Wednesday, August 15, 2018

People on the Move

  • Monday, May. 14, 2018
Deluxe names Steve Garrad head of studio, Vancouver, for Method Studios and Encore
Steve Garrad

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. has named Steve Garrad head of its Vancouver studio, overseeing day-to-day operations for its global visual effects company Method Studios and TV post/VFX brand Encore. The long-time production executive takes the helm as both brands build their talent and capacity in Vancouver to meet demand for their feature film and episodic services. 

Reporting to president of Deluxe VFX Ed Ulbrich, Garrad will work closely with his global counterparts at Method’s and Encore’s worldwide studios to keep efficiency and quality high across all productions. 

Ulbrich said, “Steve has been in the VFX business a long time and is deeply connected all around. Studios and filmmakers love him. He’s built and run a VFX studio from scratch. He’s well respected and well liked in the Vancouver creative community and across the industry. There are very few people who have his breadth of experience and we’re thrilled to have him lead our Vancouver studio.” 

Garrad brings two decades of experience and production know-how to the studio, joining most recently from a role as VFX producer for Warner Bros. on the upcoming feature The Meg. Previously he was executive VFX producer at Double Negative, where he was the company’s first employee in Vancouver; instrumental in building and crewing the facility from the ground up over two years, and bringing in The Mummy, Star Trek Beyond and more. Prior to that he was VFX executive producer at Image Engine, where he spent five years executive producing features including R.I.P.D., Fast & Furious 6 and Zero Dark Thirty. He built his early career in London, where he was a sr. VFX producer at Double Negative UK for many years and head of Production at Clear UK (now Prime Focus). Garrad got his start in the industry at Cinesite as a runner, working his way up the ranks to DFX producer. He was nominated for Emmy and Leo Awards for his work on the TV show SGU Stargate, and is a member of the Visual Effects Society’s Board of Directors in Vancouver. 

Garrad said, “The Method/Encore studio in Vancouver was one of the first in town and it’s always been a focal point. There’s strong VFX and post talent there. Ed has a great vision for the global Method organization, and part of it is working to help each studio maintain its own culture, which makes the overall company culture richer, deepens the knowledge base and allows it to move faster.” 

Having created key VFX sequences for features including Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and other blockbusters, Method’s Vancouver studio has grown over the past two years to become one of the largest VFX facilities in the region. The Encore team in Vancouver is currently providing postproduction and/or VFX services for shows including Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Altered Carbon, the CW’s Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and more.

  • Thursday, May. 10, 2018
Ryan Grau becomes Santa Barbara film commissioner
Ryan Grau

Ryan Grau has been appointed the new director of film & special events at Visit Santa Barbara and will also serve as the official film commissioner representing the County of Santa Barbara. Grau has replaced outgoing Geoffrey Alexander who served as the film commissioner for 10 years. Alexander left Visit Santa Barbara to pursue a career in real estate sales. 

Grau grew up in Ventura and moved to Santa Barbara in 1995. He has worked on small and large scale production throughout the past 20 plus years and started a local production company called von Grau Productions. Prior to and during that time, he had worked 10 years in medical device sales. Additionally, he worked for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as the venue manager for four years. Still photography and motion pictures have always been great passions for him. Directing short films for festivals, producing commercials for local businesses, scouting major catalog shoots in the hills of Montecito and a brief acting career are a few of his career accomplishments in the industry.

  • Tuesday, May. 8, 2018
Casanova//McCann names Will Pierce as its 1st chief strategy officer
Will Pierce

Casanova//McCann has promoted Will Pierce to sr. VP, chief strategy officer.

Pierce, who joined four years ago as director of strategic planning for the New York office, becomes the agency’s first overall chief strategy officer, encompassing its national network of offices. He has over 18 years of experience across general, Hispanic and global markets. He started his career at McCann, built Hispanic expertise at Saatchi/Conill, general market & global experience at Havas/Arnold, and then joined Casanova//McCann in 2014. Most recently, he was VP, director of strategic planning. 

Ingrid Otero-Smart, president/CEO of Casanova//McCann, said of Pierce, “He has helped us build a world-class planning department that has contributed significantly to our clients’ businesses and, as a result, has been instrumental in our continued growth.”

