Wednesday, January 18, 2017

People on the Move

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Carat USA names Anathea Ruys SVP, managing director of L.A. office
Anathea Ruys

Media agency Carat USA has appointed Anathea Ruys to serve as SVP, managing director of its Los Angeles office. In her new role, Ruys will be responsible for the success of Carat’s client partnerships by fostering its current relationships as well as establishing new ones. She will report to Michael Epstein, president and chief client officer of Carat USA. 

Ruys has over 20 years experience leading teams in media, advertising and content agencies, building strong collaboration between clients and their agency partners. She has worked across a range of categories including FMCG, entertainment, telco, beverages and retail in local and regional roles across Asia Pacific. Most recently, she was the head of Fuse, the branded content, sponsorship and ideation division of Omnicom Media Group Asia Pacific. Prior to Omnicom, Ruys was Managing Director of Mindshare, Melbourne. Earlier in her career she was the managing director at Clemenger Harvie Edge, Melbourne and also served a 10-year stay at Spark Activate, where she grew the agency from a small boutique PR agency into one of New Zealand’s leading activation agencies.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
New Mexico film commissioner Nick Maniatis named AFCI 1st vice-chairman

The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) has announced the appointment of four new officers to its 2017 Board of Directors:

  • 1st vice-chairman, Nick Maniatis, director, New Mexico State Film Office (US)
  • 2nd vice-chairman, Dr. Marijana Stoisits, CEO, Vienna Film Commission (AT)
  • Treasurer, Karen Carberry-Warhola, director, Maine Film Office (US)
  • Secretary, Jess Conoplia, sr. VP--US Production & Events, British Film Commission (UK)

Kevin Jennings, executive manager, Film Otago Southland (NZ), continues as AFCI Chairman completing the final year of his two-year term that began in 2016. 

In October 2016, AFCI announced its elected two-year term board members: Tim Clark, Buffalo Niagara Film Commission (US); Sigmund Elias Holm, film commissioner, Western Norway Film Commission (NO); Heather Page, director, Texas Film Commission (US); and Virginia Pearce, director, Utah Film Commission (US).

They join current board members with one year remaining in their respective terms: Jeanne Corcoran, Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office (US), and Pamela Haynes, West Virginia Film Office (US). 

AFCI executive director Kevin Clark applauded the results of the election. “Once again we look forward to working with a diverse, experienced and capable group leading our organization.”

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Cutwater adds Foster, Huntley, Yen, Schefkind
Michael Huntley

Independent agency Cutwater has brought on board Stephanie Foster as business development director, Michael Huntley as exec producer, William Yen as media executive, and Rebeca Schefkind as art director.

In the agency’s newly created role of business development director, Foster will be responsible for finding clients that are in need of a Cutwater, a platform for their brand that cuts through the noise. A strategic thinker, team leader and creative problem solver, Foster formerly managed multidisciplinary teams for traditional, digital and experiential campaigns for clients, including Facebook, Instagram, Audi, TaskRabbit, Phillips 66, 76, Conoco, Russian Standard Vodka, French’s Foods, 1% for the Planet and Tyra Banks. Additionally, she spent time as the VP of Branding & Marketing at a startup incubator in Silicon Valley where her primary focus was advising early to late stage startups on marketing and branding challenges, such as go-to-market strategies and creating branding identities.

EP Huntley will oversee all production of Cutwater campaigns and projects. Prior to joining the agency, he worked at Argonaut, leading its interactive production department. Earlier he was the head of integrated production at Grey San Francisco. Huntley has extensive experience in interactive, broadcast, and print and has worked with agencies such as Goodby Silverstein & Partners, AKQA, Venables Bell & Partners, McCann Erickson and Eleven. His work for brands including Audi, Sprint, Intel, Microsoft, EA, MetLife, X-Box, Fitbit, and Virgin has been recognized by various award shows, including Cannes, D&AD, Effies, One Show, Addys, Webbys and FWA. 

Yen will be responsible for managing search and display media activity for Cutwater’s clients. Prior to joining the team, Yen worked at Resolution Media. During his tenure there, his duties and responsibilities focused around SEM (search engine marketing), which now acts as the cornerstone of his skill set. He is currently working on expanding his knowledge horizontally into other channels to be able to create more holistic marketing solutions for improving both brand awareness and acquisition.

Prior to Cutwater, Schefkind was an art director at Mekanism working on brands including Pepsi, Ben & Jerry’s, MSNBC, Aquafina, Ralph Lauren, and Starbucks. Schefkind started her ad career at mcgarrybowen NY.

  • Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
DeVeaux joins BBDO NY as CMO; Rix promoted to chief strategy officer
BBDO NY’s management team includes (front row, l-r) Crystal Rix, Kirsten Flanik, Tara DeVeaux; (back row, l-r): John Osborn, CCO Greg Hahn (photo by Billy Siegrist, BBDO NY)

BBDO New York announced that Tara DeVeaux will be joining the agency as chief marketing officer.  In this role, DeVeaux will report to John Osborn, CEO of BBDO New York, and be responsible for driving business growth and optimizing the agency’s marketing service offerings.  In addition, the agency announced that Crystal Rix has been promoted to chief strategy officer.  Rix was most recently director of business development.  She is also a key member of the AT&T new agency model--a role she will continue.  Both appointments are reflective of the ongoing transformation that has taken place at BBDO New York over the past year as the agency bolsters its specialist data and analytic capabilities and communications planning practice.

DeVeaux’s appointment as CMO at BBDO is a homecoming of sorts, as she previously spent nearly seven years at BBDO as a sr. account director.  Most recently, she was president of MING Utility and Entertainment Group.
Rix has been with BBDO for more than 10 years, beginning as a sr. brand strategist.  That background provided a unique perspective in her most recent role as director of business development, where she was instrumental in helping to win new business, such as Mattel, and shaping the agency’s new data-driven approach for handling the consolidated AT&T business.  As chief strategy officer, she will continue to lead strategic guidance of the AT&T brand, as well as oversee the agency’s newly consolidated strategic practice, including communications planning and data and marketing science.  She is a recipient of one of BBDO New York’s People Awards.  Rix will report to Kirsten Flanik, president of BBDO New York.
DeVeaux and Rix join a senior management team that has already been rapidly expanding to include those in other specialist areas.  Key hires include:  Tina Allan, head of data and analytics; Sharona Sankar-King, head of marketing science; Julian Cole, head of communications planning; Denise Henry, head of the agency’s HealthWork partnership with CDM Group; and Dave Rolfe, head of integrated production. 
DeVeaux joins BBDO New York the week of January 16; Rix assumes her new role immediately.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Deluxe promotes long-time Company 3 and EFILM executives Jackie Lee and Dave Grove
Jackie Lee

To support clients of its creative services as they address expanding content opportunities worldwide, Deluxe has promoted two long-time executives into new roles. Dave Grove, former SVP of sales for EFILM, moves into the role of SVP, global feature sales. Jackie Lee, former SVP of feature services for Deluxe’s Company 3, has taken on an expanded role as SVP, global client strategy, creative enterprise sales, supporting clients across Deluxe’s full portfolio of creative services worldwide. 

Deluxe chief revenue officer Carol Hanley said, “With so many new content opportunities in front of them and increased global demand for their productions, our clients’ needs are changing and opening up. They need broader services and different creative talent than any one brand can offer, so we’re opening up new conduits for them to access the full range of talent, services and technologies of Deluxe around the world. Dave and Jackie have wonderful, long histories with our clients and talent, and in these new roles they’re better able to address the specific needs of each client’s unique projects as well as support the wide range of their creative undertakings.”

To support clients’ feature needs for color, finishing, and dailies solutions, Grove will leverage the services of Deluxe’s Los Angeles-based EFILM and Company 3, with studios in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and London; and coordinate with Deluxe facilities in Toronto, Vancouver, and Spain to serve any feature shooting anywhere in the world. Lee will focus on developing deeper client relationships, and connecting clients to the full range of the company’s creative services and brands and matching them with the right talent and capabilities across post, VFX, VR and creative marketing for features, episodics, and advertising. She will also work with the development team to drive further innovations for Deluxe’s VFX/post workflow application, The Portal, and other new technology services.

Grove built his career at Deluxe, joining the Company out of NYU Film School in 1995 and moving up the ranks of the sales organization to VP of sales, Deluxe Labs; then moving to head sales at EFILM in 2010 as SVP. Lee is a 12-year veteran of Deluxe’s Company 3, having joined the company in 2004 as executive producer to launch its then-new Features department. A native Australian, she previously served in sales/marketing and executive producer roles at Digital Pictures. Both Grove and Lee report to Hanley and are based in Los Angeles.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
Chad Moseley joins Reel FX as sr. designer
Chad Moseley

Reel FX, which maintains digital studios in Santa Monica, Calif., and Dallas, has hired Chad Moseley as sr. designer. Moseley has nearly a decade of experience in motion graphics and design, spanning television, advertising and broadcast promos. He comes to Reel FX from Starz Entertainment, where he spent two years as a broadcast designer, concepting and executing promotions for original programming for such series as “Outlander,” “Da Vinci’s Demons” and “Flesh and Bone,” including teasers, spots and graphics packages. His work for top brands such as Enterprise, Nestle, Purina and Busch Gardens has earned him numerous industry accolades including a Gold American Advertising Award (AAA), a Gold Addy Award and an AAF Best of Digital Award.

