Thursday, February 22, 2018

People on the Move

  • Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
Ella Nuortila promoted to EP at tinygiant
Ella Nuortila

Production company tinygiant has promoted producer Ella Nuortila to the role of executive producer.

Nuortila is excited about her expanded role as EP, and for the future of Brooklyn-based tinygiant, saying, “We are able to stay competitive because we are not a huge machine, but a nimble, small company capable of handling all sized jobs. tinygiant is all about being current and adaptable in the 2017 media landscape, while still being able to meet the old-school expectations.”

Company founder Veronica Diaferia added, “Nothing makes me more proud than being able to nurture talent. Having someone like Ella become executive producer adds priceless value to the company. She has been with us since day one. This is someone who knows the directors, someone whose work ethics perfectly match with mine, so there is no adjusting, no training, only hitting the ground running and growing the company.”
After graduating in her native Finland, Nuortila moved to New York to work for SALTY Features, a critically acclaimed documentary production company. She was promoted from production assistant to co-producer in a short amount of time. During her tenure with SALTY Features, the company won an Oscar and had a film at Sundance. While there, she co-produced the feature documentary (Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies, as well as music videos and numerous short films, including the award-winning short Six, and feature-length films, like one of China’s biggest action films, MOJIN: The Lost Legend.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
Roger Luo named president of DJI
Roger Luo
SHENZHEN, China -- 

DJI, specialists in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has appointed Roger Luo, previously VP of operations, as president of the company. Luo’s role will focus on developing DJI’s business internationally in markets that have seen a significant increase in demand for innovative drone and camera applications.
“DJI now has over 11,000 staff worldwide, with offices in 17 cities around the world. As we continue to expand our global footprint, we need to strengthen our management in the area of operations,” said Frank Wang, DJI’s founder and CEO. “The move will also enable us to gain a deeper understanding of our growing customer base and build stronger relationships with our dealers and partners. Roger has stood out in his executive management skills and holds a track record in operational excellence. Since joining DJI in 2015, Roger’s leadership has improved the overall capabilities of DJI to lead the aerial imaging industry.”
For the past two years, Luo has overseen procurement, production and logistics. In this role, he has expanded DJI’s competencies in keeping pace with the growing market requirements for its technology. He has been driving innovation, including adding new layers of automation.
Luo’s work experience spans multiple software and hardware engineering and product management roles for companies including Apple, Foxconn and Siemens. At InnoLux and the BenQ Corporation, his responsibilities included product management, global marketing strategy, procurement, sales and after-sales. Luo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from National Taiwan University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University, California.  
Wang will continue to oversee DJI’s product development to boost the potential of the full range of commercial, governmental, scientific, artistic, research and recreational applications.

  • Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
Rory Gordon, Greg Werner promoted to sr. colorists at ArsenalFX Color
Greg Werner (l) and Rory Gordon
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

ArsenalFX Color has promoted Rory Gordon and Greg Werner from colorists to sr. colorists. The company provides comprehensive post services to such hit TV shows as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ballers,” “Designated Survivor,” “Shades of Blue,” “Silicon Valley” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Colorist Larry Field, ArsenalFX Color’s managing partner, said, “We have made a concerted effort during the past few years to help bring new people up within the field of color. We foresee a real void of new blood within our craft--today’s television industry is in need of young, exciting people who show real talent and have an affinity for color. Rory Gordon and Greg Werner are two such individuals--they have been working with us for some time now, and have evolved into the top tier of working colorists.”
Gordon is a colorist with a life-long passion for both the science and art of image capture. That passion has taken her from makeshift basement darkrooms in her home state of Oklahoma, to the Munsell color laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, where she earned a BFA in Film Production, to Hollywood, where she has worked steadily for the last seven years.
Gordon has worked on over a dozen television shows as a colorist, executing many different styles, and always working in support of the creative choices made by cinematographers, directors, and producers.

Gordon’s work has involved her with many TV shows that have implemented cutting edge technology, including pushing the limits of dynamic range with HDR, 4K workflow, and a never-ending drive to make all cameras match, flow, and work in service to storytelling. She never shies away from a challenge and enjoys being a part of an ongoing quest for technical and artistic improvement with both colorists and color scientists alike.

