• Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022
Sr. colorist Todd Bochner joins Harbor
Todd Bochner

As Harbor doubles the footprint of its Los Angeles campus, founder and CEO Zak Tucker shared the news that sr. colorist Todd Bochner is joining the company’s talent roster. 

Bochner’s career spans more than two decades, including stints at Modern Videofilm as sr. colorist, and then at Sim as supervising sr. colorist during which time, he received the Hollywood Professional Association’s (HPA) Outstanding Color Grading-Television accolade in 2020 for his work on Watchmen.

Bochner’s recent credits include Good Sam, Invasion, Guilty Party, Star Trek: Discovery, Why Women Kill, Good Girls, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and the cult favorite, The Leftovers. Other notable credits include Krypton, Desperate Housewives, Mr. Mercedes, Madam Secretary, Sleepy Hollow and Jane the Virgin.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022
Camp + King promotes Burleson to sr. art director, Marimon to sr. 3D artist
Katie Burleson (l) and Justin Marimon

Camp + King has promoted Katie Burleson to sr. art director and Justin Marimon to sr. 3D artist.

Burleson is being promoted from art director. For the past four years, Burleson’s visual storytelling talent has been put into play in international galleries and for brands like Cesar Dog Food, Wells Fargo, Papa Johns, and RE/MAX. 

Of her promotion, Burleson said, “Since my first day at Camp + King I’ve felt lucky to be at an agency that prioritizes heart, creativity, and a good laugh! Better yet, I’ve been surrounded by great people who have helped me grow so much.”

Marimon is being promoted to sr. 3D artist from motion graphics artist. Marimon prides himself on being a multi-disciplinary designer, animator, and a lifetime-student of his craft. He started his career as a graphic designer with a passion for commercial photography and has since expanded his skillset to include CGI motion graphics as well as VFX and compositing. When art directors present groundbreaking concepts, Marimon aims to be the artist that can make it a reality, regardless of the toolset required.

“I started at Camp + King as a 2D visual designer with aspirations of learning animation,” said Marimon. “At every turn, they’ve supported my learning, growth, and constant exploration into new mediums.”

  • Monday, Aug. 1, 2022
Picture Shop adds sr. colorist Ken Van Deest
Ken Van Deest

Streamland Media’s picture division, Picture Shop, has added sr. colorist Ken Van Deest to its talent roster. Van Deest brings over 25 years of finishing experience on award-winning productions to his new roost.

“From Picture Shop’s earliest days, our aim has been to offer our clients incomparable creative input by our artists,” said Streamland CEO Bill Romeo. “Ken’s talent and collaborative spirit have supported the vision of many outstanding filmmakers and we are delighted he is joining our vibrant global community.”

Van Deest’s episodic credits range from drama to comedy to documentary. He has contributed to shows such as The Flash (CW), Reacher (Prime Video), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW), The Chef Show (Netflix), Project Blue Book (History Channel), Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX), Revolution (NBC), Prison Break (FOX), Cold Case (CBS) and many others.

Van Deest spent 13 years as a colorist for Riot, followed by a combined 13 years as a senior colorist for Encore and most recently Level 3 Post.

“I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team of artists and technologists at Picture Shop,” notes Van Deest. “Being part of a truly global community of filmmakers is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.”

In addition to Los Angeles, Picture Shop’s locations include New York, Vancouver and Toronto as well as U.K. facilities in London, Manchester, Bristol, and Wales, giving filmmakers worldwide access to a global talent pool, technical expertise and support from preproduction through post.

  • Thursday, Jul. 28, 2022
Open Swim adds head of production DesMarais, assistant editor Wenzel
Lian DesMarais

Open Swim, a full-service production company founded by director/editor Bradley Ross, has added Lian DesMarais as head of production and Jefferson Wenzel as assistant editor to the company’s team. 

“I love having someone on the team who is dedicated to the production process, and to keeping the quality and experience consistent for everyone,” said Open Swim’s EP Amyliz Pera. “Lian has the right variety of experience for Open Swim to be able to guide our teams--including long-form and documentary experience. Most importantly, she’s a decent person. She’s caring, really fun to have around, and happens to have an incredible sense of style.”

DesMarais joins Open Swim as no stranger to Ross as the two worked closely in the production industry years ago. With an in-depth knowledge of traditional production, digital media, branded content and live shows, DesMarais founded production service company Ren Kelley Productions in 2011, delivering exceptional work as an EP and line producer for notable clients including Calvin Klein, Nickelodeon, Adidas and Samsung.

