Jonathan Tessero is a Director and Creative Producer whose executive production company, Side Effects Include, develops and produces live special events for television and touring.
His Creative Direction for CBS’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVII earned the network an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Art Direction/Studio Design; his reboot of Essence Fest achieved a record-setting 33% attendance increase for a total attendance of nearly 500,000 concert goers; and his live-orchestra-to-film tour sold out two performances of London’s Royal Albert Hall during its six-week European Arena and Australian Theater Tour.
He has twice directed on Broadway, helmed productions that live on 13 cruise ships based around the globe as well as produced and directed large scale productions for clients such as Coca-Cola, Chase, Ford, and Time, Inc. He has directed the media assets for the Opening Season presentation of a NBA team, led the creation of a 12-story projection map installation, created the Christmas experience for a 10-acre casino, wrote and directed a documentary starring Angela Lansbury and Branford Marsalis for the National WWII Museum, produced both Bianca Ryan’s appearance on America’s Got Talent: The Champions as well as its full-length companion single, and contributed additional material and arrangements to the North American Tour of Dame Edna’s Glorious Good-Bye (for which he was the Onstage Pianist and Music Director). In addition to his work as a band leader and arranger, he has conducted numerous session orchestras, The Louisiana Philharmonic, The Calgary Philharmonic, and the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestras, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic, where he was a finalist to succeed Marvin Hamlisch as Principal Pops Conductor. An accomplished pianist, he plays fine Yamaha Grand pianos at home, in the studio, and anywhere else someone will let him touch one.
A graduate of New York University’s Music Business program, he has built the creative departments and authored their business plans, loan documents, and business development efforts for two major production and rental companies and regularly serves as a creative and business consultant to start-ups and advertising/media agencies.