Tuesday, April 23, 2019

People on the Move

  • Monday, Apr. 8, 2019
Northern Lights adds editor Jessica Rosa
Jessica Rosa
NEW YORK -- 

Editor Jessica Rosa has joined the roster of creative editorial boutique Northern Lights, which maintains shops in NY and L.A. Her experience spans trailers, promos, launch campaigns, web content assignments, and commercials. Rosa comes to Northern Lights from HBO where she developed and edited work for Game of Thrones, True Detective, Big Little Lies, and Westworld. Prior to HBO she cut at Ultrabland. Her diverse client list includes HBO, Cinemax, CNN, Paramount, Nickelodeon, Sony, Colgate, Budweiser, and AT&T. 

Originally from Puerto Rico, Rosa has seen her career take her from NY to LA and back, starting at Guede Films, with jobs at Mojo, Motive Creative, Mob Scene, Goldcrest Films, Showtime, Ultrabland and HBO. Along the way Rosa’s signature editorial style has earned her numerous Promax and New York Festival Awards. 

Northern Lights EP Robin Hall said of Rosa, “I’m particularly impressed with her ability to tell a story and simultaneously create a mood with her edits.”  

Rosa will also be available for entertainment marketing assignments through the Northern Lights Agency.

  • Friday, Apr. 5, 2019
The Colonie adds Perez, Midkiff, Fisher
The Colonie's latest additions (l-r): Priscilla Perez, Lexi Midkiff and Lindsey Fisher
CHICAGO -- 

Editorial and post boutique The Colonie has added assistant editors Priscilla Perez, Lexi Midkiff and assistant editor/assistant motion graphic designer Lindsey Fisher to its staff. 

Along with the expansion of its editing staff, recent additions to The Colonie’s motion design, VFX and support teams have increased the scope and range of the one-stop Chicago-based company’s capabilities.   The ongoing growth of The Colonie’s talent roster enables it to keep pace with the needs of the growing number of broadcast spots, social media packages, cross-platform campaigns and long-form projects that call on its integrated services. 

Formerly with Whitehouse, Perez joins The Colonie with editorial experience in multiple genres, from commercials and social media packages to documentaries, and music videos. Early this March, during a stint at We Are Victory, Perez flew to NC where she worked as on-set editor during Nike’s All-Star weekend, turning around a trio of Instagram story videos during the span of a weekend and meeting the brand’s tight deadline. 

Perez also brings the eye of a designer to her new role as assistant editor, while continuing to hone her skills as a 3D artist.  She created the motion graphics for the title animation for the film, Build Ramps-Not Walls, winner of the Best Student Documentary award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Midkiff brings experience editing spots, internet campaigns, music videos, and long-form projects to her new post. Her credits including cutting the trailer for the feature film Signature Move, motion designer for the films Freelancers Anonymous and Holy Trinity, as well as editor for both movies’ internet campaigns. Midkiff recently cut two music videos, "Tick Tock" for the group Glad Rags and "Cactus" performed by Alex Grelley for The Grelley Duvall Show.

Fisher honed her skills as a staff motion designer, content manager and editor at E360 Sport for two years before going independent. As an in-demand freelance editor and designer, she worked on a variety of spots, and social media projects for Red19Creative and Eyepatch Productions, as well as content for events, such as the International Champions Cup, the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, the FIVB World League and the UCLA Rose Bowl. 

  • Friday, Apr. 5, 2019
Colorist Joseph Bicknell joins Company 3
Joseph Bicknell
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Company 3 has added internationally recognized colorist Joseph Bicknell. Recently relocating to New York following a successful run as co-director/founder of London-based finishing house Cheat, Bicknell has a body of work spanning major commercial campaigns (Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Audi) and music videos (A$AP Rocky, Skepta). 

