Jamie Elman is an actor, writer, director, producer and musician. He has appeared on some of television’s most acclaimed series, including Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House, and American Dreams. His breakout role was Cody on the FOX/YTV teen sitcom Student Bodies.
Along with Eli Batalion, Jamie co-created the award-winning Yiddish web series YidLife Crisis, which has over 3 million online views and four prestigious Canadian Screen Award nominations, including Best Actor and Best Digital Series. As ‘comedy peacekeepers’, YidLife regularly performs live all over Canada, the US, Europe and Israel and has twice been named to the Slingshot Guide as one of the Top 50 Most Innovative Jewish Organizations in North America. Jamie recently starred in the Toronto production of the play Bad Jews, his third run of that show in three years.
Career film highlights include California Dreamin’ (Grand Prix, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival), When Nietzsche Wept (portraying a young Sigmund Freud) and the series finale of the beloved Canadian drama Bomb Girls. His voice work includes animated Disney blockbusters Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen. He co-created and starred in the web series Crazy/Sexy/Awkward (2010) for Fremantle Media, which was acquired by Howie Mandel.
A native of Montreal and graduate of McGill University, Jamie is a pianist and singer who has recorded with Ben Harper, Natalie Maines and Rickie Lee Jones and plays most Monday nights for the last decade at The Varnish cocktail bar in his adopted hometown of LA.
Eli Batalion is a writer, producer, director, actor and composer for film, TV, the web and the stage. He began his career in musical theatre with the award-winning, internationally touring Job: The Hip-Hop Musical. He and partner Jerome Sable evolved their theatre work to the screen with the musical horror comedy short, The Legend of Beaver Dam – selected to TIFF, Sundance, Berlinale and over 75 global film festivals – and the feature horror musical comedy Stage Fright, featuring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf and produced by Serendipity Point Films.
YidLife Crisis, done together with partner Jamie Elman, has been an award-winning success at the convergence of web series and culture. It has grown from an award-winning web series to a series of digital projects and global live touring.
Eli’s writing/directing start-up feature film comedy, Appiness, is set for release in 2019. He holds a DEC in Creative Arts from Dawson College, a B.A. from Brown University, and an M.B.A. from HEC Montréal.