• Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
Kim Spikes named SVP of culture and engagement for Streamland Media
Kim Spikes
LOS ANGELES -- 

Streamland Media has named postproduction executive Kim Spikes as its sr. VP of culture and engagement. Spikes was formerly SVP of post for Sim in New York. In her new role, Spikes will focus on enhancing the Streamland culture by further establishing diversity, equity and inclusion platforms, amplifying its green initiatives, strengthening the health and wellbeing of team members, and connecting with communities.

Streamland Media CEO Bill Romeo commented, “We are looking forward to working with Kim as she leads our commitment to building a strong and diverse workforce across all of our businesses while developing community engagement programs. Streamland is dedicated to elevating its social responsibility efforts, and with Kim guiding us in this new role, we see the opportunity to make a significant impact in our industry.”

A fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion, Spikes brings over 18 years of media and entertainment executive leadership experience to this newly created position. In 2020, she created and chaired the DE&I program at Sim which hosted employee resource groups (ERG) and an education series for more than 450 Sim employees. She is currently the founder and chair of the Post New York Alliance’s Green Committee.

“I am extremely proud to work for a company that genuinely champions a culture of creativity, innovation and inclusion,” said Spikes. “It has been a challenging few years for so many of us and I believe that it’s our utmost responsibility to foster a culture of wellbeing, both inside and outside the organization. I look forward to building initiatives that strengthen and amplify the voices of those who work with us and that fearlessly engage in the tough conversations that will lead us all to this goal.”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
Ghost VFX expands leadership team; Patrick Davenport named president
Patrick Davenport
LOS ANGELES -- 

Ghost VFX, part of the Streamland Media community of postproduction businesses, has appointed Patrick Davenport as its president. Tom Kendall, previously serving as Ghost VFX president, has taken on the new role of head of business development, sales and marketing for the visual effects house. Rounding out the team, Paul Richards has joined Ghost as EVP of technology and Crys Forsyth-Smith has been named EVP of global production. All four will be based at the company’s Burbank, Calif., location.

Bill Romeo, Streamland Media president and CEO, said, “Patrick’s background and international experience make him the right leader at this time of tremendous growth and opportunity for Ghost VFX.”

Davenport most recently served as COO at Method Studios, a division of Company 3. He previously held the same role at MPC Advertising. He brings 30 years of industry knowledge that includes producing visual effects for commercials and features. He led teams behind the scenes of such notable recent titles as Top Gun: Maverick, The Witches, Loki and For All Mankind.

Kendall has chosen to lead the company’s business development and outreach. This new role harnesses his expertise and passion for building alliances with the talented people and companies creating compelling episodic stories for audiences everywhere.

Richards brings 20 years of technical and business experience in visual effects to Ghost VFX, having successfully led teams in structuring enterprise-level architectural design, development, and operations onto a secure unified pipeline. Richards most recently held the position of CTO of VFX at Method Studios, where he was responsible for the company’s brands serving major motion pictures, streaming platforms, broadcast TV, advertising, and video games.

Forsyth-Smith joins Ghost VFX from Method Studios where she served as VP of digital production operations. Her extensive background in studio and production management in visual effects includes over 20 years of collaborating with filmmakers and clients to achieve their vision.

Davenport added, “At a time of extraordinary change and challenges within the VFX industry, we are looking to build upon the great creativity and 20-plus years of experience at Ghost VFX, using this solid foundation to expand globally. We see many opportunities for innovation and doing things differently, which we believe will allow for continued success and a sustainable business.”

  • Monday, Oct. 11, 2021
RESET hires exec producer Michael Garza 
Michael Garza
LOS ANGELES -- 

Executive producer Michael Garza has joined the leadership team at RESET.  

Garza is an award-winning producer who relocated from NYC to Los Angeles and signed on as EP with RESET. This collaboration launched with a series of productions for directors Yann Demange, Joseph Kosinski, Ian Pons Jewell, as well as a bespoke project for the Los Angeles Rams with director Wally Pfister, an Oscar-winning cinematographer.

“Rams House” is a cinematic :90 second film that honors the diversity of the Angelino fans and the high energy Rams football team. The film plays on the stadium’s 70,000 square foot Infinity Screen, innovatively-designed by Samsung, which is the first and only 4K end-to-end videoboard in sports.

“Each scene was specially crafted in 20:1 native resolution for arguably the largest screen on the planet,” stated Pfister. “Michael is a rare creative partner who puts story craft first, then reverse engineers the production details into a pristine methodology. It was a real hands-on collaboration that streamlined the creative and technical process.” 

Fellow RESET EP Jen Beitler explained, “When considering our EP expansion, we quickly found that Michael is native to the way we work, providing holistic experience, support, and inspiration exactly when needed.”   

