• Thursday, May. 2, 2019
Jed Meyer named managing director, North America, for Ebiquity
Jed Meyer

Independent media and marketing consultancy Ebiquity has appointed Jed Meyer to serve as managing director of its North American offices. Headquartered in New York, begins his new role on May 6 and will report to Richard Basil-Jones, global president, and work closely with Ebiquity’s global leadership team.

Meyer brings a wealth of marketing and media experience to Ebiquity. Most recently, he served as director, brand measurement at Google, where he spearheaded cross-functional efforts to grow the platform’s revenue by driving measurement product adoption, client partnerships, and industry perspectives. Prior to that time, Meyer led the corporate research function for Univision Television Networks, Radio, and Interactive Media. He also managed global media, client service, and research teams at Omnicom Media Group’s Annalect and Nielsen.

Strong client leadership roles also mark his extensive career. As SVP of client solutions at Nielsen, Meyer led a cross-functional suite of client services for one of Nielsen’s top ten corporate accounts, developing a highly consultative client-first approach to meeting the client’s growth strategy.

“As the industry grows in its complexity, so does the need for independent advice and trusted measurement. As brands look to maximize the impact of their investments, Ebiquity helps fulfill that goal,” said Meyer. “I look forward to furthering this effort in my new role, especially during such a critical juncture in marketing.”

  • Wednesday, May. 1, 2019
Frank Brooks joins Swift as head of production
Frank Brooks
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Creative agency Swift has brought Frank Brooks on board as head of production. 

Taking on the recently created role, Brooks will serve as production lead across all Swift clients and help the agency expand into new competencies. As Swift continues to grow its offerings beyond a core expertise in social, Brooks will lead the charge to showcase the agency’s commitment to excellence in craft across all production formats. 

Brooks started his career with National Geographic Television before shifting into film and advertising. His diverse body of work spans creative-led agencies, including AKQA, Argonaut, GS&P and Wieden+Kennedy; as well as work on the client side for Nike and Apple. Agency productions include work for Fitbit, ESPN, MINI, PlayStation, and Uber. 

Brooks was tapped by newly appointed chief production officer Marni Beardsley. “It’s my goal to create a team built on an array of multidisciplinary and complementary strengths,” said Beardsley. “Frank brings a grounded perspective to leading productions that’s a great contrast to my free-form approach. His seasoned blend of client side and agency experience adds a rich perspective to the work. Beyond that, his combination of patience and drive for creative excellence is an invaluable asset for guiding projects to better, more unexpected places.”

  • Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019
Tom McCullough joins MPC NY as creative director, finishing
Claus Hansen (l) and Tom McCullough

The finishing department at the New York studio of MPC (Moving Picture Company) has added veteran finishing artist Tom McCullough. The studio, which has worked on a string of high-profile campaigns for global brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton and CoverGirl, has brought McCullough on board to lead the charge as creative director, finishing.

McCullough brings two decades of experience in feature films, commercials and episodic work to MPC. He has worked on campaigns for numerous global brands including Microsoft, Louis Vuitton, BMW, Best Buy, American Express and Coca-Cola, as well as music videos for artists such as Kanye West and Lil’ Kim. His experience also extends into features and episodics, lending his expertise to projects including Marvel’s The Defenders, HBO’s The Wire, and Sex and the City.

McCullough said, “I’m looking forward to working with the enormous pool of talent at MPC, leading a department and helping build something exciting,” adding, “I love creating relationships with clients and helping realize their vision. As a Flame artist, there is already a great deal of that in the room, but as creative director, I’m looking forward to being involved in the process all the way through from inception to completion.”

MPC CEO  Mark Benson stated, “This prominent new addition marks the studio’s commitment to boosting their finishing capabilities and being at the forefront of the beauty space. As their finishing work has grown considerably, Tom will be driving these projects forward and pushing them even further.” Benson cited McCullough’s “vast experience in both the creative and technical aspects of the industry, as well as his keen eye and incredible versatility,” making him “the perfect person for the role.”

