DeJesus, Ben

President | NGL Studios

DeJesus, Ben

DeJesus is currently, Partner and President of NGL Studios, where he directs, produces, and creates a growing slate of original television, digital, and documentary projects. He has spent more than 15-years as a director and producer in the U.S. Hispanic, urban, and youth markets. As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, music video veteran, and episodic TV director, DeJesus is at the helm of 100+ hours of content, including television shows, commercial work, and digital content. His content on YouTube alone has reached over 800 million views. In his debut as a Broadway producer, Ben was nominated for a 2018 Tony Award for Best Play for his work on John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons.

In 2014, DeJesus was selected as one of 10 directors in the ABC/Disney Episodic Director's Program from over 1,300 applicants. He recently directed an episode of the multi-cam sitcom Bunk'd, one of the top-rated series on Disney Channel.

In 2012, DeJesus directed the PBS documentary Tales from a Ghetto Klown, capturing John Leguizamo's struggles to mount his one-man show on Broadway and beyond. Produced by DeJesus and Oscar-winner Fisher Stevens (The Cove), the film premiered nationwide and received the NALIP Estela Award.

In 2003, he launched his production company Diamante Pictures out of his apartment, eventually growing it into a full-service production & post facility in the heart of NYC, delivering 100+ hours of television, plus hundreds of commercials, webisodes, music videos, and DVD titles.

After studying theater at Rutgers University, DeJesus starting his career working as a stage actor, before landing an internship at MTV. Immediately, he was drawn to production, where his passion for pop culture, music, theater, and the arts has fueled his style and sensibility ever since. At MTV Networks, he eventually became a producer and writer for several seasons of Cribs, MTV News, VH1, and many of the VJ's on-air.