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People on the Move

  • Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018
Renee Krumweide joins Alldayeveryday as EP
Renee Krumweide

Production and entertainment company Alldayeveryday has added Renee Krumweide to its management team, hiring her as executive producer to head up the commercial division. The move comes on the heels of John Kaplan joining the company as partner and president.

Krumweide comes to Alldayeveryday with two decades of experience building connections and businesses across the advertising and entertainment industries and a reputation as a thoughtful matchmaker of today’s best creative talent. In 2012, she joined forces with Raquel Elfassi to form R&D Placement, a talent management company born from a desire to nurture and progress directorial talent. During her time at R&D, Krumweide also developed and produced a slate of documentaries, films and episodic content, including the Go90 docuseries Why We Fight.

Prior to R&D, Krumweide was part of the team at Resource LA, representing a roster of companies including Biscuit, The Directors Bureau, Spot Welders, and Serial Pictures. There, she worked with directors such as Noam Murro, Mike Mills, Roman Coppola and Tim Godsall.

Krumweide will be based in Allday’s LA Arts District office, where her focus will be developing and managing talent for both advertising and entertainment projects in a collaborative environment. Alldayeveryday is already off to a strong 2018, having produced work for clients including Nike, Beats, Nest, Puma, as well as upcoming film projects for HBO and Viceland.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018
The Mill hires creative director Donnie Bauer
Donnie Bauer

Donnie Bauer has joined the design team at The Mill in Chicago as creative director. He will lead the C4D pipeline within the design department, while increasing collaboration with the CG and 2D teams. Bauer will also be sharing his creative vision, working closely with clients to develop and deliver on their media-based needs.

Over the years he has developed expertise in a variety of roles, making him a uniquely versatile artist. He has dedicated his career to producing content for broadcast television and, along the way, has collaborated with clients including FITC, Pitchfork, Reebok, and Gatorade. Over the course of his formative 12 years in the industry and through his passion for design and animation, he’s earned accolades from AICE and PromaxBDA.

Prior to joining The Mill, Bauer had been a freelance designer for the past two years, working primarily as a motion designer and director.

Jeff Boddy, head of design at The Mill in Chicago, said, “Donnie is a veritable Swiss Army knife, with a skill set spanning the entire gamut of design, animation, and production disciplines. His arrival represents our focus on bolstering interdisciplinary creative solutions for production. As image makers, this keeps us nimble, flexible, and fresh.”

  • Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018
Robert Checchi joins yU+co as director of museum & special projects
Robert Checchi
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Digital content creation studio yU+co has added Robert Checchi, the award-winning former sr. exhibition designer for the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, as its new director of museum and special projects.

Checchi joins yU+co following 12 years at The Getty where he oversaw both temporary and permanent collection exhibition development, design, fabrication and installation at one of the world’s most acclaimed cultural institutions.

“This year marks yU+co’s 20th year in business, and one of the reasons I think we’ve had such a long run of success has been our ability to diversify and experiment,” company founder and creative director Garson Yu said. “Whether it’s in our strategic thinking and story-telling, the technology we use or seeking out opportunities beyond film and television, we’ve always been willing to try new things.” 

For Checchi, the move to join yU+co comes on the heels on the successful collaboration between the two on the “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road” exhibit, which featured a 3D immersive experience of the interior of one of the caves. The exhibit received several prestigious awards including a 2017 AAM Excellence in Exhibitions/Special Achievement Award, and a 2107 Gold Muse Award in the Multimedia Installations Competition.

“yU+co created the 3D immersive experience and produced the videos that accompanied the exhibit, and I got to see up close just how talented they were and the attention to detail they bring to their work,” Checchi says. “I was impressed. I had been looking to get more involved in the digital side of museum/exhibition design, and thought with my understanding of exhibit design and how major cultural institutions operate overall, coupled with yU+co’s creative design brilliance, we offered a potent combination of skills for today’s museums, cultural and educational institutions, and beyond.”

Checchi notes that as the technology has advanced, so has audiences’ demand for more immersive types of learning experiences that enhance the understanding of today’s exhibits.

