Otoja worked as the assistant director on Broadway's revival of That Championship Season, directed by Gregory Mosher. Otoja then went on to book roles in both television and film including: a role in The Humbling, directed by Barry Levinson and playing opposite Al Pacino, HBO's critically acclaimed The Night Of, directed by Steven Zaillan. NBC's The Slap & The Blacklist, ABC’s BLACK-ISH, And co-starring, as Marsha P Johnson, in Roland Emmerich's Stonewall.
Recent credits include: Netflix “The Defenders” directed by SJ Clarkson.. Co-creator, producer and star of the New York Television Festival’s Official Selection “Harlem Knights”. And the 2018 multiple award winning short film “JITTERS” which Otoja wrote, directed and produced. Streaming on Amazon Prime. Currently in post-production of his debut feature “A New York Christmas Wedding” which he wrote, directed and produced.
Ian Phillips was was born and raised in New York City, where he attended the School Of Visual Arts and earned a degree in Film and Video studies. Since then, he has honed his skills as an editor through working in a wide variety of mediums, from Broadcast Television to Branded Content for Advertising, Promotional Videos for the Web, Documentary and beyond. Whether it be a 30-second spot for social-media or a 30-minute spot for television, a love for storytelling is at the core of his work