James Killough

CEO & Founder

James Killough
A native New Yorker raised in Rome, Italy, James Killough brings over 20 years of film, theater, editorial, fashion and advertising experience to the head of Pure Film Creative.

After stints in advertising and publishing, Killough launched his film career in India, working as a writer and producer with directors such as Muzaffar Ali, Pamela Rooks, and Shekhar Kapur. His screenplay for Rooks’ Miss Beatty’s Children helped it win the Film Festival of India in 1993. That same year he was the MC of the first televised Miss India Pageant, viewed by hundreds of millions around the world, “Something every young American should do at one point in his life,” he says.

In Hollywood, Killough has written and developed film projects and scores of commercials for legendary filmmakers Tarsem Singh, Marcus Nispel and the late Tony Scott, among others, as well as for Oscar-nominated producers Lisa Bruce (Darkest Hour) and Howard Rosenman (Call Me By Your Name), and BAFTA-nominee and indie film legend Christine Vachon (Carol).  Killough’s directorial debut, Losing Her — his first collaboration with Rain Li — was the centerpiece for the “Late at Tate” at Tate Britain for November, 2008 with a special installation in the main hall of the museum.

Killough’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story Winter Dreams made United Talent Agency’s Best Reads of of the Year with a ‘strong recommend’ from analysts. He is currently adapting a notorious true-crime story for TV, with Nispel directing and Rosenman producing. He is also completing a three-picture feature-film deal with Rain Li for a group of major Chinese studios. Their short film Us was viewed over 70 million times in twenty-four hours when it streamed in May, 2016 in China.

Killough is thoroughly enjoying his ride in the Chinese film industry, a sector of the business that is bursting with promise and opportunities. A perk he loves is that Chinese production companies have translated ‘Killough’ as ‘Kailuo’ in contracts, which he says “Makes me feel like an outlaw Shaolin warlord.” He also likes that the word can mean either ‘Cairo’ or ‘open’.

During his decade in London after the turn of this century, Killough raised close to $2 million in development and production funds for his company, Pure Film Limited, in partnership with Angad Paul (Snatch, Lock, Stock…)  and Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza. Upon his return to Los Angeles in 2011, Killough launched Pure Film Creative to broaden the company’s purview from being exclusively focused on film and TV to including all forms of content creation across every possible platform. The company has created content for major brands and corporations, among them Citibank, Aramark, Iron Mountain, TransAmerica, Prudential Insurance, and tech-support giant iYogi.

Killough has been published in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, and Health and Fitness. A regular guest lecturer at NYU Film School, his work is also taught at Columbia Film School by his mentor, Jack Lechner (Blue Valentine).

Fluent in five languages, Killough divides his time between L.A., New York, Beijing and Delhi.

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