Sunday, September 23, 2018

People on the Move

  • Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018
Social Deviant adds creative and strategic talent
Social Deviant’s (l-r) Lauren Haberman, Darren Coon, Christine Cotter and Darren Spector
CHICAGO -- 

Social Deviant, a Chicago-based, full-service creative agency, continues to add creative and strategic talent as it attracts a slew of new business this year from the likes of The Disney Channel, CareerBuilder, Hanna Andersson, Columbia College Chicago and the National Restaurant Association Show.  

On the creative side, its ninth hire this year is Lauren Haberman, who was most recently at Doner where she applied her copywriting talents to the Minute Maid and Peapod accounts. Haberman, who studied at the Chicago Portfolio School and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is joining Social Deviant as a sr. copywriter.

Additionally, Darren Coon has joined the agency as a sr. designer from Pivet Design, with expertise in videography, content editing and motion graphics design.

On the strategy side, Christine Cotter joined the Social Deviant team in May as a business and account lead. She was previously at DDB Chicago as a VP/account director. With degrees from American University and Georgetown University, Cotter began her career at VivaKi before moving to Ketchum and then DDB

In addition, Graham Spector, social media and digital strategy director at Aeronaut Brewing, has joined Social Deviant as a content planner and strategist. 

“We are always on the lookout for the very best talent--smart, diligent, and kind. With our annual revenues projected to nearly double in 2018, we’re delighted to be adding quality members to our already amazing team,” said agency founder and CEO Marc Landsberg. “We’re building a well-rounded group of talent from both the agency and brand side as we focus on helping our clients do more with less.”

Currently, Social Deviant is recruiting to fill three additional positions. It plans to host a Portfolio Night at its Chicago headquarters on October 24 to identify and help guide promising talent in the Chicago marketplace.

“Whether they end up with a job at Social Deviant or not, we’re committed to playing our part in cementing Chicago’s reputation as one of the world’s great creative cities,” said Landsberg. 

  • Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018
VML London adds creatives Kemanes, Nedelcu, Hochberg, Collaro
VML London's (l-r) Eve Kemanes, Paula Hochberg, Athina Collaro, Harsh Kapadia and Andreea Nedelcu.
LONDON -- 

VML London, a creative and innovation agency, is further building up its now 25 strong creative department under the leadership of ECD Harsh Kapadia, who joined at the beginning of the year from VML New York. Coming aboard are the sr. creative team of Eve Kemanes and Andreea Nedelcu, as well as sr. copywriter Paula Hochberg and sr. designer Athina Collaro.

Kemanes and Nedelcu, Hochberg and Collaro have worked in numerous top creative agencies across the globe including Jung von Matt, Senora Rushmore, Leo Burnett, JWT, VCCP, and Digitas. They bring a wealth of expertise in innovation and through the line creativity at both a local and global brand level.

They join the agency at an exciting time. They will work on VML’s recent account wins Baileys (Global Digital AOR) and Nestlé Skin Health (Global AOR) as well as existing clients including Colgate-Palmolive and the International Olympic Committee. They will also take an active role in the new business drive across the region. 

VML London expanded its headcount by 62% YOY (year over year comparison). The agency is actively looking for five more creatives. The creative department is 25 strong, 64% female and 27% BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic). It includes 10 different nationalities. 

Hochberg is a Spanish-Argentinian sr. copywriter. She most recently worked at Senora Rushmore in Madrid--ranked most creative Spanish agency over the last 12 years. In 2018 she won a Film Lion at Cannes for the Red Cross’ “Decisions.”

Kemanes has worked in Amsterdam, London, Prague and Hamburg for top creative agencies including Ogilvy, VCCP, and Digitas. Her work for the UN Refugee Agency won 5 Cannes Lions in 2016. 

Nedelcu trained at Miami Ad School Europe and worked for Leo Burnett, JWT and Jung von Matt on a wide spectrum of clients. Her latest work, The Gender Salary Experiment, won many accolades including a New York Festivals Gold and a Clio Silver.
 
