• Monday, Apr. 25, 2022
IPG promotes Jackie Stevenson to chief growth officer In EMEA
Jackie Stevenson

Jackie Stevenson has been promoted to the newly created position of chief growth officer for Interpublic Group (IPG) EMEA. In her new role, Stevenson will accelerate innovation, creativity, and growth by advancing IPG’s collaborative model, including the further integration of IPG’s creative and communications capabilities with its media, data and technology infrastructure, in order to help drive business results for clients in the region.

This is IPG’s first executive appointment at the holding company level for EMEA under CEO Philippe Krakowsky, illustrating the holding company’s commitment to, and investment in, the region. Working closely with agency leaders across EMEA, Stevenson will focus on sustainable, collaborative growth for IPG companies. IPG currently provides collaborative solutions to major marketers in the region across client sectors, including technology, healthcare, automotive and FMCGs.

Philippe Krakowsky, CEO of Interpublic Group, commented, “IPG has a winning collaborative culture that drives client success in a complex and evolving market. Jackie has a background that spans direct, digital, creative and specialized communications, with deep experience creating business impact for marketers. She’s the ideal person to help us deliver open architecture solutions, where our agencies come together to help brands succeed in a digital world.”

Krakowsky added, “The EMEA region is a key strategic market for our clients, and we are looking forward to expanding our presence in the region as we continue to grow alongside leading global and local marketers.”

Stevenson is based in London and will report to Simon Bond, global chief growth officer, IPG. She steps into the role after serving as CEO of The Brooklyn Brothers, an award-winning global creative agency which she co-founded in 2008. The Brooklyn Brothers was acquired by IPG agency Golin in 2016, with offices in London, New York, and Brazil. Stevenson will take on the role of global chair of The Brooklyn Brothers through 2022.

“We found a brilliant home for our agency in IPG and couldn’t want for a more collaborative and future-facing culture that believes in the power of building great brands,” added Stevenson. “Combine that unique talent and creativity with the precision, accountability and scale of IPG’s data and technology, media, production and entertainment capabilities and I can’t think of a better place to be to help the world’s best brands achieve long-term, sustainable growth. I’m delighted to take on this role at a key time for our clients, our people and agencies across EMEA.”

Prior to co-founding The Brooklyn Brothers, Stevenson held leadership roles at agencies in direct, digital, advertising and earned media. Stevenson began her career at Ogilvy & Mather Direct and went on to help Collett Dickenson & Pearce launch one of London’s first integrated agency models. Stevenson served as managing director at Craik Jones for over a decade, helping it become one of the most awarded direct agencies in the U.K.

Stevenson is an influential leader for gender equality. As 2021 president of Women in Advertising & Communications (WACL), she launched the #FlexibleFirst movement calling for mass adoption of flexible working everywhere, producing practical toolkits, seminars and how-to guides. She also mobilized WACL to lobby the U.K. Government to reinstate gender pay gap reporting. Further, with her partner George Bryant, Stevenson launched the “Brooklyn Night School,” bringing young, diverse talent into the industry through a free training program designed to address the lack of diversity in London’s creative industries. The program has launched the careers of many industry professionals, with 80% of its participants securing careers in areas from advertising to production and social inclusion.

  • Friday, Apr. 22, 2022
Renee Williams Royal named VP, head of production at Chemistry
Renee Williams Royal

Renee Williams Royal has joined independent advertising agency Chemistry as its VP, head of production. In her new role, Williams Royal will head up the shop’s production arm, Test Tube Productions, and be responsible for all productions, including broadcast, social and experiential. Williams Royal will also help grow and mentor a team of creators and producers, as well as work to establish best practices and workflow for production within Chemistry.
“The production landscape is constantly evolving and Renee’s experience, across all mediums, is exactly what we need as we continue to scale our integrated production capabilities,” said Chris Breen, chief creative officer, Chemistry. 
Williams Royal has produced numerous small and large-scale projects for clients including the United States Marine Corps, AT&T, Verizon, FEMA, and Brooks Running. After a successful run as an on-air reporter, Williams Royal moved behind the scenes as an agency producer, most recently as an executive producer at Huge.  

