Nickolas Duarte

nduarte@crownchimp.com  /  IG&TW: @mrnickduarte  /  newsletter

Nickolas Duarte is a film, commercial and series writer/director.

He runs the production company Crown Chimp.

As a commercial director, Nickolas has earned over 70 industry awards including a National Addy, an Emmy, 6 National Tellys, and 3 National Communicator awards. He’s done work for clients such as Adidas, the NBA, the NFL, Nike, Pepsi, BMW, Ford, New Era, Charles Schwab, China Mobile, and Western Union. He was inducted into the AAFT Advertising Hall of Fame as the 2017 Next Generation Award winner.

His scripted and documentary work has played in festivals to international acclaim, and has been described by Short of The Week as “almost as much a physical viewing experience as an emotionally affecting one.”  He is a two-time NALIP Fellowship Recipient, a Latino Lens Narrative Shorts Incubator Fellow, and a Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative Finalist.

He is currently co-writing and directing a crime drama for Warner Bros. 



Latino lens/time warner grant recipient

National ADDY


6 National Tellys

5 National W3 Awards

3 Communicator Awards

International Davey

international muse award

MoMA Nomination

67 Regional Awards

5 Best of Show ADDY

2017 AAFT Next Generation Recipient 

2x NALIP Fellowship Recipient

Festivals: Latino Media fest, docuwest, Short of the week, film shortage, omeleto, St. Louis International, Short of the Week, Film Shortage, Arizona International, Art of Brooklyn, California International, Big Apple, Manhattan, Phoenix, NALIP Showcase, Illuminate, Loft in Malta, DC Shorts, Chicago International, International Cinematic Arts, 3 Minute, Indieflix, Fusion, World Kids International, LA Arthouse, Atlanta, Arnold Sports, Arivaca, ShortsNonStop International, Arizona Underground, Northshore, NYC Downtown, In the Bin International, Atlanta Underground, Loft International


Select Clients




Charles Schwab

China Mobile




massage envy



New Era




Western Union