• Tuesday, Jul. 5, 2022
Matthew Bogusz named head of growth at Havas Media Group North America
Matthew Bogusz
NEW YORK -- 

Matthew Bogusz has joined Havas Media Group (HMG) North America as its managing partner, head of growth. His appointment reflects the agency’s continued commitment to accelerate its overall growth strategy in North America, driven by HMG North America CEO Greg Walsh. Based in Chicago, Bogusz will report directly to Walsh and serve on the agency’s North American executive leadership team.  

Bogusz is a seasoned omnichannel leader with experience at Omnicom, Publicis, and independent agency NOVUS. He has held senior strategy and activation roles which span retail, auto, CGP, luxury, financial, health, and travel verticals. His work for brands including Oscar Mayer, Lunchables, Planters Nuts, Porsche, Bentley, Barilla, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Kohl’s, Thrivent Financial, Mayo Clinic, Walgreens, and Lidl has claimed honors including Effie awards and a Festival of Media Award. Most recently, Bogusz worked with print agency NOVUS to build and scale a digital practice and programmatic trading operation. Additionally, he recently retired from local government as Mayor of Des Plaines, Illinois, having been elected to public office for 12 years.

  

  • Tuesday, Jul. 5, 2022
Jennifer Gee named EP at Ampersand
Jennifer Gee
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Recently launched talent-focused production company Ampersand has brought Jennifer Gee aboard as its executive producer. She connects with Ampersand managing director Phillip Detchmendy, an exec she’s long admired.
 
Early experience on the studio side working at Castle Rock and Twentieth Century Fox eventually brought Gee to her commercial producing career. Having produced at Furlined, as well as serving as head of production/EP at Partizan and HOP at Serial Pictures, Gee has, like Detchmendy, worked with some of the industry’s top directors.

Gee’s experience had teed her up to expertly foster Ampersand’s coterie of talent.  Gee said she was drawn to her new roost because “Phillip’s vision for Ampersand offers me an entirely fresh perspective about the kind of position I could curate for myself in this business. Ampersand represents the kind of environment that would define my career path. Work hard but create a world of friends, family and fun while making great films.”

Gee noted, “We envision a boutique company that revolves around the chemistry of creativity and outstanding filmmaking.” These aims include recalibrating the traditional production company model and infusing it with the distinct visions of Ampersand’s directors, while also scouting for fresh talent to add to the growing roster. 

  • Tuesday, Jul. 5, 2022
Absolute adds sr. producer Phil Brewster
Phil Brewster
LONDON -- 

Sr. producer Phil Brewster has joined postproduction studio Absolute following six years at Saddington Baynes. His new role will see him produce VFX-heavy projects for his new roost’s varied client base.

With an initial spell at graphic design studio Design Shard, Brewster realized his calling was specifically in visual effects and garnered a position at Saddington Baynes. During this time, he was afforded the luxury of producing CG-heavy outcomes direct-to-client for brands including Estée Lauder and Gaggenau, as well as working alongside agencies such as Havas, McCann and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Brewster commented, “The great thing about VFX is that each project hopes to be something new and innovative. It’s an industry that’s constantly evolving, and I’m looking forward to witnessing that progression from my new Soho home amongst talented artists and great clients.”

Absolute production director Belinda Grew added, “The past eighteen months have been a bit of a ride and we’ve been lucky enough to work with some fantastic creative and directorial talent on some incredibly niche, award-winning VFX briefs. As our client base expands, our in-house talent, too, has continued to grow and I couldn’t think of anyone better to help elevate our production team as we scope out new opportunities.”

  • Thursday, Jun. 30, 2022
Yarin Manes joins AFX Creative as head of CG
Yarin Manes
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

AFX Creative has hired Yarin Manes, formerly at The Mill, as head of CG.

With nearly two decades as a VFX artist and lead, Manes is highly skilled in all 3D generalist functions and specializes in look development, lighting, and compositing. His extensive career includes working at high-profile VFX-intensive productions and award-winning CG studios for films, TV, commercials, and music videos. He has turned out work for brands including Apple, Nike, Ford, BMW, Pepsi, Target and Audi. Manes had a CG lead role on the Walmart Super Bowl spot, “Famous Visitors,” which won a VES Award for Outstanding VFX in a Commercial.

