“Working in Montana is like playing anywhere else.”

Jim Abel has more than twenty-five years production experience and founded Out in the Cold Productions in 1995. He works primarily in the Rocky Mountain West but has taken crews to Argentina, England, Mexico, Belize, Yugoslavia, the Bahamas, Alaska and New Zealand as well as nearly half of the Lower Forty-Eight States.

Jim has received more than 150 Awards of Excellence for his work (Emmy, Columbus International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, Telly Awards, Spirit Award, Communicator Award, Videographer Award and National ADDY Awards). He has served on The Montana Film and Television Advisory Council and chaired The Billings Chamber of Commerce Film Liaison Council.

Television credits include: ABC, A&E, Animal Planet, BBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Discovery, ESPN, E! TV, FOX, German TV, HBO, HGTV, History Channel, Lifetime, MSNBC, NBC, National Geographic, Netflix, Paramount,, PBS, OLN, Starz, Sony Pictures TV, Twentieth Century Fox, Travel Channel and Warner Brothers Television.

National/Regional/Montana Commercial clients include: Bridgestone/Firestone, The Billings Clinic, Disney, Famous Dave’s, Frontier Cancer Center, KOA (Kampgrounds of America), Montana Health COOP, Montana Silversmiths, New West Health Plan, Northwestern Energy, Ortho Montana, PPL Montana, Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic, Stockman Banks, Travel Montana, 3M, Western Security Banks, and The Wilderness Society.

National/Regional/Montana Corporate/Industrial/Web Video clients include: American Simmental Association, Anheuser-Busch, Apple Computers, Billings (Montana) Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, ExxonMobil, FedEx, General Electric, Home Depot, Intel, John Deere & Company, Johnson & Johnson, Montana Silversmiths, Montana State University, National Automobile Dealers Association, Pennsylvania Power and Light, Phillips66, Rocky Mountain College, Subway, St. Vincent Healthcare, Travel Montana, Universal Pictures, U.S. Census Bureau, Veterans Administration, Wells Fargo Banks, Warner Brothers Home Video, Washington Corporation, Westmoreland Resources, Yellowstone Art Museum and Yellowstone National Park.

Recent Documentaries include: “One Helluva Hand” (2015), Hollins University – Roanoke, VA. “Tall in the Saddle” (2015), Line Camp Productions. “Gold Diggers” with Bill Pullman (2012), Montana Commissioner of Securities. “Fraud Under the Big Sky” with J.K. Simmons (2010), Westridge Creative. “Behind the Vault Door” (2010), Applied Powers Productions. The Butte Project “Miners & Mining” and “The People of Butte” (2008) Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation - Patrick Markey, Producer.