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  • Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Caroline Garrett named head of VFX at Cinesite London
Caroline Garrett

Cinesite has promoted Caroline Garrett to head of VFX at its London studio. She had most recently served as head of production at the VFX facility.

Garrett in her new role will report directly to Cinesite group CEO Antony Hunt. She will work with her global counterparts at Cinesite Montreal, Cinesite Vancouver and partner facilities Image Engine and TRIXTER to increase Cinesite’s global capacity for feature films, broadcast and streamers. With 20 years’ industry experience and her own background as an animator and CG artist, Garrett intimately understands the unique rigors that artists face while solving technical and creative challenges.

Since joining Cinesite in 2009, Garrett has strengthened her reputation as a grounded and technically astute senior production executive working on a wide variety of high caliber features, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to Skyfall, World War Z, the multi-award-winning The Revenant, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and most recently Avengers Infinity War.

She has an extensive background in visual effects and brings two decades of experience and production know-how to the role. Caroline started her career back in 1998 as an artist at the Magic Camera Company in Shepperton Film Studios. In 2002 she co-founded the previsualization company, Fuzzygoat Ltd, working closely with directors at the start of the creative process. In 2009 she joined Cinesite, taking on the position of CG manager and overseeing the management of the 3D department as well as serving as both producer and executive producer. She later became head of production in London.

Garrett is the second woman to be appointed to a head of studio role within the Cinesite group following Tara Kemes’ appointment as general manager of Cinesite’s Vancouver animation studio earlier this year.

  • Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Bindery adds Nata Andresen, Jen Gothard to head new business, postproduction
Nata Andresen

Independent production studio Bindery has hired Nata Andresen as its head of business development, and Jen Gothard as head of postproduction.

Prior to Bindery, Andresen repped a veritable who’s who of directors, holding sales and rep roles at RSA Films, Simpatico, Taylor James, and Roxanneandco.

Gothard comes over from Beast Editorial where she served in both the Austin and NYC offices, producing campaigns for Progressive, BMW, Exxon, M&Ms, and Revlon.

“Bindery has done an incredible job of marrying production with post to provide a seamless experience for its clients. They have all the right pieces and I’m looking forward to helping them define and scale a more modern approach,” said Gothard.

Andresen added, “I strongly believe that our industry needs more diversity and gender equality, and I was excited to see that Bindery is at the forefront of that conversation and walking the walk. Bindery is majority female and there’s a real dedication to cultivating diverse perspectives across their roster of talent.”

Working with both brands and agencies, Bindery weaves a thread through all aspects of making--from development to production to post. They collaborate with the likes of Apple, Nike, Google, Uber, Sony, West Elm, and L’Oreal, as well as develop original content. Their most recent film, the documentary short Zion--directed by Floyd Russ whose commercial/branded content home is Tool of North America--premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix.

  • Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Creative director/director Sean Martin joins Gentleman Scholar
Sean Martin

Bicoastal production company Gentleman Scholar has added creative director/director Sean Martin to its roster.

Originally from Rochester, NY, Martin has spent the past eight years at Psyop. Named a director there in 2016, his journey with the company began with a design internship, following his studies at The University of Denver and Full Sail University. Beginning in design, he moved on through 2D, 3D and compositing to eventually become a director.

Martin has directed spots for such brands as Apple, Google, Honda, Samsung, Tiffany and Xbox.

  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
De Biaggi named sr. EP at MPC NY; Lupo joins as managing director
Camila De Biaggi (l) and Angela Lupo

MPC, the Academy Award-winning visual effects and creative studio known for its work in advertising and feature films, has named Camila De Biaggi as sr. executive producer in New York and brought Angela Lupo on board as managing director.

Lupo joins MPC NY from Method Studios where she was VP, executive producer. Lupo brings a wealth of experience gained from working in the industry for two decades at both Company3 and Method, along with an impressive understanding of the New York creative scene. 

De Biaggi, who has been at MPC for over five years, has established and grown the creative reputation and profile of MPC NY. De Biaggi will now be focusing on the studio’s creative projects, client relationship management and sales. 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
McCann NY appoints Colm Murphy as chief strategy officer
Colm Murphy

Colm Murphy has been appointed chief strategy officer at McCann New York. Murphy was most recently co-head of strategy at Droga5, where he built and led the flagship Chase account and helped the agency develop its strategic approach across the total brand experience beyond communications.

