Tuesday, February 19, 2019

People on the Move

  • Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
Grace Teng named exec director of media & analytics at Zambezi
Grace Teng

Former Team One executive Grace Teng has joined Zambezi as executive director, media & analytics, a new position at the independent creative agency. Teng’s hire adds communications strategy, media planning and buying capabilities to the shop’s expanding tool kit. Teng reports directly to CEO Jean Freeman and will work across all creative, strategic and production disciplines at the agency. 

Teng’s prolific career and expertise in media, digital marketing and analytics has spanned key positions at many leading agencies: Team One (Saatchi & Saatchi), Mindshare, MECi Interactive, Deutsch LA, and BBDO. She has worked with top brands such as Goldman Sachs, Lexus, Ritz Carlton, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, KFC, Starbucks, Kraft, Sony Entertainment, Sprint and Disney. Her eclectic resume includes political marketing experience in Washington D.C. and tech startup experience in New York City as well as a stint at the venture capital firm Cerberus Capital Management. 

“I will be giving more structure to the Zambezi teams as they explore how brand messaging is distributed, received and measured,” said Teng. “Basically helping everyone see the work here through an outcome-based lens. The best thing about being at Zambezi right now, a leading female-led independent, is that the timing is so right for this type of thinking. The agency has so much runway to engage.”

  • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Peter Hullinger named EP at The Mill Chicago
Peter Hullinger

The Mill has hired Peter Hullinger to serve as executive producer in Chicago.

Hullinger has been active in the advertising space for nearly two decades. Throughout that time, he’s held various roles in agencies and postproduction companies across the country. He joins The Mill after spending the last four-and-a-half years as managing director of Beast, Company 3 and Method Studios in Chicago.

Over the years, Hullinger has worked with top brands including Gatorade, State Farm, Capital One, Allstate and Bud Light. As EP at The Mill Chicago, he will continue to focus on nurturing those relationships and matching those needs with top-tier creative.

The Mill Chicago’s managing director Carl Phillips said Hullinger will be a strong addition, citing his “amazing experience, great leadership skills and a deep knowledge of the local market.”

  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Ben Armistead named chief strategy officer at W+K London
Ben Armistead

Wieden+Kennedy London has appointed Ben Armistead to the role of chief strategy officer. He joins the W+K London management team from Grey Group Spain, where he was chief strategy officer, working across their Madrid and Barcelona offices. Previously, Armistead was head of planning at 180 Amsterdam, global planning director at W+K Amsterdam and sr. planner at DARE. He has also held positions at MCBD and Publicis, London.

His work for brands including Nike, the Coca-Cola Company, EA Sports, Heineken, United Colors of Benetton, UNICEF and the Metropolitan Police has been awarded more than 75 times by the likes of Cannes Lions, D&AD, the IPAs and Effies. He will start at W+K London at the end of October.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
Colorist Paul Galati joins Optimus
Paul Galati

Colorist Paul Galati is joining production and post house Optimus. With the move, Optimus will once again be offering in-house color correction.

“We’ve seen the color landscape in Chicago shift significantly over the past few years,” said Optimus EP/managing director Brian Hrastar. “We’ve also been following Paul’s career for awhile, and the timing was right to once again internally integrate color into our finishing workflow.”

With more than a decade of postproduction experience, Galati has focused on color correction for eight years, grading music videos, features and commercials. Most recently, he was senior colorist at Periscope Post & Audio. His career began as an assistant editor at Cutters. He eventually moved over to color at Filmworkers and Company 3, and later created Cinema Light Company. He has worked with such agencies as BBDO, DDB, The Escape Pod, Gyro and Leo Burnett.

  • Monday, Jul. 30, 2018
PBS hires veteran commercial TV exec as programming chief
In this April 17, 2014 file photo, Perry Simon attends the premiere of BBC America's "Orphan Black" in New York. PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger said Monday, July 30, 2018, that Simon will start as chief programming executive and general manager in September. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, FIle)

Perry Simon, PBS' newly announced programming chief, is a veteran of commercial broadcasting, cable and digital media who said Monday it's a "privilege" to join public television.

PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger said that Simon will start in September as chief programming executive and general manager, with responsibility for all fare except that for children.

Kerger, speaking to a TV critics' meeting Monday, lauded the scope of Simon's career experience and his work in the non-profit arts sector.

The search to replace Beth Hoppe, who left as programming chief in February to join ABC News, focused on someone who understood the changing media landscape and how PBS reaches viewers on different platforms, including digital ones, Kerger said.

An executive committed to the "values and mission of PBS" and who believes in its value was critical in making the selection, she said.

Simon, who held executive positions at Viacom Productions and NBC Entertainment, most recently served as managing director at Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions, which makes documentaries, TV series and digital content and has teamed with PBS on projects including the recent documentary "Going to War."

From 2010-15, Simon was BBC America's general manager and oversaw production of its first original programs including the Emmy-winning series "Orphan Black." He also was involved in U.S-British productions including the dramas "Luther" and "Broadchurch."

In a statement, Simon called PBS' commitment to "quality, education and diversity across every genre" unmatched in the TV industry. He told The Associated Press he considers it a privilege to work in public television, declining to talk about his new job in detail before officially starting at PBS.

Simon, who serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree from Harvard Business School.

  • Monday, Jul. 30, 2018
Martin Verdult named managing director of MediaMonks London
Martin Verdult

MediaMonks has appointed Martin Verdult as managing director of the global creative production partner’s London office. In his new role, Verdult will work closely with MediaMonks’ London leads to grow the office exponentially into a creative digital hub.