“I have had the pleasure of working among some of the best talent in the industry,” said Garza who had most recently been freelancing prior to joining RESET. Earlier he had tenures at Psyop and before that Serial Pictures. “Each person at RESET--directors, producers, and staff--has a special superpower that makes them shine, but what makes this role unique is the fellowship in this ensemble which translates into a wonderful co-creative process and works that are truly indelible.”

 

  • Monday, Oct. 11, 2021
VMLY&R's media department promotes Kohl, hires Mealy
Jennifer Kohl (l) and Chrissie Mealy
NEW YORK -- 

VMLY&R has promoted Jennifer Kohl to executive director, head of U.S. media, and hired Chrissie Mealy as managing director, paid media.

Kohl will lead VMLY&R’s media practice across the United States. She takes on responsibility for the operations, delivery and business development that span the full media offering. Kohl has spent most of her career at WPP across media teams at BrandBuzz/GroupM before joining Y&R. With the merger of VML and Y&R in 2018, Kohl stepped up to lead the integrated VMLY&R media team in New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Chicago as SVP, executive director, integrated media. With her latest promotion, VMLY&R’s largest media office, Kansas City, also becomes part of her remit.

Kohl is known for her leadership, expertise, and client relationships as well as her thought leadership and contributions to supporting working parents and the Asian community, both at VMLY&R and beyond. She serves as the co-chair for VMLY&R’s Asian employee resource group (ERG), B.East, and is the founder of Embrace, the agency’s caregiver ERG. Some of Kohl’s recent achievements include being recognized by the She Runs It’s Working Mothers of the Year awards. She is a nominated member of Advisor Council and has been inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She remains based in New York and will report directly to Amy Worley, global chief connections officer. 

Mealy will lead the Kansas City media team as managing director, paid media. Mealy brings more than 20 years of media experience, developing strategic multichannel plans at both the national and local levels. Most recently, Mealy served as VP of media at Attane, formerly GlynnDevins. Previously she held positions at Applebee’s and Barkley, helping to build brands such as Sonic Drive-In. She will report directly to Kohl as a part of Worley’s department.

Both Kohl’s promotion and Mealy’s hire are integral to unifying and bolstering the media offerings across the VMLY&R network, working in partnership with sister agencies GroupM, Mindshare, Wavemaker, and Essence. 

  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021
Hasbro's CEO Goldner takes medical leave; ex-Leo Burnett exec Stoddart named interim successor
Brian Goldner, chairman of the board and CEO of Hasbro, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening the country after coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. Toymaker Hasbro Inc. announced Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, that Goldner is taking a medical leave of absence from his CEO role, effective immediately. The move follows Goldner's disclosure in August 2020 that he was undergoing continued medical treatment for cancer since 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Toy and entertainment company Hasbro Inc. has announced that Brian D. Goldner is taking a medical leave of absence from his CEO role, effective immediately.

The move, announced Sunday, follows Goldner's disclosure in August 2020 that he was undergoing continued medical treatment for cancer since 2014. 

Goldner has served as the CEO of Hasbro, Inc. since 2008, and has served as the chairman since May 2015. 

Rich Stoddart, most recently the lead independent director of Hasbro's board, has been appointed as interim CEO and will begin immediately. 

Hasbro says Stoddart brings extensive leadership experience and expertise in global brand-building, advertising and marketing, and supply chain management. He was previously CEO at InnerWorkings, Inc., the largest global marketing execution company, and Leo Burnett Worldwide. He has served on Hasbro's board since 2014. 

In conjunction with appointing Stoddart as interim CEO, Hasbro's board has reappointed Edward M. Philip as lead independent director, and Tracy A. Leinbach as chair of the nominating, governance and social responsibility committee of the board. 

Philip has more than 30 years of business and management experience, including as both an operating executive and chief financial officer of multinational corporations. Leinbach served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ryder System, Inc., a global logistics and transportation and supply chain solutions provider from 2003 until 2006.

"Brian has been an inspiring and visionary leader who has set Hasbro on an incredible path towards the future. All of us at Hasbro are thinking of him while he focuses on his health, "said Philp in a statement. 

Hasbro's headquarters are in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

  • Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
Editor Matthew Hilber joins The Den
Matthew Hilber
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Den has brought editor Matthew Hilber aboard its team. The edit house’s bicoastal roster of talent includes Christjan Jordan, Kate Owen, Tobias Suhm, Eric Alexander-Hughes, Katie Cali, Andrew Ratzlaff, and Ross Birchall.
 
