• Friday, Sep. 29, 2023
Justin Stiebel named managing director and EP at Stink Berlin
Justin Stiebel

Justin Stiebel has joined Stink Berlin as managing director and executive producer. Stiebel will continue growing the Berlin base and seek opportunities for new and existing talent.

The Stink Berlin core team includes Moritz Merkel, Jana Marx and Isabel Kast who play an important role in the realm of production, sales and talent development; they will work under Stiebel, who is taking over from former managing director Martina Lülsdorf. Stiebel will work closely with Stink leadership Daniel Bergmann and Blake Powell.

Throughout his career, Stiebel has produced memorable work for various clients such as Netto’s “Easter Surprise.” Audi’s “Next Level” and the multi-award-winning “The Faith Of A Few” for Mini, of which he was an integral part of the production team. He’s also worked on large-scale projects for Nivea, H&M, Hot Chip, Absolut Vodka, Ubisoft and more, and collaborated with directors like Sebastian Strasser, Markus Walter and Daniel Wolfe.

With a string of awards from The One Show, Kinsale Shark Awards, Eurobest, ANDY Awards, Cannes Lions, Art Directors Club of Europe, Creative Circle and more, Stiebel has contributed to the Berlin’s creative landscape for years.

Stiebel has a proven track record opening and leading the Berlin base of global companies; he previously held the post of managing director at The Mill Studios Berlin, and opened Psyop’s headquarters in the city.

“Justin was a great fit from the beginning. He comes from the same production landscape as many Stinkers around the world, and has experience leading global companies’ Berlin base, whilst also understanding the German market as a native. He is a fantastic addition to the team,” said Stink Group founder and president Bergmann.

“Justin has the right experience and personality to carry the core Stink values of craft excellence and dedication to talent; whilst also understanding the market and being able to further our offering,” stated Powell, global head of film, Stink Films

  • Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2023
Editor Phil Hignett joins Final Cut
Phil Hignett

Final Cut has added comedic editor Phil Hignett to its roster. His exploits span advertising, feature film and television. Hignett has previously worked closely with the team while cutting hit comedy Sex Education at Final Cut’s dry-hire facility, The Lofts, in London’s Fitzrovia district.

Hignett first discovered his love of editing and the art of making people laugh while at university, when a friend asked him to help cut a loose homage to This is Spinal Tap. Getting his industry start at Marshall Street Editors, Hignett worked his way up to editor, collaborating with directors such as Nick Jasenovec, Keith Schofield, Jake Szymanski, Jeff Labbé and Rhys Thomas. Hignett’s commercial showreel includes projects for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Barclaycard, Virgin Media, KFC, British Airways and BT.

With the support of long-time collaborator Ben Taylor, Hignett ventured into the world of longform in 2019, working with the director on the critically acclaimed Year of the Rabbit, starring Matt Berry. Hignett’s work on Sex Education earned him awards for editing at the BFE Cut Above Awards and Televisual Bulldog Awards, with the most recent season winning Best Comedy at the 2023 International Emmys. Other longform credits include the multi BAFTA-winning hit series Stath Lets Flats and upcoming Disney+ series Renegade Nell.

“As a little boy growing up in Australia, I always dreamed of joining Final Cut,” said Hignett. “That was the name of the barbers down the street. But this is just as good. Probably better.”

Final Cut U.K. managing director David Webb said, “Phil has a remarkable sense of comedic timing--both in the edit and in life. He’s a great editor and a wonderful human being.”

“After hosting Phil on numerous longform projects at The Lofts, we’ve become accustomed to having him around,” said Final Cut executive producer Michelle Corney. “We’re chuffed to bits that he’s decided to join the Final Cut team for commercial representation.”

Final Cut maintains offices in London, New York and L.A.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2023
Alex Pineda named chief creative officer at TBWA\Helsinki
Alex Pineda
HELSINKI, Finland -- 

Alex Pineda--multiple Cannes winner and driving force of TBWA\RAAD in Dubai, one of the most awarded agencies in TBWA’s collective--has been appointed chief creative officer of TBWA\Helsinki. 

Pineda will steer the agency’s creative work together with ECD Laura Paikkari. Pineda will act as part of the management team and report directly to TBWA Nordic president Sami Tikkanen.

