Thursday, February 22, 2018

People on the Move

  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
Matthieu de Lesseux joins Havas Group in newly created role
Matthieu de Lesseux

Matthieu de Lesseux has been appointed to the newly created role of CEO of Creative Activities for Havas Paris, Les Gaulois, Fullsix France and Havas Digital Factory. Scheduled to come aboard at the beginning of September, he will help accelerate the digital transformation of Havas Group’s clients in France and serve as a member of Havas Village France’s executive committee, chaired by Raphaël de Andreis. 

After having been a successful digital entrepreneur and founding digital agency Duke, de Lesseux became president of Razorfish France. He then joined the Omnicom Group as co-president of DDB Paris and DDB France Group where he led digital transformation and won leading brands including McDonald’s and Volkswagen.

“I have closely followed Matthieu’s impressive career for years,” said de Andreis. “He is one of the pioneers of digital transformation in France. He is pragmatic and always one step ahead. He was the first to understand that mobile created a connection with consumers that goes beyond communication and actually drives sales. Matthieu is also a great manager who is passionate about what he does and who values creative ideas above everything else.”

“I am proud, excited yet humbled to be joining the Havas Village France,” said de Lesseux. “The excellence of its agencies and teams, the merging of creative and media, the agility necessary to transform our clients’ business, the integration of technology and data and the joining of Havas and Vivendi are just some of the assets that mean we have the best offering on the market.”


  • Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
Susanne Kelly promoted to EP at Rocket Film
Susanne Kelly

Susanne Kelly, head of sales and new business development at the recently launched bicoastal Rocket Film, has been promoted to executive producer in the company’s New York office.

Kelly now joins an established management team at Rocket Film that includes co-founders Sara Eolin, Klaus Obermeyer and Ken Arlidge along with fellow executive producer Cory Noonan and EP/head of production Marla Whittaker. According to Kelly, who along with the rest of Rocket’s leadership spent the past several years at production company Aero Film, her rise to EP has been a somewhat natural progression. “The role of EP came organically and has been in the works for a while,” she said.  “I’ve been exclusively working with most of the team for almost five years with my role inherently growing over that time. I’m beyond excited to help launch Rocket with such a talented group of people.  I know diving into this role, I’m surrounded by people who are consummate pros that I fully trust.”

As Rocket EP with a decade’s worth of industry experience, Kelly will continue working on business development and sales on the East Coast, while increasing collaboration with the company’s Midwest and West Coast sales teams on overarching tone and strategy. In addition, she’ll play a significant role in nurturing and growing the production company’s award-winning directorial talent, with a focus on further diversifying Rocket’s roster and scope of work.

  • Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
John Kilshaw promoted to creative director at Zoic Studios
John Kilshaw

Zoic Studios has promoted John Kilshaw to creative director. Kilshaw joined Zoic’s New York studio in 2016 as VFX supervisor and has rapidly shifted to lead the creative direction of projects out of the East Coast office, spanning television, feature film and commercial work. Kilshaw has nearly 15 years of experience in visual effects. He has been instrumental in the growth of the NYC office, growing the studio’s staff to accommodate the influx of large scale projects in the local market.

Kilshaw has worked at top award-winning VFX shops including ILM, Method and Double Negative. He has lent his talents to such major feature films as The Avengers, Battleship , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rango, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 10,000 BC, Cloverfield, The Dark Knight and The Chronicles of Riddick. Most recently, Kilshaw served as VFX supervisor on the Netflix superhero crossover series Marvel’s The Defenders, which was released on August 18. He also recently worked on Darren Aronofsky’s thriller Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Domhnall Gleeson, which is premiering at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in theaters on September 15.

“John has been integral in the success of our New York office.  He’s assembled a great team and strikes that careful balance of top notch creative and strong business acumen,” noted Zoic executive creative director/co-founder Chris Jones.  
“It’s really a golden age for television right now, and it is exciting to discover more spectacular ways to tell stories and capture audience’s imagination,” added Kilshaw.

Kilshaw studied fine art painting at the Gamble Institute and majored in design and photography at Staffordshire Polytechnic, working as a photographer and stylist for a short time before moving into finance. He moved on to the brand consultancy firm Wolff Olins, which led him to the film and advertising space. Kilshaw brings his experience fostering relationships in the finance world to the collaborative spirit of the entertainment industry. He has held numerous 3D, visual effects, digital effects and computer graphics roles over the years.

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Colorist Matt Osborne joins The Mill LA
Matt Osborne

Matt Osborne has come aboard the team of colorists at The Mill’s Los Angeles studio.
Osborne began his career at The Mill London in 2013, later moving to the U.S. to join the Chicago studio. With a diverse portfolio of beautiful projects to his name, Osborne grades for the industry’s top directors. His style and technique have gained him a reputation in crafting stunning imagery for leading creative brands such as Corona, H&M, Adidas, State Farm, McDonald’s and Audi. 

