• Sunday, May. 17, 2015
Matt Holmes promoted to sound designer/mixer at STIR Post Audio
Matt Holmes

STIR Post Audio, the full service audio post and sound design resource with locations in Streeterville and Theatre District, has promoted associate engineer Matt Holmes, to sound designer/mixer. Holmes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Arts from Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music, and has been an integral part of STIR Post’s creative team since joining the company for launch last June. Commercials he has mixed to date include projects for Lay’s, Bud Light, Ziploc, Hunt’s Sauces and Hebrew National.

“The promotion of Matt perpetuates our vision for STIR Post to be a creative hub fueled by innovative and forward-thinking talent,” said David Kaplan, executive producer and one of three partners in STIR Post along with Mindy Verson and Greg Allan. “With his great ears, easy going manner, and technical proficiency, Matt, in a very short time, has become an in-demand team member who adds value to our client’s sound design and mixing projects.”

A multi-talented instrumentalist, who plays drums. guitar, bass and piano, Holmes also mans the drum chair in the indie acoustic band, Valaska, with whom he has recorded two CDs,  and also regularly gigs around Chicago with at the Beat Kitchen and Schubas, as well as other venues in the Midwest and nationally. In 2013, the band released its first CD, “Natural Habitat,” and, earlier this year, followed up with “Thing,” which Matt also recorded and mixed.

  • Saturday, May. 16, 2015
Danixa Diaz joins Oishii Creative as EP
Danixa Diaz

Oishii Creative has brought Danixa Diaz on board as executive producer. She joins the company with two decades of creative, production and design industry experience spanning commercials, broadcast, feature film, gaming and experience design. In 2012, Diaz founded representation firm iartists after spending seven years leading business development at Imaginary Forces. The hiring of Diaz represents the next growth phase for Oishii, which since its launch in 2002 has evolved from a traditional design studio to a multidisciplinary full-service creative solutions studio.

Diaz’s career began in Miami in the mid-90s and took off in Los Angeles when she became EP at Three Ring Circus. She fondly remembers this period as the birth of today’s mixed-media companies, as they were combining creative solutions from motion graphics to live action--all across new media platforms.

Diaz went on to lead business development for Imaginary Forces. During her seven-year tenure with the award-winning creative studio, she remembers taking the first call with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, who was looking to commission the show’s now legendary, Emmy-honored title design. Diaz would eventually sit on the Emmy Title Design Executive Committee.

Other highlights from Diaz’s career include an American Express campaign via Ogilvy, which introduced her to Joan Gratz, one of her biggest influences. The Oscar-winning artist would go on to participate in an all-women creative panel that Diaz organized for the annual PromaxBDA Conference. 

  • Friday, May. 15, 2015
Kendra Wan joins creative team at enso
Kendra Wan

Kendra Wan has been appointed a senior creative at agency enso. In her new role, Wan will work with enso’s copywriters and designers to develop creative concepts, provide art direction and serve as a liaison between clients and creative teams. She will report directly to Davi Sing, enso’s executive creative director.

Wan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon and earned a Master’s degree in Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. She started her advertising career at Platform/W+K London, working for brands including Nokia, Fairtrade and Emeco which brought her to W+K Shanghai, where she worked in the creative team on Converse, Levi’s, and Tiffany & Co. Wan also worked within the creative teams for the Beats by Dre accounts as well as completed product design and development for the brand. Three years later, Wan was a creative lead at LOVE where she worked on Nike, Miss Sixty and Johnnie Walker. Wan is also the founder and creative director of her own brand (dra/wn) and founded a fashion line of coats (Prepared & Embraced).

  • Wednesday, May. 13, 2015
Gary Stein, Monique Verrier join Eleven
Gary Stein

Ad agency Eleven, Inc. has appointed Gary Stein as group director of marketplace insights, and Monique Verrier as director of creative services.  Both are newly created positions at the shop.

Stein will focus on expanding the agency’s abilities to connect to consumers throughout their journey. His expertise in research and insight, coupled with his ability to map out a client’s business landscape will drive Eleven’s media and communications strategies. He will report to Alison Fowler, Eleven’s chief activation officer. Prior to joining Eleven, he was the  sr. VP of strategy at Sterling Brands and served in strategy and management positions at Isobar and iCrossing.

