• Monday, Oct. 25, 2021
VFX supervisor Adrien Servadio joins MPC's L.A. studio 
Adrien Servadio
LOS ANGELES -- 

MPC, a Technicolor Creative Studio, has added VFX supervisor Adrien Servadio to its creative team in Los Angeles. 

Servadio’s arrival at MPC comes with over a decade’s worth of experience combining the artistic and technical elements of an image to create authentic and globally recognized works. He will play a key part in guiding directors, agencies and brand partners in elevating their work, and provide both technical and creative solutions for the team at large. 

As a VFX artist, Servadio has been a trusted collaborator of leading filmmakers and photographers such as Nicolas Winding Refn, Laurence Dunmore, Peter Lindberg, Thierry Poiraud, and Dario Piana. Servadio’s work spans brands like Apple, Lancome, Dior, Cadillac and Coca-Cola. 

Morten Vinther, creative director at MPC’s Los Angeles studio, commented, “We’ve admired Adrien’s work as a Flame artist, VFX supervisor, photographer and filmmaker for quite some time and we’re lucky to have him. Adrien is coming onboard at a time when the L.A. studio is seeing a huge uptick in demand for its creative talent. He will play a crucial role in building on that momentum. Simply put, Adrien is one of the very best creative artists out there, passionate and with an extraordinary eye for detail.”

  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
Matt Carter promoted to editor at Final Cut
Matt Carter
NEW YORK -- 

Creative editorial house Final Cut has promoted Matt Carter from assistant editor to rostered editor. 
 
Born in Memphis, though raised in Raleigh, his parents owned a skating rink that the young Carter would run the lights and music playlists at for the free skates. Looking back, he sees a parallel of sorts to editing--both orchestrate a visual and audio experience, only for different environments. Carter’s affinity for creating films began in college while majoring in Media Arts & Entertainment: Cinema/Digital Art at Elon University, a small liberal arts school. The tight-knit classes lent themselves well to collaborating with friends on music videos and comedy sketches, mostly just for fun outside of class assignments. He eventually made the decision to concentrate solely on editing, drawn to the energy, focus, and creativity he found cutting films.

He made the long-dreamt-of move to Brooklyn in early 2017, where his introduction to the New York ad world was as an office PA at SMUGGLER, then as a runner at The Mill. He went on to join Uppercut as a junior assistant/assistant editor before arriving at Final Cut in 2018. Along the way, Carter found many gracious people from various corners of the industry, from executive producers to senior editors, willing to share their experience and wisdom with him. When he joined Final Cut, he found mentorship within their roster of editors, including JD Smyth, Jim Helton, Michael Dart Wadsworth, Crispin Struthers, Ashley Kreamer, and Jeff Buchanan. Access to their minds, workflows, and techniques taught Carter the true culture of editing and gave him a better understanding of the work he gravitates towards and the other areas he would like to explore. 

He has collaborated with artists like Jon Batiste, J.Cole, Riz Ahmed, A$AP Ferg, Gallant, Indigo De Souza, Gunna, and Kat Cunning, to name a few. Some of Carter’s most memorable work includes the pandemic crowdsourced ode to New York,  And Now We’re Here (For NY), the music video for Lil Yachty’s “Split,” his “Breakers” ad for Adidas Originals, the documentary Revenge, and the short film Gramercy, a piece that made its way around the festival circuit, including one lineup curated by Barry Jenkins. Carter’s favorite projects are ones where the director places a great deal of trust in his process and allows him room to go with his intuitive decisions. 

His work has garnered awards and accolades at AICP, Berlin Music Video Awards, and international film festivals in Athens, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, Dublin, and Telluride, among others. Short film festivals include the Clermont-Ferrand, Aesthetica, and HollyShorts. His work has earned multiple Vimeo Staff Picks.

“There is a ton of work that goes into filmmaking, but I have always viewed editing as what actually makes the film what it is. The possibilities are endless,” said Carter. “I’m really excited to be rostered at Final Cut and begin this new chapter with the same gritty, can-do attitude I’ve always approached my work with. Getting to collaborate with people who are so dedicated is my favorite part of being at Final Cut because I believe having a healthy obsession for the craft is how the highest quality work and most meaningful results happen.”
 
“Matt has always been incredibly driven and has possessed the vision to succeed,” said executive producer Sarah Roebuck. “His work has a distinctive rhythm and youthful energy that captivates the viewer. Always working on something new, he has built rich collaborative relationships with some of the coolest people in the industry. We’re looking forward to being a part of this next chapter in his creative journey.”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Cara Brophy joins Superprime as exec producer
Cara Brophy
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Cara Brophy has come aboard Superprime as executive producer. Brophy is the second EP to join the company this year, following the addition of Charlotte Woodhead over the summer. 
 