Bicknell started his career at age 15, working as a runner on London-based productions. After serving in nearly every aspect of production and post, he discovered his true passion lay in color grading, where artists can make creative choices quickly and see results instantly. He honed his skills first freelancing and then at Cheat. All the while, Company 3, with its worldwide presence, major infrastructure and artist-centric approach, served as something of a model for him as a shop where colorists can focus on creativity. 

“I’ve been impressed with Joseph’s work for some time,” said Company 3 founder/CEO Stefan Sonnenfeld. “He’s an exceptional artist and we were all delighted when he decided to bring his talent and sensibility to Company 3.”

As with all Company 3 colorists, Bicknell is available at locations globally via remote color session. 

  • Thursday, Apr. 4, 2019
Sara Flood joins SMUGGLER as UK EP
Sara Flood
LONDON -- 

Sara Flood has come aboard SMUGGLER UK as executive producer.

Her experience includes working at Droga5 and Mother in New York where she produced film and live event campaigns for Beyoncé & the UN, PUMA, Revlon, and Virgin Mobile, among others. Upon her return to London, Flood landed at AMV BBDO where she produced the lauded Guinness’ “Sapeur,” campaign. 

Flood has spent the last couple of years in London producing (and often writing and directing) film, print and live event campaigns for the likes of Balmain, Julien Macdonald, and Refinery29.  

  • Monday, Apr. 1, 2019
Editor Katie Cali joins jumP LA
Katie Cali
LOS ANGELES -- 

Bicoastal editorial boutique jumP has added editor Katie Cali to its L.A. office.

Cali brings over a decade of experience working across assorted national campaigns for brands including Google, Samsung, Jaguar, Reebok, UPS, Toyota, and Mazda. She initially cut her teeth at Optimus where she built a strong portfolio across both short form and long form during her eight years there. Prior to joining the jumP team, Cali edited freelance with numerous agencies, including Funny or Die, 72andSunny, Saatchi & Saatchi, BBH, and Havas Edge, and with a variety of clients ranging from tech brands to Truth Anti Smoking.
 
Therese Hunsberger, executive producer of jumP LA, said, “Having worked together with Katie at Optimus, I am thrilled to have her on my team at jumP. She is an extremely talented editor and collaborator, and her passion for the craft shines through in her work.”

jumP supports Free The Bid’s pledge for equal opportunity in the global advertising industry--with jumP editors Cali, Kadie Migliarese and Kristin Yawata all being part of the #freethebid initiative.

  • Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019
INPHANTRY promotes Regi Jacob to creative director
Regi Jacob
BOSTON -- 

Digital experience agency INPHANTRY has promoted Regi Jacob from associate creative director to creative director. He had served as ACD since 2017. At INPHANTRY, Jacob has worked on strategic campaigns and product launches for a broad range of clients, including PUMA and Toyota. He continues to work closely with co-founders Kevin Lee and Derek Tran to ideate and execute story-driven brand experiences.

Jacob’s diverse background spans interactive, advertising, and entertainment. After starting his career as a copywriter, Jacob earned his MBA from Georgetown University and quickly made his mark in the world of video games and lifestyle brands at MXM Social, Bethesda Softworks, and AKQA.

From branding and marketing strategy to copywriting and concept development, Jacob has been a part of several iconic video game franchises, including Call of Duty, Fallout and Dishonored. He then extended his experience into the Boston advertising scene, working as a creative director, copywriter, and strategist at agencies BEAM Interactive, Almighty, George P. Johnson, and Allen & Gerritsen. Notable clients during this period include IBM, MINI, New Balance, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. His work has garnered three Clios and an AICP honor. 

  • Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019
Cheil UK hires ITV's Laura Gibson as head of social for creative
Laura Gibson
LONDON -- 

Cheil UK has hired Laura Gibson as its new head of social for creative.

Gibson joins from ITV Creative where she was head of social and led award-winning campaigns for shows such as Love Island, Britain’s Got Talent, Downton Abbey and I’m A Celebrity.