Thanks to some guerrilla filmmaking with his best friend, Hilber discovered his love for editing at a young age. Now, close to two decades later, he has edited memorable campaigns for brands including Nike, Apple, Old Spice, P&G, Coca-Cola, Corona, Verizon and Chrysler, with directors such as Clay Weiner, David Gordon Green, Ulf Johansson, Jake Szymanski, and Stacy Wall. 
 
Hilber has worked with celebrities as well, including LeBron James, Will Ferrell, Tony Romo, and Nick Offerman, and been honored at international awards shows including Cannes Lions and The One Show. His Super Bowl ad for Turbo Tax, featuring Humpty Dumpty, was lauded by USA Today, ranking as one of the top Super Bowl spots of the year on its Admeter. 
 
He has helped to create long-form pieces for LAIKA and Facebook, as well the short film Bronzed which premiered at SXSW.  

Hilber previously worked at Whitehouse Post and Joint Editorial. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
SMUGGLER promotes Elizabeth Doonan to EP | special projects
Elizabeth Doonan
LONDON -- 

Elizabeth Doonan has been promoted from head of music and short form to executive producer | special projects at SMUGGLER. Based in London, Doonan launched the global music and short form division in 2019, which has gone on to become one of the most awarded music video departments in the business.

Most recently, alongside her individual nomination for Best Producer at the 2021 UKVMAs, Doonan received multiple nominations for music videos she Executive Produced including Best R&B / Soul Video “Bussdown” for Jorja Smith ft. Shabybo directed by Fenn O’Meally; Best Alternate Video “Hi” for Texas ft. Wu-Tang directed by O’Meally; and Best Special Video Project “Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma” directed by rubberband. Other recent notable projects include “Point and Kill” for Little Simz ft. Obongjayar directed by Ebeneza Blache, “Intruded” for Justine Skye directed by Nina Holmgren, fashion film Mine, Mind for Louis Vuitton directed by O’Meally, as well as the short film Tall Are the Roots for Byredo directed by O’Meally.

In her new post, Doonan will continue to grow the music and short form department in scope and ambition with an increased focus on intersection of the music, fashion, advertising, and entertainment industries. She remains focused on discovering and developing new talent, while also executive producing for established directors on the roster.

Prior to joining SMUGGLER, Doonan worked as a commissioner at Sony in the U.K. She has a track record of identifying, mentoring, and working with new talent and has amassed a body of work both as a commissioner and executive producer. Doonan began her career working at some of London’s top production companies including RSA, working directly with Ridley Scott, before her role as creative assistant to Jonathan Glazer on his film Under The Skin.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
Rob Coleman, Randal Shore rejoin Industrial Light & Magic
Rob Coleman
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Rob Coleman and Randal Shore have rejoined Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Coleman returns as a key creative for feature animation at ILM’s Sydney studio. Shore comes aboard the company’s Vancouver studio as an executive producer in feature animation.
 
Both Coleman and Shore are joining at a crucial chapter of innovation at Industrial Light & Magic, overseen by Janet Lewin, who now helms ILM as both sr. VP and general manager, alongside Rob Bredow, ILM’s sr. VP and chief creative officer. Coleman and Shore arrive at a time of recent expansion for ILM’s virtual production and StageCraft technology, as well as the accelerated growth of the company’s studios around the world. 
 
“Rob Coleman has a long history at Industrial Light & Magic, having worked alongside George Lucas on the prequel trilogy, and Dave Filoni on The Clone Wars,” said Bredow. “With a 35-year tenure in the industry, he is a terrific mentor and powerhouse animation supervisor, with endless enthusiasm for the craft. In his new role, he will continue to deliver the unparalleled creativity that has continued to define him as a leader. Rob’s many years of creative supervision in animation make him the ideal fit for our upcoming projects, rejoining us at the perfect time as we work on multiple animated features in addition to a large number of visual effects shows.”
 
Coleman has had a long and celebrated history at ILM as an animation supervisor before focusing on work within Lucasfilm Animation. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for his work on Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace, and received two BAFTA Awards for his work on Men In Black and The Phantom Menace. Prior to this, Coleman worked as an animator on projects such as The Mask, The Indian in the Cupboard and Dragonheart to name a few. He moved to Lucasfilm Animation in 2005 providing development leadership on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Most recently, he worked as an animation director at Dr. D. Studios on Happy Feet Two, and as head of animation at Animal Logic, supporting The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Peter Rabbit.

