Director, writer and actor Steve Burrows started his commercials career acting in various commercials whilst based in Chicago. As life would have it, Burrows’ great comedic instincts & his long-standing relationship with production company Backyard won him a place on their directors roster. He moved to LA and began his directing career.
While in LA, Burrows made a very humiliating appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune which proved to be strange enough for fiction, so much so that he eventually wrote, produced and directed a pseudo-documentary about it called “The Soldier of Fortune”.
The enormous attention the film gained came not only from the cleverness of his work but also from the lawsuit it consequently evoked from the Game Show King, Merv Griffin. “The Soldier of Fortune” became the darling of the film festival circuit garnering rave reviews and numerous awards until Griffin’s people threatened to sue. Though Burrows avoided the lawsuit, the attention from the press and the cult status that the flurry of this cult hype, Burrows finally got his movie deal and began to write a clever feature called “Chump Change”. “Chump Change” won awards at various festivals with particular acclaim at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival 2001 where it took the Audience Award for Best Feature and Best Actress. At Slamdunk at Sundance, it won Best Comedy and Best Screenplay. In addition to such honours, MIRAMAX bought the rights to the film.
His first year directing commercials proved very successful – he won two ADDY awards for his Texaco spot and two nods at the CFP-E Young Director’s Awards at Cannes.
More recently Burrows has worked on spots for Bud Light, Accuserve and Budweiser in the States, and in the UK – Batchelors Cup-a-Soup for DLKW, Knorr for DDB, Subway for Frame and Irn Bru for Leith.