Jeremy Coon and the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

March 15, 2017

Do you work with employees who are larger than life? Here at Adobe, we have employees with unique hobbies—those who swim with sharks, those who bring monsters to life, and even those who make robotic snakes. And we welcome these employees with open arms, because we’re always looking for people who use their eclectic set of life experiences to succeed inside and outside the office.

Jeremy Coon, Account Development Manager, is no stranger to unique life experiences—especially with his success in film. When something you’ve co-directed and produced premieres at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals (SXSW), and gets picked up by video distribution juggernaut Netflix, it’s something special. That’s just what happened with Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

Following Your Dreams

Raiders! is a documentary about three 11-year-olds in Mississippi who devoted their entire childhoods, in the early 1980s, to doing a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

“It’s a really inspiring story about following your dreams and passions and reflecting on the joys of your own childhood,” Jeremy said. Raiders! was released in theaters to rave reviews in June 2016. It went live on Netflix in September 2016 and is available worldwide.

More Film Successes

Jeremy (left) with actor Jon Gries (right)

You may also know Jeremy’s other bodies of work though. Jeremy produced and edited Napoleon Dynamite, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and went on to become a cultural icon and one of the most profitable indie films in history. His other film credits include The Sasquatch Gang (2006), Humble Pie (2009) and Thunder Broke the Heavens (2015)—all of which have received critical acclaim.

The team aspect of creating a film is important to Jeremy. “I’ve been fortunate that I often get to make films with a lot of my best friends from film school,” he said.


Life at Adobe

Teamwork is one of the things Jeremy appreciates about working at Adobe, too.

“The team aspect in films and at Adobe is very similar: The only way things get done is when people work well together,” he noted. It will come as no surprise that Adobe tools have featured strongly in Jeremy’s film career. “My last three films were all edited on Adobe Premiere Pro, and we often use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects for graphics,” he explained. “I’ve used those and other Creative Cloud tools going back 20 years.”

The idea of working for a corporation—or even in an office—hadn’t always appealed to Jeremy, but that changed when he visited the Lehi office. “I really enjoyed the vibe Adobe fosters,” he said. “Adobe is very supportive of a good work-life integration; it’s not just lip service.”

Jeremy values his time more and more as he gets older. “I focus on getting done what needs to get done, in the most efficient manner,” he said.

As an Account Development Manager, Jeremy’s responsibilities focus on building a sales pipeline for the 18 account executives he supports in the Media and Entertainment vertical for Digital Marketing. He covers companies including CBS, A&E and Pandora. Late last year, he and his colleague helped source what ended up being the largest Adobe Campaign deal to date.

Following Mom’s Advice

Jeremy’s leadership style stems from what his mom taught him. “She told me, don’t expect someone to do what you’re not willing to do yourself,” he said. “It’s simple, but it’s important.”

He also believes that admitting you can be wrong is paramount for a strong leader. “Too often, people see making a mistake as a fatal flaw, but we all make mistakes,” he said. “If we admit them, we can move egos out of the way and solve the problem. The other benefit is that it enables those who work for you to feel like you are more approachable—and that really fosters teamwork.”

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