Monday, November 12, 2018

People on the Move

  • Thursday, Jun. 7, 2018
Karen Flanagan joins Berlin Cameron as managing director
Karen Flanagan

Berlin Cameron, a WPP creative agency, has appointed Karen Flanagan to serve as its managing director. Reporting to president Jennifer DaSilva, Flanagan will be an integral part in the growth of the agency. She will also be the primary point of contact for senior clients across the agency, driving innovative and creative solutions for current and prospective clients, as well as serving as the executive lead on Berlin Cameron’s premier account, Capital One.

Flanagan joins Berlin Cameron most recently from Studio 71, a ProSieben-owned global media company for creators, where she served as the EVP. In addition to her time at Studio 71, Flanagan has held senior roles for global digital creative shops within Publicis Groupe and WPP, having driven digital transformation and award-winning work for clients like Heineken, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Adobe, L’Oréal, Revlon, Gillette and Hilton.

Berlin Cameron has come off of a year of significant growth with the launch of two new divisions. Girl Brands Do It Better was built to empower female entrepreneurs through connections and creativity, and includes clients like Chromat, Gravitas, Underclub and The Other Festival. The agency also formed new experiential practice, BCXP, to create one of a kind, interactive and tangible experiences for brands to break through to consumers. Clients include National Geographic, truTV, Hulu, and Capital One.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2018
Mattie Yaco returns to AKQA as director of production
Mattie Yaco

Mattie Yaco has returned to innovation and experience design agency AKQA as director of production. She will be based in the D.C. studio and oversee the entire project management department. Yaco will report directly to general manager Rachel Barek and join the leadership team.

Yaco has over 10 years of extensive digital experience as a client partner, and team leader envisioning, delivering, and managing new to market digital products, services, digital platforms and multi-channel marketing. Her versatile experience provides insight into consumer needs, market opportunities and organizational success strategies.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2018
3AM and Wild Card bring Tara DeVeaux aboard as CMO
Tara DeVeaux

Entertainment marketing agency Wild Card and sister company, creative agency 3AM have hired Tara DeVeaux as chief marketing officer. DeVeaux joins the shops from BBDO New York, where she was CMO, and brings two decades of brand and entertainment marketing experience to the fold.

Founded in 2014 as a joint venture between Ridley Scott’s RSA Films and Wild Card, 3AM has been a player in the evolving content landscape with brand partnerships for The Martian and Alien: Covenant, and world building for properties such as Blade Runner 2049.  “Tara is that rare marketer who understands the worlds we play in,” said Alison Temple, managing partner of 3AM. “There is a cultural shift driving what we do where content has to be more than just entertaining in order to impact audiences on behalf of brands. Tara brings an understanding of the audience insights and behavioral data brands require for successful creative campaigns.”

“I’ve been a fan of Wild Card and 3AM for a while now,” DeVeaux commented. “Their commitment to craft and ability to develop deeply immersive narratives paired with innovative targeting and distribution strategies is a unique combination in this space.”

“Tara has a passion for entertainment and fluency with streaming and social media platforms that is a great fit for our culture,” said Nick Temple, owner and editor, Wild Card, which has created recent campaigns for Ready Player One, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2, Widows, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Greatest Showman and The Post. “She’ll work with our team to best integrate strategy, audience insights and distribution into our work creating theatrical teasers, trailers and spots with the most memorable stories and greatest reach.”

DeVeaux’s experience includes a previous tenure at BBDO New York as an EVP, sr. account director, leading teams for brands such as HBO, Mountain Dew and American Red Cross that won over 200 other creative awards including 13 Cannes Lions. She has held account management positions at agencies SpikeDDB and Young & Rubicam. She worked in the mobile marketing space with clients including Vibe and Spin magazines, the Elvis Presley Estate and The Grammys, and was VP, interactive promotions at Oxygen Media.