MPC’s other U.S. studio has also had a sharp emphasis on their Finishing capabilities. The Los Angeles shop hired artist Claus Hansen as creative director in 2017 to spearhead their team. Hansen has since led significant campaigns at the studio, most recently the Infiniti campaign “Konrad’s World” directed by MJZ’s Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) and the front cover of Vanity Fair’s 25th Hollywood Issue featuring talent such as Chadwick Boseman, Regina King and Rami Malek. The addition of McCullough in New York makes MPC’s U.S. finishing and beauty offering complete.

  • Monday, Apr. 29, 2019
Funworks adds creatives, account leads
Funworks’ (l-r) Jiangzi Tan, Claire Crozier, Kevin Turner and Nicole Dongara
OAKLAND, Calif. -- 

Four have been added to the ranks of Oakland-based agency Funworks: Jiangzi Tan (Tanny) as sr. art director, Kevin Turner as sr. copywriter, Claire Crozier as sr. account director and Nicole Dongara as account director.

Tan was sr, art director at both mcgarrybowen and Argonaut, working with Intel, Disney, and Fitbit. Turner joins from Oakland agency EVB as sr. copywriter, where he worked with a range of clients like Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pandora and the LA Clippers. 
Crozier previously built her management career at Collinson, eventually becoming the global account cirector. For a decade, she collaborated with financial services, airline, hotel and retail brands, helping shape their loyalty initiatives, customer benefits and reward programs.

Dongara most recently worked at BBDO, managing communication planning and campaign development for American Girl, Barbie and Fisher Price. Before that, she worked at Havas, driving ROI for condom brand Durex and helping to lead a successful holiday communications plan for eBay. 

Attracting talent into the shop, said Funworks CEO Paul Charney, is a natural result of the success of its improv-inspired Funworkshops, a method for clients and creatives to quickly generate great ideas. “This rush of new talent is a signal that people are eager to explore new ways of collaboration,” he related. 

The extreme collaboration Funworkshops include clients, agency staff, and comedian consumers who act as a neutral third party. Workshop exercises get to truths and strategies in a relaxed, positive environment, helping to gain alignment from all decision makers on the best ideas. According to Funworks, the resulting work is sold on the first round 90 percent of the time, far outperforming the traditional creative process. 

  • Monday, Apr. 29, 2019
Zoic Studios expands ad team with bicoastal hires
Zoic advertising EP Jason Cohon (l) and business development strategist RJ Peristere
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Emmy Award-winning entertainment company Zoic Studios has expanded its advertising team, adding Jason Cohon as executive producer, advertising, and RJ Peristere as business development strategist in LA, as well as signing with Carolyn Hill and Amanda Rosenberg of Carolyn Reps for East Coast sales representation. Cohon will bolster Zoic’s advertising division, leveraging its success across television, film and experiential to create brand partnerships that capitalize on Zoic’s expertise blending entertainment and technology to create memorable experiences. 

Peristere will spearhead in-house business development out of Zoic’s Culver City headquarters, focusing on growth in the agency and brand-direct spaces. Carolyn Reps is a New York-based production consulting company comprised of advertising and film industry executive Carolyn Hill and agent Amanda Rosenberg. Additional roster clients include Greencard, Kaboom Productions, Odd Machine, Pogo Pictures, Production Service Network (PSN), Saville Productions, THEM Media and Two Fresh Creative. Carolyn Reps will also provide West Coast sales coverage for Zoic.

Zoic SVP Ian Unterreiner said, “After steering the advertising division myself for the last nine years, I’m fortunate to have been able to assemble this team to expand our efforts.”