Casanova//McCann is one of the fastest growing Hispanic-focused agencies in the country and works with well-known brands such as Nestlé USA, Chevrolet, Carl’s Jr, eBay, California Lottery, and many others. The agency has full-service offices in California, New York, and Detroit, and employs over 100 professionals.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity and what the future holds for us,” said Pierce. “We’re gearing up to take Casanova//McCann to the next level through provocative thought leadership and culture-driven creativity. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through all of my experience, it’s that culture has an almost magical power to shape brands into those that consumers will fall in love with.  We’re getting to the heart of cultural truths that will create more of those brands.”

  • Thursday, May. 3, 2018
McCann Worldgroup promotes Chris Macdonald, Nannette Dufour
Nannette Dufour (l) and Chris Macdonald

McCann Worldgroup has named Chris Macdonald and Nannette Dufour to new leadership positions. Macdonald has been promoted to president, Advertising & Allied Agencies, and Dufour to president, Global Clients & Business Leadership.

Harris Diamond, chairman and CEO, McCann Worldgroup, said, “Nannette and Chris will work along with Bill Kolb, who is president, Diversified Agencies, to further drive creative marketing solutions that will help our clients thrive in this business environment. With this leadership team, which also includes global creative chairman Rob Reilly and global chief strategy officer Suzanne Powers, along with our discipline and operational leadership, we are well positioned to further accelerate our ability to create growth opportunities for our clients and deploy the best set of multiplatform resources anywhere in the world.” (Luca Lindner, who has been president of McCann Worldgroup, has announced his planned mid-2018 retirement from this full-time role and will serve as a consultant to the leadership team.)

Macdonald’s responsibilities are being expanded from North American regional to global with oversight of McCann Worldgroup’s advertising and allied agency resources. Macdonald first joined McCann London in 2005, where he was promoted to CEO. In 2013, he became president of McCann New York and was promoted in 2016 to president of McCann North America.

Dufour will add operational oversight over all of McCann Worldgroup’s global and key regional accounts, ensuring that all of these clients are receiving the required geographic and discipline resources. Dufour first joined McCann Worldgroup in 2012 and was named chief client officer in 2015. 

McCann Worldgroup led all agencies in global and U.S. new business wins in 2017, according to R3 Worldwide. McCann was recently recognized as Network of the Year at the 2018 International ANDY Awards, following many top global creative honors in 2017. Last year the agency won the most top Grand Prix (six) at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and was the most awarded Cannes agency in North America. Also in 2017, McCann was named Agency of the Year and/or Network of the Year at the Clio, One Show, Cresta, Epica, Midas, New York Festivals, LIA, ANDY, ADC, Golden Drum, and Cristal awards festivals as well as at the EFFIEs shows in North America, Latin America, and the Middle East/North Africa.

  • Wednesday, May. 2, 2018
Rick Dalby joins DigitalFilm Tree as sr. colorist
Rick Dalby

Postproduction and software development company DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) has brought Rick Dalby on board as a sr. colorist. He has already begun working on the hit show “Roseanne” as well as TBS’ “Wrecked.” Additionally, he is collaborating on “NCIS: LA” and “Angie Tribeca.” 

Dalby comes to DigitalFilm Tree from NBCUniversal with prior tenures at Modern VideoFilm and Laser Pacific.  He has served as final colorist for such iconic shows as “Cheers,” “The Wonder Years,” “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights,” for which he was nominated for an HPA Award for Outstanding Color Grading--Television. 

Ramy Katrib, CEO/founder of DFT, said of Dalby,  “He is one of the top colorists in the industry and continues to build amazing relationships with DPs and producers through his outstanding creative work.”

“I enjoy working at DFT because it’s a boutique facility and our team is very collaborative,” says Dalby of his move to DigitalFilm Tree.  “I also like that we are a beta test site for Black Magic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, so I actually get to test out new builds and give feedback.”

  • Monday, Apr. 30, 2018
Flame artist Davide Pascolo joins Jogger Studios
Davide Pascolo

Flame artist Davide Pascolo has come aboard the roster of Jogger Studios, which maintains shops in London, NY and L.A. In the London office, he will head up the compositing team, working alongside colorist Yoomin Lee and motion graphics director Pavel Ivanov.