Verdult joins from his former role as managing partner at Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai, where he ran the business and managed client relations across Asia since 2014. Verdult’s experience in digital advertising and business management includes collaborating with the digital native agencies LBi Lost Boys and Razorfish, and work for brands such as Korean Air, InterContinental Hotel Groups, H&M, Mondelez International and Budweiser.

MediaMonks CEO Victor Knaap said “MediaMonks London was our first international office and has been delivering brilliant creativity and craft ever since. With years of industry experience centered around managing client relationships and optimizing processes, Martin is the perfect candidate to lead our London office into this new chapter kicked off by our merger with S4 Capital”.

By joining forces, MediaMonks and S4 Capital are focusing on developing the production platform of the future, in which the London office plays a pivotal role consolidating creativity, data, media, and technology to service clients.

Verdult explained, “London is bustling with talent and business opportunities. In the coming months, we’ll be investing heavily in growing the team and building powerful partnerships--harnessing all of London’s potential into one digital creativity hub.”

MediaMonks London is planning for a rapid expansion in the coming months. The company is looking to triple its team in the coming two years and is already searching for a new office space.

  • Friday, Jul. 27, 2018
Benjamin Porter joins NA Collective as director of strategy
Benjamin Porter

NA Collective--an independent hybrid creative, experiential production agency--has hired Benjamin Porter as its director of strategy. Porter will report directly to founding partner and chief creative officer Chiara Adin, while also working alongside Jennifer Whitney, the creative director hired this past winter. Porter will oversee strategy for Twitter and SoundCloud, among other clients launching this fall. 

Porter spent the last four years at strategy and design practice Sub Rosa where he was an account lead and strategist creating integrated campaigns and brand initiatives for Nike, HBO, Marriott, Herman Miller, and Infiniti. Prior to Sub Rosa, Porter spent over three years at Winkreative, the branding arm of Monocle Magazine, where he served as account manager, looking after the agency’s North American client roster.

  • Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018
DDB S.F. hires group creative director Mark Krajan
Mark Krajan

Mark Krajan has joined DDB San Francisco as group creative director. He will report to executive creative director Ben Wolan. In this new role, Krajan will oversee Norton, VMware, and new business efforts.

Krajan is Wolan’s first hire to a creative leadership position, making his appointment a vital component of the creative resurgence at DDB San Francisco.

With almost 20 years of industry experience, Krajan comes to DDB from Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners where he served as creative director. During this time, Krajan led numerous Super Bowl campaigns, including a rebranding effort for MINI, a T-Mobile spot with Tim Tebow, and the Evony mobile game launch for TopGames. He also pitched and produced the DraftKings launch campaign during the 2016 NFL season.

Krajan’s award-winning creative portfolio also includes campaigns for clients such as Priceline, Google, Xbox, Microsoft, Hotwire.com, General Motors, AT&T, Chiquita, and El Pollo Loco.
Earlier in his career, Krajan founded his own agency in San Francisco with clients such as Yahoo!, Logitech, San Francisco Visitors Bureau, and the San Francisco Earthquakes. The agency later merged with Teak. Prior to that, he honed his craft at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and the former McCann-Erickson San Francisco.

  • Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018
Colorist Oisin O'Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago
Colorists Mikey Pehanich (l) and Oisin O'Driscoll

Oisin O’Driscoll has joined The Mill Chicago’s expanding color team, coming over from The Mill London where he crafted a highly impressive body of work since joining in 2014. O’Driscoll has become known for his bold, cutting edge style and he has formed lasting relationships with some of the industry’s leading talents. 
O’Driscoll’s noteworthy work includes Radiohead’s “I Promise” directed by Michael Marczak, Nike Korea’s “Run It” directed by We Are From LA and, most recently, Adidas’ epic “The Answer” campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup directed by Manu Cossu out of Iconoclast.

Another key creative highlight for O’Driscoll was grading the BAFTA award-winning “Home,” a powerful 20-minute short film addressing the refugee crisis, working with Somesuch and BBH London.

O’Driscoll joins a team in Chicago which includes colorist Mikey Pehanich, a native Chicagoan who’s been with The Mill for more than five years. Pehanich’s portfolio has grown in recent years with work for Allstate, Samsung, Marriott and Buick on his reel. 

Carl Phillips, managing director of The Mill’s Chicago studio, said, “I worked with Oisin in London and he is a truly exceptional talent. The addition of such a stellar creative artist allows us to further strengthen our world-class offering for color.”

  • Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018
Nick Docherty named head of strategy at BETC London
BETC London's (l-r) Nick Docherty, Rosie Bardales and Andrew Kay.

BETC London has appointed Nick Docherty to serve as its head of strategy. He comes over from Wieden+Kennedy New York. In his new role at BETC London, Docherty will join chief creative officer/partner Rosie Bardales and managing director Andrew Kay to work on the shop’s roster of clients which includes Rimmel, Swatch and Cow and Gate.

Docherty has nearly 20 years of experience. He started out at Ogilvy, worked to change behavior for good at Leo Burnett, embraced the sharp end of creativity at W+K Amsterdam and then moved across the Atlantic for a global leadership position at W+K New York. In that role, he’s been busy building integrated strategy teams across the Wieden + Kennedy network for brands such as Corona and Bud Light, marrying traditional planning skills with digital strategy, communications planning, social influence and community management to find new ways of developing disruptive content and connection.

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