Jim Riche, Reel FX’s commercial head of production, noted, “From the moment I met Chad I knew he would be a great addition to our growing design and animation team.  Not only is his skill set exceptional but his enthusiasm, leadership and his positive attitude were such an influence on our decision to bring him on board.”

Moseley added, “I’ve always really respected the work that Reel FX does and they have such a wealth of talent. It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to join the team. I enjoy collaborating with clients throughout the creative process to bring their ideas to life and I’m looking forward to being able to do that on a wide range of projects at Reel FX.”

Texas native Moseley studied graphic design and 3D animation in Denver. He developed his career in the trenches of production at a Texas news channel, handling the video and graphics for the channel’s website. He quickly amassed a diverse skillset in postproduction, learning the software and techniques through a hands-on, self-taught approach. He expanded his talents in his position of video editor/animator at Denver-based ORCC, later relocating to St. Louis to take a position as sr. mograph/VFX artist at 90 Degrees West. While there, he contributed to post projects from concept through completion for a wide array of national brands including Anheuser Busch, Enterprise and UPS. An opportunity as an in-house broadcast designer at Starz Entertainment led Moseley to Denver in 2014, before returning to Dallas to join the Reel FX team.

  • Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Sherri Chambers returns to J. Walter Thompson NY as CMO
Sherri Chambers (l) and Lynn Power

J. Walter Thompson New York announced the appointment of Sherri Chambers as chief marketing officer. The agency will look to Chambers to lead the growth strategy in 2017 and beyond, building on the 2016 new business and creative momentum.

Chambers brings 20 years of industry experience across a variety of agencies and clients to J. Walter Thompson New York, a shop which added eight new clients in 2016 including Wild Turkey, Newell, and Tudor, and was ranked #6 overall in NYC by the Lions 2016 Global Creativity Report.

J. Walter Thompson New York has also bolstered its creative department with significant hires including Ian MacKellar, executive creative director, joining this week from Ogilvy Toronto where he was chief creative officer, and Alejandro Pere, creative director, who joined at the end of 2016 from BBDO Chicago.

In her new role, Chambers will report to Lynn Power, CEO, J. Walter Thompson New York. And she will be able to draw support from the new and extended New York operations team which Power and Brent Choi, chief creative officer, have created.

Chambers joins from The Barbarian Group where she served as head of account management, working with clients such as GE, Google, IBM, KIND and PepsiCo. Prior to her time at The Barbarian Group, Chambers headed up J. Walter Thompson New York’s Google account as the global business director. Previously, she has worked at 72andSunny, StrawberryFrog, Kirshenbaum, Bond & Partners and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

The New York operations team led by Power and Choi is composed of Chambers, Matt Baker (head of planning), Jennifer Usdan (head of digital), Anthony Nelson (head of content), Paul Daligan (director of creative operations) Claire Charruau (associate director of communications), Mike Byrne (CFO) and Michael Steiger (head of talent).

  • Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017
Ymagis Group appoints Rémi Gérard to serve as CFO, succeeding Pierre Flamant
Rémi Gérard

Ymagis Group, the European specialist in digital techologies for the cinema industry, has appointed Rémi Gérard as chief financial officer following the departure of Pierre Flamant.

After two full years as Ymagis Group CFO and nine years at the head of the finance department at its exhibitor services subsidiary dcinex (CinemaNext), Flamant has chosen to pursue other professional opportunities
and will leave the Group at the end of February 2017. Gérard joins Ymagis Group on January 9, ensuring a smooth transition with Flamant.

“I would like to thank Pierre for his unfailing professionalism and strong involvement in the Group’s success over the last two years, during which he made significant contributions to its development and restructuring. I wish him much success in his next endeavour,” said Jean Mizrahi, founder, chairman and CEO of Ymagis Group. “I am also pleased to welcome Rémi to the team. With his wealth of experience as CFO of several corporations, we will continue to pursue a controlled and profitable growth strategy in this rapidly evolving market.”

“I am thrilled to assume the role of CFO for such a fast-growing, innovative and dynamic Group as Ymagis,” said Gérard. “In a changing marketplace, the challenges are ever increasing. I am excited to take on these new
challenges with Jean and the Ymagis Group’s seasoned teams.”