Collaro is a sr. graphic designer and concept artist with eight years of experience in retail and luxury. She worked at Jo Malone, Avon, Hunter Boot and GlossyBox, among others.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018
Russ Lidstone named chair of Creative Mentor Network
Russ Lidstone (l) and Isabel Farchy
LONDON -- 

Creative Mentor Network (CMN) has appointed Russ Lidstone, group CEO of The Creative Engagement Group and former CEO of Havas London, to the position of chair. Lidstone will perform the non-exec role in addition to his ongoing group CEO role at The Creative Engagement Group.

Lidstone takes up the newly created position as the London-based CMN charity seeks to grow and advance its mission to make the creative world of work more diverse and inclusive. As chair, Lidstone will support chief executive/founder Isabel Farchy and CMN’s senior leadership team, in delivering the strategy of the organzation as it looks to expand nationally.

CMN works directly with schools to connect talented young people from diverse backgrounds with those working in the creative industries. The organization trains industry professionals as mentors and then matches them with young people from low-income backgrounds. The charity’s model is designed so that everyone wins: career opportunities for young people; training for employees; and access to diverse talent for creative businesses.

The charity’s mission is to enable young people (16-19) who, crucially, lack access to the networks and insights they need to break into the creative industries. It pairs young people in London with creatives from leading brands and agencies, helping to provide a way into an industry that might otherwise seem off limits.

  • Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018
T3 adds Kelley Mitchell Price, David Hawes
Kelley Mitchell Price
AUSTIN, Texas -- 

T3, an innovation agency, has expanded its management team by hiring Kelley Mitchell Price as VP of experience design and David Hawes as VP, client engagement and portfolio lead. Price will lead T3’s product design practice as the agency continues to expand its leadership in human-centered design, product development, design research, service design and software design and build. Hawes will act as a portfolio lead for T3’s business, leveraging his brand management skills and financial services expertise to lead client services.

Based in Atlanta, Price joins T3 from InterContinental Hotels Group, where she served as the global director of digital product strategy and experience design. Price built the full-service global design team at IHG and led the responsive, mobile-first redesign of e-commerce, loyalty and app experiences across 14 hotel brands. She previously held leadership roles as chief experience officer at Pocketfirm, managing director of digital experience at the American Cancer Society and leadership positions at several design and technology companies.

Hawes was previously with Publicis.Sapient, where he served as VP, managing partner driving growth and performance for its Austin office. He has over 20 years of experience building brands, leading global marketing efforts, providing strategic thought leadership and implementing fully integrated marketing solutions. His past client experience includes Citigroup, Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, The Coca-Cola Company, WellPoint, Mary Kay, Papa John’s, Blackberry, Samsung and Southwest Airlines.

  • Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018
The Mill LA ramps up its emerging technology operation with Simon, Wong
Boo Wong (l) and Aurelian Simon
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Mill has hired Aurelien Simon as executive producer for emerging technology in the Los Angeles studio. Simon’s arrival comes shortly after the relocation of Boo Wong, global director of emerging technology, from New York. The expansion of the team in Los Angeles takes effect as The Mill continues to expand in the interactive, immersive and experiential space, developing award-winning branded content and original IP with a dedicated group of strategists, creatives, producers and technologists worldwide.

With a background in business strategy, entertainment, and technology in digital and immersive media, Simon brings 10 years of experience to The Mill where he will further develop the studio’s positioning in the thriving West Coast market. He previously served as head of VR at UNIT9, followed by head of immersive at Digital Catapult where he worked with the British government to establish strategies and pipelines to support the acceleration of VR and AR in the UK.

“Los Angeles has always been at the global heart of entertainment. Now, it’s establishing itself as the hub where creative and technology meet,” said Simon. “For the past several years, the local market has seen a significant influx in technology companies and immersive, digital and experiential opportunities. As a firm believer in partnerships, I want to support this growing ecosystem by encouraging and driving The Mill’s relations with technology groups and startups, up-and-coming talent, brands and entertainment studios. I’m looking forward to leveraging our business offering and expertise for our clients and new ventures alike.”

