• Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Flame artist/colorist Nick Mueth joins Republic Editorial
Nick Mueth

Republic Editorial as signed finishing artist Nick Mueth. He joins the Republic’s Flame artists Juan Luna and Greg Beninger and the rest of the company’s finishing department to offer a full range of services ranging from simple conform to complex compositing, 3D, motion graphics and color.

Previously the lead Flame artist at cross-town shop Fast Cuts, Mueth has built a strong following in the Dallas area, working with various agencies on spots for clients such as McDonald’s, Zales, Helzberg, Match.com, The Travel Channel and Home Depot.  Although he has a reputation as a “one-man finishing team,” based on his ability to use multiple platforms to handle whatever task is presented, Mueth says he’s looking forward to joining Republic, where he’ll be an integral part of a larger team.

“The closing of Fast Cuts gave me the opportunity to explore many shops around town, and I sensed an energy and commitment to growth at Republic that’s really hard to duplicate,” said Mueth. “They’ve got all the right people in place, backed by a strong ownership team.”

Mueth’s journey to Republic Editorial brings him somewhat full circle.  Fifteen years ago he started as an assistant editor at Red Car Dallas, the shop that became Republic Editorial in 2013, following a change in ownership.  After leaving Red Car Dallas in 1999, Mueth joined Video Post & Transfer, where in a few short years he became an accomplished Flame artist.  He joined Fast Cuts in 2004, where he expanded his skill-set further to include color grading as well as 3D.

“To have a Flame Artist who’s well-versed in 3D and color in addition to advanced compositing techniques is very rare,” said Republic editor and partner Chris Gipson.  “Nick’s ability to color makes him a complete package.  With our partnership with Nice Shoes in New York and our access to their colorists, this gives Republic a comprehensive coloring arsenal.”

Flame artists Mueth, Luna and Beninger, in addition to Republic’s sound engineers and motion graphics team, complement the company’s roster of five creative offline editors.

  • Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Todd Akita joins The Mill as sr. FX/TD artist
Todd Akita

Todd Akita has joined the CG team at The Mill New York as senior FX/TD artist. He comes over from Psyop where he was one of the originating artists and served as sr. technical director.

Akita’s work spans such brands as AT&T, Apple, Bombay Sapphire, Coca-Cola, Ford, LG,  Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Twinings and Volkswagen, and has garnered awards from the D&AD’s, Cannes Lions, AICP, Clio Awards, Annie Awards, Broadcast Design Awards, Ciclope, Awards and LIAs.

Akita has taught at Parsons School of Design, NYU and SVA.

  • Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Eric Springer named CCO at Ignited
Eric Springer

Independent ad agency Ignited has appointed Eric Springer to serve as its first ever chief creative officer. He most recently was CCO at FCB/West running the L.A. and San Francisco offices and helping to launch Taco Bell’s “Live Mas” campaign and land new clients, including Levi’s.

Earlier while running the VW account at Deutsch, Springer had a hand in creating the lauded 2011 Super Bowl spot “The Force,” the most viral video of all time with over 65 million YouTube views and counting. He also helped grow a 15-person start-up into a 400-person machine, leading the agency’s transition to digital media, producing fully-integrated digital and viral campaigns on behalf of clients such as Volkswagen, Coors Light and General Motors.

Springer brings over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, creating campaigns for top brands including Volkswagen, Levi’s, Taco Bell, General Motors and Coors. He has won awards at all of the top industry shows such as Cannes, One Show, D&AD, the AICP Show, EFFIEs and Communications Arts. His work is also part of the permanent display in The Advertising Hall of Fame, The Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian.

Prior to FCB, Springer was CCO, partner at Pitch, where he helped brand and grow the agency into a full-service shop.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Producer Heather Richardson joins Cutters
Heather Richardson

Cutters has added producer Heather Richardson to its staff in Chicago. For the past nine years Richardson was a producer for Cosmo Street Editorial, most recently in its NY office where she worked on high-profile commercials for the company’s editors and many leading directors, including Joachim Back, Adam Berg, Bryan Buckley, Harold Einstein, Randy Krallman, Hank Perlman, The Perlorian Brothers, Steve Miller and David Shane. Some of her most recent projects were for AT&T, DirecTV, ESPN, Geico, GoDaddy, Land Rover, MasterCard, Mercedes, Samsung and Verizon.

Richardson began with Cosmo Street in Los Angeles before moving to New York in 2008, and prior to that, she was a producer at L.A. visual effects studio a52.  A graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, she grew up just north of Chicago, so landing at Cutters brings her home.

“I was drawn to Cutters because of the culture that has been cultivated and the family-feel that exists here,” she said, also citing the diverse and talented editors on the Cutters roster.”

Cutters has studios in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City and Tokyo. Cutters Studios’ family of companies also includes Another Country, Dictionary Films, Flavor and Picnic Media.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Tom Goodwin joins Havas Media N.A. as sr. VP, strategy & innovation
Tom Goodwin

Havas Media North America has hired Tom Goodwin as sr. VP, strategy & innovation.  In this newly created role at Havas Media N.A., Goodwin will be working alongside chief strategy and development officer, Greg James, to guide high-level strategy and content efforts.

Goodwin comes over from The Tomorrow Group where he was founder and director of the agency. Prior to founding Tomorrow, Goodwin served as director, partner development, at IPG Media Lab, and earlier he led new business development and strategy for companies including HUGE Inc. and Lowe Worldwide, holding global roles based in the U.K. and U.S. A futurist and technology trend forecaster, Goodwin is responsible for the Western world’s first QR code-based campaign, developed the first interactive digital outdoor ad and marketed the world’s first mobile app while working on the global Nokia account.

  • Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Editor Brad Waskewich joins Arcade
Brad Waskewich

Arcade Edit has added editor Brad Waskewich to its roster. He will be based out of the bicoastal company’s NY office and available to clients across the U.S.

Waskewich has cut for such brands as Nike, Reebok, Beats, Ford, Chevy, Apple, Budweiser, Miller and Google while collaborating with directors including David Fincher, Mark Romanek, Noam Murro, Jake Scott, Peter Berg, Cary Fukunaga and Nabil.

Waskewich won an AICP Show honor in the Editing category for the Nike spot “FCUSA.” He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on the opening title sequence of the HBO show “Rome.” Waskewich was the editor behind Jameson’s “Fire,” which was honored at the Clio Awards, and he also cut the Cannes Lion-winning AARP “Song and Dance.”

Waskewich comes to Arcade Edit having previously worked at Spot Welders and Rock Paper Scissors. He was introduced to filmmaking while studying with documentarian Robb Moss and avant-garde director Chantal Ackerman at Harvard University.

  • Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Directors Philip Knowlton, JP Bouchard unite to become Knowlton Bouchard
Philip Knowlton (l) and JP Bouchard

Documentary directors Philip Knowlton and JP Bouchard have partnered to form the directing duo now known as Knowlton Bouchard. Independently, each director has been a long-time member of the Greenpoint Pictures family. As a duo, they continue to be handled by Brooklyn-based Greenpoint.

In 2014, Bouchard and Knowlton were both commissioned to direct films for Beck’s Live Beyond Labels series. While they were not yet an official duo, coming together for that project was the initial spark that would ultimately motivate them to join forces.

Since creating Knowlton Bouchard, the pair has been busy on a number of jobs including “Taste of Home,” a heart-warming project for JetBlue, via Mullen, that brought a special surprise to Dominican families living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Prior to that, they collaborated on three of Ford’s “Go Further” films with Team Detroit, depicting real people who go the extra mile to help others or rise above challenges.

Greenpoint Pictures was founded in 2002 by Michael Kuhn, with fellow partner and executive producer Jacob Lincoln joining in 2010. 

  • Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Exec producer John Quinn joins BRW Filmland
John Quinn

John Quinn has come aboard BRW Filmland Los Angeles as executive producer. He previously served as head of production at Boxer Films. Quinn has over 20 years of production experience, working on a wide range of productions across film, commercials and digital. At BRW, he will work to expand the company’s client base as well as source new talent to grow the directorial roster. He will work with BRW Filmland LA EP Gianfilippo Pedrotti.

Southern California native Quinn naturally acclimated to the production world as a film student at the University of Southern California. He worked alongside classmates to produce and develop content, cementing a passion for bringing creative visionaries’ ideas to life on screen. He landed his first professional gig as a PA at Limelight, later moving on to Propaganda Films, learning the ropes from deep within the production trenches. In 2001 he joined Boxer Films, first working as a freelance producer and eventually serving as Head of Production, collaborating with numerous repeat agency clients including 180 LA, RPA and Team One.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Hutson Kovanda named sr. VP, creative at Upshot
Hutson Kovanda

Integrated marketing agency Upshot has hired Hutson Kovanda as sr. VP, creative, a new position at the shop.

In this role, Kovanda will lead key campaigns and work directly on numerous accounts across the agency’s client roster. He will also broaden the senior creative leadership team over the coming months, and will be directly involved with the agency’s new business opportunities. Kovanda will be based in Upshot’s Chicago office and report directly to Brock Montgomery, exec VP, creative services. 

Kovanda joins Upshot from Quench & Pavone, where he served as executive creative director. In this role, Kovanda was responsible for leading the combined efforts of the agency across all of its businesses including Yuengling, Firefly Vodka and StarKist. Kovanda has worked at both large and small agencies throughout the course of his career such as JWT, MARC USA and Wyse Advertising. He has worked with brands including Sunoco, Rosewood Hotels, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, Rite Aid and 7-Eleven.

With nearly 20 years of creative experience, Kovanda has received numerous industry awards. He has garnered multiple Addy Awards including several Gold and Best of Show. Other honors include an Effie and FWA.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Brad Edelstein joins ClickFire Media as EP, business development
Brad Edelstein

Brad Edelstein has been named executive producer, business development for Click 3X’s interactive arm, ClickFire Media. Edelstein will be charged with driving digital business development and will play a key role in setting the direction of ClickFire Media’s digital work.

The hire marks Edelstein’s return to Click 3X as he previously worked with the company in the sales and business development department. Since then he’s watched Click 3X grow from a small group to more than 80 diverse and talented creatives, directors, artists and technologists, bringing their skills to Click 3X’s various divisions.

Edelstein re-joins Click 3X from Stinkdigital where he served as director of business development for the U.S, focusing on interactive. Prior to that, Edelstein worked at East Pleasant Pictures as executive producer. Earlier in his career he worked at an integrated production company called Mohawk Digital, formally known as InTheMo Interactive, a social startup that worked with advertising agencies and brands.

“Click 3X is one of the very few companies today that excels so well in the integrated space. I think this is mainly due to their ability to produce every piece of a campaign, regardless of it being broadcast or digital, without having to rely on, or tap into third parties. This makes for a cohesive, seamless and air tight production and client experience,” said Edelstein.

ClickFire Media’s recent projects include an interactive experience for Skippy Peanut Butter; a digital campaign for Wendy’s; and the creation of SMASHION!, a mobile app for fashion network, VFILES, for which ClickFire Media did all of the development and design for the cross-platform game.

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