• Thursday, Sep. 2, 2021
Matthieu Toullet promoted to creative director of color at MPC London
Matthieu Toullet
LONDON -- 

Moving Picture Company (MPC) has promoted colorist Matthieu Toullet to creative director of color, London. Toullet was recently awarded a Gold Cannes Lion in the Film Craft-Color Correction/Grading category for Burberry’s “Festive” directed by Megaforce.

In his new role, Toullet will be will be responsible for growing the evolving color offering of MPC’s London studio, with a view to continued collaboration with the world’s top brands and directors.

Bringing with him over 15 years’ experience grading commercials, music videos and feature films, Toullet joined MPC in 2014 from Digital District Paris. His work spans many genres, from the award-winning urban street campaign for Adidas “Unite All Originals” with SoMe and Sid Lee, to fashion films for Cacharel and Jean Paul Gualtier.

His portfolio of work also includes the striking grade on Volkswagen’s “The Others” for which he was awarded a Gold Ciclope, Volvo’s “The Birdman” and the JAIN “Makeba” promo, which collected Music Video of the Year at Victoires de la Musique.

Long-form credits include the TV series Midnight Sun, directed by Bjorn Stein and Mars Marlind.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021
Dawn Snyder named Art Directors Guild’s director of education & special projects
Dawn Snyder
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has named production designer Dawn Snyder as its director of education & special projects, succeeding Casey Bernay. The two are currently working together, creating a smooth transition as Snyder takes over officially today (9/1).
 
Bernay will stay on in a support role and continues to be involved with the Guild as a member of the board of directors and secretary of the Illustrators and Matte Artists Council.
 
National executive director Chuck Parker noted, “I am thrilled that Dawn Snyder has agreed to take the reins of the ADG Education Program with her thorough art department background combined with her teaching experience. Casey Bernay blazed the trail for harnessing the power of contract services to provide more than just safety training, to the ultimate benefit of not only just Local 800 members, but members of other West Coast locals as well.  As Casey moves towards retirement, a seamless transition with Dawn is in the works and the winners will be the members of Local 800 for years to come.”
 
Snyder said, “After 38 years doing my dream job (as set designer, art director and production designer), I find myself fortunate enough to be able to help craft a program that will educate, strengthen skills, and encourage both current and future members of the Art Directors Guild to succeed in their dream jobs.”
 
She paid tribute to Bernay for her successful years in the position. The Art Directors Guild has developed, through Bernay, a robust education program which enables members to receive training and develop additional skills related to their work.
 
Snyder is best known as a TV production designer on shows such as Arrested Development, for which she won an Art Directors Guild Award. Other shows include Rush Hour, Imaginary Mary and the Netflix series Best Worst Weekend Ever. Her set design credits include Geostorm, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Van Helsing, Armageddon, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Caddyshack II and Field of Dreams.
 
Snyder was recently professor of production design at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia, and is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at AFI.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021
Sylvie Ouziel to join Publicis Groupe as CEO Of Shared Platforms
Sylvie Ouziel
PARIS -- 

Publicis Groupe has hired Sylvie Ouziel to serve as CEO of its Shared Platforms. She assumes the role on September 8. Ouziel will be responsible for: Re: Sources, Publicis’ 5000-strong global shared service backbone that builds consistency and synergies across the Groupe’s tools and systems, in support of its country-led model; Marcel, the proprietary AI-powered platform connecting and scaling Publicis’ teams to learn more, share more and create more; real estate, procurement, insurance and the global management of the Groupe’s technology partnerships. Ouziel will report directly to Arthur Sadoun, CEO and chairman of Publicis Groupe, and join the Management Committee.    

Sadoun stated, “The addition of Sylvie to Publicis’ leadership team further confirms our shift from a holding company to a platform. Our country model is in place, with a single P&L to deliver an end-to-end model. Our global capabilities in data and technology with Epsilon and Publicis Sapient are fueling all of our local operations to help our clients transform. Our shared platforms will, more than ever, support our clients’ growth by providing them with guaranteed outcomes, reduction of delivery risk and increased cost-competitiveness, along with speed to market and strategic flexibility. What is more, and maybe even more importantly, our shared platforms further enhance our employer attractiveness via unmatched collaborative experiences and personal development opportunities for our teams.”

Since 2019, Ouziel has been international president of Envision Digital, the net zero carbon software and industrial technology leader, based out of Singapore. 

Previously, she spent eight years at Allianz, where she was chairwoman of Allianz Managed Operations and Services, based in Munich (in charge of creating the Group Shared Services), then, global CEO of Allianz Assistance (B2B2C and services global business unit of the insurance group), while also directly overseeing the APAC businesses.

