• Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
Sound Lounge promotes Gullo to EP, hires producer Rosenberg
Mike Gullo
NEW YORK -- 

Audio postproduction company Sound Lounge has promoted Mike Gullo from sr. producer to executive producer, and hired Liana Rosenberg as producer.

Gullo will oversee all production and growth efforts surrounding Sound Lounge’s core business. This includes mixing, sound design and casting for television and radio commercials, digital content, and interactive media. Prior to Sound Lounge, Gullo served as marketing coordinator at Carl Fischer Music, where he worked to raise brand awareness and built the company’s customer base through cultivating relationships. He is a graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Studio Music & Jazz Voice. Gullo will report to Sound Lounge partners Marshall Grupp, Tom Jucarone and Peter Holcomb.

Rosenberg will report to Gullo and will be responsible for client relations, accounting, and helping to oversee production. Rosenberg joins Sound Lounge from audio post company Hyperbolic Audio in New York, where she served as production coordinator, working on content across a variety of mediums, including commercials and animations. Rosenberg graduated with a Bachelors in Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters in Multicultural and Bilingual Education from University of Alcala de Henares in Madrid.

  • Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
EP Damijan Saccio, creative director Gene Nazarov join Postal
Damijan Saccio
NEW YORK -- 

Postal, Humble’s sister shop for design and VFX, has significantly expanded its postproduction offerings and talent with the addition of executive producer Damijan Saccio and creative director Gene Nazarov. Both Saccio and Nazarov join Postal from award-winning motion design and visual effects studio UVPHACTORY, which Saccio co-founded in 2000. Bringing talent and experience in the broadcast design and branding space to Postal, the pair will work closely with Postal’s executive creative director Sam Stephens and Humble’s director of business development Jason Mayo to serve clients and continue the shop’s growth.

Most recently at UVPHACTORY, Saccio and Nazarov worked with clients ranging from AT&T and Coca-Cola to Condé Nast and General Electric. That studio has won numerous awards for its broadcast promos and graphics packages for networks including Syfy and VH1, and pioneering music videos such as Björk’s “Wanderlust.” UVPHACTORY is also well recognized as a technical innovator, utilizing stereoscopic 3D, augmented reality, and other interactive technologies in various experiential design projects.

Prior to co-founding UVPHACTORY in 2000, Saccio served as creative director at 3D visualization house IOMedia, and as lead animator at game developer Cybersites. He has a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, is a published photographer, and has taught 3D design and animation at the School of Visual Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York University, and Columbia University. Nazarov joined UVPHACTORY in 2012 as creative director, and previously worked at top design and visual effects shops including The Mill, Brand New School, and ATTIK. He holds a degree in computer art and graphic design from the School of Visual Arts.

  • Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Steve Lynch named director of connections strategy at mono
Steve Lynch
MINNEAPOLIS -- 

Creative agency mono has tapped Steve Lynch to take on the new senior role of director of connections strategy at its Minneapolis office. Bringing almost two decades of experience, he will be responsible for expanding the agency’s channel-planning practice.

Prior to joining mono, Lynch spent 10 years at Olson, leading the company’s connections strategy discipline and increasing the department’s billings tenfold. While at Olson, Steve worked with clients such as General Mills’ yogurt division, McDonald’s, Belize Tourism and Bissell. Before Olson, Steve spent six years at Mithun working with such clients as General Mills’ Nature Valley Granola Bars and Pop Secret Popcorn.

In 2015, mono’s revenue grew 50% with key wins among leading national brands including Sperry, Propel, The North Face, Mozilla Firefox, Advance Auto Parts and SunChips. Most recently mono was named AOR for handbag and accessories brand Vera Bradley. The agency recently expanded to the West Coast with the launch of an office in San Francisco.

  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Director Elliot Dillman joins Reel FX
Elliot Dillman
DALLAS -- 

Digital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica, has signed director Elliot Dillman for U.S. commercial representation. His directorial experience spans commercials, branded content, music videos and multi-camera live events. He has worked on national campaigns for agencies including GSD&M, CP+B, Leo Burnett, Y&R and BBDO, directing for Dominos Pizza, Pacifico Beer and Kraft Mac and Cheese, among others. Prior to signing, Dillman collaborated with Reel FX on a number of projects, including a recent spot for Hasbro.

