a52 and RPS are excited to announce their new partnership with The Standard Society for representation in the MidWest. The Standard Society, co-founded by Katy Richter and Heather Guillen, joins the all-star sales force of Steven Monkarsh on the West Coast (a52 & RPS) and Ziegler/Jakubowicz on the East Coast (RPS NY).
ACNE has signed the highly regarded Salon Reps, headed by company Founder and President Lisa Houck, as its new west coast sales team. With 15 years experience working with award-winning talent, expertise in sales strategy and brand development, and access to top agency creatives and producers, Houck is uniquely qualified to maximize ACNE’s position in the production and digital space.
LOGAN has added ex-Superfad partner Kevin Batten as its new LA Managing Director. His immediate focus will include helping to build upon LOGAN’s talent pool, creating new revenue streams, and developing a cohesive brand message across both offices that speaks to the company’s design heritage and live-action and VFX evolution. Batten will focus on maintaining the studio’s strong culture of teamwork while adding new directorial and design talent.
If you've seen Kevin Drew Davis tweeting about Canada recently, you might already be running an office pool on where he's heading after Digitas. He is now the CCO of DDB Canada, watching over Vancouver and Edmonton as well as Toronto but will be present in the Toronto office.
This DDB office is one of the coolest looking offices in Canada, with great accounts like Subaru, McDonalds Esso, Canadian Tire and Crime Stoppers.
While Kevin was at Digitas they won clients like Sprint, eBay, Taco Bell, Whirlpool mass brands and Kao. You may recall the Feed the beat for Taco Bell, and the "thank you" campaign that won eBays first Clio award.
Feiler, who is represented in the U.S. by Accomplice Media, directs three ads that poke fun at digital toys.
Tom Feiler has directed three web spots for the Toronto-based children’s store Kol Kid and Tribal Worldwide Toronto. The spots cleverly communicate how tech toys can’t always fulfill the joy of traditional toys. The ads are the centerpiece of a new, multi-faceted campaign for the store celebrating the value of “simple play.”
HUSH augments their brand-centered design culture with staff additions and the signing of seasoned talents Gabe Banner and Dan Rodriguez to leadership positions. Rodriguez will assume the role of Director of Engagement in an effort to support HUSH’s intimate, long-term client relationships by facilitating communication between design phases and project cycles. Banner is the newly appointed Director of Production, structuring all projects and decoding even the most perplexing design challenges. With these two new roles, Ryan McGrath will become the Director of Operations in order to focus his relentless energy on the studio’s core functions, including work processes, growth strategies, fiscal responsibility, best practices, and the foundations of client engagement, particularly at a project’s initial phases.
Utopic president, Jan Maitland, announced today that award-winning motion graphics artist Kevin O’Rourke has joined the hybrid digital media company’s roster of talent.
A graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan, O’Rourke is a multi-disciplined artist whose motion graphics work brings his mastery of animation, digital and traditional illustration, special effects, contemporary and classic design, typography and cell animation to a diverse body of work in the commercial, broadcast and digital arenas.
Nomad is committing to long-term talent cultivation and growth with the addition of Denise Sante as Executive Producer. Touted for her people skills and keen instinct for connecting agencies with the right talent, Sante will focus on nurturing Nomad’s team of editors and post-production specialists, getting the most out of their broad skillsets.
Directors of “What Maisie Knew” and “The Deep End” enter the advertising market for the first time.
LOS ANGELES - David Siegel and Scott McGehee, the directing duo behind such acclaimed films as The Deep End, Bee Season, Uncertainty and Suture, has signed with Bully Pictures for exclusive, national representation in commercials. Siegel & McGehee’s current film, What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard, has been received with glowing reviews.
LOS ANGELES—International Director Jim Sonzero and Bang Bang Films, India’s International production company, have joined forces to create a unique joint venture- SONZERO FILMS INDIA/BANG BANG. Primarily focused on beauty, lifestyle and storytelling, the new boutique has just completed its inaugural project, L’Oreal Fall Repair campaign with Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor, and will be shooting another spot for L’Oreal starring Aishwarya Rai at the beginning of August.
Over the past three years, Sonzero has been working consistently in India, where he is best known for his L’Oreal work and more recently, Livon Silky Potions featuring Rachel Bayros.
Editorial studio continues to add to its post-production services as part of an overall expansion.
CHICAGO— The Colonie, the boutique editorial and post production studio, has added Senior Motion Graphic Designer Jennifer Moody to its creative team. Moody will work alongside Senior Motion Graphics Designer Lyndsay McCully, who joined the company five years ago, in designing and producing graphic elements for commercials and other projects.
The Colonie is growing its graphics capabilities in order to meet its clients’ design needs and desire to consolidate their post-production work. “We have been receiving more requests for design work,” explains executive producer Mary Caddy, a partner and co-founder of The Colonie. “Agency creatives and producers are pulled in many directions today, and they appreciate the convenience of being able to do more of their work in one place while maintaining high creative standards.” A specialist in creative editorial, The Colonie also provides visual effects and on-line finishing services.