Chemistry maintains offices in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New York and Miami.

  • Thursday, Apr. 21, 2022
Editor Eric Alexander-Hughes joins Arts Academy
Eric Alexander-Hughes

Newly launched postproduction house Arts Academy--founded by Peter Wiedensmith and Tommy Harden--has brought editor Eric Alexander-Hughes aboard its roster. 

Alexander-Hughes had most recently been at The Den where he cut commercials. He started out in the industry with an internship at advertising agency Pereira O’Dell where he honed his skills as in-house editor and director. Alexander-Hughes cut his teeth on small editing projects before going on to make a name for himself in music videos by cutting such clips as J. Cole’s “ATM,” “Boyfriend” by Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber’s “ETA (Nature Visual)”, and “Hear Me Calling” by Juice WRLD. 

A rhythmic visual voice and engaging narrative style emerged through his music video work, which Alexander-Hughes has translated to branded content for Beats by Dre, McDonald’s, Walmart, Doritos, Spotify, Reebok, and Saks OFF 5TH. The editor has shaped films for A-List celebrity talent, including BTS, Issa Rae, Pharrell Williams, Cardi B, Puff Daddy & The Family, Travi$ Scott, Chance The Rapper, Briana King, and Sha’Carri Richardson.

  • Thursday, Apr. 21, 2022
Justin Miller, Mike Pearson join John McNeil Studio as associate creative directors
Justin Miller (l) and Mike Pearson
BERKELEY, Calif. -- 

Creative and strategic brand firm John McNeil Studio (JMS) has added associate creative directors Justin Miller and Mike Pearson. Both formerly of FCB Chicago, Miller and Pearson are longtime collaborators whose experience across a variety of sectors will help JMS broaden its approach, foster collaboration across disciplines and allow clients to engage more deeply in working with the studio to address their business challenges.

Miller and Pearson have worked as a team with assorted brands across different industries over their careers, leading creative duties on Craftsman, Kenmore and Sanofi Genzyme while pushing creative capabilities for the likes of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Michelob Ultra, Rocket Mortgage and more. 

Miller is a writer who’s built his skillset at a variety of Chicago shops like Leo Burnett, Havas, FCB and more, Miller became a deft storyteller and craftsman working for Cracker Barrel, HP and others.  

Meanwhile, Pearson is a designer and art director whose experience in the creative industry goes back over a decade, similarly working with some of the largest agencies across a wide range of brands and categories--from Dish to Citibank. 
Working remotely from Chicago as the firm embraces a fully distributed workforce, Miller and Pearson have already made their mark at JMS, having hit the ground running with work on a new identity and campaign for communications platform Intercom.

  • Thursday, Apr. 21, 2022
Katherine Kennedy joins ELEMENT Productions as West Coast EP 
Katherine Kennedy

Katherine Kennedy has been named the West Coast executive producer of ELEMENT Productions. The production and post company is headquartered in Boston, with satellite offices in NY, Austin and L.A. 

Kennedy brings more than 20 years of experience working in brand advertising, international and network promotions, documentary films and various other current streams of media production.

ELEMENT COO/executive producer Kristen Kearns said of Kennedy, “Her vast experience and deep pool of resources will help support our current client base, while helping to identify new clients and new markets.”

Kennedy’s client list includes global master-brands, television networks, film studios, internet and new media companies. Her clientele ranges from Nike to Land Rover, ESPN, HBO, Amazon, Universal, Paramount, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, Jaguar, Nestlé, Unilever and Verizon, among others.   

“To be a creative producer is to be someone who understands the balance between art and business and that’s exactly what Katherine Kennedy exemplifies,” said ELEMENT CEO Eran Lobel. “She is the perfect person to bring ELEMENT’s mission to do great work with great people to the West Coast.”

Kennedy’s excellence in production has been recognized with a Daytime Emmy and a Sports Emmy.  

  • Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2022
EPs Cayce Cole, Dez Macleod-Veilleux join Uppercut
Cayce Cole (l) and Dez Macleod-Veilleux

Editorial, finishing and VFX studio Uppercut has added Cayce Cole as executive producer in the recently launched Los Angeles office and Dez Macleod-Veilleux as sr. EP in the flagship New York studio. 

Macleod-Veilleux began his career in Sydney, Australia at visual effects companies Cutting Edge and the Oscar-winning Animal Logic. Upon his arrival in the U.S., he landed at The Mill NY as an EP before moving to MPC, where he was instrumental in building out its NY and Mexico City offices as head of production. Macleod-Veilleux has since served as sr. EP at Framestore, overseeing business development for its NY operation, and most recently, as director of production at The Mill, where he was responsible for overseeing business development and strategy for its NY office. Throughout his career, Macleod-Veilleux has developed strong relationships with various agencies including Wieden+Kennedy, VMLY&R, Grey/Townhouse, Arts & Letters, The Martin Agency, and BBDO; with major brands including Apple, DoorDash, Spotify, Meta, Dell, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mercedes, Maybelline, and Ford; and with directors such as Nicolai Fuglsig, Rupert Sanders and Filip Engstrom.

Cole started in production at Mars Media with director Sam Bayer before joining The Directors Bureau, a then-young production company started by Mike Mills and Roman Coppola. Cole quickly moved up the ranks from office manager to music video rep to EP, spending the subsequent decade overseeing projects for Mills and Coppola, along with Sofia and Gia Coppola, Romain Gavras, Melodie McDaniel, Patrick Daughters, Spike Jones, and others. Cole has since worked with Epoch Films; as an EP for artist and director Kahlil Joseph on work for Kenzo, Sampha, Apple, and BLK NWS; and as managing EP for Even/Odd, an award- winning minority and immigrant-owned creative studio and production company. Cole has produced work across commercials, music videos, short films, fashion films, PSAs, animation, and live television. 

Uppercut maintains studios in NY, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

  • Friday, Apr. 15, 2022
The Mill Chicago adds colorist Kris Smale, producer Nubia Lima
Nubia Lima (l) and Kris Smale

Technicolor Creative Studios’ The Mill has added two new senior members to its color grading team in Chicago servicing the Midwest advertising market–colorist Kris Smale and color producer Nubia Lima.. 

Previously at MPC and then The Mill’s Los Angeles studio, Smale has been been part of the award-winning Technicolor Creative Studios Color team for over a decade, Smale has collaborated with notable directors such as Stacy Wall, Shawn Levy and Bryan Buckley for global brands including Toyota, Apple, and Verizon.

Lima comes over from Brazilian media conglomerate TV Globo, where she was a video content producer. Throughout her diverse career, Lima has worked on long and shortform projects from reality television to documentary work, feature film and commercials. Her creative highlights include global campaigns for UNICEF, documentary work for The History Channel, and unscripted shows for VH1. 


  • Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2022
Editor Cami Starkman joins The Den
Cami Starkman

Women-owned bicoastal edit house The Den has added Cami Starkman to its roster of editors. A native of Los Angeles, Starkman’s work is vivid and versatile, spanning commercials, documentaries, music videos, feature films, and numerous shorts. 

A graduate of AFI’s MFA film editing program, Starkman has edited a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award-winning documentary, Tending The Wild, as well as an L.A. Area Emmy-nominated spot for KCET’s Artbound series episode “MOCA--Beyond The Museum Walls.” In addition to editing three feature films, and numerous shorts, she has cut music videos for Katy Perry, Solange, Eminem, Nick Jonas, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and many more.

Starkman frequently works with directors such as Philippa Price, Christine Yuan, and recently collaborated with director Melina Matsoukas on a trailer for Queen & Slim. Recent work for clients includes Savage x Fenty with Rihanna, HBO, Valentino, Balmain, Olay, Lyft, Alaska Airlines, Vogue and Stella McCartney. 

