Catherine Finkenstaedt—the award-winning commercial and music video producer—has joined Slim, a creative production company based in Venice, CA. She joins in the role of Executive Producer.
Finkenstaedt joins from GO Film, Wondros, and most recently Spears and Arrows. Finkenstaedt will be working with various directors at Slim including: Karen Cunningham, ZCDC, Thomas Garber, Jason Headley, Vincent Urban, Pet & Flo, Brad Morrison, Jeff Baena and Wondo.
Slim Executive Producer Tom Weissferdt said: “Catherine and I have a long history, starting at Squeak Pictures. She has an incredible understanding of directors; their passion points and creative strengths.” In addition, “she has vast expertise in the identification, cultivation, and nurturing of directors in traditional commercial, digital, and music content where we, as a company, continue to grow and thrive.”
“I could not be happier to be joining Tom in this very important next phase of my career and in the growth of Slim,” stated Finkenstaedt. “We are in a sea of change in commercial and integrated production and I am excited to help support the directors and to also help identify others whose voices are yet to be heard in traditional or integrated marketing content.”
Finkenstaedt’s leadership within the past companies she has served also led her to the presidency of the Music Video Producers Association (MVPA) where she co-chaired the annual MVPA Awards at the Directors Guild of America. She has executive produced campaigns for various companies including Target, Toyota, Nike, AT&T, Comcast, Activision, Visa, Macy’s, and the Tokyo Olympic Committee; worked with such noted directors as Jake Scott, Sam Bayer, The Malloys, Patrick Daughters, Anton Corbijn, Chris Cunningham, Mark Romanek, David Kellogg, Matthew Rolston, McG, Antoine Fuqua, Sophie Muller and Hype Williams; musical artists including Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Metallica, and Oasis; as well as agencies such as Wieden+Kennedy, Leo Burnett, FCB, BBDO, 72andSunny, Team One, and GSD&M.
She is deeply passionate about the convergence of all media platforms and believes that there is a unique art form to telling stories in the short and mid-length formats that keep both directors and talent engaged, busy, and uniquely active while also telling brands’ stories. Music is an important part of her focus and she appreciates the chance to tell tales of love, angst, and beauty within the music video format.
Raised outside of Cambridge, England, Finkenstaedt attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where she studied theatre and film. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her pet-loving husband and her five furry children, and will be based in Slim’s Venice offices.