”With iconic campaigns for brands such as Nissan, KFC and Louvre, the work of Alex and his team has made a strong mark not only in the United Arab Emirates but also in the entire MENA region. This is the most interesting creative industry recruitment in 2023 that brings international perspective, cultural insights and creates pull to the Finnish market,” said Tikkanen.

Pineda described TBWA\Helsinki as “the home of the originals,” adding that “Finland has always punched above their weight in creativity, innovations and lifting phenomena in earned media field. I am honored to work with this crowd of remarkable individuals and extremely brave and ambitious clients.”

With more than 240 creativity awards, Pineda has been recognized by assorted major creative competitions from Cannes Lions to Cresta. 

  • Friday, Sep. 15, 2023
International creatives Janice Ko and Jack Harrison join We Are Pi
Janice Ko (l) and Jack Harrison

Canadian art director Janice Ko and Australian copywriter Jack Harrison have joined We Are Pi as it expands its creative innovation consultancy offering to new international clients. Ko and Harrison have been recognized as Future Lions contenders at Cannes and their work has been awarded at D&AD, The One Show and London International Awards.  

We Are Pi co-founder and executive creative director Rick Chant said, “Janice and Jack’s unconventional attitude brings relevant and radical solutions to every opportunity. They look at things sideways, their twists on briefs are enough to make a pretzel jealous.”

Ko grew up in a Cantonese household on the east coast of Canada before moving to Australia as an angsty teen. Now an adult, she works as an art director, most recently plying her trade at Special Group and VMLY&R Melbourne, working on brands such as Red Bull, Uber Eats, Sharpie, ANZ and the Australian Defence Force. Outside of ads, she enjoys dancing badly and hanging out in hammocks (sometimes at the same time). Ko’s work has been recognized at D&AD, LIA and The One Show.

Harrison spent four years at VMLY&R in Melbourne, and worked on major campaigns for the Australian Defence Force, Monash University, and PTV. Now he finds himself in Amsterdam brushing stroopwafel crumbs off his shirt. 

We Are Pi is an award winning creative innovation consultancy that partners with clients to build brands worthy of thriving in changing times by initiating transformation programs. We Are Pi client partners include Amazon, Nike, IDFA, Heineken, Intersport, Pepsico and Patagonia. We Are Pi cultural research platform, New Society Rules, helps brands navigate cultural change. We Are Pi content arm, Pi Studios, produces groundbreaking stories about cultural change. 

  • Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2023
Ghost VFX adds VFX supervisor Jessica Norman
Jessica Norman

Feature film visual effects supervisor Jessica Norman has joined Ghost VFX, part of Streamland Media’s visual effects division. Norman’s career has spanned over 25 years, working with some of the industry’s most visionary filmmakers on productions such as Wonder Woman, World War Z, Robin Hood, and Watchmen.  

“Jessica is extremely well-respected in the industry, and we are thrilled to have her at Ghost VFX,” says Streamland Media CEO Bill Romeo. “She will be instrumental in our continued growth in servicing feature films across the globe.”

Prior to Ghost VFX, Norman was at Moving Picture Company (MPC) as a visual effects supervisor. She has received two VES Award nominations, most recently for her work on the Ridley Scott-helmed film The Last Duel.

“I’m very excited to be joining the talented team at Ghost VFX,” noted Norman. “They are doing some great work, and I’m looking forward to being part of the team helping filmmakers realize their visions.”  

Norman will be based out of Ghost VFX’s London studio and available globally to service any project in the world.

In addition to London, Ghost VFX has studios worldwide in Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Manchester, Toronto, Vancouver, and will open a new facility for its Pune studio later this year. Recent credits include the upcoming film Fast X, The Book of Boba Fett, Troll and The Mandalorian.

  • Thursday, Sep. 7, 2023
ColorNation adds colorists Vincent Taylor and Lea Mercado
Vincent Taylor (l) and Lea Mercado

ColorNation, a remote color grading service founded by veteran postproduction entrepreneur Reid Brody, has added two colorists to its roster. The veteran artist Vincent Taylor, based in Los Angeles, is now available through ColorNation, as is Lea Mercado, a young artist based in Southeast Asia. 

The signing of these two talents coincides with ColorNation celebrating its first anniversary. Since opening last summer, ColorNation has provided high-end color services for a range of agencies and brands, working on projects for the U.S. Army, Duluth Trading Company, Michelob, Dove, Deloitte, Carrier and McDonald’s, and for such agencies as DDB Chicago, Burrell, BVK, Highdive, Burrell, UWG and Lerma.