“Our mission is to help brands play a meaningful role in people’s lives and to do that we must start with a strategic foundation of understanding in how human beings live and behave,” said Devika Bulchandani, McCann New York president. “Colm has an impressive and diverse mix of talent and experience building brands and businesses, and a human approach to how he leads teams.”

Murphy will lead strategy for McCann New York, working closely with clients to ensure more customer-centric, creative and effective marketing, and further building the best strategic agency offering. Prior to Droga5 he ran strategy for several clients at JWT in New York and London, including Rolex, Kraft, Shell, Nestle and Microsoft.

“Colm is a bold thinker with demonstrated expertise in identifying opportunities for client growth,” said Lee Maicon, McCann North America chief strategy officer. “Under his leadership, I’m confident that our New York teams will continue to build on our success and strengthen the breadth of strategic thinking in a way that will move our agency, our clients and the industry forward.”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
Deutsch LA elevates Kelsey Hodgkin to head of strategy
Kelsey Hodgkin

Kelsey Hodgkin has been elevated to head of strategy at Deutsch LA.

Kim Getty, president of Deutsch’s Los Angeles office, said of Hodgkin, “She brings cultural intelligence to every project she touches and has been an instrumental part of our strategy department for years.”

Hodgkin joined Deutsch in 2014 as EVP, group strategy director, leading strategy work for marquee clients across the agency’s Los Angeles roster. Most recently, she’s spearheaded strategic work for Target’s Back to School and licensing efforts, Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement and Tile’s first advertising campaign which won two Bronze Lions at Cannes.

“What gets me most excited about this next chapter and about all the possibilities that lie ahead is the brilliant team,” says Hodgkin. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead them with all their diverse and wonderful thinking.”

Hodgkin has more than 15 years of strategy experience. She has worked in three different countries and four different cities at global agencies including BBH, Ponce Buenos Aires, Modernista! and Mullen before arriving at Deutsch. Hodgkin has developed strategies for brands such as Diet Coke, Tesco, British Airways, Google, Amazon, Adidas, and Toms.

Born and raised in London, Hodgkin graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a master’s degree in history.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Encore Hollywood adds colorist Chlebak, promotes Fontaine to director of production
Andrea Chlebak
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Encore, a Deluxe company, has added colorist Andrea Chlebak to its talent roster, and promoted veteran post producer Genevieve Fontaine to director of production. Chlebak brings a multidisciplinary background in feature films, docu-series and commercials across a range of aesthetics. Fontaine has been an integral post producer since joining the Encore team in early 2010.

Chlebak’s credits include award-winning indies “Mandy” and “Prospect,” Neill Blomkamp features “Elysium” and “Chappie,” and animated adaptation “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.” Having worked primarily in the digital landscape, her experience as an artist, still photographer, film technician, editor and compositor is evident in both her work and how she’s able to streamline communication with directors and cinematographers in delivering their vision. Prior to joining Encore, Chlebak was with Umedia VFX & Finishing in Vancouver.

In her new role, Fontaine’s responsibilities shift toward ensuring organized, efficient and future-proof workflows. Fontaine began her career as a telecine and dailies producer at Riot before moving to Encore, where she managed post for up to 11 shows at a time, including Marvel’s “The Defenders” series for Netflix. She understands all the building blocks necessary to keep a facility running smoothly and has been instrumental in establishing Encore as a leader in advanced formats, helping coordinate 4K, HDR and IMF-based workflows.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Nickolas Daniel promoted to creative director at Social Deviant
Nickolas Daniel

Creative agency Social Deviant has promoted Nickolas Daniel to creative director. He has assumed the creative lead on the CareerBuilder account, which Social Deviant won following an informal review in May 2018.

Daniel originally joined Social Deviant in October 2017 as an associate creative director, and has since applied his creative talents to a range of clients, including Red Wing Shoes, The Disney Channel, MillerCoors, Catalina, and the agency’s most recent new business win, Columbia College Chicago. 
Prior to Social Deviant, Daniel helped open the Detroit office for Huge, where he worked on Fiat Chrysler, Chase Private Client, Maserati, Meijer, and Nokia Health as a sr. copywriter. In that same role at Geometry Global, his client remit included Mondelez, Colgate-Palmolive, E&J Gallo Winery and GlaxoSmithKline.  While at ARC/Leo Burnett Worldwide, Daniel served such clients as Procter & Gamble and Kellogg.  Daniel began his ad career at Walgreens as a digital copywriter.
Along the way, Daniel has won nearly a dozen creative honors, including Effies, Reggies, Webby and Pro Awards.

