Tuesday, October 16, 2018

People on the Move

  • Friday, Jul. 13, 2018
Mark Thorley named managing director of Mill Film, Australia
Mark Thorley

Technicolor’s Academy Award winning VFX studio Mill Film has announced that Mark Thorley will head Mill Film in Australia. The move comes in the wake of the February launch of Mill Film in Adelaide, Australia.

Thorley brings more than 15 years of executive leadership experience working at companies such as Lucas Film, Singapore, where he oversaw studio operations and production strategies. Prior to that, Thorley spent nine years at Animal Logic, at both their Los Angeles and Sydney locations, as head of production and also held senior positions at Screen Queensland and Omnicom.

Throughout his career, Thorley has received credits on numerous high-profile features including Kong: Skull Island, Rogue One, Jurassic World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thorley will drive all aspects of VFX production, client relations and business development for Australia, reporting into the global head of Mill Film, Lauren McCallum.

McCallum said, “Mark’s appointment is an exciting milestone in the creation of our Adelaide studio and will play a key role in heading the studio and developing relationships with key partners in the South Australian film and TV community.”

  • Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018
Rock Paper Scissors adds editor Paul Zucker
Paul Zucker

Editor Paul Zucker, ACE, has joined Rock Paper Scissors for commercial representation in the U.S.  Zucker is known for being the series editor on HBO’s seminal hit Girls, and the feature comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Shumer. 

In the ad arena, Zucker edited the brand-defining “Stress Test” campaign for Secret (P&G) and Wieden+Kennedy, Portland with directors Aoife McArdle and Gia Coppola. Other commercial collaborations include Old Navy with director Wayne McClammy and State Farm with the helming duo Hoffman/Metoyer. Prior to joining Rock Paper Scissors, Zucker was with Final Cut Edit for spots and branded content.

Zucker’s narrative comedy work also includes Mike Judge’s HBO hit series Silicon Valley, and This is 40 with Judd Apatow. Not limited by category, Zucker has also edited on behalf of contemporary auteurs Michel Gondry on Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Harmony Korine on Mister Lonely, and Gus van Sant’s cult-classic, Gerry. Among Zucker’s accolades are Eternal Sunshine’s BAFTA Award for Best Editing and an ACE Award nomination for Trainwreck

  • Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018
Luke Morrison joins Electric Theatre Collective as head of color
Luke Morrison

Colorist Luke Morrison has joined Electric Theatre Collective’s London office as head of color. He becomes part of an ensemble of color talent that includes Jason Wallis, Lewis Crossfield, Kaitlyn Battistelli, Ruth Wardell, Mathieu Caplanne and Tim Smith.

Morrison has established himself as an impressive creative mind in the world of color over his already decade plus-long career, earning multiple AICE Awards, including a win in the Color Grading: Over 90 Seconds category for his 2018 Canadian Olympic Committee “Be Olympic” spot directed by Ian Pons Jewell.

Morrison comes over from The Mill after spending the past few years setting up the color department at its Chicago office.

Morrison said, “Working with and nurturing talent is something that I’m really passionate about, so seeing how Electric holds this as one of their core values is incredibly exciting. The opportunity to add my experience and help shape the company whilst building upon their impressive work is inspiring. Having known and worked with many Electric members in the past, I’m truly looking forward to working alongside them again.”

To date Morrison has worked with brands the likes of JEEP, Mercedes-Benz, Beats, and most recently Dollar Shave Club, and has graded for noted directors such as Wally Pfister, Pete Riski and Mark Romanek.

  • Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018
Creative directors Irfan Khan, Susie Lee join Zulu Alpha Kilo
Irfan Kahn (l) and Susie Lee

Zulu Alpha Kilo has brought on two new creative directors and promoted two others to associate creative director. Irfan Khan and Susie Lee have joined Zulu from BBDO and J. Walter respectively, while current staffers Michael Siegers and Jacob Gawrysiak have been promoted to ACDs.

Throughout his career, Khan has championed and developed breakthrough work to help build both local and international brands. Khan’s work has earned him global recognition from shows such as Cannes, the One Show, D&AD and Communication Arts. In fact, Kahn worked with Zak Mroueh previously when the Zulu founder was CCO of Taxi Canada. During the time they worked together, Khan ranked in the top ten copywriters in the world after being the writer on the globally recognized Viagra “Bleep” campaign which won Cannes Gold and One Show Gold, going on to became one of the most awarded campaigns that year. He has worked on such other notable brands as Visa, Telus, Canadian Tire, and Nike.

Lee joins Zulu following a stint at J. Walter Thompson. She has worked at a number of prominent agencies including Juniper Park/TBWA, EURO TSCG and Ogilvy & Mather. During her career, Lee’s clients have included Nissan, VISA, Nestea, Kraft, Unilever, and HSBC. She helped create the award-winning “Conquer All Conditions” campaign for Nissan while at TBWA, and received accolades for that campaign from the Effies, Cassies, ADCCs, Marketing Awards, Applied Arts and Communication Arts. The campaign has won numerous Gold medals.