Werner is a final colorist who has worked in the television postproduction industry since 1995.  He attended the University of California at San Diego, taking an interest in communication and visual media practices, which led to his earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. 
With an affinity for the film and video mediums, he began his career in Los Angeles as a tape operator/telecine assistant, working on a plethora of film and television projects.  Gaining knowledge and hands on experience, Werner naturally progressed to the role of dailies colorist.
He has garnered a wealth of experience in his chosen field, working primarily on such high profile episodic television series as “Freaks and Geeks,” “The West Wing,” “24,” HBO’s “Creature Features,” and various MOWs.
Werner has worked on a wide array of material over the years and as a result of his strong work ethic and total dedication to his craft, progressed to final colorist. In that role, he has worked on such top TV shows as “Bones,” “Prison Break,” “Outsiders,” and “TURN:  Washington’s Spies.”

  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
Dave Evans named director of digital & content production at Eleven Inc.
Dave Evans

Creative agency Eleven has appointed Dave Evans to serve as head of digital and content production. Evans will manage the San Francisco-based agency’s internal content production team, The Bunker, as well as its editorial facility.

As head of digital and content production, Evans will be tasked with leading the digital executions and strategies across the agency’s accounts for Oakley, SurveyMonkey, Dignity Health, Pella, and Columbus Craft Meats. Evans will report directly to Mike McKay, CCO at Eleven. 

Prior to joining Eleven, Evans was chief marketing officer at Inboard Technology where he led marketing efforts for the M1™ Electric Skateboard, a high-performance, lightweight transportation solution changing the landscape of rideables (and seen on Season 8 of the ABC TV series Shark Tank).

Evans was also partner and director of production and business development at digitally focused creative agency Hook, and was co-founder of its sister company Hook QA. During his tenure at Hook, the company transitioned from being a small, 10-person production company based in Michigan to a medium-sized digital advertising agency with over 70 people and offices in Michigan and LA.

Before Hook, Evans was integrated executive producer at Saatchi & Saatchi LA, where he worked (with Mike McKay) on Toyota’s digital advertising for North. Prior to that he was integrated sr. producer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, running digital production for Burger King, Coke Zero, Domino’s, Microsoft, and Zune.

  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
Chris Drake named VP of biz & corporate development at Telestream
Chris Drake
NEVADA CITY, Calif. -- 

Telestream®, a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has create a new senior leadership role within its organization. Chris Drake has been appointed to the new position, VP of business and corporate development. Drake reports directly to Telestream’s CEO Dan Castles.

Telestream has achieved its 17th consecutive year of profitable global growth: the company recognizes that it is entering a key stage in its evolution with the recent acquisitions of quality control (QC) specialist, Vidcheck, and IneoQuest, known for video quality monitoring and analytics solutions for content distribution across managed and unmanaged networks. 

Many of the world’s most innovative technology companies are embracing the power of video as a tool both to bring their organizations closer together and to bring them closer to their customers. Telestream is strategically positioned to assist these organizations as they navigate the proliferation of devices and formats through which end-users opt to consume video. Drake will be instrumental in shaping Telestream’s strategy: he is tasked with identifying, nurturing and growing partnerships in both file-based operations and live streaming marketplaces.

Drake brings to Telestream more than 20 years of sales, business development, product and management experience in the high tech, media services and broadcast technology industries. He joins the company from Comcast Technology Solutions where he was VP, business development. Prior to that, he held various senior business development, marketing and strategic relations roles at thePlatform and RealNetworks.

Drake noted, “As consumers increasingly turn to streaming to access content across a wide range of devices, the video technology industry is evolving from a model where broadcast simply coexists with digital to a model where true convergence is king. Few companies are as well positioned as Telestream to help address and lead this convergence.”

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
Partners + Napier expands creative department leadership with 2 new GCDs
Mike Baron

Partners + Napier had added two new group creative directors, a brand new role at the Rochester-based shop.
Creative director Mike Baron, who started at Partners + Napier in 2005, has been promoted to sr. VP, group creative director. And Dan O’Donnell, most recently creative director at MARC USA in Pittsburgh, and a veteran of Arnold, MullenLowe and Hill Holliday, has joined the agency as a group creative director. Both report to executive creative director Pete VonDerLinn.
In his newly expanded role, Baron will oversee creative work for Highmark Health Inc., BMW and MINI Financial Services, and Delta Vacations.
O’Donnell will oversee creative development for Keurig Green Mountain, BurgerFi, Conduent, Excellus BlueCrossBlueShield, Gannett, Friendship Dairies, Xerox, Bausch + Lomb, and Rochester Regional Health.
Over the course of his career, Baron has won many creative awards, including One Show, Tellys, Addys and recognition in Lurzers Archive. Starting as a copywriter and now an experienced director, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands connect with their customers in their respective industries, including financial services, healthcare, higher education, fashion and outdoor sports. A graduate of St. John Fisher College, Baron has agency experience which also includes stints at Saatchi & Saatchi, Young & Rubicam, and Hill Holliday.
At MARC USA, O’Donnell’s primary focus was the Rite-Aid account. Other big brands that have benefited from his creative and business-building expertise over the years include Anheuser-Busch, Dunkin’ Donuts, Samsonite, Ocean Spray and Tyson. O’Donnell has received creative recognition that includes such awards as One Show, CA, and Hatch. An art director by trade, he is a graduate of Boston University.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
Cutwater bolsters creative and production with four key hires
Adora Wilson-Eye

