Sunday, March 24, 2019

People on the Move

  • 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)
TORONTO -- 

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
NEW YORK -- 

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

  • Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019
Trevor King joins Greenpoint Pictures as exec producer
Trevor King
BROOKLYN, NY -- 

Greenpoint Pictures, with bases of operation in Brooklyn and L.A., has added Trevor King as executive producer. 

A Los Angeles native, King brings diverse experience and deep relationships to his new role at Greenpoint. A producer at Spontaneous Combustion for six years, King then transitioned into sales working at BlueRock. He went on to Click3x for a tenure of eight years before working with RSA Films as its East Coast sales rep.

Greenpoint Pictures’ roster of director talent includes directors Ghost + Cow, Nina Meredith, The Hudson Dusters (consisting of Niles Roth & Greenpoint founder Michael Kuhn), E.J. Mcleavey-Fisher, Renee Mao, The Roos Brothers, TJ Misny, Micah Perta, and Jesse Heath. Recent honors include Davey Awards for Mao’s work for March of Dimes and The Hudson Dusters’ work for Meals on Wheels, and Vimeo Staff Picks for Ghost+Cow’s “L1ZY” and Heath’s “Little Rats” and “Sola.”

  • Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019
Vickie Sornsilp named head of production at 1606 Studio
Vickie Sornsilp
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Veteran postproduction producer Vickie Sornsilp has been hired by San Francisco-based 1606 Studio, formerly MADE-SF, to serve as head of production. Sornsilp, whose background includes senior positions with One Union Recording and Beast Editorial, will oversee editorial and postproduction finishing projects for the studio, launched last month by executive producer Jon Ettinger, editor/director Doug Walker and editors Brian Lagerhausen and Connor McDonald.

Sornsilp brings deep experience in post for commercials and other advertising media, and has managed projects for all the major agencies in the Bay Area, and many others around the country. 

A graduate of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, Sornsilp began her career as a copywriter with agency DDB. She got her start in postproduction in 2014 with Beast Editorial, where she produced work for such brands as Amazon, Clorox, Doritos, HP, Round Table Pizza, MINI Cooper, Toyota, Visa, Walmart and Yahoo! She joined One Union Recording as executive producer in 2018.

Launched under the interim name MADE-SF, the company is rebranding as 1606 Studio in anticipation of moving into permanent facilities in April in San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood. Currently undergoing a build-out, that site will feature five editorial suites, two motion graphics suites, and two postproduction finishing suites with room for further expansion. “We want to underscore that we are a San Francisco-centric company,” explained Walker. “Service companies from outside the area have been moving into the city to take advantage of the boom in advertising and media production. We want to make it clear that we’re already here and grounded in the community.”

Even as it awaits completion of its permanent headquarters, 1606 is busy with multiple projects for local advertising agencies and brands. 

  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019
Editor Joe Siegel joins LVLY
NEW YORK -- 

Editor Joe Siegel--whose interests in visual storytelling have taken him from DC Comics to his current incarnation as a sought-after creative editor--has joined LVLY, the recently rebranded content creation and creative studio in New York. He comes over from Crew Cuts, the New York editorial shop where he launched his career in post. 

As an editor, Siegel has a feel for the ebb and flow of human stories, as seen in a B&W spot for Coach which follows a skateboarder as he travels on his board from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back. Siegel’s deft sense of rhythm and timing is also seen in his short film for the Range Rover Evoque and its “City Evocation” series, which profiles artists as they work in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Siegel says the move to LVLY makes sense in terms of where the industry is headed, as well as where he’s going as an artist. “LVLY is the next logical evolution in postproduction, bringing so many of the dynamic elements that go into creating great work under one roof,” he explained. “Collaboration is a hugely important aspect of post-production, and that’s at the forefront of their new structure and identity.”

LVLY EVP and managing director Wendy Brovetto, who leads LVLY’s editorial and live-action teams, said Siegel’s skill sets and versatility are a perfect match for the company’s purview. “We’re looking for artists and producers who want to experiment in varied genres and disciplines, and we clicked with Joe on that level immediately,” she noted. “His work reflects a wide range of styles, and while he’s well-versed in the thirty-second spot, he was looking for a home that would afford him not only the chance to work in different forms, but also one that could provide all of the collaborative services a project or client needs, such as VFX, design and finishing.”

Siegel said, “Joining LVLY presents an opportunity for me to stretch and work on projects outside of the traditional definition of a ‘commercial.’ They’re involved in so many things, from fashion and beauty to experiential and VR – I see all of this as opportunities for me to enhance my skills and broaden my craft.”

At LVLY, Siegel joins a talent roster that includes Olivier Wicki, Chrissy Rabe, J.P. Damboragian, Bruce Ashkinos, Geordie Anderson, Noelle Webb, Aaron Dunkel and Bryan Andes.

  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019
Grace Francis joins Droga5 London as chief experience officer
Grace Francis
LONDON -- 

Droga5 London is expanding its offering into brand consultancy with the hiring of Grace Francis as its first chief experience officer.

Francis joins from Grey London, where she was head of experience design and planning and a founding partner of Grey Consultancy. In her new role she will be responsible for ensuring that clients express themselves creatively throughout the consumer experience as well as lead on the Barclaycard account, reporting to chief strategy officer Dylan Williams. She is also a former head of UK and content at Isobar.