“I’m so happy to be joining Open Swim; It’s rare to have the opportunity to be part of shaping something new and to work with a like-minded team,” offers DesMarais. “We all bring a unique perspective, but share a strong creative drive balanced with a healthy work culture. I take a lot of pride in my work and enjoy facilitating as ideas become fully formed. It’s an honor to bring your values and passions to work every day, and I look forward to what I’ll be able to build with Bradley and Amyliz.” 

DesMarais’ responsibilities will include overseeing Open Swim’s production and postproduction teams, the latter growing with the addition of Wenzel. Prior to joining Open Swim, Wenzel has worked as 3D modeler and animator on projects for fashion brand Collina Strada and retailer Showfields, and as a VFX compositor and assistant editor on the short film “Slow Pulse,” which debuted at the Tribecca Film Festival in 2021.

“Jefferson has the experience we need to assist in our editorial and postproduction process, but in filling this position, we’re fortunate that he comes with visual effects skills to be able to offer more capabilities in-house for our clients,” noted Pera.

Wenzel is another example of Open Swim  growing the team through pre-existing relationships. “Director/owner Bradley Ross’s mom plays in a band with Jefferson’s mom, so when the two started talking about their sons, the job search became much easier; it wasn’t just parental bragging--he really has talent,” added Pera.  

  • Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2022
DGA promotes Faith Santilla to assistant executive director
Faith Santilla

Faith Santilla has been promoted to assistant executive director at the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

“Since joining the DGA in 2015, Faith has helped to grow our field representative operations to address the unique needs of our members working in all categories,” said DGA national executive director Russell Hollander. “In her new role as assistant executive director, her deep union experience and specialized labor knowledge will now be put to work on behalf of our AD and UPM members, as she joins the DGA’s executive team.”

Santilla joined the DGA in 2015 as a field representative. In 2018, she was promoted to special assignments executive, and then promoted again to director of field operations in 2020 where her primary responsibility was to oversee the Western Field Representative Department. In her new role, she will work with assistant directors and unit production managers in the Western region and serve as the staff liaison to the Guild’s Western AD/UPM Council. Santilla will report to associate national executive director/Western executive director Danny Bush.

Prior to joining the Guild, Santilla began her career as a community organizer where she started an immigrant workers center in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood in Los Angeles. She has also worked as a union organizer for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union and for the Editors Guild--IATSE Local 700. She was a sr. representative/organizer for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 and a manager of organizational development at SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West.

  • Friday, Jul. 22, 2022
Becca Schepps joins Fortnight Collective as creative director
Becca Schepps
BOULDER, Colo. -- 

Fortnight Collective has hired Becca Schepps as creative director. Schepps, who was one of the first members of the creative collective when the agency started, will now work full-time side by side with creative directors Mona Hasan and Matt Kubis, reporting to chief creative officer Adam Chasnow.

Schepps will be working for clients Steamboat Ski Resort, Do Good Chicken and Expedia Group and will play an integral role in leading brand hacks. Over the past five years, Schepps has worked on core pieces of Fortnight’s business including Avery, Made in Nature, Grease Monkey, One Bar, Noodles & Company and Upslope Brewing Company. 

“As Fortnight Collective continues to grow, we remain committed to helping brands be better faster by eliminating overthinking, and there’s no one better than Becca to step in and help drive our creativity forward,” said Chasnow. “Schepps has been a part of the collective since the beginning and is the perfect addition to our growing creative team helping our brands reach their creative potential.” 

Schepps’ agency experience includes creative positions at Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B), R/GA, Saatchi NY and Hal Riney, working on clients such as McCormick & Company, Google, Nike, Yoplait, Jell-O, Colorado Lottery and Vlasic Pickles. 

“I’ve been working in freelance roles for Fortnight Collective for years and always knew this team stood out,” said Schepps. “I knew if I were going to stray from my freelance roots, this was the only place I would want to go. I can’t wait to see what this role brings and the creative muscles we will get to flex together.”

In addition to Schepps’ role as creative director at Fortnight, she is also the founder and CEO of Mortal Ventures, a functional beverage brand that makes drinks that “Fight Death.” As Fortnight fosters a supportive entrepreneurial culture, Schepps can pursue this additional passion while maintaining her creative director role.

  • Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022
Jacki Kelley named board chair of Ad Council
Jacki Kelley

Jacki Kelley, CEO of dentsu Americas, has been named chair of the Ad Council’s board of directors. She succeeds Linda Yaccarino, chairman, global advertising and partnerships of NBCUniversal, and will serve in the role until June 30, 2023.

Tara Walpert Levy, VP, Americas at YouTube, has also been elected to vice chair of the Ad Council’s board of directors alongside Diego Scotti, current vice chair, who will serve as chair after Kelley.

For more than 80 years, the Ad Council has been at the forefront of driving the communications industry’s social impact efforts. Its board of directors is comprised of senior marketing and media executives who provide expertise, insights and financial support to ensure the Ad Council’s social impact communication campaigns are effective and impactful. Most recently, the Ad Council and its board of directors led the industry’s response to COVID-19 and the launch of the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative.

As chair, Kelley will work in collaboration with the executive committee, the governing body of the Ad Council’s board, and Ad Council leadership to further the organization’s mission to use the power of communications to address the country’s critical social issues. Additionally, Kelley will chair the Ad Council’s 2022 Annual Public Service Award Dinner, the organization’s largest annual fundraising event.

“Jacki’s commitment to driving social impact through smart and strategic marketing has been invaluable to the Ad Council’s campaigns and reinforced Jacki’s reputation as one of the most influential and altruistic leaders within our industry,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “With Jacki’s guidance, we will continue to convene powerful coalitions and implement cutting edge strategies that will move the needle on America’s most pressing issues.”

Kelley joined the Ad Council board of directors in 2017 and became a member of the executive committee in 2018. Prior to her appointment as board Chair, Kelley served as vice chair. Under Kelley’s leadership, dentsu Americas made a commitment from the top to develop a comprehensive blueprint for the Ad Council’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, aligning leadership across the organization--Carat, Merkle, Posterscope, Mitchell, Amplifi. The effort was serviced via the dentsu health teaming platform, informing everything that went into the Ad Council’s largest effort in its 80-year history.

“I could not be more proud to serve as the chair, working alongside the amazing Lisa Sherman. I am grateful for the leadership of my friend Linda Yaccarino who led an unprecedented effort for vaccination education in one of the most important moments in our history,” said Kelley. “The Ad Council is a place where our collective power to create change comes together for the good of society. It is an honor to work with my colleagues to demonstrate the power of our craft.”

Kelley has been a recognized and lauded leader in the advertising and media industries for over 25 years. She joined dentsu in 2019 as president, chief client officer, dentsu US, and was named dentsu Americas CEO in January 2020. During her time at dentsu, Kelley has led the region through a restructure going from 35+ brands to six leadership brands, championed and developed an industry leading DEI strategy favoring progress over activity and created a culture of transparency and inclusivity.

In addition to her role at dentsu Americas, Kelley serves on the boards of FreshPet and Comic Relief USA and has been honored with the United Way of New York City’s Power of Women to Make a Difference Award. She was named a Matrix Award Honoree by New York Women in Communications; Advertising Woman of the Year by the Advertising Women of New York; a New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award Honoree; and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement. 

With the election of Kelley, the Ad Council will continue its ongoing tradition of rotating board chairs between the organizations’ four sectors: media companies, technology platforms, agencies and advertisers.

  • Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022
McDade, Looney named to lead VMLY&R’s experience design division
VMLY&R's (l-r) Eric Looney, Kaleeta McDade, Craig Elimeliah and Walt Geer.

VMLY&R has expanded its experience design (XD) division with two executive appointments. Kaleeta McDade joins as chief experience design officer, North America, to jointly lead the agency’s growing experience design team alongside Eric Looney who has been a leader on the XD team for the last five years. In her new role, McDade will bridge creative storytelling, technology, design and user experience for clients across VMLY&R’s client portfolio. The agency’s XD team currently supports major clients, including Ford, Colgate, Walgreens, Sherwin-Williams, and T-Mobile. Both McDade and Looney will report to Debbi Vandeven, VMLY&R’s global chief creative officer. 

McDade joins VMLY&R from Ogilvy, where she served as global executive creative director and was responsible for defining, shaping, and driving the creative vision and strategy across the agency’s experience offerings. McDade also spent six years at Deloitte Digital, where she served as group experience director across studios in the U.S. and India. Over the past 17 years, she has also held senior design and creative roles with leading digital companies like Google Brand Studio, Apple, Sapient Shanghai, and Sapient Atlanta. 