Brophy began her career at mcgarrybowen as the agency’s 10th hire. The company expanded from having one account and no designated office space to having a global presence, and with it Brophy’s experience grew to include producing jobs of all sizes and scopes across the world. She eventually became production manager under the tutelage of then head of production, Roseanne Horn. Brophy credits her ability to lead a creative, engaged, and collaborative team to being trained and mentored by the industry’s best. She honed her own leadership style along the way, characterizing it as a unique blend of resourcefulness, a sense of humor, and a passion for problem solving. She has produced for brands including Crayola, Kraft, Chase, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines, Staples, Lincoln, Staples, Central Park Conservancy, Intel, Lincoln Motor Company, General Mills, Afterpay, and Old Navy.

“Cara is the perfect addition to Superprime,” said Rebecca Skinner, managing director/EP of Superprime. “Her tremendous strategic approach to production is matched only by her creative eye and ability to facilitate collaboration, professionalism, and humanity.”

Brophy added, “Throughout my career, I’ve seized every opportunity to contribute to the evolution of companies, brands’ ideas, and artistry. Superprime has achieved the elusive X-factor, creating a space where the greatest influencers of our time collaborate with a top-notch production team and produce culture-shifting work.”

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
Elizabeth Thuvanuti Keating named head of production at Artjail
Elizabeth Thuvanuti Keating
NEW YORK -- 

Visual effects boutique Artjail has tapped VFX veteran Elizabeth Thuvanuti Keating to serve as head of production, based in its New York City office. 

Keating was most recently at the New York office of Alkemy X, where she held the title of sr. VFX producer. Prior to that, she was with the New York office of the global effects house MPC. A graduate of Boston College, she began her career at Spontaneous, part of the LVLY group.

“With the growth of Artjail over the past few years, we wanted someone who had experience in the larger, fast-paced studios where you’d typically find multiple departments, big pipelines and big expectations,” said Artjail founder and creative director Steve Mottershead. “Elizabeth’s track record for success speaks for itself, and having an extra voice on how to grow and continue to improve Artjail is exciting for all of us at the studio.”

Keating said, “There’s something special about Artjail. It’s smaller, and there’s a real family feel to the place. And we’re able to collaborate very closely with directors and clients.” Her goal is to bring a level of organizational structure to the studio, she added, “so that we all have a roadmap to working efficiently and smoothly. That impacts everything from the budget to the creative.”

Among the brands and agencies Keating has collaborated with recently are IHOP and Droga5 (for “IHOb,” produced by PRETTYBIRD and directed by Eric Wareheim); Sprint, again with Droga5 (for “Evelyn,” a Super Bowl spot produced by MJZ and directed by Nick Ball); and with State Farm and DDB (for “Don’t You,” produced by Somesuch and directed by Aoife McArdle).

Keating was brought to Artjail’s attention a few years ago, when John Skeffington, now executive producer and managing director, held the head of production post. “Finding the right talent can be one of the most challenging parts of growing a company,” he said. “Each studio has a different approach to producing, how it responds to clients, how it meets expectations and how it works with its artists. Elizabeth was always in the back of my mind as someone I’d like to discuss a future position with. When we were ready to interview for the HOP role, she was the first person I called.”

Skeffington said of Keating, “She’s got a relaxed, approachable attitude, which is what we want at Artjail. Elizabeth has worked with great studios and top-tier talent, and has all the qualities you’d want in a department head, and then some.

“She’s also a strong leader and teacher, and is already taking the junior staff under her wings,” he continued. “As a boutique studio, we still prioritize having our heads on jobs, so she will line produce the occasional project while also ensuring that the production team is supported, and all jobs are on track for success.”

With recent work for such brands as Doritos (directed by Henry Scholfield of Reset Content), IBM (directed by Terri Timely of Park Pictures), and the Illinois Lottery (directed by Matt Smukler of Rakish), Artjail has been handling a wide range of projects for agencies in both the US and Canada. It’s particularly known for its automotive work, having created VFX shots for Lexus, Volvo, Honda, Ford, Toyota and Lincoln spots.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
Kim Spikes named SVP of culture and engagement for Streamland Media
Kim Spikes
LOS ANGELES -- 

Streamland Media has named postproduction executive Kim Spikes as its sr. VP of culture and engagement. Spikes was formerly SVP of post for Sim in New York. In her new role, Spikes will focus on enhancing the Streamland culture by further establishing diversity, equity and inclusion platforms, amplifying its green initiatives, strengthening the health and wellbeing of team members, and connecting with communities.

Streamland Media CEO Bill Romeo commented, “We are looking forward to working with Kim as she leads our commitment to building a strong and diverse workforce across all of our businesses while developing community engagement programs. Streamland is dedicated to elevating its social responsibility efforts, and with Kim guiding us in this new role, we see the opportunity to make a significant impact in our industry.”

A fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion, Spikes brings over 18 years of media and entertainment executive leadership experience to this newly created position. In 2020, she created and chaired the DE&I program at Sim which hosted employee resource groups (ERG) and an education series for more than 450 Sim employees. She is currently the founder and chair of the Post New York Alliance’s Green Committee.

“I am extremely proud to work for a company that genuinely champions a culture of creativity, innovation and inclusion,” said Spikes. “It has been a challenging few years for so many of us and I believe that it’s our utmost responsibility to foster a culture of wellbeing, both inside and outside the organization. I look forward to building initiatives that strengthen and amplify the voices of those who work with us and that fearlessly engage in the tough conversations that will lead us all to this goal.”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
Ghost VFX expands leadership team; Patrick Davenport named president
Patrick Davenport
LOS ANGELES -- 

Ghost VFX, part of the Streamland Media community of postproduction businesses, has appointed Patrick Davenport as its president. Tom Kendall, previously serving as Ghost VFX president, has taken on the new role of head of business development, sales and marketing for the visual effects house. Rounding out the team, Paul Richards has joined Ghost as EVP of technology and Crys Forsyth-Smith has been named EVP of global production. All four will be based at the company’s Burbank, Calif., location.

Bill Romeo, Streamland Media president and CEO, said, “Patrick’s background and international experience make him the right leader at this time of tremendous growth and opportunity for Ghost VFX.”

Davenport most recently served as COO at Method Studios, a division of Company 3. He previously held the same role at MPC Advertising. He brings 30 years of industry knowledge that includes producing visual effects for commercials and features. He led teams behind the scenes of such notable recent titles as Top Gun: Maverick, The Witches, Loki and For All Mankind.

Kendall has chosen to lead the company’s business development and outreach. This new role harnesses his expertise and passion for building alliances with the talented people and companies creating compelling episodic stories for audiences everywhere.

Richards brings 20 years of technical and business experience in visual effects to Ghost VFX, having successfully led teams in structuring enterprise-level architectural design, development, and operations onto a secure unified pipeline. Richards most recently held the position of CTO of VFX at Method Studios, where he was responsible for the company’s brands serving major motion pictures, streaming platforms, broadcast TV, advertising, and video games.

Forsyth-Smith joins Ghost VFX from Method Studios where she served as VP of digital production operations. Her extensive background in studio and production management in visual effects includes over 20 years of collaborating with filmmakers and clients to achieve their vision.

Davenport added, “At a time of extraordinary change and challenges within the VFX industry, we are looking to build upon the great creativity and 20-plus years of experience at Ghost VFX, using this solid foundation to expand globally. We see many opportunities for innovation and doing things differently, which we believe will allow for continued success and a sustainable business.”

  • Monday, Oct. 11, 2021
RESET hires exec producer Michael Garza 
Michael Garza
LOS ANGELES -- 

Executive producer Michael Garza has joined the leadership team at RESET.  

Garza is an award-winning producer who relocated from NYC to Los Angeles and signed on as EP with RESET. This collaboration launched with a series of productions for directors Yann Demange, Joseph Kosinski, Ian Pons Jewell, as well as a bespoke project for the Los Angeles Rams with director Wally Pfister, an Oscar-winning cinematographer.

“Rams House” is a cinematic :90 second film that honors the diversity of the Angelino fans and the high energy Rams football team. The film plays on the stadium’s 70,000 square foot Infinity Screen, innovatively-designed by Samsung, which is the first and only 4K end-to-end videoboard in sports.

“Each scene was specially crafted in 20:1 native resolution for arguably the largest screen on the planet,” stated Pfister. “Michael is a rare creative partner who puts story craft first, then reverse engineers the production details into a pristine methodology. It was a real hands-on collaboration that streamlined the creative and technical process.” 

Fellow RESET EP Jen Beitler explained, “When considering our EP expansion, we quickly found that Michael is native to the way we work, providing holistic experience, support, and inspiration exactly when needed.”   

“I have had the pleasure of working among some of the best talent in the industry,” said Garza who had most recently been freelancing prior to joining RESET. Earlier he had tenures at Psyop and before that Serial Pictures. “Each person at RESET--directors, producers, and staff--has a special superpower that makes them shine, but what makes this role unique is the fellowship in this ensemble which translates into a wonderful co-creative process and works that are truly indelible.”

 

  • Monday, Oct. 11, 2021
VMLY&R's media department promotes Kohl, hires Mealy
Jennifer Kohl (l) and Chrissie Mealy
NEW YORK -- 

VMLY&R has promoted Jennifer Kohl to executive director, head of U.S. media, and hired Chrissie Mealy as managing director, paid media.

