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

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.
 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Alberto Mielgo joins Framestore as design director
Alberto Mielgo
LOS ANGELES -- 

Visual effects and creative content studio Framestore has brought on Emmy Award winner Alberto Mielgo as design director out of the company’s Los Angeles operations. Framestore will represent Mielgo for West Coast commercial and digital design projects.

Prior to Framestore, Mielgo’s projects included serving as art director and production designer for Disney’s Tron Uprising, which won him a Primetime Emmy Award and an Annie Award in 2013 in the Best Art Direction category. His creative work also extends to film, commercial and gaming fare including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Cartoon Network London, and Beatles Rockband.

“Alberto’s creative ideas and sheer talent will be a brilliant addition to our in-house design team,” said Aron Hjartarson, executive creative director of Framestore in Los Angeles. “Having worked all over the world on diverse projects ranging from oil painting to digital design for blockbusters films to animation for comic strips, Alberto brings an eclectic perspective to all of his projects.”

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
GSD&M hires Shannon Moorman as VP/talent acquisition
Shannon Moorman
AUSTIN, Texas -- 

Shannon Moorman has joined the Austin-headquartered ad agency GSD&M as VP/talent acquisition. In this role, she will be responsible for university partnerships, recruitment branding and identifying key talent across all departments. Moorman comes to GSD&M from R/GA, where she was a founding member of the Austin office and held the title of global recruitment director. She has over 17 years of experience in talent acquisition.

“Great talent is absolutely essential to creating innovative and impactful work for our clients,” said Duff Stewart, CEO of GSD&M. “Shannon is an exceptional leader with a go-getter attitude and drive to see GSD&M succeed. She’s a demonstrated thought leader in the talent space, and her commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts will be instrumental in supporting programs we have in place.”

Moorman’s accomplishments at R/GA included creating a new model for the agency’s recruiting and resource management groups and building a team of 15 recruiters across 13 offices worldwide to support the agency’s rapid growth. Additionally, she contributed to R/GA’s global expansion and established its university/community partnerships and intern program worldwide. Prior to working at R/GA, Moorman held positions at Aquent New York and with several early-stage startups in Austin.
 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Spot Welders adds editor Kevin Zimmerman
Kevin Zimmerman
LOS ANGELES -- 

Editor Kevin Zimmerman has joined the roster at Spot Welders in Los Angeles.  A comedy and dialogue specialist, he has cut for such brands as Bud Light, Taco Bell, Jell-O, X-Box, Hotels.com, and Capital One.  Among his agency clients are shops like Crispin Porter + Bogusky, DDB, Deutsch and 72andSunny. 

Zimmerman comes over from NO6 in Santa Monica; prior to that he was with The Whitehouse, also in L.A.  He got his start at Mad River Post, where he worked as an assistant before becoming a full-time editor.  He was also on the roster at FilmCore and spent several years as a freelance editor working at a range of editorial houses in L.A., New York and Toronto.

The move to Spot Welders reunites Zimmerman with editors he’s worked with in the past, such as Gordon, who was also at Mad River, and Livio Sanchez, with whom he worked at both Mad River and The Whitehouse.

Zimmerman studied film at SUNY in Binghamton, New York before enrolling at Boston University for graduate-level studies in cinematography.  He relocated to the West Coast and found himself at Mad River, starting as the vault manager.  It was, he recalls, “a right place, right time” kind of move, as he quickly got into editing, drawn to its ability to have more influence on the storytelling process.

  • Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Jordi Bares, Paul Schleicher take on senior roles at Glassworks
Paul Schleicher (l) and Jordi Bares
LONDON -- 

Glassworks London has appointed Jordi Bares as creative director and Paul Schleicher as head of production. Bares and Schleicher have been working together for many years, at The Mill and then Realise Studio, in a creative/production partnership.

Bares’ talent as a technical problem solver will complement Glassworks’ 3D team, where he will work alongside head of 3D Alastair Hearsum. An accomplished VFX producer, Schleicher joins Glassworks’ production department in a sr. role as head of production.

Glassworks COO Phil Linturn: “On the eve of our 20th anniversary, Glassworks is entering a new and exciting era,” stated Phil Linturn, COO of Glassworks. “To ensure that our capabilities evolve and grow with the global success and recognition we are experiencing, we need the best people. In Jordi and Paul, we are not only gaining decades of experience and expertise, we are welcoming one of the most trusted partnerships in the business. Their unique combination of creative, technical and practical talent has been sought and valued by the best directors for many years. Now, combined with our ability to create market-leading work, we are perfectly poised to define a new chapter in the possibilities of visual effects.”

Schleicher described his new roost as “an independent studio that genuinely values the craft of their artists. Beres added, “Glassworks has been the one company in which the 3D, 2D and R&D capabilities have been consistently delivering top of the range work. It is a natural fit for me due to the culture of story and craft, the attention to detail and hopefully I can bring some experiences and techniques that will make it an even better place to work.”

  • Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
New management set at ARRI Rental in Atlanta and Miami
Ed Stamm
VP Stamm to run Atlanta facility; Chartier takes reins in Miami as general manager
ATLANTA -- 

ARRI Rental, a leading provider of camera, grip and lighting equipment to the feature film, television, advertising, broadcast and events markets, has appointed Ed Stamm to oversee the new ARRI Rental office in Atlanta. Besides promoting the ALEXA 65 system exclusively available at ARRI Rental, Stamm will ensure that the company’s extensive inventory of digital, film, anamorphic and spherical camera equipment is available to this production community. Craig Chartier will fill Stamm’s previous position, taking over ARRI Rental Miami as general manager. Chartier will focus on strengthening ARRI Rental’s strategy and operations, as well as growing the business in Florida and the South American market.