Taylor brings an eclectic and well-traveled resume to his work as a colorist. Born in the U.S. but raised in Australia, prior to entering the color suite he built a strong reputation there as a cinematographer, working closely with directors and film crews and winning numerous industry awards as a DP. Once he made the transition, he rose quickly through the ranks, and has been on staff at such global postproduction shops as Deluxe, Technicolor, MPC, Chimney and Harbor, in addition to running his own color studio in Melbourne.

Along the way, Taylor has worked on everything from features to commercials, collaborating with clients and agencies everywhere from Shanghai to New York. With a prolific social media presence, not to mention his sought-after podcast, The Color Timer, he’s become an influential voice among senior colorists around the world.

Taylor was referred to ColorNation by Heather Hay, a ColorNation artist and colleague from their days working together in Oz, whom he both trusts and admires. “When Heather recommends I meet with someone I generally do, because I respect her judgment,” he explained. “And she said one thing about Reid that appealed to me, which was ‘old school.’ To me, that means having a great work ethic, with respect for workflows and the way things should be done. That jumped out a mile, because it’s honestly what I’m constantly craving.”

Mercado came to color grading from her work as an editor and motion graphics designer in various postproduction houses as well as a short stint as an art director in the Philippines. She eventually made her way into color grading, starting in the Philippines, then eventually moving to Vietnam, working remotely with various directors from L.A., Australia, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain, even before the pandemic. With a strong client base of both established and up and coming brands throughout Asia and the Americas, she’s graded for such agencies as Publicis, Dentsu, Ogilvy and TBWA. Her color work includes spots and brand content for such advertisers as Honda, Unilever, Nestle, Samsung, PepsiCo, Honda Motors, Kimberly-Clark and Nike.

“Being represented by Reid and ColorNation is definitely an honor,” said Mercado. “This isn’t the first time I’ve been noticed for my work internationally, but this is the first time someone has acknowledged my work to be on par with the U.S. market. It’s truly gratifying.”

Taylor and Mercado join a ColorNation roster that includes Gino Amadori, Calvin Bellas, Yohance Brown, Ben Federman, Andrew Francis, Paul Harrison, Heather Hay, Mark Todd Osborne and Ben West. 

  • Friday, Sep. 1, 2023
Framestore's Montreal studio adds VFX supervisors Jeremy Robert and Francois Lambert
Jeremy Robert (l) and Francois Lambert

Visual effects and animation studio Framestore has added two seasoned VFX supervisors to its Montreal team: Francois Lambert and Jeremy Robert. They come aboard as the Montreal office celebrates its 10th anniversary and the delivery of landmark projects like Barbie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and season two of Foundation.

Over almost three decades in the business, Lambert has contributed to iconic film franchises including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Indiana Jones, James Bond, Star Trek, and Fast and Furious, during his tenure at ILM and more recently, DNEG. A recipient of a VES award, Lambert has also been honored with three Emmy nominations, two additional VES nominations, and three HPA Award nominations. He has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) since 2017.

“I’ve always admired the work of Framestore, their attention to detail, asset builds and exceptional animation and creature work,” said Lambert. “With a reputation as a trusted client partner, solving creative challenges with the imaginative use of technology, Framestore is also known for its collaborative and supportive work culture. I’m looking forward to taking on fresh challenges and working with an ambitious team alongside visionary filmmakers to bring their stories to life.”  

Robert’s portfolio includes a wide array of VFX-heavy blockbusters like Blade Runner 2049, X-Men: Apocalypse, and acclaimed episodic projects like Twin Peaks. Joining from MPC, Robert made contributions to such work as Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story and Jordan Peele’s suspense-filled Nope

“Joining Framestore’s tightly connected community of global supervisors and specialists is really energising,” explained Robert. “The cooperation across studios brings in an exciting mix of talent and expertise creating incredible opportunities for clients. I’ve admired Framestore from afar for many years so I’m definitely ready to get started.” 

The delivery of Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon and the musical adventure Wonka will mark the beginning of the studio’s next decade.  

“Every artist brings a distinct set of skills and experiences that enriches the work we create, the relationships we build and the culture we foster,” said Chloe Grysole, managing director, Canada, film and episodic, for Framestore. “Welcoming Francois and Jeremy to our Montreal team strengthens our ranks with decades of experience and insights having worked on incredibly complex and creatively challenging features. Alongside our talented teams, I can’t wait to see what they create together.”