“For a long time museums were resistant to putting anything digital next to their art,” Checchi said, “but that mindset is changing as more and more major museums are looking to enhance exhibits with interactive, immersive experiences that engage audiences and offer a deeper understanding of the subject.”

Decades Of Experience:
In the case of The Getty’s “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road,” yU+co created a 3D experience in which viewers entered a digital replica of one of the cave temples resplendent in art and sculpture that seemed to hang right in front of them. In addition, yU+co’s original video content offered further details about the art. 

Checchi brings over two decades of experience working in the art world. He began his career in 1993 as a designer at Statue of Liberty Monument/Ellis Island in New York. From there he embarked on a successful freelance career where he worked with such Los Angeles-based institutions as the Italian American Museum, Norton Simon Museum and the Skirball Center before joining The Getty in 2006.

At the Getty he was lead designer for such landmark exhibitions as “Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference”; “Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention”; “Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful” (winner of the 2015 Lucie Award for Exhibition of the Year); and the recent “Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas,” the flagship exhibition for the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA citywide initiative.

Carol Wong, yU+co VP/executive producer, added that many museums, exhibitions, educational institutions, live events, brands and retail spaces are looking to partner with smart, conceptual studios like yU+co that can use not only their design and CG skills, but also their visual storytelling talents to create something truly memorable for viewers.

“With our design skills and creative use of technology, coupled with Robert’s deep understanding of the museum world, yU+co is well positioned to help today’s cultural institutions find innovative ways to educate and engage audiences,”  said Wong.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018
Joseph Bell named COO, EVP of production at FuseFX
Joseph Bell

Visual effects studio FuseFX has appointed Joseph Bell as chief operating officer and executive VP of production, with responsibility for client-centric processes and operations, including production team management and company expansion.

Bell is an award-winning production executive with more than a decade of experience in the visual effects industry including a wide mix of film and television work. Most recently, he was executive producer at CoSA VFX, where he was the first hire and was instrumental in scaling the company to a team of 160 people. Bell’s previous experience includes roles with Industrial Light & Magic, Digital Dimension and Pixel Magic. Notable projects throughout his career include Star Trek (2009), The Gifted, Minority Report (TV), Person of Interest, Fringe, Revolution, Almost Human, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Live Free or Die Hard.

Bell is a longtime member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He holds an MFA in Film & TV Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and a Global Executive MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the National University of Singapore. He was nominated for Emmy Awards for his work with Gotham (2015) and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007).

  • Monday, Mar. 5, 2018
Annabel Bennett named EP of Whitehouse Post London
Annabel Bennett

Annabel Bennett has come aboard Whitehouse Post as executive producer of its London office. Her experience includes more than a decade as an agency producer for JWT, TBWA, Publicis and Leo Burnett. In more recent years, she brought her talents to VFX working at both CherryCherry and MPC. 

“Having been an agency producer as well as a VFX producer, I feel lucky to have been a part of both sides of the process,” she said. “Joining the Whitehouse as EP, I feel I already have an overall understanding of the industry and clients, which affords me the ability to jump right in with this new role.”

During her career, Bennett produced work for brands including McDonald’s, L’Oréal, Rimmel, HSBC, and Vodafone. Her first contact with Whitehouse was as a client, where she experienced its editorial roster first hand. “Looking at the roster, the talent is so strong and it feels like such an exciting time to grow and develop the editor’s work and expand their client bases,” said Bennett. In addition to working with the editors, Bennett will focus on creating the best possible experience for clients.

  • Friday, Mar. 2, 2018
Vicki Russell joins Union Editorial Austin as executive producer
Vicki Russell
AUSTIN, Texas -- 

Vicki Russell has joined Union Editorial Austin as executive producer. Union, which also has offices in New York and Los Angeles, has been active in the Austin market since 2011, opening a brick and mortar shop in December 2013 and inhabiting its current location since the summer of 2014. Prior to joining Union, Russell spent six years as executive producer at Austin’s Proof Advertising, where standout work included a project for Mouser Innovation Lab, in partnership with Marvel (directed by Dan Brown of Curiosity Shoppe, featuring Grant Imahara), that enjoyed viral success.

