• Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Youree Henley joins Epoch Films as exec producer
Youree Henley

Epoch Films has hired Youree Henley as executive producer. He is based in the bicoastal shop’s L.A. office.

A long-time producer of commercials and feature films, Henley brings to his new roost years of production experience and strong relationships with directors and agencies alike. For years, Henley worked at The Directors Bureau, and it was there that he met directors Roman Coppola and Mike Mills. It was in 2010, with the release of Sofia Coppola’s film, Somewhere, that Henley received his first producer credit. He then went on to produce Roman Coppola’s film, A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III, and Sofia Coppola’s latest film The Bling Ring. Henley has just finished producing Tim Godsall’s feature film debut entitled Len & Company.

  • Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Jerry Rig hires EP Katie Matson-Walker
Katie Matson-Walker

Jerry Rig, an independent production shop, has hired Katie Matson-Walker as executive producer. Matson-Walker was previously production director at Publicis Groupe’s Razorfish and is a specialist in transmedia brand storytelling and content production. Prior to that, she helped build he NY office of San Francisco-based Mekanism, a digital and social media agency. She began her career as a producer at Believe Media working with A-List directors.

In her new role, she’ll be responsible for branded-content video production across all Jerry Rig clients, which include Mike’s Hard Lemonade, ConAgra, Kawasaki and Kimberly-Clark. Walker reports to Gary Curtin, VP of marketing operations.

Matson-Walker has produced award-winning commercials, web films, documentaries, music videos and social-media campaigns for top global brands including AT&T, ESPN, GE, Mac Cosmetics, Samsung, and Stella Artois. Her work has been recognized by the Webbys, the One Show and FWA.

  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
AKQA promotes Inamoto to CCO worldwide, Evans to int’l. exec creative director
Rei Inamoto

AKQA has promoted Rei Inamoto to chief creative officer worldwide. He will provide global leadership across the agency’s 14 offices. Prior to his new role, Inamoto directed AKQA’s work in the U.S. and Asia.

“With the most remarkable brands as our clients, combined with our extraordinary people, the opportunity to do legendary work is limitless,” said Inamoto. “It’s an incredible honor to be bestowed the torch of creative leadership for our firm globally.”

Additionally Duan Evans has been upped to international executive creative director. In his new position, Evans will take on responsibility for all creative work across Asia and South America, while maintaining his current role in Europe. 

  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
ACNE signs comedy director Tim Hamilton
Tim Hamilton
VENICE, Calif. -- 

Integrated production company ACNE has signed internationally awarded comedy director Tim Hamilton for commercials and branded fare in the U.S. and U.K. Hamilton is best known for his dry, irreverent sense of humor as exemplified in some of the popular films he has helmed and co-wrote, including Truth in Advertising, a Cannes International Film Festival selection, and its sequel The Reel Truth, which was commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi London for the Cannes Lions.

Hamilton has worked all around the world on a variety of disciplines including TV, film, commercials, and music videos. He has extensive commercial directing experience and has shot hundreds of commercials for brands including Bud Light, Lexus, and Verizon. Hamilton was previously repped by GO Film in the U.S.

Hamilton began his directing career working on music videos for local bands in his home country of Canada. His work has earned him assorted awards including an Epica, Cresta, and several ADDYs.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Director Alan Tudyk joins Redbear Films
Alan Tudyk

Redbear Films has signed director Alan Tudyk for his first-ever U.S. commercial representation.  Tudyk, an actor with memorable roles in films I, Robot, Knocked Up and Frozen, and TV shows Arrested Development, Young Justice, Suburgatory, Firefly and many more, has hit the ground running helming a new campaign for Slickdeals produced direct-to-client.  Tudyk will also be directing a scripted series, Con Man, produced by Redbear founder PJ Haarsma and actor/producer Nathan Fillion (Castle, Serenity).  Con Man will star Tudyk, Fillion and others soon to be announced.