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 2023
Beekman Social appoints Madison Lindekens as social strategy director 
Madison Lindekens

Beekman Social, a social-first digital marketing agency specializing in brand campaigns and partnerships across multiple platforms, has appointed Madison Lindekens as social strategy director. Having worked with Beekman Social as a consultant since 2022, she now joins the agency in a full-time leadership role. Her responsibilities will include guiding campaign strategy, development and execution, as well as serving as a client liaison. 

Additionally, as part of Beekman Social’s leadership team, she will focus on new business efforts and continued agency growth. Madison will report to Jeffrey Tousey, founder and CEO of Beekman Social.

Lindekens’ wide-ranging contributions to Beekman Social have included social strategy, web design, copywriting, content development, audits, research, and franchise ideation. She has worked across the majority of Beekman Social’s client portfolio, creating inspired, social-first storytelling that drives results. 

Prior to Beekman Social, Lindekens oversaw digital marketing for the female surf company Sisstr, creating all-encompassing marketing campaigns that shared the personal, compelling stories of female surfers both in and out of the water. She also served as the media marketing manager for the surf brand Vissla, strategizing its approach to strategic partnerships, social media, films, and email marketing and planning their Creators & Innovators Gathering, an annual experiential event documented across film, media, and social. She has a substantial background in freelance web design and social media.

  • Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023
Saylor hires Francisco "Chesco" Ferrara as sr. content strategist
Francesco “Chesco” Ferrara

Creative agency Saylor has hired Francesco “Chesco” Ferrara as its sr. content strategist. Working in social and digital media for almost a decade, Ferrara will leverage the experience he gained from conceptualizing and executing digital marketing campaigns for seasons 1-3 of “The Kardashians” on Hulu and “Welcome to Wrexham” on FX. At Saylor he will bring his strategic acumen to bear for a roster of clients which includes Prime Video’s comedy brand “Laugh Track,” and Postmates.

Saylor founder Will Trowbridge said, “Chesco brings an incredible combination of social, creative, and strategy know-how to Saylor. His past work leading ‘noisy’ campaigns for the likes of Hulu and FX have set Chesco up perfectly for his role at Saylor and we’re so thankful to have him on board.”

Ferrara said he is “looking forward to bringing my fan-forward entertainment perspective to the team.”

Ferrara’s journey into the world of digital media began with an editorial internship at MAXIM, then honing his skills at Viacom Nickelodeon where he found his true calling within the realm of digital and social media marketing. He thereafter swiftly worked his way toward a digital production assistant role for Viacom MTV, where his love for entertainment, including a deep affinity for pop culture, TV, and film, naturally led him to become a driving force in content creation and fan engagement. Ferrara moved to Buzzfeed as its social video producer, where he stayed before landing a job as creative social producer for YouTube. He then segued into a producer role for digital branded content at NBCUniversal Media prior to making his agency debut as a creative social strategist for the Ralph agency. 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023
Brunner elevates Dan Magdich to VP, exec creative director
Dan Magdich

Dan Magdich has been promoted from director of creative services to VP, executive creative director at integrated marketing agency Brunner.

Within his new role, Magdich will drive Brunner’s creative product forward leading all creative projects, progress, and execution--from big-idea campaigns to scrappy video productions and a slew of work in between. His current client roster includes Blistex, Church’s Texas Chicken, Dairyland, The Home Depot Rental, WesBanco and YellaWood.

With nearly 20 years of experience, Magdich has demonstrated a penchant for playful and elevated creative advertising. He has helped build brand recognition through his big ideas for several companies, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field & Stream, Dropbox, Google, GNC, Nationwide, WebMD, Huffy, Duck Tape and Walgreens, among others. Previously, Magdich has worked at other creative companies, including Moxie and Animal Inc.

“Dan has consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication, an unparalleled drive for creative excellence, and a passion for the work and the agency. As Brunner continues to expand, Dan will continue to remain a vital part of the growth of the people and the agency as a whole,” said Ken Johns, partner and director of client experience, Brunner. “Dan ‘gets it’--not only as a creative leader of the organization but as a leader overall. His unique set of skills and experiences, his dedication to our clients, and his enthusiasm for the work makes me excited to see where he leads us creatively.”

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