• Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015
Shannon Lords joins Humble as EP
Shannon Lords

Shannon Lords has joined Humble as executive producer in Los Angeles. Lords comes over from Warpaint, Morgan Spurlock’s commercial production company, where she served as managing director and executive producer. She is the newest addition to Humble’s growing Los Angeles office, alongside EP Dawn Fanning Moore, and brings a wealth of experience and strong bicoastal ties to the company.

A seasoned production veteran, Lords has worked with dozens of commercial, documentary, and feature directors to develop commercials and branded content for top international brands. Prior to Warpaint, which she helped launch in 2012, Lords spent over a decade as a freelance producer for both feature and commercial projects, working with directors ranging from Barry Levinson and Spike Lee to Noam Murro and Joe Pytka. Over the years Lords has collaborated with many of the top commercial production companies and ad agencies in both New York and Los Angeles, and has delivered work for clients including Apple, Volkswagen, ESPN, Heineken, Coca-Cola, Mercedes, and McDonald’s.

Humble is a bicoastal integrated content studio created in 2006 by founder and president Eric Berkowitz. With sister company Postal, Humble offers full concept-to-completion creative resources, from live action production to full editorial, visual effects, CG, design and postproduction. 

  • Monday, Jul. 6, 2015
AT&T Mobility CMO David Christopher named Ad Council board chair
David Christopher

David Christopher, chief marketing officer of AT&T Mobility, has been named chair of the board of directors of the Ad Council. He succeeds Laura Desmond, global CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group. Christopher will be board chair through June 2016 when he will be succeeded by David Kenny, chairman and CEO of The Weather Company.

“David Christopher is a thought leader in the communications industry, particularly in marketing and the ever-changing digital world,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council.

Christopher joined the Ad Council board in 2010 and became a member of the executive committee in July 2011. Among his many contributions to the Ad Council, Christopher helped spearhead the 2012 New York anti-truancy PSA campaign, created in partnership with the Bloomberg administration. Targeting chronic absenteeism, the campaign was the largest ever city-wide effort to inform parents that students who routinely miss school are more likely to drop out and offered a wide range of resources to help parents keep their kids on track. The campaign received donated media through New York City and more than 40 percent of parents reported seeing the PSAs.

“Serving the Ad Council means a great deal to me because of the power it has to affect change on our most pressing social issues,” said Christopher. “With such a strong board and management team, I am confident we will continue the Ad Council’s tradition of outstanding work.”

Christopher has served as CMO for AT&T Mobility since 2004, and leads all marketing for AT&T’s 120M-plus customer wireless business. He is responsible for the company’s extensive portfolio of wireless products and services, including voice and data plans, smartphones, tablets, wearables and cloud products, as well as marketing and advertising for AT&T’s connected home platform, AT&T Digital Life, and the company’s prepaid brands, Cricket Wireless and GoPhone. Christopher also oversees the AT&T Developer Program and its more than 55,000 members, leading the team that determines and delivers the APIs, tools and training developers need to build new and innovative platforms. He is on the Facebook and Twitter client councils and is a member of the Marketing 50. In 2014, he was named to Forbes’ 50 Most Influential CMOs list.

With Christopher’s election, the Ad Council will continue its ongoing tradition of rotating board chairs every year between the organization’s founding sectors: media companies, advertising agencies and corporate advertisers.

  • Monday, Jul. 6, 2015
Pulse signs director Rodrigo Saavedra for spots, branded content in U.K.
Rodrigo Saavedra

Brazilian director Rodrigo Saavedra has joined Pulse for representation in commercials and branded entertainment in the U.K. Saavedra’s spot credits span such brands as Budweiser, Chivas Regal, Nissan, Mizuno and Volkswagen. His interactive spot for the latter earned a Film Craft Silver Lion at this year’s Cannes festival, in addition to a Bronze Lion for a viral ad he directed for Scrabble.

Prior to directing full time, Saavedra cut his commercial credentials in senior creative roles for various agencies, including Mother London, independent Africa Brazil, W+K Amsterdam and Santo Buenos Aires. With this experience, Saavedra not only saw first-hand how production played a vital role in bringing a concept to life, adding layers to a script to take it to the next level, but also gained a solid understanding of the demands creatives are under and how to work in a way that would both support and enhance their vision.

Saavedra said, “I have always considered myself to be a U.K. creative, having spent many years working agency side in London, and am excited to be working with Pulse to further cement my directing profile here. Pulse is one of the freshest companies I have come across, and I saw a synergy between the ways we both approach work, alongside a mutual commitment to quality.”

  • Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015
Steve Jun named CEO of Innocean Worldwide Americas
Steve Jun

Innocean Worldwide Americas has appointed Steve Jun as its new CEO. Jun replaces Tony Kim, who has served six years in the U.S. and will be returning to Innocean’s headquarters in Seoul, Korea.

Jun was most recently CEO of Innocean’s European operations and brings over 25 years of marketing and communications experience to the U.S. agency which has a client roster that includes Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors America, NRG Energy and Footjoy.

Jun is one of Innocean Worldwide’s founding members and has played an integral role in helping establish the company’s global headquarters in Korea in 2005 along with installing several other offices around the globe.