Ouziel began her career at Accenture, where she held various management positions over 12 years as a partner, the last one being global COO of Accenture Management consulting. 

During her 20 years overall at Accenture, she shaped and delivered global strategic transformation programs for industrial clients, notably in automotive, pharmacy and construction. 

Ouziel is an engineer who graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris and from the Kellogg’s Northwestern Accenture-sponsored Executive MBA Program. 

Ouziel is enthused about joining Publicis and its “tradition of modernity.” She added, “To continuously earn the trust of clients and teams in a constantly bar-raising environment, Publicis Shared Platforms will focus on scaling leading-edge digital solutions, at speed, in a compliant and cyber-secure way, on processing mass transaction with industrial quality and hosting inclusive and inspiring virtual and physical collaborative spaces for teams, partners and clients. We will continue to optimize corporate and external partners’ resources towards increased competitiveness.”

  • Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021
180 Amsterdam expands creative department with key hires and a promotion
Katrina Encanto (l) and EJ Galang
AMSTERDAM -- 

180 Amsterdam has appointed two new executive creative directors, a creative director team, a data-focused strategy director and promoted a creative director to ECD level.

Creative partners Katrina Encanto and EJ Galang have joined as ECDs, after spending seven years as a creative team at MullenLowe London leading global clients such as sloggi, Nutella and several Unilever brands, while working on others such as Dulux paints and charities the pair believe in. 

They will be working alongside the newly promoted John Messum, who steps up from creative director to ECD. Messum has been behind some award-winning brand campaigns for DHL, Qatar Airways as well as partnership campaigns with FIFA, Formula 1, Barcelona FC and Manchester United. 

Encanto and Galang have more than a decade of global experience together having worked in the U.K., Thailand, Italy and their native Philippines. While at Lowe Thailand, their Sunlight work was one of the most awarded campaigns in the world, winning top awards at D&AD, Cannes Lions and other major international shows.

While at MullenLowe London, Encanto and Galang were part of the team behind Redraw The Balance, a gender equality campaign that has gained global attention and has been recreated by the UN and the NHS. This work has also been recognized with two gold Effie awards, helping MullenLowe London become UK Effie Agency of the Year in 2017.

Alongside their passion for the work, Encanto and Galang offer advice to returning creatives, mentor young people from underserved communities, and help juniors become award-winning independent creatives. They jointly sum up their recent creations as, “a music video with a rapping granny in her underwear, a social experiment that’s been recreated by the UN, and a magazine cover that made it to Times Square.”

Kalle Hellzen, chief creative officer at 180 Amsterdam, said of the new hires: “As creatives and as leaders, they are pushing the boundaries within both their work and their commitment to fostering inclusive cultures. Having Kat and EJ on the team adds a fresh perspective as well as deepening our ambition to both see and create the world as it could be.”

180 additionally welcomes Marlon von Franquemont and Reinier Demeijer-Gorissen, a creative director duo who have spent the majority of their career working out of Berlin for agencies such as Jung von Matt, DDB Berlin and INNOCEAN Berlin. The pair worked with international brands including Mercedes-Benz, Nikon, Hyundai and Charité, picking up numerous awards along the way at Cannes Lions, D&AD, Eurobest, and ADC Global to name a few. Most recently they were awarded a Gold and Silver Lion at Cannes Lions for their campaign “Printed by Parkinsons” as well as two Grand Prixs at Eurobest for the same piece.

Also coming aboard 180 Amsterdam as strategy director is Didi Sutisna who was previously based in Singapore working for TBWA\Worldwide and TBWA\Group Singapore, fulfilling global roles on brands such as Singapore Airlines.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
Brand experience agency Lively hires Lottie Dennis as sr. creative producer
Lottie Dennis
LONDON -- 

Independent global brand experience agency Lively has added to its Creative Service team with the appointment of Lottie Dennis as sr. creative producer, dedicated to creative development for clients across brand experiences and live marketing. 

Denis has been a talented freelancer with Lively working on award-winning projects with Ericsson Global, Mazda, Spotify and the Independent, and has years of developing solutions for Amazon Prime Student, Coca-Cola and Sony Mobile. 

She consulted for Vice when it first set up its experiential division in 2018, and was part of teams winning numerous Institute of Promotional Marketing awards with Clarins Urban Oasis, and MAA Globe golds for Xperia: Extraordinary Everyday Tour project.

Mike White, CEO at Lively, said, “Her combination of creativity and capability, gained across a wide variety of brands and sectors means Lottie has the experience we need, and her commitment to innovation makes her a great fit for us culturally.”

Dennis shared, “I was so inspired by Lively’s can-do attitude during the pandemic, innovative ways of approaching briefs and, most importantly, their policy of future-proofing client strategies by always thinking about what is coming next. After working with Lively on a freelance basis I know they are ready for hybrid and the new normal! Or, I should say, ‘We are ready!’”