Wild Card’s work has been honored recently with CLIO Entertainment awards for Atomic Blonde, Blade Runner 2049, Alien: Covenant, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Post, War for the Planet of the Apes, Baby Driver and American Sniper, CLIO Music awards for Alien: Covenant (with 3AM) and a Golden Trailer award for Blade Runner: 2049.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2018
Method Studios expands L.A. design team with Georgiy Kuznetsov
Georgiy Kuznetsov, aka Gosha

3D designer/director Gosha (Georgiy Kuznetsov) has joined Method Studios as creative director in Los Angeles. He adds his talent to the company’s eclectic, bicoastal design team guided by executive creative director Jon Noorlander in NY, creating works for major brands and entertainment properties.
Gosha has designed and created standout moving imagery for spots, websites and marketing campaigns, and has created content for Apple, Facebook, Oreo, Campbell’s Soup, IBM, Lexus and other top brands. He was most recently design director at ManvsMachine. Prior to that he was a motion graphics designer and 3D artist at Hue and Cry and The Martin Agency.
Stuart Robinson, Method Studios’ MD and EVP, North American Advertising Production, said, “Gosha is a fine artist at heart but also totally versed in CG pipelines, look dev, lighting and animation. That mix of traditional design and VFX knowledge makes for fantastic client engagements and conversations; he not only sees the path from vision to execution, he has his own vision as well. Gosha’s work is fantastic, and his talents are a great fit for this team.”
Method’s design team in New York and Los Angeles has created work for Facebook, Apple, GE, Ford, Nike and other brands, title sequences for 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2, Netflix’s Godless, FX Network’s American Horror Story, original animated shorts and more.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018
Vic Lovejoy appointed sr. VFX producer at Framestore
Vic Lovejoy

Vic Lovejoy has been appointed sr. VFX producer in advertising at Framestore. Lovejoy previously freelanced with the creative studio, working across the Advertising division’s broad remit of VFX briefs. She brings to her role production experience accrued across film, television and commercials, at facilities around the globe.

Lovejoy’s career took off at British animation house Aardman, in the early days of Chicken Run. Quickly adopting a producer’s eye for the roles and structures behind the intricate making of a film, she went on to manage further features with Aardman and Animal Logic, before applying her skills to the ad business with The Mill and MPC. Her credits include Mercedes’ Super Bowl spot “Fable,” winner of a Silver Clio Award in 2015. 

Lovejoy has particular experience and passion for CG-heavy, character-led work. She is known for being able to foster and lead successful content teams.

Helen Hughes, Framestore’s head of Advertising, said of Lovejoy, “Her enthusiasm and positive approach are infectious, and as a producer, she is an incredibly safe pair of hands. She brings with her a wealth of experience, which will be utilized across the full spectrum of our advertising work.”

  • Monday, Jun. 4, 2018
Brittany George promoted to director of TV & digital content at Alkemy X
Brittany George

Creative content company Alkemy X has promoted Brittany George to director, TV and digital content. For nearly two years, George has worked alongside Andy Singer, EVP of TV and digital programming at Alkemy X, growing the company’s Original Content Division, while developing and producing shows in partnership with Discovery, Travel Channel, Fuse, and MTV. 

Most recently, in her previous position as manager of TV and digital content at the New York office of Alkemy X, George was instrumental in the development of “The 212,” an upcoming docu-series from Fuse Media. Alkemy X is currently producing the TV show, which follows six breakout millennials on the pulse of the New York City music, fashion and art scenes and catching the eyes of some of music’s biggest stars. “The 212” is slated to premiere this October on Fuse. 

Past and notable Alkemy X unscripted TV projects include Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” and “Food Feuds,” and Velocity’s “Unique Rides,” which wrapped its third season with Alkemy X earlier this year. 

“In the short time that she has been with Alkemy X, Brittany has done a stellar job increasing our development pipeline and marketplace presence, while consistently identifying potential on-air talent and ideas we can take to market,” said Singer. “This is a well-deserved promotion, and a win-win for Alkemy X and our valued network partners, who can all attest to the passion and drive Brittany brings to making great shows come to life.” 

Singer predicts that truly multi-platform content will play a bigger role in the future of entertainment. Currently repped by APA Agency, Alkemy X is positioned accordingly as an end-to-end strategic development and production partner behind its award-winning team of designers, strategists, writers, and filmmakers. 