Manes will be tasked with helping to expand AFX Creative’s current team with additional top talent and believes it’s important to ensure a high level of culture and connection with everyone involved, even though they all will be working remotely. 

AFX Creative EP Nicole Fina is enthused over Manes joining the company’s leadership team. “Yarin brings to the table a robust CG experience in a variety of high-end work, deeply rooted in the advertising space. His blend of creative and technical prowess will help expand our CG capabilities. Yarin has an innate ability to connect with a director’s vision, which has earned him respect from creative teams and artists alike.”

  • Thursday, Jun. 30, 2022
Luke Colson joins Untold Studios as EP/head of creative partnerships
Luke Colson (photo by Rosie Matheson)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Untold Studios has added Luke Colson to its Los Angeles studio as exec producer/head of creative partnerships. Colson will be responsible for building creative partnerships for design across the worlds of advertising and entertainment at the company’s recently opened creative studio in L.A. 

With over 20 years’ industry experience, Colson has helped to create notable work through production, motion design and VFX for advertising, TV and film. He has built an enviable reputation as an EP and team leader, with accolades including Emmys, BAFTAs, D&AD pencils and Clio awards.

Most recently, he was sr. EP at Elastic, prior to which he was EP/head of design at The Mill. His credits include main title work for Netflix and Marvel, branding the launch of the NHL channel on ESPN, and EP’ing award-winning commercials for clients such as Honda and Gatorade.

Untold Studios opened its doors in L.A. earlier this year. The studio has since been working with clients such as A24, Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder, Gran Turismo and The Fanatix (featuring Idris Elba and Koffee). 

  • Thursday, Jun. 30, 2022
Phil Harrelson to lead DI and new dailies services at Nice Shoes
Phil Harrelson
NEW YORK -- 

Nice Shoes has hired postproduction veteran Phil Harrelson as managing director/DI and dailies. Harrelson will head the facility’s digital intermediate services, which provides color grading, editorial finishing and delivery services for film and television. He will also oversee the launch of a new dailies service for film and television productions.

Harrelson expects to have Nice Shoes’ dailies service operational within a year. “Dailies presents a huge opportunity for this company,” he said. “We want to grow our relationships with our clients and help them navigate every step in the postproduction process.”

Harrelson’s career spans more than 20 years and includes hands-on experience in editorial, VFX, sound and engineering. He also has served in a variety of executive roles and has worked with many top executive producers, directors and cinematographers. Most recently, he served as VP of operations at Light Iron where he led its dailies and workflow teams, and directed the expansion of remote computing and cloud services.

As VP of sales and operations at Deluxe Entertainment Services, Harrelson was responsible for dailies and location-based services. His background also includes senior operational and technical roles with Encore VFX, The Digital Difference and Sounddogs. Earlier in his career, he worked as an Avid technician, supporting feature film and television editorial departments for Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney and other studios. He began his career as an editor.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022
Light Iron hires Andy Kaplan, Peter Lin
Andy Kaplan
LOS ANGELES -- 

Light Iron, which provides innovative postproduction creative services and is part of Panavision’s end-to-end offerings for content creators, has added two post industry veterans to its management team. Andy Kaplan joins as SVP of operations and Peter Lin as director of finance. Both report to Seth Hallen, managing director at Light Iron, and work out of the company’s Los Angeles facility.
 
Kaplan oversees all of Light Iron’s operations and services, including dailies, offline rentals, and final color. He previously served as VP of picture operations at Picture Shop and Technicolor, and prior to that as head of production at Company 3. 
 
As director of finance, Lin spearheads all of Light Iron’s financial processes and works closely with the Panavision team as a conduit between the two brands. Lin previously held senior finance roles at Company 3 and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.
 

  • Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022
Adrian Friend named technology director at Stink Studios
Adrian Friend
LONDON -- 

Creative advertising and digital experience company Stink Studios has named Adrian Friend as its new technology director. He reports to Jax Ostle-Evans, managing director.

Friend joins following a standout year of innovative projects at Stink Studios, including its award-winning Peloton work “The Cooldown.” Along with building Stink Studio’s technical capabilities, Friend is responsible for inspiring and mentoring and growing the company tech team.
 
Ostle-Evans said: “Adrian’s career spans both digital studios and traditional agencies, which, along with his calm demeanor and deep understanding of technology really caught our eye. At the heart of our business is craft and our ability to push technologies to ensure we reach consumers with experiences they truly want to spend time with and we believe Adrian’s experience will allow us to push these even harder.”