Joining from Smoke & Mirrors, Pascolo has worked at The Mill and Envy Post, contributing to campaigns for Ikea, L’Oreal and Rolls Royce, including the noted “Dawn Black Badge” campaign. 

Pascolo strengthens Jogger’s creative offering, which includes capabilities in color grading, compositing, animation and innovative displays for live concerts. Located in the same Wardour Street premises as editorial house Cut+Run, the close relationship between the two studios allows for all aspects of the postproduction process to be completed under one roof. Cut+Run also has studios in NY, L.A., San Francisco and Austin.

  • Friday, Apr. 27, 2018
Minh Le named chief digital officer at Dailey
Minh Le

Dailey has brought Minh Le on board as its chief digital officer. The hiring is a further evolution of the agency since it bought back its independence last year, reflecting Dailey’s commitment to expanding its digital capabilities to meet the needs of clients such as Honda Powersports, Carnation Breakfast Essentials, and Dole.

“Minh will help us exponentially grow our ability to help transform our clients through digital,” said Steve Michell, SVP and managing partner at Dailey. “We’ve partnered with him the past and he’s shown that he can build a great digital team. We brought him in to do the same thing at Dailey.”

Prior to Dailey, Minh worked at digital agencies Razorfish and Acquity Group where he teamed with clients such as Singapore Airlines, Ingram Micro, Sony, and Disney. In 2010 Le co-founded Dustland, an agency focused on complex marketing and branding challenges for clients such as Cisco, Volkswagen, and Visa and has partnered with Dailey in the past.  After growing Dustland to a team of 30, he sold the organization to a firm based in Boston.

As part of his new role, Le will be tasked with building out the digital team, establishing relationships with technology partners and driving innovation both internally and for Dailey’s growing list of clients. His goal is to integrate Dailey’s digital and experiential work, increasing capability in platforms like artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality.

“I’m excited about joining Dailey because of its remarkable 50-year track record helping brands tell their stories,” said Le. “I have an opportunity to really shape the digital capabilities for the company and build out a team that can compete with anyone. This is an opportunity to help Dailey utilize digital strategy and technology to tell brand stories in a more personalized way.”

  • Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018
Josh Morse named NY EP for Gifted Youth
Josh Morse

Gifted Youth strengthens its bicoastal foothold, bringing aboard advertising veteran Josh Morse as its executive producer in New York and partnering with Barrie Isaacson Management as its East Coast sales team. Morse’s experience spans the ad agency and production sides of the business.

A Queens-native (and current resident), Morse while studying film at Cornell University worked as a PA on film sets and it was his post-graduation job at a camera rental house that gained him entré to the advertising world, where he traded camera equipment for the opportunity to interview at J Walter Thompson NY. From there, Morse moved to Cliff Freeman & Partners, an agency renowned for its comedic ads, followed by TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he cultivated an impressive portfolio including successful campaigns for Absolut and Jameson.

In 2012, Morse joined Barton F. Graf and was instrumental in helping the then-young agency build its production unit. Working across all disciplines--film, video, print, art-buying, digital, experiential--Morse became head of integrated production, forging a name with campaigns for clients like Keep A Child Alive, Bulleit Bourbon, Axe, Jameson Whiskey, Kayak and gaming giant Supercell. Under his direction, the Barton F. Graf’s Super Bowl spot for Supercell’s Clash of Clans went viral, amassing nearly 73 million YouTube views to date. Morse’s work has won virtually every industry award, including numerous Cannes Lions, Facebook Global, and D&AD awards. 

Morse has always been drawn to comedy, saying, “When advertising takes itself too seriously, it can feel silly and a bit insincere. Comedic advertising, to me, has always felt more authentic. I’m excited to bring my experience with agencies, as well as the worlds of digital and experiential media, to expand Gifted Youth’s offerings into new and exciting avenues. And also make people laugh at the same time.”

On joining managing director Dal Wolf’s team, Morse said, “I’m aligned with the culture here, which is absolutely key to making the best work possible. Their team, they have an insanely high quality of creative standards. The Gifted Youth roster and the reach they have--that goes well beyond the advertising world into all facets of entertainment--sealed the deal.”