Tudyk said, “I enjoyed directing the Slickdeals spots for Redbear and look forward to doing more. I have known PJ Haarsma for many years and have recently been collaborating on several original projects. I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing directors over the past 20 years.  My directing style is borrowed from them all.  Imagine if Frank Oz, Mike Nichols, Joss Whedon, Curtis Hanson, Judd Apatow, Brian Helgeland, Jay Roach, Tom Shadyac, and Michael Bay all had sex to produce a director baby, I aspire to be that baby.”

Tudyk has appeared in myriad television shows and over 20 feature films.  His talents traverse drama and comedy, and he is appearing in the upcoming, Welcome to Me, with Kristin Wiig.  He is currently shooting the Jay Roach feature, Trumbo, opposite Bryan Cranston, Dianne Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louie CK and Michael Stulbarg.

Tudyk’s role in Disney’s hit animated feature, Wreck it Ralph, garnered him an Annie Award for his role of King Candy.  He has also been nominated for an MTV Movie Award and SAG Award for his roles in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and 3:10 to Yuma, respectively.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Hooligan adds sr. VFX Flame artist Paul Marangos
Paul Marangos

Hooligan, a creative postproduction boutique that specializes in offline editing and visual effects, has brought aboard sr. visual effects Flame artist Paul Marangos. With 20-plus years of post experience, Marangos notably spent eight of those years at VFX, design and animation house The Mill. He has already wrapped up several projects with Hooligan, including commercials for CITI and Match.com, and Indrani’s short film “Crescendo,” curated by Pepsi in conjunction with the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Marangos has contributed to commercials for brands such as Nike, BMW, Taco Bell, Lexus, Honda, Guinness, Cadburys, Samsung and Pepsi. His advertising reel is highlighted by Nando’s Cannes Lion-honored “Dictator” campaign and FNB’s 2010 World Cup ad in which he seamlessly composited a full stadium using only 150 people.

In the entertainment sector, Marangos has furnished his talents on graphics packages for major networks and TV shows, including the Monitor Award-winning “Sucker TV,” not to mention the 2001 feature “Hannibal,” among other films.

His special effects wizardry on music videos includes cinematic productions for Oasis (“Right Here, Right Now”) and Mariah Carey (“My All”)--an experience he would later come to call a master class in the art of beauty retouching in collaboration with director Herb Ritts--as well as Björk, Madonna, Goldfrapp, Kyle Minogue, Radiohead and Elton John.

Born in South Africa, Marangos saw his career take off shortly after graduating from design school in Johannesburg. Learning the principles of TV and video graphics, his first gig at The Video Lab culminated with the intercontinental telecast of  The Rolling Stones’ “Voodoo Lounge” concert in Johannesburg.

Positions at cell, the London-based visual effects boutique, and The Finish Line in LA preceded Marangos’ prolific tenure at The Mill; becoming more involved with on-set VFX supervision, he ascended into a transatlantic role with the company, garnering special mentions from D&AD, CAD and many others along the way. Continuing his international trajectory, Marangos returned home to Johannesburg for a senior position at post house Blade, followed by a stint at Scarlett in New York before joining Hooligan.

  • Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Ross Phernetton rejoins Proximity as exec creative director
Ross Phernetton

Ross Phernetton is rejoining the Proximity network as sr. VP, executive creative director of Barefoot Proximity in Cincinnati. Phernetton was previously creative director at BBDO and Proximity Minneapolis. In his new position, he will have responsibility for the agency’s creative output. 

Phernetton spent nearly 15 years at BBDO and Proximity Minneapolis, working on brands such as Hormel, Aviva Life Insurance and the Minnesota Vikings. He won a Gold Effie for his campaign for Formica. In August 2013, he joined the management team of Staff, a startup within the Samsung Accelerator.

Phernetton starts at Barefoot Proximity on November 15. 

Proximity is a global digital, direct and CRM network with 67 offices, in 50+ countries and over 2,500 staff. Proximity is aligned to BBDO and part of Omnicom Group Inc. 

  • Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Mistress promotes Ben Beale, hires Rory Forrest
Ben Beale

Mistress, a multi-disciplinary creative agency, has made recent strategic personnel moves in an effort to strengthen leadership at its Los Angeles headquarters and bolster their creative services in the Hamburg, Germany office.