Friend was previously technology director at MediaMonks, a role he took up in 2020, working on brands including Starbucks, McLaren Racing and Mondelez. Prior to this he was head of technology at KHWS, and he has also held roles at FCB Inferno, Isobar and Draw Studio.

“Joining Stink Studios feels like a natural choice: their values closely align with my own and they undoubtedly shine through in all that they create,” said Friend. “Stink Studios has a wealth of future thinking clients and I’m excited not only to help shape and focus our existing capabilities but to constantly evolve our offering to always be relevant and where our clients need us.”

Other standout digital work created recently by Stink Studios includes the new Google Security platform Bug Hunters, Air Max Day Worldwide for Nike, and Carnival Sounds for Spotify and Notting Hill Carnival.

  • Monday, Jun. 27, 2022
Jeremiah Bual joins Los York as head of talent
Jeremiah Bual
LOS ANGELES -- 

Creative production studio Los York has brought Jeremiah Bual aboard its management team as head of talent. 

Bual--who will lead the expansion of Los York’s global creative talent--has worked with production companies and agencies, including Wieden+Kennedy, R/GA, The Marketing Arm and Buck. He was most recently with the latter company.

Bual brings his vast network of talent, artists, and designers to Los York. His focus is on fostering young, diverse talent and aligning them with opportunities to collaborate on culture-defining creative work. Bual’s philosophy reflects the commitment of the Los York leadership team to drive forward progressive change, and lead the charge for creating the global, flexible workforce of the future.   

“I’m very passionate about advocacy in the workplace and creating an environment where everyone feels welcome to create. I saw an opportunity at Los York to work alongside a leadership team that was fully aligned with this vision, and who wanted to challenge industry norms that are rooted in the past,” said Bual. 

Los York’s managing director and partner Melina Osornio-Andrade, added, “As a fully remote company of global nomads, now more than ever we are leaning into our commitment to our people and culture. That’s what struck me first about Jeremiah; his ‘be who you are’ mentality empowers everyone around him to thrive and inspires a conscious culture of authenticity; that is his super power and we look forward to seeing him flex that muscle as we continue to grow our pool of talent.”

  • Friday, Jun. 24, 2022
Oscar winners Brevig, Butler join DNEG as VFX supervisors
Eric Brevig
LONDON -- 

Visual effects and animation studio DNEG has hired Eric Brevig and Greg Butler as VFX supervisors.  

Brevig’s notable credits as VFX supervisor include Total Recall (1990), for which he received the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Hook (1991), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Men In Black (1997), which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Visual Effects, and Pearl Harbor (2001), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. 

Butler’s portfolio of credits as VFX supervisor includes Sam Mendes’ “single shot” war drama 1917 (2019), which earned him an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Visual Effects, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), which earned him his first BAFTA. Earlier in his career, Butler received a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Character Animation for his work on Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003).

“Eric and Greg will certainly help us continue to push the creative boundaries of what is possible during this period of technological advancement in our industry and unprecedented demand for our services," said Namid Malhotra, chairman and CEO of DNEG which maintains offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver), Europe (London) and Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai and Mumbai).   

Brevig said, “I have had the pleasure of working with DNEG and Namit on several projects in the past and I am delighted to become part of this world-class creative team.” He added, “My approach to the craft of VFX has always been to find the right techniques to create the most believable, engaging and immersive experience for the audience. Using both virtual and physical tools, we can now realize anything the filmmaker can envision.” 

Butler joins DNEG from Method Studios, where he worked as a VFX supervisor on various feature, episodic and advertising projects, including most recently on a large scale, yet to be announced project for Amazon.

“I have been following DNEG for many years--even before my London Soho days--as a competitor, a collaborator and as the home to many of my favorite people in visual effects,” said Butler. “I am very excited to join DNEG’s Montréal office and I know we are going to make some great work together.”

“Visual effects is a magic trick. Its purpose, to keep the audience engaged in the story and the world of the film,” Butler continued. “Whether it is used to create fantastic wand duels in Harry Potter, or invisible cuts in 1917, visual effects is a series of illusions created in service of the story. While it’s the end result that matters, I have always been enthralled by the filmmaking process; the dynamic behind the scenes collaboration of VFX artists and the live action crews whose work is their foundation.”

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