Gifted Youth, whose parent company Funny Or Die touts Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as its founders, celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. 

  • Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018
Treehouse adds editor Adam Henderson
Adam Henderson (l) and Peter Tarter

There are award winners, and then there’s Adam Henderson. The Dallas-based editor has not only seen work he’s cut for agencies and clients win advertising awards, but he’s pocketed a major one on his own, one with a $25,000 prize. And now he’s bringing the talent, passion and drive that earned him that bucket of cash to Treehouse Edit. Henderson’s signing was announced by Treehouse founder and editor Peter Tarter and EP Jeremy Besser. 

Joining from Post Op in Dallas, Henderson has been editing since he joined the company in 2009 as an assistant. His reel includes spots in a range of styles for such clients as Motel 6, Hyundai, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, H-E-B, The Home Depot, and Poo-Pourri, the ‘before you go’ toilet spray marketed in cheeky ads and web shorts.

A major highlight came last year, when he entered Adobe’s “Make the Cut” contest. It called for entrants to take the music video for Imagine Dragon’s pop anthem “Believer” and re-imagine it, using nothing but Adobe Creative Cloud products. The competition received over 9,000 entries, and Henderson’s won.

To present the prize, Adobe pulled a fast one: they flew him to their headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and said he was one of the finalists, but when he arrived they surprised him with the news that he’d won, delivered by the band members themselves in a personal video made before his arrival. He was presented with a giant check (a $25,000 prize) and cheered by hundreds of Adobe employees. 

While Henderson has nothing but praise for his time at Post Op, he added it was time to move on. “You can get too comfortable after a while, and I needed to be a little vulnerable in order to grow,” he offered. “Treehouse is a well-respected company that’s making a huge dent in the Dallas post community. Everything about them is positive, from their work to their vibe to their social media presence.”

Henderson met Tarter several years ago, and the two stayed in touch. “He’s a young, hip, very cool kid who was teaching me things technically,” Tarter admitted. “It was such a pleasure to talk with him. When we finished our recent build-out, we wanted to fill our new edit suite with someone who would complement our already great staff, and Adam was a natural choice. He really gives our bench an added layer of depth.”

Besser said that beyond Henderson’s qualifications--which includes his reel, his work ethic and his client relationships--the fact that he conquered all in “Make the Cut” speaks volumes about his character: “He’s exactly the type of person you want in your company, and that’s why we were so interested in signing him.” Added Tarter, “That was a hell of a task, and he came in first. He outwitted, outshined and out-edited everyone.”

Henderson’s joining Treehouse is the crowning part of an ongoing expansion that’s seen the studio open new rooms and add additional creative staff in recent months. Most recently, sr. engineer Eric Jenkins joined in February to lead Treehouse’s new audio post capabilities.

  • Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018
Lindsay Seguin promoted to EP at FuseFX NY
Lindsay Seguin

Visual effects studio FuseFX has promoted Lindsay Seguin to executive producer in its New York City office. In this role, Seguin is responsible for overseeing all client relationships at the FuseFX New York shop, acting as a strategic collaborator for current and future productions spanning television, commercial and film categories.

Seguin was previously managing producer and first joined FuseFX in 2014. During her time with the company, she has worked with a number of important client productions including The Blacklist, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Iron Fist, Mr. Robot, The Get Down and the feature film American Made.

“Lindsay has played a key role in the growth and success of our New York office, and we’re excited for her to continue to forge partnerships with some of our biggest clients in her new role,” said Joseph Bell, chief operating officer and executive VP of production at FuseFX. “She has been a strong advocate for developing FuseFX New York into a distinctive studio, positioned to draw on strong local talent and create world-class visual effects in New York.”

Seguin added, “We have a really close-knit team that enjoys working together on exciting projects. Our crew is very savvy and hardworking, and they manage to maintain a great work/life balance even as the studio delivers VFX for some of the most popular shows on television.”

Seguin is a member of the Visual Effects Society and the Post New York Alliance. Prior to making the transition to television and feature work, her experience was primarily in national broadcast and commercial projects, which included campaigns for Wendy’s, Garnier, and Optimum. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Telecommunications. Born in Toronto, Seguin is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.

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