Social Deviant is projecting to nearly double revenue in 2018, adding new business from The Disney Channel, CareerBuilder, Hanna Andersson, Columbia College Chicago and the National Restaurant Association Show, with more prospects in the pipeline.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Alex Lopez named CCO of McCann Worldgroup Japan
Alex Lopez

Alex Lopez has been appointed chief creative officer of McCann Worldgroup Japan, a newly created post.  Lopez will work closely with each group agency’s executive creative director (ECD) and senior management to continue raising the creative output and foster a more collaborative environment and strengthen the creative culture to deliver better solutions to clients.

Lopez has 20+ years of experience in global creative agency work with high profile clients in both entertainment and fast-moving consumer goods. He started his career in advertising with Leo Burnett from 1988 until 2001 which took him to multiple countries, including Venezuela, Germany, France and Japan. He then spent five years at Beacon Communications in Japan, a Leo Burnett, Dentsu and Publicis joint venture, where he served as CCO for three years until being promoted to managing director.

Lopez is a digital native with particular passion and interest in new tech trends in mobile, interactive retail, and big data. He decided to explore diverse creative fields, from digital movie studios to tech startups all in pursuit of innovation. He has received creative accolades from major international and Japanese award shows including Cannes Lions and the ACC in Japan.

Rob Reilly, McCann global creative chairman, commented, “Japan is a major focus for us. Alex has the depth, knowledge and creative chops that we need to strengthen our creative leadership in Japan. I have tremendous confidence in him and all of the ECDs that we will continue to push forward with urgency.”

Lopez said: “I am truly excited to return to Japan and join MWG combining my past global and Japan experience with my last 10 years of living in the digital frontier. I am committed to creating new tools, resources and talent from one of the most exciting places on the planet, and with some of the most talented and gracious people I have had the good fortune to know.”

  • Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Laura Gentile named ESPN's SVP of marketing
Laura Gentile
BRISTOL, Conn. -- 

Laura Gentile, a 15-year veteran of ESPN, has been named sr. VP of marketing. With this move, Gentile is returning to her roots at ESPN, having started her career there in January 2003 as director, advertising and marketing. She and her team will be responsible for developing and managing all aspects of the ESPN brand across all media and building upon a catalog of award-winning creative. Additionally, she will focus on expanding the brand’s reach to new audiences and sports fans.

Gentile has held a variety of strategic roles at ESPN, giving her a unique purview. Most recently she served as SVP, business operations and content strategy, a role that included oversight of the business operations of the Content group and strategy development. Simultaneously, she continued to lead espnW and Women’s Initiatives at ESPN. She was promoted to SVP, espnW and Women’s Initiatives in November 2015.

Gentile was instrumental in launching espnW, ESPN’s first dedicated business built to serve women, which debuted in December 2010. espnW is now a multimedia business encompassing digital, social, television, films, mentorship programs and events such as The espnW: Women + Sports Summit, which kicks off on Monday, October 1.

Prior to researching and launching espnW, Gentile served as VP, chief of staff at ESPN. In that role, she worked directly with George Bodenheimer, president, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports, on all aspects of the division’s business. She started at ESPN in the consumer marketing department, where she was responsible for driving the marketing direction for properties including the NFL, SportsCenter, the NHL as well as ESPN25, ESPN’s year-long 25th anniversary campaign.

“Laura’s keen eye for marketing and her insight into our brand, given her vast experience across a number of ESPN businesses, has contributed to her being the right person at the right time to lead this important effort and dynamic group,” said Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN president and co-chair, Disney Media Networks.

Gentile was named to the Forbes “Most Powerful Women in U.S. Sports” list in 2018, ranked No. 22. In 2017, Gentile was named one of the 2017 Multichannel News Wonder Women, and in 2016 was named a Women in Cable Television (WICT) “Woman to Watch.”

A graduate of Duke University in 1994 with a double major in English and political science, she earned an MBA in marketing and organizational behavior from Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management in 1996. While an undergraduate, Gentile garnered All-America and All-ACC honors in field hockey and was a two-time team captain. She led Duke to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary field hockey team.

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