Kevin Douglas West
Kevin Douglas West is a commercial producer and independent filmmaker. He has nearly 20 years of experience bringing his philosophy that truly great stories reveal five essential elements including persona, passage, peril, passion, and purpose.
After completing his advertising and marketing degree at Ball State University in 1992, he began an 8-year career at Shell Oil Company where he contributed to the retail activities of the planet's 3rd most recognizable brand. From 1998-2000, he was Executive Producer for the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf television series on ESPN. There he produced, in association with Jack Nicklaus Productions, 15 golf matches featuring players such as Phil Mickelson, Freddie Couples, and Justin Leonard on courses in Japan, England, Canada, Jamaica, and the United States. He also produced Shell television commercials for the World Golf Village and the Shell Houston Open PGA Tour event.
In 2003, West joined Direct Energy, North America's largest provider of retail energy. He produced a series of 18 television campaigns that catapulted the company's brand presence and acquisition of new customers. In 2004, the Diner commercial won a Cannes Film Festival Lion Award. West co-created and produced the Direct Energy Texas Grand Slam, which aired for 3 seasons from 2006-2008 on Fox Sports Southwest.
West completed his first feature screenplay Surfside Hotel in 2008 and achieved official selections at the Beverly Hills International, Bare Bones, and Cinema City International film festivals. He received an honorable mention at the Mexico International film festival and won the Platinum REMI for "Best Dramatic Screenplay" at the WorldFest Houston Film Festival.
In September 2009, West launched Mission Pink Films and filmed his directorial debut short film Mother's Milk. This 11-minute narrative screened to audiences totaling 800 in Texas and Indiana leading up to it being featured at the 2010 Human Milk Banking Association conference in Boston. The film won a 2010 Grand REMI for "Best Texas Production" at WorldFest Houston Film Festival and a Platinum at the 2010 EMPIXX Awards.
He continued his writing efforts penning two screenplays in 2010. His thriller Cavatappi captured an Honorable Mention at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards Ceremony. His animated feature Boxer's 21 picked up official selection nominations at WorldFest Houston and Beverly Hills film festivals and the Hollywood Screenplay Competition in 2011.
West joined creative forces with commercial director, Jarred King by launching King West Pictures in 2009. The company's first film is the documentary Donor Milk. The two interviewed over 50 professionals and mothers from London to Los Angeles. The film won a REMI at the 2011 WorldFest Houston Film Festival in 2011.
West's current venture is a retail electricity start-up firm based in Houston, TX called Entrust Energy. Currently the fastest-growing energy firm in Texas, he is working to raise the company's brand awareness and achieve market share.
West holds a bachelors degree from Ball State University and a masters from the University of Texas El Paso. West is a native of Seymour, Indiana and currently resides in Katy, Texas.