“Matt has a great enthusiasm for color and his work speaks for itself,” said Adam Scott, head of color in the L.A. studio.

Thatcher Peterson, executive producer of color, added, “With Matt’s arrival, we’re able to continue strengthening our world-class offering while providing more to our clients than ever before.”

Osborne’s body of work includes multiple award-winning projects including LG’s “World of Play” directed by Fredrik Bond of MJZ and Audi’s “Birth” directed by Mill+’s Andrew Proctor.

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Betsy Powell joins BARK BARK as VP of client partnerships, theatrical
Betsy Powell

Advertainment studio BARK BARK, with offices in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles, is expanding its marketing content support of film, TV and streaming productions shooting in Georgia. Central to this expansion is the addition of Betsy Powell, BARK BARK’s new VP of client partnerships, theatrical.

Powell who brings extensive experience in theatrical marketing to BARK BARK in Atlanta, noted, “According to FilmLA, Georgia was home to more of the top 100 grossing films of 2016 than any other location. With 320 film and TV productions, generating  $9.5 billion in economic impact just this past year, I’m excited to be a part of what happens next in Georgia. “

BARK BARK has been successfully delivering theatrical marketing and branded content across every platform from Snapchat to broadcast for over 10 years, and is increasing its Atlanta capabilities, further enhanced by Georgia’s vibrant production industry and the state’s new postproduction tax credits. 

“With the boost from Georgia Film and TV tax credits, we are proud to be hiring more people and expanding our space in Atlanta to share our theatrical marketing content expertise with the growing community here,” explained SVP of client partnership, Karen Grant.

Following time in NYC working for the likes of HBO and Lifetime, Powell spent most of her career in Los Angeles, working for creative agencies, broadcast networks, movie trailer and feature film marketing companies on projects for every genre and scope. Among them, Aspect Ratio, New Wave Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, and Warner Bros in-house theatrical agency. Prior to joining BARK BARK, Powell was CD of On Air and Short Form launching Jennifer Lopez’s English-speaking Latino network to the highest ratings in their history with a bicoastal campaign led by J Lo herself as chief creative officer.

BARK BARK has been crafting award-winning marketing content on every platform via its trio of offices in the country’s leading entertainment cities. Branded content, movie trailers, TV campaigns, Snapchat, teasers, BTS, VR-360, brand connections, and marketing content of every shape and size comprise BARK BARK’s support for the film, TV and advertising industry worldwide. BARK BARK also maintains exclusive relationships with such producers as Jennifer Lopez’ Nuyorican Productions, Sean Hayes’ Hazy Mills and ITV, the largest independent non-fiction series creator in America. At BARK BARK, Powell will work hand in hand with the management team including Karen Grant and Brian Tolleson in the company’s expansion. 

Tolleson, president of the company, said, “I’m consistently impressed with Georgia. The State is wisely supporting the entertainment industry, consistently maintaining a small-business friendly economy, and keeping non-discrimination as a core value. Investing more here was kind of a no-brainer.”

  • Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
Richard Robinson becomes EP at Madison + Vine
Richard Robinson

Madison + Vine, a bicoastal content studio, has hired Richard Robinson as its first executive producer. Robinson will be responsible for growing the two-year-old company’s roster of directors, as well as building its agency relationships. Robinson joins from L.A. production company D1STR1CT, part of international production company Casta Diva Pictures, with offices around the world. Robinson was executive producer and managing partner at D1STR1CT, working with brands including Nike, P&G, Samsung, Fiat and Lexus.

Born and raised in Italy, Robinson moved to L.A. in 2006 and attended the Los Angeles Film School where he began working on indie feature films as an assistant director. He later worked on more than 30 feature films, including the Oscar-winning The Artist for which he was part of the assistant directors’ support team under director Michel Hazanavicius. The Artist earned Hazanavicius and his team the DGA Award in 2012.

Eventually, Robinson shifted his focus to commercial production and began working with various production companies such as Epoch Films, Anonymous Content, Biscuit Filmworks and Caviar. 

“The coolest thing about Madison + Vine is it’s a production company with a vibe that’s more like Silicon Valley, where everyone has a seat at the table to come up with creative solutions for our brands and agency partners,” said Robinson. “I look forward to growing our pool of talent and working with like-minded agencies.” 

The appointment follows significant momentum for Madison + Vine. The studio has quickly garnered success producing work with agencies across the country and acting as a creative partner studio for clients including Taco Bell, Samsung, Staples and Lady Gaga. Its mission of bringing Madison Ave + Hollywood together is reflected by its expansion to NYC, meaningful collaborations with emerging filmmaker talent, and recent projects that have successfully cultivated brand love.

James Shani, CEO and founder of Madison + Vine, said of Robinson, ““Richard has worked with some of the top directors and agencies in the business. He’s a talent magnet with a uniquely global perspective that will drive our expansion as we broaden our scope beyond the U.S.”

  • Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
Rivera promoted to director of inclusion & cultural resonance at VML
God-is Rivera

God-is Rivera has been promoted to director of inclusion and cultural resonance at VML, a newly created position within the agency. 

In 2016, Rivera joined VML’s social media practice, and has since pushed for a wide range of perspectives both within the work and across the agency.
“There is nothing more important to us as a VML family than ensuring all VMLers have the opportunity to thrive in a diverse and inclusive workplace. And that our client partners can experience the level of perspective in our work that results from that type of agency,” said Jon Cook, global CEO. “God-is has been making this type of impact in her work across VML since the day she started. But it became clear that we needed to formalize and expand this as a new, official role to truly continue the momentum and needed progress we want as an agency in this critical aspect of our culture and capability. I could not be more excited about the role and about God-is being the one who embodies it.”  
Rivera will focus on enriching an atmosphere of inclusion at VML, from internal communication and education efforts to building partnerships in the communities that VML offices serve. She will also continue to stay connected to client work.
As a member of the HR team, Rivera will:

  • Focus on expanding the foundation and spirit of inclusivity in VML’s internal culture and offices so employees feel safe, comfortable and open to learning about, considering and supporting diverse perspectives. 
  • Examine and expand hiring practices--from researching diverse talent pools and sources to developing programs aimed at increasing diverse candidates. 
  • Create and shape practices and methodologies that ensure inclusion within agency work and outputs.

Rivera recently led “Woke, Lit & Ready,” a presentation that explores the immense influence Black Twitter has had on American culture, for several audiences including the Social Media and Diversity Steering committees of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s). She is spearheading a panel on the topic at Advertising Week NY on Sept. 26.
Rivera is also one of three finalists for this year’s AdColor Change Agent award and was featured by the 4A’s in “Beyond the Brief.”
Rivera will report to Ronnie Felder, VML’s managing director of human resources.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
Matt Pruett, Chris Cima joins Barkley as creative directors
Chris Cima

Barkley has hired Matt Pruett and Chris Cima as creative directors. Prior to joining the Kansas City-based agency, Cima was a creative director at Victors & Spoils and R/GA, where he led teams on Royal Caribbean, Crocs, Verizon and The New York Times. Earlier in his career he worked at TM Advertising, where he held the challenging task of rebranding American Airlines after 9/11. At Barkley, Cima works as creative director on Spirit Airlines, Missouri Lottery, Britax, WaWa, and Big O Tires.

Pruett comes over to Barkley from Olson and previously worked at Carmichael Lynch and Colle+McVoy on a wide range of clients including Subaru, Jack Link’s Snacks, Indian Motorcycle, and Bissell Floor Care. In his creative director role at Barkley, he helps lead efforts on Dairy Queen, Russell Athletic and Dice, and helps drive new business. 

  • Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
Helena Lee named exec producer at Ntropic
Helena Lee

Creative content studio Ntropic has hired Helena Lee as executive producer in its New York office, which recently moved into new digs.

Her range of experience includes having served as sr. producer and an EP at post houses such as Red Car and Rock Paper Scissors, and freelance producing at agencies including CP+B, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Berlin Cameron. She has worked with such brands as Hulu, MTV, Coca-Cola, Slim Jim and Saturn.

“Helena will be a driving force as Ntropic harnesses the power of recent achievements and looks forward to the vast possibilities ahead,” said Nathan Robinson, founder and executive creative director at Ntropic. “Her ability to build long-lasting relationships and foster creative environments makes her a vital addition to our team. We know her leadership will help our enterprising New York office thrive.”

  • Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
Framestore promotes Helen Hughes to head of advertising, London
Helen Hughes

Helen Hughes has been promoted to head of advertising at Framestore in London. She has been an integral part of Framestore’s production department since 2010, leading a growing team of producers across the studio’s core VFX artistry. She has had a hand in turning out major campaigns as well as a string of iconic James Bond title sequences.

The creation of the head of advertising role speaks to Framestore’s heritage in crafting commercial work, in tandem with its film division, a new television team and a wealth of digital content spanning dark rides, mixed realities and experiential installations. Hughes continues to report to Helen Stanley, managing director, and Lottie Cooper, deputy managing director, as part of the global management team overseeing the outputs of Framestore’s expanding advertising and content divisions.

Hughes is supported in her new role by the appointment of Jordi Bares and Ben Cronin as creative directors in advertising. Bares joined the company from Glassworks in May 2017, bringing with him a vibrant heritage in VFX and architecture, and a portfolio of groundbreaking commercial hits. Cronin joins the advertising leadership team from within Framestore, having risen through the ranks from junior to VFX supervisor during his tenure at the company. His experience leading and mentoring large VFX teams on headline projects for the likes of Sky, Sainsbury’s and Pepsi, will carry forth into his new role.