  • Monday, Aug. 30, 2021
Amy Tunick joins National CineMedia as chief marketing officer
Amy Tunick
NEW YORK -- 

National CineMedia (NCM), the largest cinema advertising network in the U.S., has brought Amy Tunick aboard in the newly created role of SVP, chief marketing officer (CMO) to lead its integrated marketing team. She will oversee NCM’s brand strategy, creative development, marketing solutions, consumer marketing, studio relations and public relations, working collaboratively across the organization to drive innovation and strengthen the company’s connections with consumers, brands and agencies.

As NCM’s first CMO, Tunick joins the company at a crucial time with audiences returning to cinemas nationwide and marketers currently looking to recharge their media plans after an 18-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. She brings over two decades of agency, brand and media experience working with Fortune 100 and 500 advertisers on multichannel campaigns including branded content, talent, experiential marketing, cause marketing and entertainment partnerships. She is based in New York.

Throughout Tunick’s career, she has overseen integrated marketing and PR initiatives at prominent media and entertainment companies and agencies. Previously at WarnerMedia, she led a 15-person team implementing custom cross-platform campaigns for domestic and global advertisers at CNN while overseeing operations and strategy for Courageous, CNN’s brand studio. She also led event marketing for the news ad sales division and produced CNN’s upfront event from 2018-2020.

Prior to WarnerMedia, she spent nearly 15 years as a senior leader on the agency side of the advertising business. As president of WPP’s Grey Activation & PR, she led a 40-person team developing and executing integrated brand-building campaigns via experiential activations, partnerships, promotions, influencers and earned media tied to pop culture. Tunick contributed to 30 Cannes Lion wins for Grey Group. Throughout her career, she has worked with advertisers across categories, such as Canon, the National Park Service, Coca-Cola, Hulu, Procter & Gamble, Walgreens, BMW and Pfizer, among many others.

Additionally, Tunick is a founding member of Chief, a private network focusing on connecting and supporting female leaders pursuing and entering the C-Suite and other senior leadership positions. She began her career in the legendary mailroom agent trainee program at the William Morris Agency.

Scott Felenstein, president of sales, marketing & partnerships at NCM, said, “Amy’s two decades of experience includes developing and executing countless successful, profit-driving integrated marketing initiatives. She is an exemplary leader driven by how entertainment, culture and technology come together to form marketing content that pays dividends for brands. We welcome her to NCM’s senior leadership team and look forward to the many new creative ideas she will share to drive business for our advertising clients while engaging moviegoers.”

  • Monday, Aug. 30, 2021
Joel Watkins joins HUSH as sr. designer
Joel Watkins
BROOKLYN, NY -- 

Experience design firm HUSH has added Joel Watkins as sr. designer. He earlier worked for design and digital firms Elephant and Huge. Over his career, he has been an integral part of several notable projects, including Stonewall Forever, which challenged him to visually represent the 50 years of history since the Stonewall Riots via a living digital sculpture, as well as the Semi Permanent 2018 title sequence.

Before officially joining the HUSH team, Watkins got his feet wet on a myriad of projects working in a freelance capacity for the firm including serving as a key contributor to The Steam experience for Uber’s global Mission Bay headquarters as well as The Orbit, a digital/physical experience for HBO Max and AT&T that allows users to explore HBO Max’s entire content library in real-time using pose detection, voice and facial recognition. 

As sr. designer, Watkins sees his role evolving in two ways: “First and foremost, I’ll continue to grow as an expert in physical experience design, which not only includes design within physical and technical complexities, but also creating bold and beautiful design that lives within adaptive digital systems,” he explained. “Secondly, I hope to be a link and leader of the relationship between design and technology. The projects I am most looking forward to are those in which technology, visual design, and architecture are in perfect harmony with each other while creating unequivocal value for our client.”

  • Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
Time's Up CEO Tina Tchen resigns in wake of Cuomo scandal
In this June 23, 2014, file photo, Tina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, speaks at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington. Tchen, who went on to become the CEO of the sex harassment victims' advocacy group Time's Up, resigned from the position on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in the wake of revelations that leaders of the group advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on how to handle allegations made against him. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The chief executive of the sexual harassment victims' advocacy group Time's Up resigned Thursday amid outrage over revelations that its leaders advised  former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration after he was first accused of misconduct last year.

Time's Up CEO and president Tina Tchen said in a statement that she's "spent a career fighting for positive change for women" but was no longer the right person to lead the #MeToo-era organization.

"I am especially aware that my position at the helm of TIME'S UP has become a painful and divisive focal point, where those very women and other activists who should be working together to fight for change are instead battling each other in harmful ways," she wrote.