“As today’s brands and entertainment networks look to conceive and produce content for the growing segment of digitally native audiences, we are excited about the creative talent and resources we have in place to bring that content to life,” says Singer. “Our recent work with multi-platform innovators like Fuse (for “The 212”) is a testament to this.” 

George, who has pitched content for global brands at Alkemy X, as well as developed content leveraging the company’s VFX department, will play a pivotal role in expanding the company’s footprint in both content areas. In support of this objective, George is tasked with spearheading strategic co-production partnerships with leading content creators in the industry.

In addition to recent commercials, promos, and branded content for Samsung, GEICO, IBM, Sea Shepherd, Target, eBay, and Julie Taymor’s Broadway revival of “M. Butterfly,” Alkemy X’s broadcast and network short-form team has been making waves on the awards circuit lately, with two Bronze Telly Award wins for its work for Xfinity/Comcast, as well as wins at the Philadelphia Ad Club Awards and the ADCP Louix Awards. Alkemy X is also a current finalist for three Cablefax nominations, as well as a 2018 PromaxBDA North America Awards Finalist for its recent SYFY rebrand campaign.

Meanwhile, Alkemy X’s VFX department is currently working on the upcoming season of “Fear The Walking Dead” (AMC). Other recent credits in the scripted film and television sector include: “High Maintenance” (HBO); “Blindspot” (NBC); Frequency” (CW); “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon); “Power” and “Sweetbitter” (STARZ); and last summer’s No. 1 box office hit “Split” (Universal Pictures) marked Alkemy X’s fourth feature-film collaboration with Academy Award-nominated writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. 


  • Wednesday, May. 30, 2018
Sam Renbarger named group strategy director at DDB S.F.
Sam Renbarger

Sam Renbarger, formerly of Pereira & O’Dell in San Francisco, has joined DDB San Francisco, part of Omnicom Group Inc., as group strategy director working on Symantec and Energy Upgrade California, both of which recently expanded their respective relationships with the agency.

Eric Zuncic, chief strategy officer, DDB North America, said, “Sam was a young star at DDB when he first started out and has gone on to do jealousy-inducing work since then, so we’re thrilled to have him back. His ability to manage the interconnected ecosystems of brands without losing sight of the big picture is impressive and we’re thrilled to have him overseeing these fast-growing partners.”

At Pereira & O’Dell, Renbarger led strategy for eBay, Netflix and Concordia University. Most recently, he was part of the agency team that pitched and won the MINI Cooper account. Before that, he led strategy on Heat San Francisco’s marquee Electronic Arts account and helped develop award-winning work for Madden. Before moving to the Bay area, Renbarger worked at Mullen across two offices, where he led Google, JetBlue and Acura. Renbarger started his career at DDB Los Angeles in 2007 and spent three years working on Activision, Wells Fargo, and Southern California Edison. 

“I have built my career on joining agencies right before major upswings. I’m arriving at DDB at a time where there is significant momentum across the network, and I’m eager to bring this same strategic firepower to San Francisco,” Renbarger said about his new role. “Returning to the place I started my career is icing on the cake. I can’t wait to apply techniques I’ve learned at other shops to supercharge our San Francisco creative product and continue to build on the current momentum.”

Renbarger is the latest in a string of hires DDB San Francisco has made recently. In January the agency announced the arrival of Ben Wolan as executive creative director and in March the appointment of Whitney Ball to SVP, head of talent.

  • Tuesday, May. 29, 2018
Nathan Woodman named U.S. chief data officer at Havas Media
Nathan Woodman

Havas Media has named Nathan Woodman its U.S. chief data offficer. In this role, he will develop strategy across Havas Media and oversee teams that deliver clients a competitive advantage supported by data, analytics, and optimization.  Based in Boston, Woodman will report to Colin Kinsella, CEO, North America of Havas Media.  Michael Kaushansky, who previously held the position of U.S. chief data officer of both Havas Media and Havas Creative, now will serve as U.S. chief data officer of Havas Creative and president of Helia, a Havas network digital agency.