In her new role, Russell strives to support and nurture personal and professional growth. “Austin in general is a very supportive and tight-knit community,” she said. “There’s a lot of mutual respect among colleagues and competitors. (Editors) Kevin Ray and Rachael Waxler have been doing so well over the past few years, and I hope to grow their fan bases even more.”

Among Ray’s recent work out of Austin are projects for Bonefish Grill via Vitro, ACLU of Texas (Richard Linklater, director), Dodge (Spiro Razatos, director) and Walgreens (Dave Meyers, director), all via GSD&M in Austin. Via that agency, Waxler recently edited Hilton Garden Inn (Clay Weiner, director), Walgreens Beauty (Joel Kefali, director), Southwest Airlines (Rachel Goldenberg, director), and Popeyes (Rocky Powell, director). Since its inception, Union Editorial Austin has worked on Lowe’s, Anheuser Busch, Target, Domino’s, Red Bull, Starbucks, Pepsi, and MLB, all via LatinWorks.

Russell graduated from University of North Texas in 1995, earning a Bachelor Degree in Journalism with emphasis in Advertising. She began her career as an assistant account executive at DDB Needham in Dallas, before moving into postproduction. Russell worked her way up from client service/assistant producer to producer, then sr. producer, dividing time between Post Op and N2O (both in Dallas). She segued into agency producing at The Richards Group, Dallas. In 2006, Russell moved to Austin as a freelancer, producing projects via GSD&M for Wal-Mart and AT&T. She next joined Beast Austin as executive producer, overseeing editorial on work for Southwest Airlines, BMW, Kohler, AT&T and Whataburger, to name a few. After the birth of her daughter and a brief move to Boulder, Colo., Russell returned to Austin and joined Proof as EP. In addition to Mouser Innovation Lab, some of Russell’s clients at Proof included American Heart Association, Stubbs BBQ, Subway and Apothic Wines. In 2017 alone, Russell worked with directors Plummer/Strauss, Eli Green with A Common Thread, Berndt Mader with The Bear, Mike Woolf with Beef and Pie, Michael O of Noonday Pictures, and Gina Grande. Russell’s awards and honors include an Austin ADDY for Mouser Innovation Labs; a Silver Telly Award for Baylor University, and consecutive Big Wig Awards from the Austin Ad Fed for Best Commercial Producer.

Russell’s favorite projects include an early campaign she produced for MD Anderson cancer centers (via Richards Group, directed by Iain MacKenzie), focusing on three cancer survivors (“It was a very personal and touching project, and I was very proud to be a part of that, especially as a new agency producer,” she said). Another favorite is a project for the Midwest hot dog brand Schweigert via Proof, notable because “it was shot in my backyard on a hot-as-hell Texas day, for next to nothing. It was directed by Jason Marlow, with DP Tod Campbell, and is still one of the most fun projects I’ve done.” 

All of those experiences have served Russell well and prepared her for this new chapter. “I’ve always loved the creative process and watching the magic that can happen in an edit bay. The team at Union Austin, along with the ad community in this town, is incredible. I look forward continuing to connect great creative with the great talent assembled here.” 

  • Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018
Shane Griffin named global creative director of Los York Studio
Shane Griffin

Director and visual artist Shane Griffin has joined Los York as a partner and the global creative director of Los York Studio. Griffin will lead Los York Studio from the New York office, collaborating with both agencies and brands, fostering a collective of artists and multi-disciplinarians to create notable content.

Los York Studio is the mixed-media design and production division of a larger family of enterprises that includes Los York Label, Los York Ideation, Los York Entertainment, and Los York Films, where Griffin is represented as a director.

Griffin has directed films for Apple, Google, Microsoft, Ford, and Adidas, and his work spans a broad range of disciplines from animation and live action, to sculpture and CGI. He has worked with Los York before, including on Apple’s “Let Your Red Out” spot.

Griffin comes to Los York after serving as creative director at VFX house Method Studios, head of motion design at ManvsMachine, and founding partner of creative studio and artist representation agency Sunday Afternoon, based in New York City. He is joined in Los York Studio’s New York office by Garrett Braren, who was recently brought on as executive producer, following stints at 1stAveMachine and Laundry. Los York sr. EP Santino Sladavic will help Griffin lead Los York Studio. 


