• Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019
INPHANTRY promotes Regi Jacob to creative director
Regi Jacob

Digital experience agency INPHANTRY has promoted Regi Jacob from associate creative director to creative director. He had served as ACD since 2017. At INPHANTRY, Jacob has worked on strategic campaigns and product launches for a broad range of clients, including PUMA and Toyota. He continues to work closely with co-founders Kevin Lee and Derek Tran to ideate and execute story-driven brand experiences.

Jacob’s diverse background spans interactive, advertising, and entertainment. After starting his career as a copywriter, Jacob earned his MBA from Georgetown University and quickly made his mark in the world of video games and lifestyle brands at MXM Social, Bethesda Softworks, and AKQA.

From branding and marketing strategy to copywriting and concept development, Jacob has been a part of several iconic video game franchises, including Call of Duty, Fallout and Dishonored. He then extended his experience into the Boston advertising scene, working as a creative director, copywriter, and strategist at agencies BEAM Interactive, Almighty, George P. Johnson, and Allen & Gerritsen. Notable clients during this period include IBM, MINI, New Balance, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. His work has garnered three Clios and an AICP honor. 

  • Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019
Cheil UK hires ITV's Laura Gibson as head of social for creative
Laura Gibson

Cheil UK has hired Laura Gibson as its new head of social for creative.

Gibson joins from ITV Creative where she was head of social and led award-winning campaigns for shows such as Love Island, Britain’s Got Talent, Downton Abbey and I’m A Celebrity.

Gibson will develop Cheil UK’s social proposition and will lead the agency’s social team which includes social strategists, community managers and creatives. 

She will report to executive creative director Russell Schaller. 

Gibson has led the social team at ITV Creative for the past three years and was responsible for all the output from ITV’s social channels.

She picked up a raft of awards during her time there. Most recently, her launch campaign for ITV drama Liar won Best Facebook Campaign at the Shorty Awards and Golds at the Promax UK and Europe Awards in 2018. Her social campaign for Love Island won Best Entertainment Campaign at the UK Social Media Awards and Gold for Best Television Campaign at the Shorty Awards in 2018. Her team at ITV picked up Winner of Best In-House Creative Team at the UK Social Media Awards 2017.

Prior to joining ITV, she was social media lead at Promax UK. She started her career at the BBC.

  • Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019
Simon Cook promoted to managing director of Cannes Lions
Simon Cook

Ascential plc has announced the appointment of Simon Cook as managing director of Cannes Lions, promoting him from his current role as VP creative excellence. Serving in leadership of the overall business, Cook will focus on accelerating the expansion of learning and advisory, and digital information services as well as the continued global benchmarking of the world’s best creative and effective marketing.

Philip Thomas, chairman of Cannes Lions and president of Ascential Events, said, “Following the successful reset year in 2018 under Jose Papa, Cannes Lions is now ready for its next chapter of growth. After an exhaustive and rigorous process both internally and externally, Simon proved himself to be absolutely the right person for the job. He has been the driving force behind many of Cannes Lions’ innovations over recent years and already leads a significant portion of the company, including the Awards, Jury, Learning and Advisory arms of the business. He has also been responsible for launching and spearheading many of our global, year-round initiatives and partnerships such as the ANA/Cannes Lions CMO Growth Council. Simon is a familiar face in the industry and he is well respected within the Lions business. His clear vision, breadth of knowledge and experience of the global branded communications industry mean he is brilliantly placed to lead the continued evolution of Cannes Lions.”

Cook has worked in the branded communications industry and Cannes Lions for over a decade. He worked agency-side before joining the business. Cook’s work has been critical to the success of Cannes Lions. He was the architect behind “The Tracks,” the organizing framework that helps the creative community navigate the awards and learning experiences across the Cannes Lions platform. During his tenure with Lions he has also overseen the creation and introduction of more than half of the Lions awards. Cook is deeply passionate about the work and is a tireless advocate for creative marketing excellence that drives business performance--something he has recently been championing across the Cannes Lions suite of experience-based learning and advisory programs.

Cook said, “Creativity, in its broadest sense, is powered by people. As the team and I take this exciting next step, we will be dedicated to helping people and their businesses unlock their creative potential because we believe that creativity is a catalyst for business and personal growth. I am delighted to guide this team as we continue our mission to connect, inform and empower the global, creative marketing community and help them make the case for effective, creative problem-solving, every day.”

  • Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019
Marcus Kawamura named Nobox CCO/partner
Marcus Kawamura (l) and Jayson Fittipaldi

Nobox, an independent digital and social content agency based in Miami, has broght in Marcus Kawamura as chief creative officer and partner. Kawamura has extensive experience in large global high-level creative agencies such as AlmapBBDO in Brazil and Crispin Porter Bogusky, where he was global creative director in its Boulder, Colo. headquarters and ECD in its Miami offices. Kawamura’s focus at Nobox will be to elevate the agency craft and nurture creative culture while helping integrate big idea thinking into all levels of work for clients.

Kawamura takes over creative leadership of Nobox, something agency founder Jayson Fittipaldi has been responsible for since the shop’s inception in 2001. Fittipaldi moves into the role of chief innovation officer, where he will focus on helping shape what comes next for the agency and its clients through the discovery and implementation of new creative technologies.

For over a decade Nobox has emerged as a leading independent digital and social content agency with world headquarters in Miami and roots in Latin America and Jamaica, having offices in Bogota, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Kingston. Over the last two years the agency has expanded its offering in the U.S. as a Pepsico roster agency and through work on campaigns for such American brands as Netflix, Marriott and Playstation.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019
Deutsch NY promotes Oakley, Morgan, Plunkett, Quay 
Deutsch’s (l-r) Husani Oakley, Andrew Quay, Jeff Morgan and Oliver Plunkett

Deutsch’s New York office has promoted Husani Oakley to EVP, director of technology and innovation from SVP, director of technology. In addition, the office elevated Jeff Morgan, Oliver Plunkett, and Andrew Quay to VPs.  

Oakley will continue to spearhead technology efforts across clients including AB InBev, Siemens, and Reebok, among others.  He is also a lead practitioner at Great Machine, Deutsch’s A.I. innovation Studio. Oakley’s start-up experience includes founding online investing platform GoldBean, design and technology firm Oakley + Partners, and the cultural event newsletter Flavorpill. And he’s held key technology positions at agencies including Wieden+Kennedy, Euro RSCG, and Omnicom’s Evolution Bureau.

Morgan becomes VP, executive producer. He oversees all production at Steelhead, Deutsch’s in-house production arm, and has directed and produced content for clients including Busch, PNC Bank, and Acuvue.  

Plunkett is now VP, media director. And multidimensional strategist Quay becomes VP, planning director.  He works on Busch, DraftKings, and new business, including Deutsch’s recent Reebok win.  

“Husani, Jeff, Oliver and Andrew are all business leaders within their respective departments and have fully embraced our explorer mentality,” said Deutsch’s NY CEO, Val DiFebo.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019
Andrew Ratzlaff joins Union as staff editor
Andrew Ratzlaff

Andrew Ratzlaff, who has cut high-profile comedy spots for Hotels.com, NBA2K, and more, has joined bicoastal Union Editorial as a staff editor. Ratzlaff began editing with Union on a freelance basis last year, turning out such work as: Honest’s “Unpack” (via Mother and directed by Conor Byrne); Schwab’s “Gym” (via Mekanism and directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay); and celebrity-driven ancillary spots for Amazon (“Ordering Dog Food” with Harrison Ford, via D1 Amazon and Lucky Generals) and Oculus GO (“Penguins” with Wiz Khalifa, via Anomaly), both directed by Wayne McClammy. Ratzlaff’s first assignment since joining Union full-time is for the “Acura Super Handling Challenge featuring Jay Williams,” created via Mullen Lowe and directed by Hungry Man’s Amir Farhang.

Ratzlaff’s relationship with Union was cultivated by partner/editor Christjan Jordan, who joined the company last July. “I’ve been a fan of Andrew’s work for a while. He has a great eye for both comedy and visual work and it’s been fun collaborating with him on jobs,” said Jordan. “Andrew is such a talented editor and a rising star in our industry.”

“I’ve found Union to be one of the most supportive places I’ve worked, in terms of the atmosphere and the talent,” Ratzlaff observed. 