The agency has promoted Ben Beale to associate creative director in its L.A. office. Originally from Grey UK in London, Beale joined Mistress last year as creative director. In a simultaneous move, Mistress has hired Rory Forrest, also a former creative director from Grey UK, as an associate creative director at Mistress.tech to add creative firepower to the agency’s Hamburg operation. A partnership between the agency and the pioneering internet and software company freiheit.com, Mistress.tech focuses on creating software and technological marketing platforms for brands.

Forrest and Beale had worked together as a creative team at Grey London, on such brands as Lucozade and Macleans. Graduates of the Bucks Ad School in London, their work includes print, broadcast, viral video and digital campaigns. They also spearheaded a host of original creative projects, such as an exhibition of social media profile pics in the London Portrait Gallery and the Louvre, and generated royal wedding messages for William and Kate in the form of freestyle raps. Beale’s recent work with Mistress includes the controversial stunt to launch VH1’s Naked Dating series while also leading agency’s PayPal business which has seen PayPal go up against Apple’s iWallet.

  • Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Director Keith Rivers joins Bandito Brothers
Keith Rivers

Full service media company Bandito Brothers has added Keith Rivers to its director lineup for commercial representation. Hailing from Seattle, Rivers jump-started his directing career creating commercials for Microsoft. Among his projects, Rivers conceptualized and directed a global marketing campaign for Internet Explorer and created the instantly viral Microsoft “Surface” commercial, which received 8 million views and won a Gold ADDY award.

Rivers got his start in his hometown of North Bend, Wash., making short films for 24 Hour Film Races. An avid skier, Rivers perfected many daredevil moves all for the love of capturing them on film. He is currently directing a follow-up to his short documentary film “Salt and Pepper,” which shortlisted at the One Screen Film Festival, and just recently finished a campaign for Fuhu. In addition to Microsoft, Rivers’ previous commercial work has included helming projects for such brands as Chevrolet, Alaska Airlines, Tesla, Hershey’s, Taco Bell, and Volvo.

Bandito Brothers is comprised of partners/directors Mouse McCoy, Scott Waugh, and Jacob Rosenberg, along with a roster of directors that includes Rivers, Larry Charles, Loni Peristere, Benzo Theodore, Tim Damon, Walter Robot, Elliott Lester, Michael Polish and Tim Wilkerson. Recent Bandito clients include: BMW, Kia, Gatorade, Toyota, Sprite, Lexus, Ford, EA and the Gold CLIO-winning Hot Wheels For Real campaign.

  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Jeff Beckerman joins Cult Production as executive producer
Jeff Beckerman

Cult Production has named Jeff Beckerman to serve as executive producer. Beckerman will lead the company’s full-service post capabilities, which include editorial, 2D/3D animation, visual effects, motion graphics and finishing.

Beckerman joins fellow executive producer Chavvah Stuart, who oversees the company’s live action and creative production services. The company’s talented postproduction staff includes colorist/Smoke artist Michael Dwass and head of 3D, animator Tanguy Bodivit.

Beckerman first came to know Cult’s work this summer when he served as lead producer on a complex 60-second ad for Ralph Lauren’s “Polo Tech Shirt.”  Launched for the 2014 US Open tennis tournament, the project called for extensive 3D animation, motion graphics, editorial, visual effects and color grading/finishing, all within a tight three-week schedule.

“Cult championed the 360-production studio model long before it became commonplace, working on high-end projects for some of the world’s top brands such as Apple, Microsoft, Calvin Klein, Nike and Atlantic Records, as well as global agencies like Leo Burnett, Publicis and Laird+Partners,” Beckerman said. “There’s an amazing amount of talent and technology here, and I’m looking forward to furthering Cult’s presence in the entertainment and advertising communities.”

Previously, Beckerman worked on an array of global ad campaigns and won numerous awards over the last two decades as the founder/executive producer of BOND, which specialized in editorial, animation, motion graphics, CGI and visual effects for leading agencies, brands and TV networks.

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