Legacies can come in different forms. It could be a multi-figure inheritance to be passed down to one’s future family or an empire of highly successful businesses. In the case of the storyteller, producer, director, and founder of Londyn Town Pictures, John Wayne S. III, wants to live forever through the movies he produces and the stories he writes.
Hoping to be an inspiration to young aspirants and everyday folk, this industry leader goes all-out in every film and music release. And this contributed to the reputable standing he has built over the past two decades.
Known for his expertise thanks to his experience in multiple aspects of both the film and music industries, John Wayne III consistently draws his intended audience into the hard-hitting worlds of film, music, and television. His climb to the top of the industry started when he served as the production assistant for director George Tillman Jr. in the latter’s first feature-length film, Scenes for the Soul.
Shortly after the production of Tillman’s film, John Wayne III entered the music scene by working with Grammy-nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley. And he would ultimately become a Director of International A&R, managing agents in both the UK and Japan.
Emboldened by his growing competence with production and publicity, he embarked on producing music videos and soon afterward established JWS Productions, a company specializing in high-quality and commercially viable entertainment.
Since its founding, John Wayne has produced over two hundred music videos, seventy commercials, several feature films and multiple media projects. Ten years after his brainchild’s introduction, John Wayne III demonstrated his inherent knack for whatever he set his mind into when he became the president and general manager of DL Records. Aside from having had the chance to push artists into mainstream media and guide the label’s trajectory, he was also able to release the hit single “We Don’t Play Dat” during his time at DL Records.
Striving for more and always at the ready to impact people through his film releases, John Wayne III returned to the frontier of documentary and feature films. He started Londyn Town Pictures to produce the Last Step Before Reality, a piece that follows six young adults attending an alternative school.
For his film directorial debut, John Wayne III made the highly-acclaimed indie film Red All Over. It stars Slim Thug, Donna Biscoe, Charmin Lee, and Victor Love and delves into life struggles and the issues of gun violence, mental health, and bullying.
Intimate with how challenging the industry could get and how daunting it could be for film aspirants, John Wayne III is currently focusing on helping young filmmakers bring their projects to the screen. Giving them insights and enabling their understanding about processes related to the craft, this mogul is proving to be a much-needed ally to those chasing after their dreams in the film scene but have no idea how they could translate their visions into reality.
This mentoring led to his chance meeting with Jamezz Hampton, a young filmmaker from Chicago. John Wayne gave him the opportunity to direct his first feature film, Ebony Hustle. The film is about an ex-stripper turned private investigator. The film will be released to most major streaming platforms in December 2021.