Verrier will act as an advocate for Eleven’s creative teams, overseeing professional development, leading recruiting and resourcing efforts and providing mentorship for young creative leaders. She will report to Mike McKay, Eleven’s chief creative officer. She brings global experience in making personal and professional connections as the founder and principal of ADEPT Creative Project Management, a training series offering a curriculum for project managers who manage projects and people in creatively-driven environments. She previously managed creative departments at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

  • Wednesday, May. 13, 2015
Derrick Huang joins Bent Image Lab as exec producer
Derrick Huang
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Bent Image Lab has brought Derrick Huang aboard as executive producer. He has relocated from NY to work out of Bent Image Lab‘s Portland, Ore.-headquarters.

Huang has 10-plus years of experience in marketing, media and commercial production. He most recently was head of production at NY-based animation studio and production company Nathan Love where he worked from 2008 through early 2015. As head of production, he scheduled, budgeted, organized and oversaw multiple projects from initial bidding and creative development through final delivery, including ad campaigns and branded content for clients such as Froot Loops, Michelin, McGraw-Hill, Kodak, Chips Ahoy, Mattel, and Nickelodeon.

Huang also played a driving role in strategic direction and operations at the studio, including sales and marketing, talent acquisition, talent management, and systems/process development. Prior to his time at Nathan Love, he worked at the NYC offices of Entertainment Weekly magazine, where he helped launch the company’s first forays into social media and online audience development.

  • Tuesday, May. 12, 2015
Tal Fiala named president of illuminate
Tal Fiala
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Celebrating 20 years in digital finishing, restoration and postproduction solutions for the global entertainment industry, illuminate has named media veteran Tal Fiala as its president. The announcement was made by CEO Jim Hardy.

Throughout his career, Fiala has tapped a keen ability to spot trends, expand revenues, motivate teams and cultivate long-lasting client relationships. He has generated new business and improved productivity by collaborating with such major brands as HBO, Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, and with studio and TV network executives. Fiala has also negotiated both budgets and sales contracts for postproduction services with Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Disney and DreamWorks.

“As we look ahead [at illuminate],” said Fiala, “we’re focused on expanding our creative services to accommodate an increase in content production across multiple platforms, as well as to maintain our unique ability to help our clients monetize untapped library assets through leading-edge restoration technology.”

Before joining illuminate, Fiala was sr. VP of business development for Modern VideoFilm, where he secured millions of dollars in revenue for the company’s features, television and distribution areas by tapping his extensive relationships with key studio and TV network executives. His ability to implement and direct several profitable initiatives helped expand Modern VideoFilm both domestically and internationally, giving the company footprints in New York City, Santa Monica, New Orleans and China.

As VP of sales for Ascent Media (a Liberty Media company) from 2003 to 2007, Fiala successfully generated new revenues by identifying unique opportunities and clients in adjacent markets. He also increased sales by improving client relations and establishing a solid referral network.

Also a talented finance professional, Fiala served as financial advisor for UBS Paine Webber from 2000 to 2003, during which he managed a portfolio of $10+ million in assets with a yearly increase of 25% and consistently maintained status as top nationally producing broker within his defined peer group. Fiala further boosted company sales by developing and executing special marketing events.

  • Monday, May. 11, 2015
Tomás Duhalde, Guilherme Nóbrega and Frederico Nicolás Díaz Join The Community
(L-r) Guilherme Nóbrega, Tomás Duhalde and Frederico Nicolás Díaz on the rooftop of the community’s Miami office

Cross-cultural agency the community, part of SapientNitro, has added Tomás Duhalde, Guilherme Nóbrega and Frederico Nicolás Díaz to its creative team. The new hires come as the agency continues its investment in talent to support its new business growth, which includes recently being named digital agency of record for Beam Suntory’s tequila portfolio.

Duhalde and Nóbrega both join the community as sr. art directors, while Díaz joins as a sr. copywriter. Reporting directly to co-founder and chief creative officer Joaquín Mollá, the trio will work on a variety of the Miami-based agency’s largest clients, including Corona and Modelo. They share 17 Cannes Lions awards between them, as well as various other recognitions from organizations such as the One Club, Clios, Effies and D&AD.