Originally from Denver, Ratzlaff attended University of Colorado and graduated in 2006, before moving to New York, where he began his editing career with NBC Universal, cutting documentary projects. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2013, joining CP+B as an in-house editor. Ratzlaff credits the agency’s emphasis on comedy with his own gravitation toward the genre. Among his first comedy spots at CP+B was Hotels.com “Airport,” directed by Ruben Fleischer. Subsequent to CP+B, Ratzlaff returned to docs for a bit, including a project for RPS Entertainment. “Documentaries are rewarding in many ways, but it’s nice to have a script, while finding the unexpected jokes in the story.”

For Acura, Ratzlaff once again edited a celebrity-driven narrative. This time, former NBA player and current television analyst Jay Williams welcomes viewers to the Acura Super Handling Challenge. Acura wants to see who are the masters of super handling off the road. Williams asks his audience to post their best basketball moves on Twitter and Instagram using #SuperHandling and tag @Acura to join the challenge, with Williams breaking down all the best clips.

Union Editorial has offices located in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and London, where it maintains an alliance with Marshall Street Editors. Union also develops and produces original content through its Union Entertainment Group banner. Other Union companies include Resolution, which provides finishing services, VFX, graphics and mix for commercials, features and gaming.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019
Christoph Schröer joins Artjail as VFX supervisor
Christoph Schröer

Creative visual effects boutique Artjail has added VFX supervisor Christoph Schröer to its Chinatown, NYC studio. Previously a VFX supervisor/sr. compositor at The Mill, Schröer brings over a decade of experience and an eye for design in VFX to his new leadership role at Artjail. His work has been featured in internationally acclaimed spots for brands such as Mercedes Benz, Visa, Volkswagen, Samsung, BMW, Hennessy and Cartier. 

Fusing together a knack for computer technology and a passion for graffiti design, Schröer applied his degree in Computer and Media Sciences to begin his career in VFX. He cut his teeth in VFX at some of the biggest shops in Germany and Switzerland, catching the eye of a wide range of European auto clients with his natural eye for technical design and precision. His credits from his tenure in the European market include Lead Compositor for multiple Mercedes-Benz spots, two global Volkswagen campaign launches, and BMW’s “Rev Up Your Family”. 

In 2016, Schröer made the move to New York to take on a role as Senior Compositor and VFX Supervisor at The Mill. There, he teamed with notable directors such as Tarsem Singh and Derek Cianfrance, and worked in leading VFX roles on campaigns for clients including Hennessy, Nissan Altima, Samsung, Cartier and VISA. His work has garnered numerous industry accolades, such as five shortlists, including one for VFX, from Cannes Lions for Hennessey “Major” as well as recognition from the Clios, and ADC.

Noted Schröer, “The team at Artjail brings a collaborative, boutique approach to every project that they work on and their work is consistently top notch. I’m looking forward to working with their talented lineup of artists and producers to continue to elevate the output of creative work.”

“Christoph is that rare breed of artist, technically very capable, and comes with a strong creative eye. He’s a great lead who understands the desires of the agency, director, and client,” added Artjail managing director John Skeffington. 

  • Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019
Sanchez named sr. director, Film at TIFF; Ryan, Frees promoted to VP roles
Diana Sanchez (George Pimentel WireImage Getty for TIFF)

Diana Sanchez has been appointed to the newly created role of sr. director, Film, at TIFF effective April 15. Sanchez will oversee the programming strategy for the Toronto International Film Festival; TIFF Cinematheque; Film Circuit, the organization’s nationwide film network; and theatrical release programming at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Sanchez has a long-standing relationship with TIFF that began in the Festival’s guest office in 1998. A lover of Spanish-language cinema, she has been responsible for selecting the Festival’s films from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal since 2002. In that time, Sanchez has developed strong relationships with a wide range of filmmakers, including Pedro Almodóvar, Lucrecia Martel, Guillermo del Toro, and Sebastián Lelio. In addition to her work at TIFF, Sanchez has worked as the artistic director of the Panama Film Festival since its inception in 2011, and programmed for the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Miami Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, where she served as programming director. 

“The senior director of Film position was created to bring our curatorial strategies for the Festival and year-round film programming closer together,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF artistic director and co-head. “Diana and I will work with film programming teams to amplify the cumulative impact of TIFF’s singular resources: a prominent film festival, a globally respected cinematheque, one of the best art-house cinemas in the world, and a national network of Film Circuit groups that reaches film lovers and knowledge seekers across Canada.”

