Julian Mulvey is a co-founder of Devine Mulvey, a Democratic media-consulting firm whose partners have worked on 17 winning U.S. Senate races and 10 Presidential and Prime Ministerial races around the world. In 2010, Devine Mulvey was the media-consulting firm for Linc Chafee’s successful run for Governor of Rhode Island.
Julian believes authenticity, emotion and good storytelling are the keys to great political communication. He has won the Visionary Award from the D.C. Independent Film Festival and over 20 Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants. His ads and have been called “smart”, “edgy”, “effective” and “tough” by a variety of media outlets.
A pioneer of political viral media, Julian produced “Social Insecurity” for the Democratic National Committee in 2002. The animation was watched over a million times in its first 24 hours and gained the attention of ABC, NBC, and the top five national newspapers. A year later he produced “Lord of the Right Wing” that was viewed over six million times online. His interest in politics and the internet began a decade earlier as a research assistant to the National Information Infrastructure Project at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He was working there while studying political science at Boston University. It was at BU that Julian first met Tad Devine, while taking Tad’s class “Campaign for the President.”
After graduation and five years working at C-SPAN Julian joined the firm Shrum, Devine, Donilon. He produced ads for Senators Nelson, Corzine, Sarbanes and Dayton, as well as former U.S. House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt among others.
In 2004 Julian won the Gold Pollie for Best Democratic Congressional TV Ad. In 2005 he won Best National Issue Ad of the year for a spot he produced on the genocide in Darfur. The same year his TV ads for Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett caught national attention when the campaign caused a near spectacular upset in Ohio’s ruby-red Second District. Roll Call called it “a feat of historic proportion,” and the race became a case study of the blogosphere’s new influence in politics.
He was named one of Washingtonian magazine’s “People to Watch in 2005,” and a Campaigns & Elections “Rising Star” for 2006. The Washington Post wondered in a headline if Julian had produced “The Best Ad of 2006?” for a spot he made for Rep. Chris Carney.
His first play, Rush’s Dream, about the feud and friendship of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams was performed in SoHo, NY, to sold-out audiences in the summer of 2004.