Israeli-born director of commercial and feature film Noam Murro collected Gold Lion Awards for his work on Got Milk?'s “Birthday” (2003) and “Olympus” (2005). He has been nominated for DGA Director of the Year five times, winning the honor in 2005 thanks to his work on such commercials as Adidas's “Carry,” Starbucks's “Glen” and eBay's “Toy Boat.” Murro branched out to film directing with 2008's “Smart People.” His second film, “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship,” will be released in 2011.
Childhood and Family:
Noam Murro was born on August 16, 1961, in Jerusalem, Israel. Prior to entering the advertising industry, he was trained as an architect. He later made the move into feature film directing.
A trained architect, Noam Murro later began a career in the world of advertising and has gained recognition through his commercial work. During his long stint in the creative department of Gotham's Goldsmith/Jeffrey Agency, Murro became recognized for his adroit and avant-garde hand at directing promotional films through his own production banner, Biscuit Films, which he co-operated with Shawn Lacy Tessaro. Among their clients included Saturn, ETrade, and FreeAgent.com. Eventually, Murro and his business partner, Tessaro, moved to the advertising-based production house Stiefel & Co., in Southern California. They went on to found a new production banner for themselves.
First gaining notice with his unforgettable campaign for Katz's famous shop on New York City's Lower East Side (1994), Murro further showed his talents for clients Calif. Dept. of Health, Fox Sport, Toshiba and Saturn's Sheet Metal, among others. He received even more attention thanks to his Got Milk?'s “Birthday,” which won a Gold Lion at the 2003 Cannes Lions awards, not to mention a label given by Adcritic.com as the best spot of the year. He also received DGA nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for his work in Saturn's “Sheet Metal,” eBay's “Do It eBay” and E Trade's “"Pick"/"Pitch” (2003) as well as Got Milk?'s “Birthday,” Saturn's “Beautiful” and Bud Light's “Mr. Way Too Much Cologne Wearer” (2004).
2005 saw Murro taking home his Gold Lion thanks to his impressive campaign for “Olympus.” The same year, he also won DGA award for his work on Adidas's “Carry,” Starbucks's “Glen” and eBay's “Toy Boat.” Murro netted his next DGA nominations for Hummer H3's “Monsters,” Orange's “Black Out” and Nike's “Run Barefoot” (2006) as well as for VW Golf's “Night Drive,” Orbit Gum's “Affair” and NBA's “Remember.”
Already popular as a commercial director, Murro made his feature film directorial debut with “Smart People,” a comedy written by Mark Poirier and starring Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2008 and was released widely on April 11, 2008. “Smart People” received mixed reviews from critics.
Murro returns to the director's chair for the upcoming “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship,” which is slated for a 2011 release. Julianne Morre is scheduled to star in the drama.
Directors Guild of America: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials For Adidas: “Carry,” Starbucks: “Glen” and eBay: “Toy Boat,” 2005