  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Cut+Run promotes assistant Matt Prickett to editor
Matt Prickett

Cut+Run has promoted assistant Matt Prickett to editor. He joined the shop back in 2015 from CP+B London where he served as in-house editor in the agency’s Miami and then London offices. Once at Cut+Run’s Soho edit studio, he started to assist editor/partner Ben Campbell. Following his work on a range of increasingly high-profile campaigns for brands such as Vodafone, Bet Victor, Hula Hoops and Now TV, Matt is now a full-fledged editor at the shop.

Prickett’s work ranges from music videos to big brands; documentary-style pieces, to comedy and drama.

Prickett said: “I’m proud to be joining the editor ranks at Cut+Run, some of my favorite ads of all time have been created here.”

Campbell assessed, “Matt has an incredible attention to detail, a professionalism, and such an easy way with the people he works with, it’s no surprise he’s been promoted to editor. It’s with some pride that I say I’m very excited to see what flows from his suite in the coming years,”

Cut+Run maintains studios in London, New York, Los Angeles, Austin and San Francisco.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Matthew Anderson named chief growth officer at BBH NY
Matthew Anderson

BBH New York has appointed agency veteran Matthew Anderson to serve as chief growth officer. Anderson joins BBH following a career of business development roles as global CMO at Code & Theory, CMO at Publicis NY and managing director of business development at The Kaplan Thaler Group. Anderson was most recently CMO at the PR/Communications agency Marina Maher Communications where he led the agency’s growth and agency marketing initiatives. Anderson will report to New York CEO Anthony Romano, who recently joined BBH from R/GA.

Anderson’s business development experience began at Deutsch, where he spent nine years and was elevated to head of business development for the New York office. Throughout his career, Anderson has been responsible for influencing a long list of account wins, including Wendy’s, Abbott Nutrition, USAA, Red Lobster, PNC Bank, J&J Acuvue and Merck.

  • Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Stuart Robinson to lead Method's advertising business in North America
Stuart Robinson

To create the increasingly diverse scope of projects advertisers and brands now need, global VFX company Method Studios is bolstering its leadership team. Stuart Robinson has been promoted to EVP and managing director, North American advertising production, to unify advertising and brand-facing operations. In this new role he will drive strategy, business development and operations across visual effects, design and finishing, and integrate the AR/VR capabilities of Method EXP for advertising clients. 

The company has also brought Alaina Zanotti on board as sr. executive producer, business development; and promoted long-time EP Stephanie Gilgar to VP, executive producer, advertising in Los Angeles. Executive producer Angela Lupo has also been promoted to VP, executive producer, advertising in New York, where she will lead day-to-day operations of the NY studio as Robinson takes on his new, bi-coastal role. This team collaborates closely with Method EXP’s Sinjin Bain, SVP, global head of AR/VR.

Method president and GM, Ed Ulbrich, said, “Stu’s a dynamic guy and both clients and creatives love working with him. He’s had great success building our business in New York. We had our best year ever in 2017, and it’s because of the opportunities Stu and the teams have created. They’re now taking that success to the next level by making our production operations even more seamless between the coasts and pulling in talent from our worldwide studios.”   

Robinson has decades of experience bringing together creative and technical solutions and supervising projects from pre-production through delivery at leading creative studios. He was one of Framestore London’s first employees, led Smoke & Mirrors’ production division, and was tapped by Superfad to open and run its London office. He opened and ran his own creative boutique before joining Method in 2012.

Zanotti brings deep business development and client relationship experience to Method’s advertising team. She spent more than a decade at Company 3 in Los Angeles and New York as an executive producer, sales engineer and product manager specializing in digital post workflows, remote collaboration and location-based services. She then expanded into the role of executive producer across Method and Company 3 driving business development, client relations, operations, and marketing. She also founded and led business development for L.A.-based editorial and postproduction house Cartel. 

Robinson said, “Our clients are changing. We’re working a lot more with brands as well as agencies, and the type of work they’re asking us to do goes way beyond traditional TV commercials. We have incredible creative talent all over the world in VFX, design, finishing and AR/VR, and we’re able to connect them and put together the right teams for projects that can be anything from global product launches to real-time experiences.”