Wong, who has been with The Mill for nine years, leads the in-house team dedicated to emerging technologies. They work to define and create cutting-edge content for clients while spearheading the development of IP and tools internally. Substantial growth and results include large-scale installations and partnerships with industry-leading entities at Epic Games, Facebook and Magic Leap, in addition to recent work that has garnered wins at Cannes Lions, SXSW, SIGGRAPH, AICP, Clio Awards, The One Show and The Webby Awards.

Wong commented, “The Mill has always invisibly used technology to create premium visual content, and today we’re making never-before-seen experiences using new platforms and spaces. Collaboration between creators and technologists is an essential part of what we do, and it is for this reason that we are incredibly excited to have Aurelien join our team. His deep expertise in the medium and strong sense of partnership will drive the strategic way in which we reach the core of any ask - addressing what the story is, who needs to experience it, and how we can deliver it to them in the most compelling way.”

With a nearly three-decade legacy in high-end visual effects and postproduction for branded content, The Mill has continued to expand upon these capabilities while pursuing, researching and developing solutions to offer the industry new and engaging means of storytelling. Upon the release of virtual reality short film HELP for Google Spotlight Stories in 2015, the studio picked up two Gold Lions in Cannes in addition to a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for on-set production tool Mill Stitch. Soon after, The Mill progressed its longstanding history of creating photo-real CGI vehicles with the launch of The Mill Blackbird, the first fully-adjustable automotive rig that transforms into any car. Virtual toolkit Mill Cyclops was then introduced, allowing filmmakers to generate and place photo-real augmented reality CGI objects into shots on set, in real-time.

Most recently The Mill debuted Mill Mascot, an animation system that combines real-time animation and game engine technology with motion sensors, giving creatives the ability to “direct” CGI character performance live on set.

The Mill’s Rani Melendez, managing director in Los Angeles, said, “With Aurelien’s insightful view of the developing landscape and Boo’s dedicated leadership, we look forward to growing our global position in branded content, emerging technology and beyond.”

  • Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018
Editor Lauren Dellara promoted to Rock Paper Scissors’ roster
Lauren Dellara
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK -- 

Rock Paper Scissors has promoted Lauren Dellara to its roster for commercial representation in the U.S.  Dellara is the latest in a long line of editors who began their career as an assistant under the mentorship of editor Angus Wall and Rock Paper Scissors. 

Dellara (affectionately known as LD) has quickly built an impressive client base, with her most recent commercial project being Nike’s hyper-viral “Dream Crazy”--the collaborative anthem celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign, starring Colin Kaepernick for Wieden + Kennedy. Other projects include Nike Basketball’s “Chosen One” with director Hiro Murai--the creative mind behind Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and Atlanta on FX--as well as, The North Face, Calvin Klein, additional work for Nike, Netflix and a music video for Sza’s “Broken Clocks.”

Rana Martin, executive producer at Rock Paper Scissors LA, said on the promotion of LD to the company roster, “Lauren’s dedication has paid off with an amazing year for her, with some of our most celebrated clients asking for her by name to edit their highest profile commercial projects. Not only is she part of the heart and soul of our creative campus, she has the acumen of an editor beyond her years.” 

Dellara studied filmmaking at Loyola Marymount University in her native Los Angeles before following the full path from intern to assistant editor to editor at Rock Paper Scissors.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018
The Mill NY adds EPs Desi Gonzalez, Eliana Carranza Pitcher
Desi Gonzalez (l) and Eliana Carranza Pitcher
NEW YORK -- 

The Mill in New York has expanded its executive producer team with the appointments of Desi Gonzalez and Eliana Carranza Pitcher.

Gonzalez joins The Mill’s Emerging Technology team and will be spearheading the company’s growth and development in the creation of immersive and interactive experiences. Having built her career in the fringes of new technology that blur the boundaries of digital and analog, Gonzalez has worked across a range of disciplines including television and film, advertising, animation, product development, digital content and experiential production.  Prior to joining The Mill, Gonzalez worked with ad agency Figliulo & Partners as an exec producer, leading the development of digital content for innovative platform Quiddity, also working with brands such as Virgin Atlantic and CNN.  Gonzalez was previously global head of production at Fake Love, managing clients such as The New York Times, Nike and Twitter.

