James Jones

Producer, Director

Award-winning filmmaker James Jones has produced and directed documentaries all over the world, covering the fight against ISIS, the cult of Vladimir Putin, the war in Ukraine, the Israel-Palestine conflict, the trafficking of women from Africa to Europe, suicides in the military, executions in China, and life inside repressive regimes like North Korea.

Jones has produced four films for FRONTLINE. Secret State of North Korea, which broadcast in January 2014, got unprecedented access inside the world's most secretive and repressive state. It revealed the cracks in the country's information barrier and small signs of dissent against the country's rulers.

In December 2014, Syria's Second Front, a film Jones produced, won the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award. And in 2015, he won an Emmy for The Battle for Ukraine, which he directed and reported. The film followed the Ukrainian revolution descending into civil war.

His most recent FRONTLINE production was Escaping ISIS (2015), which followed a secret network that rescues women from ISIS.

In the U.K., Jones' films have won a Grierson, a Mind Media and a Rory Peck Award, and have been nominated at the BAFTAs, the Royal Television Society Awards, the One World Media, Ilario Alpi, and Prix Europa Awards.

Born in London, educated at the University of Oxford, Jones began work as a Russian translator on a BBC series about oligarchs. He joined the BBC in 2006, working as a researcher on its foreign affairs strand This World, and in 2011, he began directing films for Channel 4's Unreported World.

Jones has made films that range from observational documentaries on social issues (Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis in 2012) to major investigations (Broken by Battle in 2013).

In 2015, Jones made the critically acclaimed film Children of the Gaza War for the BBC. The documentary followed the lives of children on both sides of the conflict during the summer 2014 war and over the year that followed.

Languages Spoken:

English, Russian, Italian


London, United Kingdom

Areas of Expertise:

Social Issues; Justice; Conflict; Politics

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On the President's Orders
With unprecedented access, an on-the-ground look at President Duterte's deadly drug war in the Philippines.
October 8, 2019
Follow four young Iraqi soldiers tasked with leading the fight against ISIS in Mosul.
October 18, 2017
Hunting ISIS
Inside an elite special operations unit at the center of the fight against ISIS in Iraq.
January 31, 2017
Sentenced To Die In Saudi Arabia
Ali Nimr was just 17 when protests broke out in Saudi Arabia. Now, he's on death row.
March 22, 2016
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Saudi Arabia Uncovered
With undercover footage and on-the-ground reporting, FRONTLINE reveals a side of Saudi Arabia that's rarely seen.
March 29, 2016
The Battle for Ukraine
The Battle for Ukraine
FRONTLINE reveals deep-seated hatreds between right-wing Ukrainian nationalists and violent pro-Russian separatists vying for control of the country.
May 27, 2014
Inside Ukraine's Propaganda War
How the revolution that began in February has become a full-scale propaganda war, with both sides digging in and stoking old, bitter biases and grievances.
March 14, 2014
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Syria's Second Front
Three years in to Syria's civil war, another enemy has emerged: factions aligned with Al Qaeda. Go inside the rebels' new fight with rare, exclusive footage from inside the country.
February 11, 2014
Using "Skyfall" to Fight Back Against Kim Jong-un
Jeong Kwang-il, a former political prisoner in North Korea, now smuggles Western entertainment back into the country he fled.
January 14, 2014
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Secret State of North Korea
FRONTLINE shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people.
January 14, 2014