In addition, Zulu also recently welcomed the creative teams of Vinay Parmar/Kevin Sato from DentsuBos, Julia Forrest/Sarah Quinto from Juniper/TBWA, Adam Tuck/Darren Marranca from Cheil, designer Gala Tanaskovic from The Drake, and ACD Dan Cummings from Cundari.

  • Monday, Jul. 9, 2018
Tool hires Nancy Hacohen as managing director, live action
Nancy Hacohen

Tool of North America has hired executive producer Nancy Hacohen as managing director, live action. Hacohen will oversee all aspects of Tool’s live action work and represent the company’s directorial talent. She will also work alongside Dustin Callif, managing partner, innovation, to manage Tool’s day-to-day operations and facilitate innovation and integration across the company’s various specialties, from live action to experiential, VR and AI. She will report to Tool’s founder and director, Erich Joiner.

Joiner said of Hacohen, “We know firsthand from her previous work with Tool that she is savvy about the business of production, and directors and clients love working with her. Nancy will help define the next chapter at Tool as we position ourselves for continued growth and to better serve our clients in our fast-paced, ever-evolving industry.” 

Hacohen joins Tool from Moxie Pictures, where she served as executive producer for the past year. Prior to Moxie, Hacohen executive produced for Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment, Hungry Man, and House of Usher on campaigns for Apple, Google, Mercedes, and Nike. Hacohen also previously worked with Tool, having served as EP on acclaimed projects for the company including the Emmy-nominated “Fans of Love” for the Ad Council’s “Love Has No Labels” campaign, and the female-empowerment “It Was You” campaign for the Grammys.

“Tool is known for bringing brands to life through storytelling, and I’m excited to be working with the best in the business,” said Hacohen. “I’m looking forward to joining this award-winning team of directors, creators and innovators, and to helping the company pioneer new frontiers in this exciting era for production.”

  • Thursday, Jul. 5, 2018
Isobar promotes Sue McCusker, Caroline Dean, Vikalp Tandon
Isobar's (l-r) Sue McCusker, Caroline Dean and Vikalp Tandon

Isobar, a global digital agency, has elevated Sue McCusker to chief client officer, Caroline Dean to chief marketing officer and Vikalp Tandon to chief technology officer. All three will continue to report into Isobar Global CEO, Jean Lin. McCusker and Dean are based in London, in Dentsu Aegis Network’s global headquarters, and Tandon is in Isobar’s Boston office. 

McCusker is promoted to chief client officer from global client director, a position she has held since 2015. Formerly CEO of Publicis Hong Kong with a track record in leading agencies and stewarding best in class clients, McCusker has been pivotal to Isobar’s continued success in both leading and growing the agencies key client relationships and building the business. As chief client officer, McCusker will be responsible for overseeing key global accounts and global business development with a clear strategic vision for growth. She will continue to work with Isobar agencies and Dentsu Aegis Network globally to ensure the agency delivers experience-led transformation for our clients. 

Dean is promoted from global director of marketing communications, a position she has held since joining in November 2016. Formerly VP, international marketing at Sony Pictures, Dean is an experienced marketing executive with a track record in marketing, brand strategy, partnerships and digital communication. For the last 18 months, she has led and grown the marketing and communications function for Isobar globally, from developing a global brand proposition and service offering, driving the agency’s B2B marketing, leading global events, elevating thought leadership and promoting key work. As CMO, Dean will continue to develop and drive the agency’s proposition and reputation to attract global clients and top talent from the creative and technology industries.

Tandon is promoted to chief technology officer from SVP data & technology. Previously VP and global strategy lead at SapientRazorfish, Tandon joined Isobar in May 2016, tasked with expanding Isobar’s data and technology consulting offering globally by working closely with the multi-disciplinary teams across Isobar’s 45 markets. Tandon is an experienced global commerce technologist and is passionate about driving engineering and process excellence. As CTO, Vikalp will continue to drive and connect the strong and growing technology and commerce community at Isobar while leveraging the agency’s global technology partnership relationships.

Isobar global CEO Lin said, “In today’s fast moving digital economy, agencies need to continually transform themselves to best service their clients. Caroline, Vikalp and Sue have played an important role in developing the vision and leadership needed to shape our business and brand strategy across our client, marketing and technology functions, and their promotions will ensure we continue to power our global agenda and drive excellence in our experience-led transformation proposition.”

Most recently, Isobar won a Grand Prix in the Digital Craft Lions at Cannes for “Aeronaut,” a fully immersive VR experience that launched Billy Corgan’s 2017 solo album Ogilala.

  • Monday, Jul. 2, 2018
The Mill Chicago sets leadership team
The Mill Chicago leadership team consists of (l-r) Andrew Doman, Carl Phillips and Jay Bandlish

The Mill Chicago has named Carl Phillips to serve as managing director, Andrew “Drew” Doman as deputy managing director and Jay Bandlish as executive creative director.

Phillips joined The Mill in Chicago as head of production from The Mill’s London studio where he had a successful tenure as VFX producer. In addition to managing the day-to-day of the production team and studio, Phillips has diligently nurtured relationships with some of the studio’s largest clients including Leo Burnett, DDB and We Are Unlimited. As managing director, he will apply his breadth of knowledge to support The Mill clients in the Midwest.

