This Way with Run-DMC and Aerosmith, #5 on MTV’s 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made.