“Elliot is an accomplished director, gifted at integrating live action, graphics, and animation, who excels at bringing out the best in talent,” said Steve Johnson, Reel FX’s executive producer of live production. “Having grown up in the commercial industry, he’s been a storyteller from a young age. I am confident that he will be a major talent at Reel FX as we expand and develop our live action and VR divisions.”

Dillman grew up on sets. As the oldest son of Emmy-winning director Ray Dillman, he was regularly working as a PA from age 12 on, for production companies including GARTNER and MJZ. While studying at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, Dillman began his directing career with multi-camera live concert shoots for the ESPN Summer and Winter X Games, staying with the X Games for four consecutive seasons. After graduating, he primarily directed feature film tie-in spots for Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Paramount Studios. He also directed a number of music videos at this time for bands such as Pennywise, Strung Out and Death By Stereo, as well as helming national advertising campaigns for such brands as the Walt Disney Company and Royal Purple Motor Oil.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Editor Brian Sanford joins KYLE edit
Brian Sanford
NEW YORK -- 

Editor Brian Sanford has come aboard KYLE edit, joining a talent roster that includes owner/editor Tina Mintus, editor Nate Taylor, and creative director/VFX artist Mike McKenna. Company executive producer is Eytan Gutman.

Sanford has worked with agencies such as BBDO, DDB, Grey, Digitas, R/GA, Saatchi, McCann and Taxi to create work for brands like Lowe’s, Time Warner, Etrade, Mucinex, Guinness and Miller Light. Most recently, Sanford’s work can be seen in Jeep’s Super Bowl 50 spot, which won first place in the 2016 Clio Creative Bowl. Prior to joining KYLE, Sanford was an editor at Cutting Room.

The addition of Sanford comes as KYLE relocates into new larger digs in the Flatiron District. With the move, KYLE also expands its visual effects department to include color correction under the creative direction of McKenna whose career began in 1996 at Manhattan Transfer, which later became RIOT Manhattan. Since joining KYLE, McKenna has worked on spots for such brands as Gillette, Bulgari, L’Oreal, Progresso, Cheerios, Target and Walmart.

KYLE was founded by Mintus following her successful stretch at Version2 where she worked extensively on campaigns for Garnier, L’Oreal, Revlon, Target, Subaru, American Express, JCPenney and Olay, among others. Under Mintus’ leadership, KYLE continues its work with the Garnier brand, along with Hershey’s, Head & Shoulders, Walmart, Pampers and Cheerios, furthering strong relationships with Publicis, Arnold and Saatchi.

EP Gutman came to KYLE after freelancing for shops such as Rock Paper Scissors, Cutting Room and Arcade Edit. Earlier he was a producer at Crew Cuts. His industry roots are as an agency producer at Ogilvy and DDB until landing at BBDO where he led national spots and Super Bowl ads for Pizza Hut as broadcast producer.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Rhys Demery joins loyalkaspar as exec producer in L.A.
Rhys Demery
LOS ANGELES -- 

Branding and creative agency loyalkaspar has added Rhys Demery as executive producer. Joining the bicoastal agency’s Los Angeles office, Demery brings well over a decade of production experience spanning broadcast design, integrated content, traditional on-air spots, branded content, digital and social.

Demery arrives at loyalkaspar following a stint as executive producer at Troika, where he led the agency’s in-house production team through a wide range of work for clients such as Hulu, Riot Games, CBS Sports, UFC, HBO Sports, CNN, NBC and Turner. Before that, he was EP of digital for a myriad of client-direct accounts at ModOp. His tenure with the agency yielded campaigns for Nike, Intel, EA Sports, Sony PlayStation, as well as an award-winning launch campaign for Ubisoft and their flagship video game title, Assassin’s Creed 3.

Demery forged his career as a producer at Dentsu America and Think C, making his big splash with show packages for ESPN and the main title for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
BBD Perfect Storm hires Ducharme as operations director
Kieve Ducharme
LONDON -- 

Kieve Ducharme has joined BBD Perfect Storm as its first operations director to oversee all aspects of the London-based agency’s operations and production.

