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Director Ante Kovac has joined forces with Lord Danger, a creative production studio at the intersection of entertainment and advertising. Kovac, a Toronto-based visual storyteller and writer, joins Lord Danger with an impressive body of work including short form content and commercials for Honda, Dove, KFC, 3M, and BGON, in which storytelling and authentic performances meet a streak of humor.
Tapped for his dual talent in directing and developing concepts, Kovac mines humanity’s many expressions, all with a cinematic through-line and a penchant for quirky mystery. With “Junkman,” Kovac blended the ridiculous and bittersweet to the notion of being physically overwhelmed by unwanted things. The short branded film garnered attention from industry publications and was named to The One Show shortlist in 2019 for Film in two categories: Film Under 100K and Branded Entertainment Long Form Video.
"Ante blew us away from the start with his BGON short, Junkman. I saw his work and thought, ah, this is what everyone is trying to do,” says Lord Danger Founder/EP Josh Shadid. “He captures naturalism in a high level, cinematic way. Then once we got to know him we saw how enthusiastic, thoughtful, experienced, and hard-working he is - it shows in every spot on his reel."
Kovac’s entre into directing was an explosion sparked by simultaneous exposure to film at university and the Toronto International Film Festival. A former musician who had turned his attention to the craft of music production, this cinematic introduction became an obsession as Kovac consumed massive quantities of film - a staple part of his cultural diet to this day. His directing career began in creative playground of music videos; he then applied his passion for short form narratives as a commercial director, first with UK production company Therapy, and recently with Canadian production company Animals. Lord Danger will be the first company to represent Kovac in the United States.
“Lord Danger stands out as a company comprised of people that are not beholden to convention and are helping define the industry,” notes Kovac. “They have vision and integrity without being precious. For me, finding that balance of imagination and determined drive in Lord Danger is energizing.”
In addition to short form projects via Lord Danger, Kovac will direct his first feature film, an 80’s homage thriller “Coming Soon,” in 2020.