Prior to joining the community, Duhalde was an art director at Ogilvy & Mather Buenos Aires. He also worked as an art director at Grey Buenos Aires. Throughout his career Duhalde has worked for brands such as P&G, Schnieder, Huggies, and Playboy.

Most recently, Nóbrega was an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, with stints in both of its London and São Paulo offices. He also held roles at Widen + Kennedy London, DM9DDB and AlmapBBDO. Nóbrega has developed award-winning work for local and global brands like Coca-Cola, Unilever, Apple, Burger King, Dove, Huggies and Motorola.

Díaz started his career at Grey Buenos Aires and then moved to Don and Ogilvy & Mather, also in Buenos Aires. Throughout his career, he has worked for national and international brands like Reebok, Schneider, Huggies, AMIA, Fibertel and Cablevision.

  • Monday, May. 11, 2015
Framestore hires Eileen Cooney as head of campaigns
Eileen Cooney

Oscar-winning visual effects and creative content studio Framestore has hired Eileen Cooney as head of campaigns, a newly created role for the company. Drawing on her expertise building 360-degree activations, Cooney at Framestore will be immersed in brand campaigns from briefing to completion, building close partnerships with clients. Cooney will be based in New York and report directly to Jon Collins, president of Integrated Advertising, Worldwide.

Cooney’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth and evolution of Framestore’s capabilities. These include the development of a creative consulting offering for select clients and the establishment of a VR Studio last year that’s spawned pioneering projects for brands and Hollywood across Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

Prior to Framestore, Cooney worked as a campaign director for Mission Media in the U.K., running creative direction, brand strategy and business partnerships for all campaigns. Cooney started her advertising career in New York, working as a project manager for the Rock n’ Roll Circus at Lincoln Center. Cooney then worked for Translation LLC as the director of special projects, and freelanced for Gravity Road.

  • Thursday, May. 7, 2015
Mill+ adds EP Lindsay Bodanza in L.A.
Lindsay Bodanza

Lindsay Bodanza has joined design and animation studio Mill+ in Los Angeles as executive producer.

Bodanza will be working alongside fellow EP Reno Robertson at Mill+ which has to its credit the iconic Google Play work and the recent Audi “Birth” spot

Prior to joining Mill+, Bodanza was an executive producer at Gentleman Scholar and LOGAN where she worked on high-profile campaigns such as “Solar Eclipse” for Lexus, “Misfit Right In” for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the viral Gymkhana series by Ben Conrad.

  • Wednesday, May. 6, 2015
Dirk Greene joins Significant Others as creative director
Dirk Greene

Final Cut has expanded its postproduction arm, Significant Others, with the hiring of creative director Dirk Greene. He will oversee Significant Others’ development into a full service visual effects boutique.

Greene’s career spans seven years at Absolute as creative director, and well over a decade as sr. Flame artist/VFX supervisor at The Mill. British-born Greene joined The Mill London in its early years, and was a contributing force in the facility’s growth to prominence. As a principal creative, working on numerous high profile commercials and music videos, Greene along with a small team of Mill UK employees, led the company’s first global expansion, with the launch of The Mill New York.

In 2008, after 12 years at The Mill, Greene once again embarked on the challenge of building a brand stateside, joining Absolute as creative director and developing the New York office from one room into a fully operating visual effects and CG facility.

Greene created the visual effects for acclaimed spots for Levi’s, Nike, Adidas, Sony, BMW and Guinness, plus numerous Super Bowl hits for Fed Ex, Snickers, Verizon, Budweiser and the NFL. He has continued on this path with his first project for Significant Others, an upcoming Samsung spot directed by design master, GMUNK (Bradley G Munkowitz), of Tron and Oblivion effects fame. Greene has won a number of awards including Clios for the groundbreaking AT&T Olympic “The New Possible” campaign and The White Stripes’ “The Hardest Button to Button,” for which he was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects.

Stephanie Apt, president of Final Cut/Significant Others, said that the hiring of Greene “is just the beginning of our continued effort to offer more complex solutions to clients with a full team of talent.”

“Launching with the support of such a renowned brand, we can continue to maintain the Final Cut aesthetic while building our own unique place in the industry,” related Greene. “We want to produce the best-looking work, with great people, in a truly collaborative way.”

Final Cut is a creative editorial and post company collaborating on commercials, feature films and music videos with offices in London, New York and Los Angeles.

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