Williams said, “After three years at Droga5, Bill, DK and I felt we were now ready to broaden our offering and help brands express themselves creatively across the consumer experience. We interviewed extensively and Grace won hands down. We’re very happy to make her our first C-suite hire.”

Francis added, “As Droga5 enters a next phase of growth, I’m joining to develop an experience design offering that will see us drive innovative and meaningful human-centric design solutions for all our clients and create meaningful experiences between brands and people.”

  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019
Beaumont, Nesheim named co-creative directors at Mob Scene
Josh Beaumont
LOS ANGELES -- 

Mob Scene, an entertainment marketing agency for major motion picture studios, television networks, and streaming channels, has named editors Josh Beaumont and Chris Nesheim as co-creative directors, theatrical. They will both report to Craig A. Platt, Mob Scene’s EVP, theatrical. 

Mob Scene’s theatrical division works with the top movie studios and streaming networks to create and produce trailers, TV, and digital spots. The division works with studio executives to influence the creative strategy behind high profile campaigns promoting both major theatrical releases, as well as films and documentaries presented by the top streaming platforms.

In their new positions, Beaumont and Nesheim will continue their editorial work, while also collaborating with Platt to innovate and push the creative work of the theatrical division.  This will include business and creative development. In addition to their work collaborating on campaigns, they will mentor young talent currently on the rise within Mob Scene itself, and help Platt to grow the theatrical division over the coming years.

Before joining Mob Scene, Beaumont had been a producer and sr, editor at Buddha Jones, contributing to recent marketing campaigns for “Life of the Party,” “Night School,” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” He also served as an editor at Trailer Park, where he cut teasers and trailers for “Jungle Book,” “Life of the Party,” “Anchorman 2,” and both “Horrible Bosses” films.

Prior to his promotion, Nesheim had been a sr. editor at Mob Scene since 2012, most recently working on the promotional campaign for “Aquaman,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and the Clio Award-winning teaser for “The Accountant.”

  • Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019
Margaret Russo, Ray Elfers promoted to group creative directors at Grey Midwest
Ray Elfers (l) and Margaret Russo
CINCINNATI -- 

Margaret Russo and Ray Elfers has been promoted to group creative directors at Grey Midwest in Cincinnati. They will report to Adam Kahn who was named chief creative Officer of Grey Midwest in February.

Russo has spent more than a decade at Grey Midwest and will oversee multiple Procter & Gamble brands as GCD.  Her award-winning work for Febreze has been recognized by the Cannes Lions, Effie, Webby and Addy Awards.  Her social media campaigns have delivered sales, exposure and relevancy across multiple platforms, garnering her a coveted Facebook Thought Leadership Award for Creative Excellence.

Russo is a longtime proponent of workplace equality and female leadership, partnering with such groups as Women in Digital and the 3% Conference.

Elfers has been with Grey Midwest since 2010.  As an award-winning art director, he has created campaigns across both traditional and non-traditional channels.  His work on P&G has included brand marketing efforts for Febreze, the Olympics, Downy Unstopables and Gillette.  Most recently, he has lent his creativity to the establishment of Grey Midwest’s commerce discipline.  The offering combines the science of data with the art of advertising to differentiate clients’ brands from their competitors.

A big supporter of Cincinnati’s local creative community, Elfers has worked with the American Advertising Federation (AAF), Addy Awards, the Brandemonium conference and with creative start-ups via the Brandery. 

  • Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019
Chadwick Halbritter joins Flavor Detroit as creative director/designer
Chadwick Halbritter
DETROIT -- 

Flavor, Cutters Studios’ design and visual arts group, has added creative director/designer Chadwick Halbritter to its full-time staff in Detroit. 

“Detroit is experiencing a creative renaissance, and over the past few years, the commercials, VFX and design projects we’ve created here through Flavor have been extraordinary,” said Kurt Kulas, Cutters Studios Detroit’s managing director. “To further support our commitment as a value-added up-stream creative partner, we sought out an innovative leader who ideates strategically, conceptually...and is passionate about creating work that complements the brand’s strategy and values at the highest level.”

Halbritter brings over 10 years of experience to his new position. He is based in Detroit alongside Flavor Detroit’s EP Dave Peyton. Working over the past five years as a sought-after freelance art director and motion designer, Halbritter has helped lead immersive, cinematic 2D/3D projects from design through production, ranging from main titles for films, TV series and experiential applications, to commercials, TV idents and concert visuals. His design contributions to successful main title pitches include “Charlie’s Angels” for Trailer Park, “The Twilight Zone” for Laundry, “Tolkien” for MOCEAN, “The Alienist” for Elastic (a 2018 Outstanding Main Title Emmy Award nominee), and Sunday Night Football on NBC for Zoic Studios. With a top-tier list of past clients and collaborators (also including Imaginary Forces, Framestore and The Mill), Halbritter focuses on using cinematography, storytelling and conceptual design in surprising new ways to build meaningful, unforgettable experiences.

“What attracted me to Flavor and the Cutters family was the opportunity to push myself in a new creative direction as part of a highly talented group of passionate people,” Halbritter said. “I’m excited to join the well-established creative hub that is Cutters Studios Detroit and further establish Flavor at the forefront of the global creative industry, together with the group’s other top-tier talents around the world.”

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