On the operational and revenue-generating side of TIFF, Laura Ryan, who has been with the organization for four years, takes on the role of VP, Visitor Experience. Ryan’s responsibility encompasses all teams that curate customer experience at every touchpoint at TIFF, which include the event, technical production, ticketing operations, retail, and customer service teams. Prior to TIFF, Ryan worked in Finance and IT, leading groups responsible for sales and customer service globally.

Jennifer Frees takes on the role of VP, Partnerships, which oversees over 100 partner accounts. Frees, who has been at TIFF for eight years, will continue to provide senior sales, negotiation, and property-development direction for the organization’s corporate, festival, event and hospitality partnerships. Under her direction, TIFF Partnerships has become one of the most successful partner programmes in the film festival world. 

Joana Vicente, TIFF executive director and co-head, said of Ryan and Frees, “Both of these individuals possess an incredible business acumen and overall leadership vision that will benefit the organization for years to come. Their hard work is a large part of the current day success of TIFF, and we are privileged to have their voices on the senior management team.”

  • Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019
Havas Media Group adds Minc, Zaleski
Ellen Zaleski (l) and Thomas Minc

Havas Media Group has made two additions to its global team: Thomas Minc as managing director, global strategy, and Ellen Zaleski as managing director, global insights. Both Minc and Zaleski report to Havas Media Group’s global chief strategy officer, Greg James. The duo will co-lead Havas Media Group’s ongoing initiative to translate data into tangible next steps through updates to processes, media metrics, and tools for the entire Group.

Zaleski joins Havas Media Group from footwear and apparel giant Nike, where she was director of consumer knowledge. In her new role at Havas Media, Zaleski will work to build and further develop the insights-based services for Havas Media Group and its clients.

Minc first joined Havas in 2010, and over seven years worked in various roles, from research analyst up to VP group director leading Havas Sports & Entertainment. In 2016, he left to become managing director of Sopexa USA, a global integrated marketing agency.

Minc will focus on the implementation of a new strategic planning process, support local and global strategy teams, and share thought leadership across the Havas Media network and wider industry.

  • Friday, Mar. 15, 2019
Oscar-nominated sound editors Sullivan, DeCristofaro join Sony Pictures Post Services
Becky Sullivan
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Supervising sound editors Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, who share a 2015 Academy Award® nomination for their work on Unbroken, have joined Sony Pictures Post Production Services. The pair have collaborated on numerous films over the years, including this year’s Best Picture Academy Award® winner Green Book, with DeCristofaro as supervising sound editor and Sullivan as ADR supervisor. Sony Pictures is building theater-style studios with sound design and mixing capabilities for the two sound artists on the studio lot.

DeCristofaro and Sullivan are the latest in a long list of top sound talent to join the Sony Pictures roster in recent years. “We’ve built an environment where sound editors and mixers have all the resources they need to push the limits of creativity,” said Tom McCarthy, EVP, Post Production Facilities, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Artists appreciate the studio environment and the proximity it gives them to filmmakers and their peers.”

Sullivan is one of the few women serving as supervising sound editor on high-profile studio films, including, most recently, Columbia Pictures’ A Dog’s Way Home, Holmes & Watson and Ghostbusters (2016), Paramount Pictures’ The Big Short, Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor and Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades of Grey. Alongside her Oscar® nomination, she is the recipient of a BAFTA Award (The Fugitive) and two MPSE Golden Reel Awards (Unbroken, Under Siege) among 10 other award nominations.  Sullivan began her career at SoundStorm where she tapped into an acting background to become a top ADR supervisor. She earned her first credit as a supervising sound editor in 2008 on Universal Pictures’ Baby Mama.

DeCristofaro was nominated for a 2019 MPSE Golden Reel Award for Feature Film Dialogue/ADR for Green Book. In addition to his Oscar nomination, he is the recipient of five Golden Reel Awards and 16 nominations, and five Giant Screen Cinema Association Awards. He has supervised over 120 feature films, including Columbia Pictures’ Ghostbusters (2016), Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, and Disney/Marvel’s Iron Man 3. He also created sound for the Netflix series The OA.

DeCristofaro became interested in joining Sony Pictures based on the favorable experience he had working at the studio on Ghostbusters

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