Vic Palumbo, managing director of The Den, said, “Cami’s edits have a refined quality to them. Whether it be on a large commercial brand’s ad campaign or a high concept music video, her cuts are always elegant, provocative, and motivated by story. She has an amazing eye.”

Starkman added, “I’ve been editing since I was making videos as alternatives to class projects. There, I truly fell in love with the art of film and video. Working in post feels empowering and ultra-creative as I’m one of the last hands in a team of artists to touch a project before it becomes final.”

Starkman, who was previously repped by Sunset Edit, joins The Den’s roster of talent, which also includes Tobias Suhm, Katie Cali, Michael “Middy” Ofori-Attah, Matthew Hilber, Christjan Jordan, Nate Cali, Val Thrasher, Pieter Viljoen and Tania Mesta.

  • Monday, Apr. 11, 2022
180 Amsterdam promotes Eva Rausch and Barbara Bijlard to joint managing directors
Eva Rausch (l) and Barbara Bijlard

180 Amsterdam has promoted its joint heads of account management, Eva Rausch and Barbara Bijlard, to joint managing directors.

The promotions reflect the agency’s desire to continue to offer its clients true end-to-end creativity both locally and globally. The agency has seen 30% growth across its Dutch and international business in the last two years and opened a series of units to cater for broader remits beyond advertising, including 180 Social, 180 LUXE and 180 Design.

Bijlard has been part of 180, and the former Kingsday agency which merged with 180, for 10 years. In that time she has overseen clients including BMW, BBH, Smint, Rabobank and most recently helped secure the Holland Casino account. 

Rausch, who has been with the agency for three years, has overseen the agency’s largest global clients including Qatar Airways and HBO Max and recently led the agency’s pitch win for the global MSC Cruises account.

In their new joint roles, Bijlard will manage the ongoing Dutch client expansion, specifically growing the agency’s profile in offering services beyond traditional advertising, while Rausch will focus on optimizing the day-to-day operations of the agency plus leading its training program, 180 Academy. 

Both will report into COO Stephen Corlett, who will continue to oversee the broadening of 180’s creative ecosystem and operating model, connecting the agency’s Amsterdam hub with the offerings in NY, LA, Paris, MENA and Asia. 

Sander Volten, global CEO of 180, said of the promotions: “Both Eva and Barbara have played an enormous part in the agency’s recent growth. This is the next natural step for them both.”

  • Monday, Apr. 11, 2022
VFX vet Camille Geier joins BREAK+ENTER as exec producer
Camille Geier

BREAK+ENTER, a Nice Shoes company, has appointed Camille Geier as executive producer. Geier brings more than 20 years of top-level experience spanning features, episodic television and advertising. She will lead the studio’s creative, production and sales teams, overseeing current operations, directing sales and setting strategic direction.

Geier arrives from five years as executive producer at BOT VFX, where her credits included The Tragedy of Macbeth, Stranger Things, Lovecraft Country, Dexter: New Blood, The Mandalorian, The Watchmen and The Boys.  Previously, she held senior management positions with Click 3X, Curious Pictures, Rodeo FX and Rhino (Gravity).

Geier’s early career experience includes seven years at Industrial Light & Magic. There, she produced visual effects for Gangs of New York, Starship Troopers, Van Helsing and other blockbusters, and worked under such directors as Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen, Paul Verhoeven, Stephen Sommers and Clint Eastwood.

Geier sees her new role as an opportunity to innovate, work with an incredible team and produce groundbreaking visual effects.  “We have a phenomenal core group of artists and plenty of resources to work with in expanding the business.”  Geier added that she was impressed with the studio’s technical infrastructure, which makes novel use of remote and cloud-based technologies. “We have top-notch systems in place and expertise across creative, production and the technology that give us the capabilities of a much larger studio.”

BREAK+ENTER’s recent work includes Servant (Apple TV+), Pennyworth (Epix), The Many Saints of Newark (HBO) and Dexter: New Blood (Showtime). It is currently working on new projects for Netflix and Amazon Studios.

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