Cutwater has hired four staffers, fortifying its creative and production departments. Joining the San Francisco-based indie agency are Adora Wilson-Eye as associate producer, Mitchell Hunter as editor; Tufan Guzeloglu as sr. art director, and Silky Szeto as art director. 

Wilson-Eye hails from the East Coast by way of Chicago, and is a recent transplant to the Bay Area. She spent the last four years helping to build up a brand new, diversity-focused commercial production company called Quriosity Productions. Throughout her career she has worked with brands including McDonald’s, Walgreens, Mondelez and Off!/Raid. 

Most recently Hunter was a freelance editor, videographer and motion graphic designer, working with brands including HP, Visa and Seed Matters. Earlier in his career he was a video editor at gyro San Francisco. 

Before joining Cutwater Guzeloglu worked at DDB San Francisco for several years as an art director. Throughout his career he’s worked on brands including Brita, Clorox, PG&E and Dial. 

Szeto was previously an art director and designer at Eleven working on clients including Apple, Virgin America, Oakley, ARIA Resort & Casino and Dignity Health. Prior to that he was a brand ddentity and Web designer at Schaer Design.

  • Monday, Jul. 31, 2017
Method promotes Cara Lehr to lead its commercial finishing biz in L.A.
Ananda Reavis (l) and Cara Lehr

Deluxe’s Method Studios has promoted veteran producer Cara Lehr to lead its commercial finishing business in L.A. as executive producer, reporting to Ed Ulbrich, president and general manager of Deluxe VFX. Lehr will work closely with Stephanie Gilgar, sr. executive producer of Method Commercials VFX, and Ananda Reavis, head of production, commercial finishing, who reports to Lehr.

Lehr has been a commercial producer for 13 years--10 of them with Method Studios, most recently as sr. producer, matching talent with project needs and providing service for brands including Apple, Microsoft, Nike, ESPN, Lexus and Taco Bell. She has also worked on several features. Prior to Method, she worked with studios including Asylum, Digital Domain, Psyop, and Brickyard.

  • Friday, Jul. 28, 2017
St. Luke's hires Richard Denney as executive creative director
Richard Denney

Richard Denney has joined London-based indie creative agency St. Luke’s as executive creative director. He will work closely with Alan Young and Julian Vizard across St. Luke’s portfolio of clients--which includes Heineken, and Aunt Bessie’s--with the aim of Denney leading and running his own accounts as the agency grows. Young, the current ECD, will take on the role of chief creative officer/owner. Vizard is creative partner/owner.

In a career spanning 21 years, including stints at RKCR/Y&R, Saatchi and Saatchi, DDB London, Denney was most recently ECD at MullenLowe London, which was named most effective UK Agency of the Year at the inaugural UK Effies in 2016 and again in 2017. He has also won multiple awards including Golds at Cannes, British Arrows, Creative Circle, Campaign Big Awards, Clios and UK Effie Golds.

  • Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017
Stitch LA adds editor Dan Bootzin
Dan Bootzin
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Editor Dan Bootzin has joined Stitch LA. With more than 20 years of editing experience, Bootzin has worked with clients including Nissan, Jack in the Box, Lexus, Acura, Visa, Infiniti, Pepsi, Sony PlayStation and Energizer, and such directors as Matt Aselton, David Shane and Michael Downing. 

Bootzin’s award-winning work includes the iconic “Think Different Spot” for Apple Computer out of TBWA\Chiat\Day, back when he was with that agency’s in-house arm Venice Beach Editorial. He had most recently been freelancing at such shops as David&Goliath, Team One and Mal for Good, among others.

His editing endeavors span not only commercials but also long format projects, digital content, documentaries, short films and an independent feature. 

Bootzin has also extended his reach into directing with projects including the short Six Point Nine and an indie feature film Apartment 12 starring Mark Ruffalo. Bootzin is currently directing and editing several documentary projects.