The group's chief operating officer, Monifa Bandele, will serve as interim CEO.

Tchen's resignation comes after the Aug. 9 departure of the organization's chair, Roberta Kaplan. Both women had been the target of ire from Time's Up supporters over the idea they had offered any help to Cuomo, who resigned Monday, three weeks after an investigation overseen by New York's attorney general  concluded he sexually harassed at least 11 women. 

The report detailed Cuomo's attempt to discredit his first public accuser, Lindsey Boylan, after she accused him last December of making inappropriate comments, but before she explicitly detailed allegations of unwanted touching and kissing.

Text messages obtained by The Washington Post show that Tchen initially discouraged other Time's Up leaders from making any public comment about Boylan's allegations. Later,  top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa asked Kaplan — her attorney — to review a letter the governor's supporters intended to circulate attacking Boylan's credibility. 

"Ms. Kaplan read the letter to the head of the advocacy group Times Up, and both of them allegedly suggested that, without the statements about Ms. Boylan's interactions with male colleagues, the letter was fine," the report said, without explicitly naming Tchen.

The letter was ultimately never released.

Later, after Boylan expanded on her allegations against Cuomo, T ime's Up called for an investigation.

Boylan noted Thursday that Tchen's resignation statement didn't include an apology.

"It's sad that @TinaTchen still can't take responsibility for the harm she's caused," Boylan tweeted. That sentiment was echoed by another Cuomo accuser, Charlotte Bennett. 

"Instead of offering a sincere apology to the survivors, activists and allies she's harmed, @TinaTchen goes out the same way our former Governor did — listing her accomplishments, pointing the finger at others, and attempting to justify her inexcusable behavior. Good riddance."

Tchen declined further comment.

Time's Up got its start in January 2018 amid outrage over sexual misconduct by the film producer Harvey Weinstein. More than 300 women in entertainment — from television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes to actresses Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria — signed an open letter that established them as founders.

Its high-profile debut continued with  that month's Golden Globes, in which attendees donned black and sported Time's Up pins to call attention to the movement for gender equality.

Tchen previously served as an assistant to then-President Barack Obama, chief of staff to then-first lady Michelle Obama and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She co-founded the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in 2017, along with Kaplan and two other women. The fund was established to help everyday survivors with legal costs, and had raised nearly $22 million less than a year after its founding.

In a statement Thursday, the Time's Up board praised Tchen's tenure, saying she "has made a difference in the lives of so many and we are grateful for her hard work and impact." But accepting her resignation was a measure of accountability, the board said.

This isn't the first time the advocacy group has been roiled by leadership issues. Tchen took the helm in 2019, after former WNBA president Lisa Borders stepped down as president and CEO  following sexual misconduct allegations against her own son.

Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo and a member of Time's Up's extended board, offered her perspective on the troubled waters earlier this week to The Associated Press. She described Time's Up as a young organization with good intentions that's now grappling with how to wield power.

Associated Press reporter Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021
Frank Content hires Dave Lembke as general manager/EP
Dave Lembke
TORONTO -- 

Dave Lembke has joined Toronto-based Frank Content as general manager/executive producer.

For the past five years in Toronto, Lembke has been EP at Flare, BBDO’s in-house production arm. Prior to that, he worked as a producer/director on reality and factual TV shows like Big Brother Canada, UnderCover Boss and Hello/Goodbye.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
Olivia Burke joins Harbor as talent operations director
Olivia Burke
NEW YORK -- 

Harbor has hired Olivia Burke as talent operations director. Burke spent a decade with The Mill and has built a reputation as a skilled, creative talent acquisitions specialist, growing teams in the VFX, design, animation, live-action, editorial, and virtual production spaces.

In this newly created role within Harbor, Burke will scout, recruit, mentor, and manage talent at all levels, as well as oversee hiring and onboarding in partnership with key internal stakeholders.  She will also implement initiatives centered on enhancing company culture and driving creative and career opportunities throughout the organization.

Her focus on creative recruitment was born out of her own passion for filmmaking and design following her graduation with a degree in architecture from USC and time spent studying in Italy, before joining The Mill in Los Angeles. She returned to the East Coast in 2014 to take up a photography residency at The School of Visual Arts, where she completed a project on The Highline entitled Urban Oasis.  Most recently, Burke was U.S. talent acquisitions lead for Technicolor’s recruitment team, The Focus, where she represented The Mill and Moving Picture Company. 

Through her extensive mentorship work, she has provided training workshops for students and developed internship programs. Her drive for diversity, equality, and inclusion in the screen-based creative industries has prompted her support for organizations such as Access VFX, The Animation Project, .movtogether, and Exceptional Minds. 

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