Cohon began his career on the agency side, landing an assistant account executive role at RPA working on the ARCO/ampm account. Craving more on-set experience, he made the transition into production as a freelance producer for shops including Smuggler and Traktor on commercial and music video projects. Expanding his expertise into postproduction, he spent four years with Digital Domain, producing across its live action, VFX and experiential divisions on projects for clients such as Target, Old Spice, Sony, Microsoft, Chrysler and Nintendo. He continued to fine-tune his skill set producing for award-winning VFX and design shops including Buck and Sway Studios, before landing as executive producer at Brand New School. There, he restructured a wide range of company workflows, including bicoastal sales initiatives, in-house VFX pipelines, new talent hires and company branding. As an EP, he won an Emmy for Ad Council’s “Love Has No Labels” while at Brewster Parsons, multiple awards for the eBay “Give a Toy Store” interactive campaign for Brand New School, a Telly Award for Scion’s “Take on the Machine” stereoscopic films and the Cannes VFX Silver Lion for Mini Countryman’s “Flow.”

The growth of Zoic’s advertising division comes on the heels of successful campaigns for brands including Facebook, Lexus, Final Fantasy, Under Armour and Dr. Pepper. This expansion will continue Zoic’s experience at the cross-section of entertainment and technology, bringing a fusion of traditional and new media approaches to experience-driven campaigns, including an AI film with Team One for the Saatchi New Directors Showcase as well as a real-time animation activation with Leo Burnett Chicago for the Cannes Lions opening and closing galas.

  • Monday, Apr. 29, 2019
Tool hires live-action EPs Macauley, Sexton
Laura Macauley

Tool of North America, a creative production partner to brands and agencies, has added two new live-action executive producers: Laura Macauley and Rob Sexton. 

Macauley serves as sr. EP to manage directors and clients. Previously, Macauley was EP/U.S. managing director at Sweetshop and an EP at Smuggler. 

Meanwhile Sexton has been working in the production industry since 1995, and has experience working in all roles of production. He has produced projects both domestically and internationally, and worked on everything from small digital concepts to multi-million dollar projects. Prior to Tool, Sexton was an EP at harvest.

Macauley and Sexton will be working with Tool’s roster of directors, which include Floyd Russ, Danielle Levitt, Jaci Judelson, Sasha Levinson, Rudi Schwab and Win Bates.

“Continuing to elevate our expertise, offerings and event capabilities is important now more than ever,” said Nancy Hacohen, managing director of live action at Tool, adding, “Both Laura and Rob bring unique perspectives, experiences and talents, and add to our ever-growing team of talent who challenge the norms and look towards the future, just as Tool has done since its inception.”

  • Monday, Apr. 29, 2019
Aidan Stanford joins Keep Me Posted as sr. colorist
Aidan Stanford
BURBANK, Calif. -- 

Colorist Aidan Stanford has joined Keep Me Posted (KMP), a FotoKem company specializing in creative and technical episodic postproduction services. In his role as sr. colorist, Stanford builds upon Fotokem’s roster of creative talent that serves episodic and feature projects.

With over 25 years of experience, Stanford brings unique expertise including proficiencies on color grading systems. His experience ranges from photochemical color timing to digital color grading and includes DI, broadcast, commercials and shorts. His varied background includes color timing 65mm film for Lawrence Of Arabia (IMAX 2002 restoration/release); the DI, HDR and all video deliverables for the Oscar-winning Get Out; and multiple seasons of Emmy Award-winning television series. His credits include the features Happy Death Day, Insidious 4 and Benji, and his episodic credits include Modern Family, Drunk History, You’re The Worst and Fresh Off The Boat.

Mike Brodersen, FotoKem’s chief strategy officer, said, “Aidan brings a deep knowledge of film, an artistic eye and a keen technical ability to help our creative customers bring their vision to reality. His comprehensive skill set in combination with his expertise in color have made him a trusted collaborator with many filmmakers and showrunners.”

  • Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019
Greg Schultz named managing director of Sweetshop's U.S. operations
Greg Schultz

Sweetshop has appointed Greg Schultz as the new managing director of its U.S. operations overseeing the company’s offices in Los Angeles and New York and working closely with recently appointed executive producer J. Patrick McElroy.