Doman joined The Mill in 2016 as commercial manager. Previously working at EY in their advisory practice, he consulted with Fortune 100 clients including Caterpillar and Walgreens Boots Alliance. Doman has driven the development of strong client relationships in Chicago and around the Midwest. In addition to his new role as deputy managing director, he will continue to lead commercial functions and will take a broader role in leading operations for the Chicago studio.

Bandlish has been with The Mill for nearly two decades. Starting out in London, he moved to Chicago in 2016. Over the course of his career, Bandlish has partnered with notable directors and agencies, constantly adapting to the industry’s ever-changing demands, while always pushing for the highest quality work. In his new role as executive creative director, he will oversee key projects and spearhead new initiatives to increase the breadth of studio’s creative output.

Robin Shenfield, The Mill’s CEO, said, “Our team in Chicago is constantly evolving to better service our clients, by both expanding the team locally and calling on the breadth of The Mill across NY, LA and London. Carl, Drew and Jay complement each other well to form a team capable of leading the studio to the next level.”

  • Monday, Jul. 2, 2018
Framestore adds Chris Beers as compositing lead
Chris Beers

Chris Beers as joined Framestore as compositing lead. Based in the company’s Chicago studio, Beers will be working across a variety of clients with the Windy City team, as well as delving into Nuke projects of his own.

Beers earned a BFA in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics at The Illinois Institute of Art. Upon graduation, he honed his skills as a junior motion graphics artist at Leviathan in Chicago, and has since worked on projects of all sizes.

Career highlights include working as an After Effects artist on an expansive projection mapping project for Brazilian musician Amon Tobin’s ISAM world tour, and as a Nuke compositor for the title sequences on Marvel films Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Doctor Strange. Most notably Beers was lead compositor on the series finale of Netflix science fiction drama Sense8, having worked with the team as a Nuke compositor across both seasons of the critically acclaimed show.

Krystina Wilson, managing director, Framestore Chicago, said, “We are thrilled that after years of freelancing, growing his portfolio across different disciplines, and working on so many noteworthy projects, Chris has chosen Framestore as his permanent home.”

  • Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018
Pankaj Bajpai to join Technicolor as VP and episodic colorist
Pankaj Bajpai

Pankaj Bajpai will be joining Technicolor’s Los Angeles studio in August as VP, finishing artist and business development. Bajpai will join Technicolor from his long-tenured position at Encore. His credits include shows such as Sex and the City, House of Cards, Carnivàle, True Detective, Olive Kitteridge, Justified, Fear the Walking Dead, Genius for both the Einstein and Picasso seasons, and Snowfall. With a background in both film cinematography and digital postproduction, he has brought his unique understanding of the two mediums to support the needs of contemporary production and post, creating long lasting creative collaborations.

Bajpai joins Technicolor’s roster of episodic colorists in Los Angeles who include Sparkle, Tim Vincent, Tony Dustin, Tom Forletta, Roy Vasich and Doug Delaney.

Sherri Potter, Techicolor’s president of worldwide post, said, “The landscape of episodic content continues to evolve and at Technicolor we understand that we must continue to evolve how we serve our clients. The expansion of our colorist roster is just one way in which we will continue our evolution for our clients.”

“I’m thrilled to start a new chapter at such a vibrant time in our industry’s landscape,” says Bajpai on joining Technicolor. “With the support of Sherri and the team of artists and engineers at Technicolor, I’m excited to continue to push the boundaries of technology and creativity to bring our clients’ vision and passion to all screens, in all formats, for all to enjoy.”

  • Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018
KBS bolsters biz development, communications with hiring of Moser, Hernandez
Alison Moser (l) and Danny Hernandez

Creative agency Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners (KBS) has appointed Alison Moser as head of business development and Danny Hernandez as director of communications and PR. Both will report to KBS president Mike Densmore. The appointments come after a year of steady growth and new client wins including Dean Foods, Seagrams 7, Hyatt and PODS.   

Moser comes to KBS from BBH NY, where she spent four-plus years, first as business development manager and most recently as business development director. During her time there, the agency formed partnerships with notable brands such as Brighthouse Financial, Seamless, Grubhub, and TAP Portugal. Moser also served for a time as the account lead on Netflix, with her work on House of Cards winning the 2016 Integrated Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, among other accolades. Prior to BBH NY, Moser served as project leader at McKinney. She began her agency career at Saatchi & Saatchi as an account executive.

Hernandez comes to KBS after six years at Droga5, where he served as PR and communications manager for two-plus years and PR coordinator prior to that. During his tenure at Droga5, he developed media relations strategies for numerous award-winning campaigns and clients including Under Armour, MailChimp, Tourism Australia, Johnsonville, Pizza Hut, Honey Maid, The Y, Chase, Quilted Northern and Hennessy. Landing at KBS completes a career circle for Hernandez, as he started his agency career at KBS in 2011 after graduating from Boston College. 

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