Jun’s appointment comes on the heels of other changes at the agency, including the recent addition of Tim Blett, formerly president of Doner’s offices in Newport Beach, Calif., as EVP, managing director.

  • Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015
Liberal Media Films adds director Jason Burks
Jason Burks

charlieuniformtango principal/president Lola Lott announced that director Jason Burks has joined the roster of sister shop Liberal Media Films (LMF). He has been working as a freelance director/DP with the LMF team for about eight years.

Burks has shot over 900 TV commercials, both regional and national, dozens of music videos, short films, feature films, documentaries, and product videos. His projects have taken him to all 50 states in the U.S. and six different continents. His talents as a writer have contributed significantly to his success as a director over the last decade working with hundreds of agencies and organizations.

At 31, he has worked with a remarkably broad range of cameras and is one of the few director/DPs to own and specialize in Phantom Camera slow motion shooting. His work with the Phantom Camera in the last year was recently shown by Able Cine and Vision Research at the 2015 NAB in Las Vegas to showcase the capabilities of the camera.

Burks is currently directing a documentary for Netflix that is filming in Colorado, California, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. He recently directed several national spots for The United Methodist Church in Nashville with LMF.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015
Director Ray Gordon joins Food Chain
Ray Gordon
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Food Chain has added photographer and director Ray Gordon to its roster.

Gordon is a globally recognized photographer and director who has shot for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Toyo, Danner Boots, Stetson and Red Bull. 

Gordon and Food Chain just completed a series of web films for AutoZone with NASCAR phenom Joey Logano. 

“Ray is an enormously talented photographer who really inhabits his environment. His directing career is just taking off but he has the maturity and experience to do some impressive work,” assessed Food Chain EP Brad Goldthwaite.

  • Friday, Jun. 26, 2015
Splice adds VFX artist Ryan Markley
Ryan Markley

Visual effects artist Ryan Markley has joined Minneapolis-based creative studio Splice. Known in the VFX community for having created the title character in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D” and blowing up MacLaren’s Pub in “How I Met Your Mother,” Markley has worked in a variety of capacities throughout his career in film and television. During this time, he’s exhibited a knack for both leading a team and taking direction, and along the way, he’s offered this experience in the form of guidance to junior 3D artists. Markley has had tenures at Worldwide FX in Louisiana (working on all the Millennium Films), Scoundrel VFX, as well as working on theme park media and augmented reality at Falcon’s Digital.

“What’s great about Ryan is that he can work quickly towards a photo-realistic result,” explains Ben Watne, head of Splice’s VFX department. “And he’s got incredible range. He can handle a wide variety of CGI tasks and do them all well--and on a deadline. I know whatever he’s assigned will be done right, and that’s a great feeling to have when taking into account the complexity of the work we put forward to our clients.”

  • Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2015
Erwin Penland hires Alex Lea as sr. VP/executive creative director
Alex Lea

Alex Lea will join marketing communications agency Erwin Penland as sr. VP/executive creative director. Lea will be stationed in Erwin Penland’s New York office, relocating from Boulder, Colo., where he was at agency CP+B as a creative director.

Reporting directly to Erwin Penland chief creative officer Con Williamson, Lea will handle creative strategy and management for clients including L.L.Bean and Denny’s. In addition to creative responsibilities, Lea will work on new business efforts for the Greenville, S.C.-headquartered agency.

Prior to CP+B, Lea was a creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi NY and Droga5. He was a driving force on noteworthy campaigns for clients including Microsoft Xbox, MIllerCoors, Kraft, General Mills, and Puma.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015
TVGla hires Kristopher Hanson as director of production
Kristopher Hanson

Digital marketing agency TVGla has brought Kristopher Hanson aboard as director of production, a new position at the shop.

Hanson brings an integrated digital production capability to TVGla, having produced work across channels and platforms at such agencies as Wunderman, Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, Wieden+Kennedy, and Possible Worldwide. He is joining TVGla from 180LA where he was executive producer of digital production.

“As our clients look to us for a growing array of digital solutions--everything from websites to social to video--managing the process and ensuring integration is vital. That’s Kristopher’s sweet spot and he brings us proven experience,” noted Dimitry Ioffe, CEO of TVGla.

TVGla has added significant new assignments from such clients as Hard Rock Café, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and others who want to maximize their digital assets across channels and platforms.

  • Monday, Jun. 22, 2015
Art director Sooudi, writer Gonzalez join Camp + King
Ali Sooudi (l) and Erik Gonzalez

Marketing agency Camp + King (C+K) has hired sr. art director Ali Sooudi and copywriter Erik Gonzalez. Sooudi joins C+K from Venables Bell & Partners. Sooudi has created campaigns for Conoco, 76 Gas, Google and Taco Del Mar.

Gonzalez was most recently at AKQA where he worked on the Apple, Google and Levi’s accounts. He has also served on creative teams at Mistress, Wieden+Kennedy and RPA.

Sooudi and Gonzalez will report to creative directors Rikesh Lal and Jesse Dillow and work across the C+K client roster, which includes Dish Network’s Sling TV, Del Taco, the Hershey Company’s Scharffen Berger and Google.

C+K is a Havas-aligned creative agency launched by CCO Roger Camp and CEO Jamie King in February 2011.

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