Schultz is an L.A.-based EP with more than 25 years of experience creating commercials, television, film and digital content for ad agencies, networks and studios. 

In addition to over 20 years line producing in all formats, he has previously served as an EP at RadicalMedia, RSA Films and Epoch Films where he helped lead the diversification of those companies into multi-platform entertainment and content marketing providers. Schultz has worked with brands including Bud Light, Honda, McDonald’s, Nike, Pepsi, Samsung, Smirnoff, United Airlines and Walmart, as well as U.S. agencies ranging from BBH and Droga5 to Goodby Silverstein, Saatchi & Saatchi, and BBDO. 

Wilf Sweetland, global CEO and partner of Sweetshop said, “Greg is one of those rare individuals who easily navigates the worlds of both craft and commerce. I know our agencies and client partners and all of our people around the world are going to love his can-do attitude and focused attention to detail.”

  • Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019
Susan Sprung promoted to national executive director/COO of the Producers Guild
Susan Sprung

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has promoted Susan Sprung to the role of national executive director and chief operating officer. She will join Vance Van Petten in co-leading the expansion, reach, vision and operations of the organization and key programs. Major initiatives include the Producers Mark, diversity and green production initiatives, the annual PGA Awards and the biannual Produced By Conference as well as the Foundation’s Independent Production Safety Initiative which received a grant from CBS last fall to combat sexual harassment on independent film, television, and digital productions.  Sprung has served as associate national executive director since 2012 and COO since 2016.

Sprung described the promotion as “a tremendous honor,” noting, “This is a period of growth for the PGA as our industry confronts dramatic changes and welcomes exciting opportunities. I look forward to supporting our members and our organization in my new role.”

Previously, Sprung served as special counsel at the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she was corporate counsel at Trizec Hahn in Los Angeles and an associate at Barrett Smith Shapiro Simon and Armstrong in New York.  Sprung is a commissioner on the Anita Hill Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. Additionally, she sits on the California Film & television Production Alliance and is a member of the Western Council of the Actors Fund. Sprung chaired the Board of Directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation-LA for five years. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and from Boston University School of Law.

In a joint statement, PGA presidents Lucy Fisher and Gail Berman shared, “Susan is a brilliant, strategic and dynamic leader in the entertainment industry, and we are very fortunate to have her at the PGA. We are incredibly lucky to have two executive directors who have a clear vision for moving the organization forward during a time of incredible growth at the PGA.”

“Susan has been an incredible force at the PGA, contributing tirelessly to the positive growth and expansion of our Guild,” said PGA executive director Van Petten. “She has been the driving force behind the Guild’s groundbreaking Independent Production Safety Initiative that will bring anti-sexual harassment practices to productions across the country.”

The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 8,500 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. 

  • Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
3008 Editorial adds editor Doug Bryan
Doug Bryan

3008 Editorial has signed editor Doug Bryan. The former owner and editor of Post-Op has joined 3008, bringing 25 years of editing experience to the Dallas-based shop.  Bryan’s work spans commercials, documentaries, feature films, music videos, and shorts of all variety. Among his ad credits are campaigns for TXU, HEB, Medical City, Corona, Wawa, Motel 6, Goodyear and Pepsi.

After 17 years, Post-Op closed its doors and Bryan continued to edit on a freelance basis.

“Post-Op was somewhat of a local institution, which is similar to how I always perceived 3008.  When I got to know the 3008 team, I realized how very talented and unique this group of people are. With my experience, I look forward to bringing a positive, insightful dynamic, to compliment this great team of talent,” said Bryan.

Extending beyond his editorial experience, Bryan is a seasoned musician who has released solo records, while also scoring commercials. Whenever possible, he loves the opportunity to blend his passion for music with the storytelling he does in the edit suite. 

“Having known Doug for several years I’ve always admired his talent, passion and knowledge of our industry.  At 3008, he can focus solely on the editing aspect of his projects and there’s no telling how far he will push this new chapter in his career,” said 3008 owner/editor Brent Herrington.

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