Woodman will deliver measurement-first, data-driven media strategies to Havas Media’s entire U.S. client roster. Leading a team of over 80 experts, he will add speed to the transformation Havas Media already brings to its clients. Employing Havas Media’s proprietary technology, Woodman will cultivate an agnostic, agile, and GDPR-compliant approach to data across the agency.   

“Nate’s an innovator on the highest level who will bring increased firepower as we continue to grow,” said Kinsella. “He knows that the real value of data lies in its ability to create meaningful connections for brands and their audiences. We know Nate will effectively drive our clients’ sales and maximize the value of their marcom efforts.”

Woodman returns to Havas Media from IPONWEB, where he served as SVP strategic development and GM of Demand.  Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer of Adnetik/Digilant, an affiliate of Havas, and SVP corporate development at Havas Digital in Boston.  As a member of Havas Digital’s global strategy team back in 2007, Woodman played an instrumental role in positioning Havas Digital as the first global holding company with a Trading Desk capability.

“I returned to Havas Media because of its ability to consistently create meaningful strategies and execute them flawlessly across channels for clients,” said Woodman. “The Havas Media team is world-class; it has the consumer at the heart of every strategy and possesses the right tools to reach them.”

  • Monday, May. 28, 2018
Sam Daley joins Deluxe NY for features, episodic color grading
Sam Daley

Senior colorist Sam Daley has joined Deluxe post operations in New York, where he will lead final color finishing for feature films and television. Daley has been a fixture of the local post community for over 20 years.

Prior to joining Deluxe, Daley spent time at Technicolor, Postworks, and Tapehouse. He began his career in color at Du Art, where he also worked with Domenic Rom, who is Deluxe president and Gm of TV Post Production. Daley’s notable recent feature credits include the critically acclaimed “The Florida Project,” “Beirut,” and the upcoming “Sorry to Bother You.” He also finished the first season of “Girls,” and season one of “The Deuce,” as well as the HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” which earned him a 2015 HPA Award nomination for Best TV Series Color Correction. Daley brings a deep knowledge of color finishing techniques to Deluxe, including the nuances of working in Dolby Vision and HDR10.

“The connectivity and strength of Deluxe’s worldwide network provides the best of both worlds. I can tap into Deluxe resources for things like color science and infrastructure, while still providing clients with a boutique experience, both locally and beyond. I look forward to continue growing as a colorist, and nurturing the next generation of color talent,” said Daley.

William Sherak, president, Deluxe Post Production, said of Daley, “He is immensely talented and will be a great addition to the team as we continue to expand our color services around the globe.”

Rom added, “Sam is a world-class colorist. I am very excited to be working with him again. I’ve watched and shared his career growth since he first came into the New York market. He’s an ideal anchor for our growing final color roster with tremendous industry knowledge. More than ever, directors and DPs are working across formats and Sam’s multifaceted experience in features and television is invaluable.”

In addition to final HDR and SDR color, Deluxe’s NY facility provides dailies color (including UHD dailies), online editorial and various deliverables. Visual effects services are available through co-located sister company Method Studios.

  • Tuesday, May. 22, 2018
DigitalFilm Tree adds sr. colorist Dan Judy
Dan Judy

DigitalFilm Tree, a postproduction and software development company, has brought Dan Judy on board as a sr. colorist. He has already begun working on the hit show “Roseanne” as well as the CW’s “The 100” and Fox’s “Last Man on Earth.”  

Prior to DigitalFilm Tree, he had a tenure of almost 20 years at Modern VideoFilm working on such popular shows as “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Smallville” and “The Walking Dead.”  He began his career at Century 3 in Orlando, Fla., and worked on “Swamp Thing,” “Super Force” and “The Adventures of Superboy.” 

“I came to DFT because their vision for the future is in line with mine,” said Judy about DigitalFilm Tree. “I like being here because Ramy (Katrib, CEO/founder of DFT) isn’t afraid to explore different ways of advancing our product through the shared vision of DFT’s technologists, software developers and artists. Now I get a chance to work on amazing shows and be part of groundbreaking innovation in our industry.”

His tool of choice is the daVinci Resolve for all his shows. “I’m very familiar with that box because I’ve been working directly with the designers for close to three decades,” he noted.

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