Kohl will lead VMLY&R’s media practice across the United States. She takes on responsibility for the operations, delivery and business development that span the full media offering. Kohl has spent most of her career at WPP across media teams at BrandBuzz/GroupM before joining Y&R. With the merger of VML and Y&R in 2018, Kohl stepped up to lead the integrated VMLY&R media team in New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Chicago as SVP, executive director, integrated media. With her latest promotion, VMLY&R’s largest media office, Kansas City, also becomes part of her remit.

Kohl is known for her leadership, expertise, and client relationships as well as her thought leadership and contributions to supporting working parents and the Asian community, both at VMLY&R and beyond. She serves as the co-chair for VMLY&R’s Asian employee resource group (ERG), B.East, and is the founder of Embrace, the agency’s caregiver ERG. Some of Kohl’s recent achievements include being recognized by the She Runs It’s Working Mothers of the Year awards. She is a nominated member of Advisor Council and has been inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She remains based in New York and will report directly to Amy Worley, global chief connections officer. 

Mealy will lead the Kansas City media team as managing director, paid media. Mealy brings more than 20 years of media experience, developing strategic multichannel plans at both the national and local levels. Most recently, Mealy served as VP of media at Attane, formerly GlynnDevins. Previously she held positions at Applebee’s and Barkley, helping to build brands such as Sonic Drive-In. She will report directly to Kohl as a part of Worley’s department.

Both Kohl’s promotion and Mealy’s hire are integral to unifying and bolstering the media offerings across the VMLY&R network, working in partnership with sister agencies GroupM, Mindshare, Wavemaker, and Essence. 

  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021
Hasbro's CEO Goldner takes medical leave; ex-Leo Burnett exec Stoddart named interim successor
Brian Goldner, chairman of the board and CEO of Hasbro, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening the country after coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. Toymaker Hasbro Inc. announced Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, that Goldner is taking a medical leave of absence from his CEO role, effective immediately. The move follows Goldner's disclosure in August 2020 that he was undergoing continued medical treatment for cancer since 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Toy and entertainment company Hasbro Inc. has announced that Brian D. Goldner is taking a medical leave of absence from his CEO role, effective immediately.

The move, announced Sunday, follows Goldner's disclosure in August 2020 that he was undergoing continued medical treatment for cancer since 2014. 

Goldner has served as the CEO of Hasbro, Inc. since 2008, and has served as the chairman since May 2015. 

Rich Stoddart, most recently the lead independent director of Hasbro's board, has been appointed as interim CEO and will begin immediately. 

Hasbro says Stoddart brings extensive leadership experience and expertise in global brand-building, advertising and marketing, and supply chain management. He was previously CEO at InnerWorkings, Inc., the largest global marketing execution company, and Leo Burnett Worldwide. He has served on Hasbro's board since 2014. 

In conjunction with appointing Stoddart as interim CEO, Hasbro's board has reappointed Edward M. Philip as lead independent director, and Tracy A. Leinbach as chair of the nominating, governance and social responsibility committee of the board. 

Philip has more than 30 years of business and management experience, including as both an operating executive and chief financial officer of multinational corporations. Leinbach served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ryder System, Inc., a global logistics and transportation and supply chain solutions provider from 2003 until 2006.

"Brian has been an inspiring and visionary leader who has set Hasbro on an incredible path towards the future. All of us at Hasbro are thinking of him while he focuses on his health, "said Philp in a statement. 

Hasbro's headquarters are in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

  • Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
Editor Matthew Hilber joins The Den
Matthew Hilber
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Den has brought editor Matthew Hilber aboard its team. The edit house’s bicoastal roster of talent includes Christjan Jordan, Kate Owen, Tobias Suhm, Eric Alexander-Hughes, Katie Cali, Andrew Ratzlaff, and Ross Birchall.
 
Thanks to some guerrilla filmmaking with his best friend, Hilber discovered his love for editing at a young age. Now, close to two decades later, he has edited memorable campaigns for brands including Nike, Apple, Old Spice, P&G, Coca-Cola, Corona, Verizon and Chrysler, with directors such as Clay Weiner, David Gordon Green, Ulf Johansson, Jake Szymanski, and Stacy Wall. 
 
Hilber has worked with celebrities as well, including LeBron James, Will Ferrell, Tony Romo, and Nick Offerman, and been honored at international awards shows including Cannes Lions and The One Show. His Super Bowl ad for Turbo Tax, featuring Humpty Dumpty, was lauded by USA Today, ranking as one of the top Super Bowl spots of the year on its Admeter. 
 
He has helped to create long-form pieces for LAIKA and Facebook, as well the short film Bronzed which premiered at SXSW.  

Hilber previously worked at Whitehouse Post and Joint Editorial. 

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