John Lindauer III was born in California but spent most of his early life traveling with family. In the early 1970s, John traveled by caravan throughout Europe. There, he saw France under de Gaulle, Spain under Franco, and Yugoslavia under Tito. From these experiences, he learned that it is possible to transform the world with ideas. (Even bad ones.)
When the family returned to the United States, John Sr.’s academic career took the family to Alaska, where he became Chancellor of the University of Anchorage, Alaska. It is in Anchorage that John first developed his love of radio broadcasting. From age 15, he worked: first at the AM station operated by his mother, Jacqueline (KTNX), and later at the number one FM rock station (KWHL), where he became the 6 PM–midnight DJ while still in school.
In 1983, John left Alaska for college, where his love of radio grew into a love of all things, media. He studied Visual Arts at Harvard and received a Bachelor’s degree with honors in 1988. Having won a student academy award during his junior year, his choices were many and varied. He chose to stay in Cambridge and work with his Animation Instructor, Susan Pitt, on a project for the Hamburg Opera Company, The Libretto of Goethe’s Faust. The production was a multimedia extravaganza, employing nearly every type of visual media available at the time. This excited John because it explored communication on so many levels.
Late in 1988, John traveled to California to pursue a career in film and television. His work on Faust had connected him to Hollywood’s multimedia elite and, in 1989, landed him a job directing segments for CBS television’s Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. The show was a staple of the Eye Network throughout the early 1990s.
When Pee-Wee’s Playhouse finally disbanded, the producers followed multiple career paths – some remained in network television production, while others went into commercial production, music video production, or began to explore production for the Internet. John’s continued Pee-Wee friendships allowed him to explore all of these arenas. In television production, John has worked on Fox’s The Simpsons, as well as ABC’s The Critic. In commercial production, John has directed spots for numerous clients including: Viacom, McDonald’s, Sony, General Mills, RJR Nabisco, Toshiba, Frito-Lay, Samsung, Land Rover, Honda, and Lever Brothers. And, for the Internet, John has created multimedia experiences for Novellus, Kia, Ipix/Bamboo.com, and others.
In 1998, John formally joined Sony Pictures Imageworks as a commercial director. Although engaged in a variety of projects, John’s main thrust was to explore High-definition television. He forged a relationship between Sony Pictures Imageworks and the Sony High-Definition Center and created a specialized high-def media experience for the Sony Wonder Exhibits all over the world.
Since joining Believe Media in January 2001, Lindauer has directed commercials for AT&T, Kellogg’s, and Frosted Mini Chex among others. He also put the finishing touches on his effects-laden spec spot Flea Circus for the shipping company DHL, which earned recognition in Adweek’s, “The Best Work You May Never See” creative showcase. For his uniquely creative campaign for the Canadian Dairy Association, entitled “Dog Walker,” Lindauer won the bronze Lion at Cannes.