“No Means No”: Accomplice’s Hans Petter Moland Wins Gold Lion at Cannes for Public Service Ad that Changed Norwegian Rape Law
SANTA MONICA, CA—Women in Norway now have the same protections against unwanted sexual advances enjoyed by women in most other Western countries thanks to an award-winning public service advertising campaign conducted by Amnesty International. The group’s No Means No, which last week won a Gold PR Lion at Cannes, (having previously won a Gold Clio), stirred wide public outrage and eventually prompted the Norwegian government to change laws that defined rape as a sexual assault involving violence or threats, but not simply a lack of consent.
The centerpiece of the campaign is a 2-minute public service announcement conceived by Oslo agency Try/Apt and directed by well-known Norwegian film and commercial director Hans Petter Moland (who works in the U.S. through Santa Monica-based Accomplice). The ad centers on a young woman who meets a man at a party. They hit it off and the man entices the woman to join him in an upstairs bedroom. She goes along but becomes increasingly uncomfortable as he presses her for sex. Despite her protests, the man forces himself on her, the encounter quickly turning ugly. To underscore the point about Norwegian rape laws, the girl’s cries of “no” are muted.
Visual production company BiG MACHiNE is pleased to announce that Executive Producer Sean Owolo has been promoted to company partner alongside Co-Founders/Creative Directors Steve Petersen and Ken Carlson. Owolo’s new role will allow each of the partners to focus on innovating the core disciplines of BiG MACHiNE’s business: Design & Animation, Live-Action Production and Content.
LOS ANGELES—Georgi Banks-Davies is heading to Madheart. The British director, the subject of growing international acclaim for her work for Coca-Cola, AT&T, O2 and other brands, has chosen the boutique, Los Angeles-based production company to orchestrate her entry into the U.S. market.
“Georgi is a brilliant talent whose work is particularly relevant to today’s culture,” says Madheart executive producer Lisa Phillips. “She creates advertising that is uplifting, with a depth and richness that is both real and appropriate to the subject or brand. We are very excited to work with her.” Phillips added that Banks-Davies is currently working on a campaign for Coca-Cola via Ogilvy & Mather, Berlin, and German production company Tony Petersen Film (TPF).
Click 3X is following the launch of its slick reactive website (http://www.click3x.com/) with a pair of significant additions to its roster. Digital innovator Esteban Montes joins the crew as interactive art director, while interactive designer Melissa Witt, who has been freelancing at Click 3X for some time, officially joins the staff as an interactive designer.
Montes’ creative work ranges from art books to HTML5 games optimized for tablets and smartphones. A digital innovator, designer and communication specialist, he will continue his well-honed method of working closely with clients to find original solutions to their creative problems by marrying new technologies with big ideas.
NO6 is pleased to announce the addition of editor Paul Plew to its talented lineup. With a reel that includes work for Honda, Pepsi, Microsoft Xbox, Volkswagen, Oakley, and Sony, Plew brings deep experience and a proven record of working with top clients to his new home. He joins NO6 after spending eight years as a commercial freelance editor in Los Angeles.
Kicking off a massive restructuring of its digital operations and an aggressive expansion in the US market, ACNE has tapped fellow Swede Jesper Palsson, former CEO and partner at Stopp LA, to head its US office. Palsson, best known for his award-winning work for clients such as Google, Lincoln, Chevrolet, and Toyota, will play a key role in diversifying ACNE from its traditional broadcast and integrated roots into the rapidly evolving digital space.
Production and creative development company The Cortez Brothers has expanded its directorial roster with the signing of Laurentius for representation in both the US and Hispanic markets.
“It’s great to not only find, but also sign a director like Laurentius who is a young director with a very seasoned reel,” says Ed Rivero, The Cortez Brothers Executive Producer. “Everyone is always surprised when they meet him because of his youth. Imagine what he will do from this point.”
Click 3X is pleased to announce the addition of Vellas – a Brazilian director whose spot for Leica, Alma (Soul), earned an impressive five Lions at this year’s Festival of Creativity in Cannes. The signing marks an important next step in the evolution of the Click 3X live action roster, enhancing its impressive roster of directorial talent and establishing a crucial foothold in the rapidly expanding global production industry.
Click 3X is proud to announce multiple wins at this year’s PromaxBDA awards. The production, design and interactive studio took two Gold awards, for Lifetime’s ‘My Life is a Lifetime Movie’ launch (Best On-Air Typography) and MTV’s ’2012 Video Music Award’ campaign (Special Event Campaign Using Multiple Media). The studio won Silver for the YES Network’s ’2012 Brooklyn Nets Launch’ (Art Direction / Sports Media).
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