She was previously at Quiet Storm where she had been overseeing production and operations.  Ducharme has integrated experience in branded entertainment, content and broadcast and was previously part of Hogarth, the production arm of WPP where she built joint ventures with agencies such as Grey London, J.Walter Thompson, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R and Ogilvy & Mather, overseeing production teams across TV, digital and content production.

Ducharme is from Montreal, where she worked at McCann and Sid Lee on brands such as Adidas, Cirque due Soleil and MGM. She has been in London for six years.

  • Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Director Jonathan Gurvit joins 1stAveMachine for North American representation
Jonathan Gurvit
BROOKLYN, NY -- 

Production company 1stAveMachine has added director Jonathan Gurvit to its North American roster.

After spending a decade honing his craft on the agency side in the South American market, where he held ECD and head of art roles at shops such as Del Campo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy Argentina, Gurvit decided to permanently settle into the director’s chair in 2011. “As a creative, I was really involved on every project with the production houses and directors,” he explained. “In 2010, I shot my first piece, ‘Hair Conditioner,’ for Santander Bank while still being the ECD of Ogilvy Argentina. After winning my first Cannes Lions as a director for that project, I felt in my guts that I really could do it myself.”

Gurvit’s initial Cannes Lion was just one of 18 won by the creative-turned-director, who also earned awards at major shows including D&AD, CLIO, New York Festival and One Show, and worked with brands such as Coca-Cola, Unilever and Procter & Gamble. 

  • Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Sean Patrick Kelly becomes head of production at Cause and Effect
Sean Patrick Kelly
NEW YORK -- 

Sean Patrick Kelly has been named head of production at Cause and Effect, the creative production company specializing in branded content, design and animation, live action, and brand marketing.

In his new role, Kelly will oversee the production of all live-action ad campaigns, continue to build client and agency relations and write and direct creative projects. Kelly advances to this role from supervising producer, a position he’s held at the company since 2014. He was integral to the production of more than 100 commercials and campaigns for clients such as MTV, Nickelodeon, IFC, Hulu and NBC. Kelly will continue to report directly to partner/executive producer Jason Zemlicka and partner/executive creative director Jamie Hubbard.

Kelly joined Cause and Effect in 2012 as a line producer, having previously worked as producer and production manager for a variety of studios including Good Great Grand and Bunker. With a background in producing, writing, and directing live action, commercials and branded content, Kelly has received accolades including a Clio Sports Gold, Promax Gold, a Silver Cannes Lion and an honorary Webby.

He is one half of directing duo Sean&Steve, a creative partnership he shares with Steve Figueiredo, also a producer at Cause and Effect. The team writes and directs narrative comedy projects and digital shorts. Most recently, they directed Cause and Effect’s digital campaigns for Hulu and Johnson & Johnson, as well as a national brand tie-in for IFC and Geico.

  • Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Editor Stéphane Pereira joins Cutters
Stéphane Pereira
LOS ANGELES -- 

Cutters Studios has added feature film, television and commercial editor Stéphane Pereira to its staff, where he will be represented by the company throughout North America and Asia. The announcement was made by Cutters Los Angeles executive producer Megan Dahlman. According to Dahlman, Pereira began handling projects with Cutters over the past six months, and the success of those collaborations paved the way for the new relationship. Pereira continues to be represented by Melting Pot Agency in Europe.

Pereira is well-known globally for his work with leading directors and agencies in the commercial field, and for his long history of editing feature films, TV programs and shorts for an ever-expanding group of directors. At present, he is completing the forthcoming narrative feature from director Julien Rambaldi, for whom he edited the short “Scotch” (2003) and the feature film “Les meilleurs amis du monde” (2010). Also among Pereira’s feature credits is director Alain Chabat’s “Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra” (2002) starring Gerard Depardieu and Monica Belucci, which was a huge commercial success in Europe.

The son of French sound engineer Gilbert Pereira, Stéphane was born in Paris. He attended film school at Ecole Supérieur de Réalisation Audiovisuelle before spending five years editing documentaries. From there, he began working with such directors as Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, Laurent Chanez, and Reynald Gresset. Among Pereira’s credits are four of the annual Nespresso world campaigns starring George Clooney and directed by Grant Heslov (Academy Award-winning producer for Best Motion Picture in 2013 for “Argo”). In the past year alone, Pereira has cut commercials starring Clooney, Rihanna and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name but a few.

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