Carranza Pitcher has been promoted to the role of EP, having previously been a sr, VFX producer for both The Mill in London and New York. With a focus on high-profile VFX work, Carranza Pitcher has established integral client relationships with leading advertising agencies and production companies in both the UK and the US with creative highlights including work with notable brands such as Calvin Klein, Lincoln, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren and Adidas.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018
Matt Watson joins CULT as exec creative director
The CULT trio (l-r) of founder/chief strategy officer Bridey Lipscombe, ECD Matt Watson, and founder/chief creative officer Cat Turner.
LONDON -- 

Independent digital agency CULT has brought Matt Watson aboard as executive creative director. He earlier served as a creative director at Digitas UK and  SapientNitro.

Based out of CULT’s London office, Watson will be leading the creative team, ensuring all work is ever-evolving and insight-led; working in partnership with clients to deliver brave campaigns that build brands with every interaction.

Since chief creative officer Cat Turner and chief strategy officer Bridey Lipscombe opened its doors in 2012, CULT has seen exceptional growth, attracting brands such as Barbour, Agent Provocateur, Farfetch, Royal Salute, Sally Hansen and Marc Jacobs, leading campaigns for major female talent, such as Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker, and in 2018, winning clients such as Amazon Fashion, NBC Universal, UMBRO and Netflix.

  • Friday, Sep. 7, 2018
Splash Worldwide names Audra Brown client services director
Audra Brown
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Global creative technology company Splash Worldwide has hired marketing veteran Audra Brown as client services director. Based in Splash’s Portland office, Brown will drive all client engagement and project management functions for North America as well as oversee operations in the Portland location.

“Audra brings an impressive trifecta of integrated expertise, a thorough understanding of the digital and social landscapes, and broad connections to both the agency and the brand spheres,” said Erik Semmelhack, chief revenue officer, Splash Worldwide. “She strengthens Splash’s presence in North America, and will be a valuable asset in strategically growing our business and bolstering our client engagement initiatives.”

With 20 years of experience in developing and executing marketing strategy and communications programs for clients across retail, tech, manufacturing, and service sectors, Brown has worked with leading brands including Subway Restaurants, Intel, HP, Dell, CLIF Bar, CenturyLink, Daimler, and many more to drive growth and create memorable brand interactions for customers. She joins Splash Worldwide from Portland agency CMD, where she worked for the past eight years, most recently serving as group account director. Previously, Brown spent 12 years at HMH Agency, running a variety of consumer and B2B accounts.

“Splash has a very well defined set of services and offers proven expertise in key areas, which to me is very refreshing in today’s trend toward overextension,” shared Brown. “Splash’s client roster and track record--not only with creative and production services but also with its robust technology offering for asset management and distribution--really proves the value and effectiveness of what we bring to the table.”

  • Thursday, Sep. 6, 2018
Marshall Krasser becomes FuseFX's VFX supervisor in Vancouver
Marshall Krasser
LOS ANGELES -- 

Visual effects studio FuseFX has appointed Marshall Krasser as visual effects supervisor in the Vancouver office. His two decades of experience span high-profile feature films, TV shows and commercials.

Krasser’s previous experience includes roles with CoSA VFX, Psyop, Industrial Light & Magic and others. Notable feature film projects throughout his career include The Accountant, Divergent, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Great Gatsby, Iron Man 2, Battleship, Avatar, Star Trek, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Pearl Harbor, The Perfect Storm, Titanic, and Forrest Gump. His episodic television experience includes Lucifer, Waco, Prison Break, The Walking Dead, Zoo, The X-Files, and The Man in the High Castle.

In 2015, Krasser was nominated for a VES Award for his work on Divergent. Prior to that, Battleship earned him a nomination from The Hollywood Post Alliance in 2012. In 2009, Krasser was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his work on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, while War of the Worlds earned him two VES Awards in 2006.

Krasser is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Visual Effects Society. A U.S. citizen, Krasser also has permanent residence status in Canada. He holds a BFA in graphic design from Missouri State University.

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