Coleman said, “In my time in animation, I’ve been lucky enough to work on some truly industry-defining films, but the pipeline of projects that ILM has ahead of it is exhilarating, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

During his tenure at Industrial Light & Magic, Shore was the executive in charge of ILM’s Vancouver studio, playing an instrumental role in both launching the studio and managing its growth over the years, as well as providing executive leadership on No Time to Die, Jungle Cruise, Black Widow and The Mandalorian. Prior to joining ILM, Shore held high-level positions at two other Canadian visual effects houses: The Moving Picture Company (MPC) and Prime Focus. At MPC, Shore was head of production overseeing films such as Life of Pi, which was awarded the Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects in 2013. During his tenure at Prime Focus as executive producer, he oversaw the company’s expansion from 45 artists to over 150, and worked on such films as Tree of Life and Tron: Legacy
 
“Every project Randal oversees benefits from his collaborative stewardship, and we’re thrilled that his journey has brought him back home to ILM,” said Lewin. “Randal’s wide breadth of executive leadership and animation experience make him the perfect person to step into this new role. He will be developing and growing our feature animation strategy while partnering with our clients to guide their projects through to completion.”
 
Most recently, Shore was head of production for Tangent Animation where he oversaw the upcoming Maya and the Three for Netflix, bringing him back to his creative roots of producing animation. With Coleman’s and Shore’s return to ILM, they will both play a key role in the company’s continued push into animation.
 
Shore said of ILM, “We have some incredible feature animation projects in production, and I’m looking forward to both expanding our portfolio, and leveraging our best-in-class global studios.”
 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
Mihnea Gheorghiu named co-CCO of Publicis Italy and Le Pub Amsterdam
Cristiana Boccassini (l) and Mihnea Gheorghiu
MILAN -- 

Mihnea Gheorghiu has assumed the role of co-chief creative officer of Publicis Italy and Le Pub Amsterdam. In his new role, Gheorghiu will joins CCO Cristiana Boccassini in the creative leadership across all agencies’ clients.
 
Gheorghiu joined Publicis Italy in 2017 as global creative director working alongside Bruno Bertelli and Cristiana Boccassini and overseeing global projects for Heineken and Diesel. Over the years, he contributed to strengthening the creative excellence of the agency, which was recently named the second ranked agency worldwide at Cannes Lions 2021.
 
Bertelli, global CCO at Publicis Worldwide and CEO of Le Pub Amsterdam, said, “Over the past four years, Mihnea has contributed substantially to the growth of Publicis Italy’s business and reputation. We are grateful for his commitment to this ambitious vision, working alongside me, Cristiana and the entire board of Publicis Italy and Le Pub. In Mihnea, we have found someone who shares the same passion and pioneering spirit.”

  • Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021
Lindsay Stein named chief of social impact at Havas NY
Lindsay Stein
NEW YORK -- 

Havas New York has named Lindsay Stein as its first chief of social impact.

With deep experience across media, advertising and philanthropy, Stein joins the North American flagship agency’s executive leadership team, helmed by CEO Laura Maness, who has been on a quest to champion change, raise creative consciousness and advocate for women and the broader DE&I community across the advertising industry and beyond. 

“In today’s society, purpose and profit do not need to be mutually exclusive--and advertising is no exception. In fact, the expectation is they work together to meet the needs of both motivating talent to feel good about what they’re working for, and reinforcing for brands that doing good is the business differentiator of the future,” said Maness. “I’m thrilled to have someone as passionate and mission driven as Lindsay take on this leadership role and move Havas and our clients forward in a meaningful way.”

Stein is charged with partnering with marketers and organizations to help them leverage their own values in order to create research-based social impact solutions that drive tangible change. Stein will also help reframe the metrics around how success is measured by developing custom social impact workshops, initiatives and projects that make a measurable difference.

Additionally, Stein will align and coordinate all purpose-based efforts internally to inspire a revitalized commitment to good and energize a community of culturally conscious thinkers. From the top down--team-building activities and creative campaigns, to internal philanthropic efforts and external messaging--employees will see, feel and embody the true meaning of social impact within the entire Havas framework.

“Brands and organizations have the power to effect significant, positive change in the world--change that is just as good for business as it is for society. The time for social impact is now,” said Stein. 
 
Most recently, Stein served as the CEO of nonprofit Today, I’m Brave, dedicated to unlocking bravery in today’s youth so they can take on the challenges of tomorrow. Since taking the helm last summer, Stein has helped the organization define three pillars of inspiration and change, including diversity, equity and inclusion, education, and health and wellness. This July, Stein spearheaded the launch of Today, I’m Brave’s inaugural Brave Camp, an event that brought together individual donors and over 100 advertising agencies and production companies to fund low-income and BIPOC youth to attend a transformative week-long event designed to inspire self-confidence and bravery through immersive wilderness experiences and a curated Brave Curriculum.

Prior to Today, I’m Brave, Stein served as the U.S. editor for Campaign Magazine. She also previously spent five years at PRWeek, covering consumer marketing and communications.

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