“These past 11 years in the cinema industry have provided me with a rich and unique experience. I am delighted to have been able to contribute to its digital conversion and to have played an active role in its consolidation,” said Flamant. “I wish to thank Jean for the confidence he has shown me since the dcinex merger. We will ensure a smooth transition over the coming weeks and I will meet with our investors at the Oddo Forum early this month before passing the torch to my successor.”

A graduate of France’s ESSEC Business School, Gérard began his career at accounting firm Arthur Andersen in Paris and London before assuming various financial leadership functions. With 20 years’ experience in financial directorship roles for large groups, including Bolloré and LBOed tech companies such as CMO Software and IPANEMA Technologies, he has solid experience in cash flow management as well as guiding change and growth.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016
Editors David Cornman, Debbie McMurtrey come aboard roster of TwoPoint0
David Cornman

TwoPoint0 has added editors David Cornman and Debbie McMurtrey to its talent roster.

Cornman has edited comedy, effects-driven, dramatic, and documentary-style commercials for clients such as AIG, GE, Accenture, Bank of America, Staples, Verizon and Computer Associates. Cornman’s degree in art, his musical abilities, as well as his extensive knowledge of film history all play a role in how he approaches each project. The soundscape of the piece is just as important to Cornman as the visual aspect. He feels the two elements should support each other to complete the story. He has won awards from the AICE, AICP, Clio, and Addys, as well as being nominated for an Emmy in the Best Commercial category.

“In a very short time, David went from editor to creative collaborator to friend. Would trust him with my career,” said Bob Minhan, EVP, chief creative officer, Partners & Simons in Boston.

Cornman’s recent projects include a package of Crayola spots for mcgarrybowen, and P&G work out of Havas, as well as a several digital projects for Facebook’s Creative Shop. A recent passion project included shooting and editing a piece for Atria Senior Living in Rye Brook, New York, which gave residents the chance to try rowing for the first time. Rowers ranged in age from 85 to 97. “That was fun to be part of,” added Cornman.

Editor McMurtrey launched her career at Crew Cuts in 1999, rising quickly through the ranks to editor. In 2007, she was hired as the first editor at Nomad’s East Coast office. From there, her career continued to advance as she worked at Cutting Room, Red Car and Alkemy X. In addition to commercials and branded web content, she has cut short films which have screened in over 30 festivals in the U.S. and abroad, a sitcom pilot for VH1, and parody commercials for Saturday Night Live. She recently collaborated with director/producer Greg Kohs on his feature documentary, The Great Alone, which chronicles the incredible comeback journey of four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey. The Great Alone has won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Documentary Award from the Seattle International Film Festival and Best Sports Documentary at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. 

McMurtrey considers her specialty to be docu-style. She excels at taking raw footage and finding the narrative in order to shape the story. She also enjoys editing dialogue and comedy.

McMurtrey has recently collaborated with director Zack Resnicoff of Impressionista Films on three campaigns for Fisher Price, including 20 individual spots. They have previously worked together on projects for Macy’s, Blue Cross, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“It’s rare to find an editor who can move seamlessly between multiple genres and cut at a high level,” said Resnicoff. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Debbie for years on everything from comedy to lifestyle. As a director, the most important and exciting part of the collaboration with an editor is to be shown something in the footage I never saw, to be surprised, to see another layer of story created by the editor. This is Debbie’s specialty: to find or create the story. She has tireless objectivity and takes her work personally.” 

Recent projects completed by McMurtrey include “We the Voters” campaign, which featured celebrities such as Anabel Acosta (Quantico, Ballers) and a series of films for Stephens Bank including an irreverent bio of Alexander Hamilton. McMurtrey has also edited projects this fall for Facebook, Hewlett Packard and Nintendo.

Partner/executive producer/editor Wendy Rosen and partner/editor Anthony Marinelli launched TwoPoint0 in fall of 2015. The editorial company and creative collective features the talents of the two founding partners, as well as such editors as: Cornman, Charlie Cusumano, Jane Keller, John Marinis, McMurtrey, Keith Olwell, Jon Rosen, Jón Stefánsson, and Terence Ziegler.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016
Deep Focus names Duncan Miller director of business development
Duncan Miller

Digitally-led creative agency Deep Focus has appointed Duncan Miller to serve as director of business development. Miller will be based in the agency’s San Francisco office and will report directly to Adam Walden, president of Deep Focus SF. Miller will be responsible for leading the charge on the agency’s new business efforts.
Miller joins Deep Focus from Jack Morton Worldwide, where he served as the director of business development. Prior to Jack Morton Worldwide, Miller was the business development manager, Sports & Sponsorship Marketing at George P Johnson Experience Marketing, where he worked with brands including Pepsi, Under Armour and Cisco.