Stamm’s extensive experience spans 35 years in the professional production equipment rental business. After his graduation in film production at the Columbia College Chicago, Stamm served as rental manager for Victor Duncan (VDI), a film camera and lighting rental house in Dallas. In 1986 Stamm pushed ahead with the expansion of VDI and opened a new facility in Atlanta as general manager. Following Panavision’s acquisition of VDI in 1997, he later transferred to the Orlando office, and in 2002 was hired by ARRI CSC to open a rental subsidiary in Florida. He was promoted to VP in 2012.

Chartier brings over 22 years of experience in the motion picture and broadcast television production industry to the table. Chartier joined GEAR, a subsidiary of 501 Group in Austin, Texas, as operations manager in 1992 after graduating from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film. In 1995 he became VP of production services and remained at GEAR until 2011. Chartier has been an adjunct professor teaching Cinematic Lighting Techniques and Theory at Texas State University in San Marcos. Before joining ARRI Rental he was a contributing author for DVInfo.net and a consultant for Precision Camera & Video.

  • Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
DDB Chicago hires Jack Perone as chief strategy officer
Jack Perone
CHICAGO -- 

Jack Perone has been named chief strategy officer of DDB Chicago, responsible for heading the planning department for the agency.  He previously served as VP, director of planning and global planning director at J. Walter Thompson, and will transition into the new role of CSO effective on November 3.

Perone will report to Paul Gunning, CEO of DDB Chicago. In his new position, Perone will be responsible for leading the full strategic planning process, including all analytics functions.

During his 18-year career at J. Walter Thompson, Perone managed an integrated planning department, overseeing key agency accounts and generating a number of major new business wins, among them Tylenol, Motrin, Kit Kat and Special K..

A multi-award winning planner with more than 20 years’ advertising experience, Perone has also served as a 2012 Effie Judge and as a 2013 Cannes Young Marketer Judge, and is a 2014 APG Canada Board Member.

  • Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Scott Potter joins EVB as director of production
Scott Potter
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

EVB, a full-service advertising firm specializing in digital and social media, has hired Scott Potter as VP and director of production. He will be responsible for shaping EVB’s interactive capabilities and will oversee production across all offices.

Potter joins EVB from Crispin Porter+Bogusky (CP+B), where he was VP/group executive producer, working with clients such as American Express, Microsoft, Burger King, Dominos, Old Navy, Fruit of the Loom, Volkswagen, Vail Resorts and B-Cycle.  During his time at CP+B, Potter won awards from Cannes, the AICP Show, The One Club and the Clios.

Potter will be based in EVB’s Boulder, Colo. office.

  • Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Linda Woolley named president/CEO of TAG
Linda Woolley
NEW YORK -- 

The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), Association of National Advertisers (ANA), and Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced that Linda Woolley has been named president and CEO of TAG, the joint marketing-media industry program to eradicate digital advertising fraud, malware, ad-supported piracy, and other deficiencies in the digital communications supply chain.

Formerly known as the Trustworthy Digital Supply Chain Initiative, TAG is a first-of-its-kind cross-industry accountability program to create transparency in the business relationships and transactions that undergird the digital ad industry, while continuing to enable the astonishing levels of innovation that have propelled digital advertising into the largest ad medium in the United States. The IAB, ANA, and 4A’s announced their joint plans to create the new collective organization at the IAB MIXX Conference in September 2014. The group will operationalize principles around these critical issues, monitor the ecosystem for compliance, and develop incentives for broad industry participation and consequences for untrustworthy actors.

Woolley was a member of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council’s board of directors from 2012 to 2014. Her extensive leadership experience includes nearly six years in executive roles at the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), where she most recently served as CEO and president, and before that as head of the association’s public policy office in Washington. Prior to that, Woolley spent more than 30 years in public affairs, government relations and policy via her own firm, LegisLaw Consulting, as well as ITT Industries, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health & the Environment.

TAG is being created with the intent to spur an industry-wide change in behavior at an unprecedented scale, focusing on four core areas: eliminating fraudulent traffic, combating malware, fighting ad-supported Internet piracy, and promoting brand safety through greater transparency.

“Establishing a trustworthy digital supply chain--and rooting out fraud--is one of the most important things we can be doing right now,” said Woolley. “The CEOs of IAB, ANA, and the 4A’s have shown remarkable leadership and foresight to create TAG. I am honored to be working with them on this groundbreaking project.”
 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
DNA Signs Director Cameron T. Duddy
Cameron T. Duddy
LOS ANGELES -- 

Director Cameron T. Duddy has joined the roster of production house DNA. He comes aboard following a string of popular music videos he directed for Bruno Mars, including “Gorilla,” “Lazy Song,” and videos for the entire album Unorthodox Jukebox. Duddy's video for Mars’ “Lazy Song” has earned upwards of 500 million views on YouTube, and following his work on Unorthodox Jukebox he was asked to creative direct Mars’ 2014 North American tour.

Prior to DNA, Duddy had been with BLVD Industries. His body of work also extends into advertising and fashion. He recently turned out campaigns for Donna Karan and DKNY featuring celebrity models Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevigne, as well as various PacSun Campaigns for the Jenner sisters’ clothing line, “Kendall & Kylie.” He also directed a Nintendo 3DS commercial shot entirely in 3D.

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