In addition to McDade and Looney’s executive appointments, VMLY&R has promoted Craig Elimeliah to chief experience design officer, T-Mobile. Elimeliah is an award-winning creative leader who has been a catalyst for creativity and innovation at VMLY&R for seven years, working with companies such as Google, New Balance, Amazon, Dell and more. He brings over two decades of specialized expertise in designing and architecting solutions for brands and delivering new products and services. Elimeliah is based in New York and will report to McDade.

The appointments follow on the heels of Walt Geer’s recent appointment to chief experience design officer at VMLY&R Health, rounding out a XD leadership team across the global agency. 

  • Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022
Zulu Alpha Kilo grows talent from within, promotes 5
Andrea Por (l) and Christina Roche

Zulu Alpha Kilo has promoted Andrea Por, Christina Roche, Marco Buchar and Michael Romaniuk to associate creative director, and Sterling Hall to resource director. The moves come on the heels of new business wins, a string of international accolades and a commitment to groom and grow talent from within.

Por joined Zulu in 2017 after winning Zulu’s inaugural Employeeship competition. Roche joined Zulu later that year to work with Por. In their time at the agency, Por and Roche have worked on award-winning campaigns across multiple clients, including “Trigger Change” for the Coalition for Gun Control, One Show’s call for entries, “Smile Cookie” for Tim Hortons, and “Star in AR” for Young People’s Theatre, the first-ever series of mini-plays to live entirely as Instagram filters. Most recently, they created “The Micropedia of Microaggressions”, which has garnered accolades at virtually every top tier show, including a One Show Fusion pencil, D&AD pencil, two Cannes lions and Design Best of Show at this year’s Marketing Awards.

Romaniuk was hired on the spot in 2018 after showing up at the agency dressed as a “FedEx/FedUp with spec” courier. Buchar joined the same year with a different partner. In 2020, Romaniuk and Buchar paired up to create such notable work as “Green Screen Shirt” for Harry Rosen, Goldfish’s “Focus Faceoff Lens,” “Sound of Spending” for Interac, and “Orders of Sacrifice” for the Royal Canadian Legion which recently won them a D&AD pencil. 

According to agency founder and CCO Zak Mroueh, great work only happens when you have great planning and resource management. Hall, who originally joined Zulu as resource manager, was also promoted to resource director. With a string of major international creative accolades over the past two years, Hall is credited with improving the agency’s process and “clearing the path for creative teams” to work their magic and deliver big results for the indie shop’s clients.

Mroueh added, “It’s nice to see talent grow from within our walls and move to the next level in their careers. These promotions are well-earned. All five of them are integral parts of the agency and consistently go above and beyond to make us better.”

  • Thursday, Jul. 7, 2022
BSSP adds creative talent, including art directors Hentzen, Byers
Claire Hentzen (l) and Lauren Byers

Agency Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners (BSSP) has added several creatives to its team who will work across key accounts for BSSP, including ESPN, Blue Shield of California, Amazon, Rao’s and Noosa. The creatives will report to Sinan Dagli, BSSP’s executive creative director. 

The new hires are:

  • Art directors Claire Hentzen and Lauren Byers. Hentzen previously spent two years as an art director at Denver Ad School and has worked with brands like Veja and IKEA. Byers previously served in the same role at TBWA\Chiat\Day working on the agency’s Nissan and Ad Council for Veterans Affairs accounts. 
  • Cedric Thurman and Justin Cannon will be joining the team remotely, working from New York, as an art director and sr. copywriter, respectively. Thurman previously served as an art director at 160over90 on the Reebok and Lowe’s teams. Cannon comes to BSSP from Johannes Leonardo, where he served as a copywriter for two years working with Volkswagen.
  • Copywriters Wes Rhodes and Endia Turney. Rhodes was previously a copywriter at TBWA\Chiat\Day and has worked with brands like Public Storage, Audible, and Nissan; she was a part of the team behind Nissan’s lauded 2022 Super Bowl commercial, “Thrill Driver.” And prior to BSSP, Turney spent several years working as a freelancer on scripts for companies like Peacock and Paramount+, before attending Denver Ad School. 
  • Brendan Nicholes, a recent graduate of Brigham Young University where he received a B.A. in Advertising, joins the agency as a jr. copywriter. 

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