Gibson will develop Cheil UK’s social proposition and will lead the agency’s social team which includes social strategists, community managers and creatives. 

She will report to executive creative director Russell Schaller. 

Gibson has led the social team at ITV Creative for the past three years and was responsible for all the output from ITV’s social channels.

She picked up a raft of awards during her time there. Most recently, her launch campaign for ITV drama Liar won Best Facebook Campaign at the Shorty Awards and Golds at the Promax UK and Europe Awards in 2018. Her social campaign for Love Island won Best Entertainment Campaign at the UK Social Media Awards and Gold for Best Television Campaign at the Shorty Awards in 2018. Her team at ITV picked up Winner of Best In-House Creative Team at the UK Social Media Awards 2017.

Prior to joining ITV, she was social media lead at Promax UK. She started her career at the BBC.

  • Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019
Simon Cook promoted to managing director of Cannes Lions
Simon Cook
LONDON -- 

Ascential plc has announced the appointment of Simon Cook as managing director of Cannes Lions, promoting him from his current role as VP creative excellence. Serving in leadership of the overall business, Cook will focus on accelerating the expansion of learning and advisory, and digital information services as well as the continued global benchmarking of the world’s best creative and effective marketing.

Philip Thomas, chairman of Cannes Lions and president of Ascential Events, said, “Following the successful reset year in 2018 under Jose Papa, Cannes Lions is now ready for its next chapter of growth. After an exhaustive and rigorous process both internally and externally, Simon proved himself to be absolutely the right person for the job. He has been the driving force behind many of Cannes Lions’ innovations over recent years and already leads a significant portion of the company, including the Awards, Jury, Learning and Advisory arms of the business. He has also been responsible for launching and spearheading many of our global, year-round initiatives and partnerships such as the ANA/Cannes Lions CMO Growth Council. Simon is a familiar face in the industry and he is well respected within the Lions business. His clear vision, breadth of knowledge and experience of the global branded communications industry mean he is brilliantly placed to lead the continued evolution of Cannes Lions.”

Cook has worked in the branded communications industry and Cannes Lions for over a decade. He worked agency-side before joining the business. Cook’s work has been critical to the success of Cannes Lions. He was the architect behind “The Tracks,” the organizing framework that helps the creative community navigate the awards and learning experiences across the Cannes Lions platform. During his tenure with Lions he has also overseen the creation and introduction of more than half of the Lions awards. Cook is deeply passionate about the work and is a tireless advocate for creative marketing excellence that drives business performance--something he has recently been championing across the Cannes Lions suite of experience-based learning and advisory programs.

Cook said, “Creativity, in its broadest sense, is powered by people. As the team and I take this exciting next step, we will be dedicated to helping people and their businesses unlock their creative potential because we believe that creativity is a catalyst for business and personal growth. I am delighted to guide this team as we continue our mission to connect, inform and empower the global, creative marketing community and help them make the case for effective, creative problem-solving, every day.”

  • Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019
Marcus Kawamura named Nobox CCO/partner
Marcus Kawamura (l) and Jayson Fittipaldi
MIAMI -- 

Nobox, an independent digital and social content agency based in Miami, has broght in Marcus Kawamura as chief creative officer and partner. Kawamura has extensive experience in large global high-level creative agencies such as AlmapBBDO in Brazil and Crispin Porter Bogusky, where he was global creative director in its Boulder, Colo. headquarters and ECD in its Miami offices. Kawamura’s focus at Nobox will be to elevate the agency craft and nurture creative culture while helping integrate big idea thinking into all levels of work for clients.

Kawamura takes over creative leadership of Nobox, something agency founder Jayson Fittipaldi has been responsible for since the shop’s inception in 2001. Fittipaldi moves into the role of chief innovation officer, where he will focus on helping shape what comes next for the agency and its clients through the discovery and implementation of new creative technologies.

For over a decade Nobox has emerged as a leading independent digital and social content agency with world headquarters in Miami and roots in Latin America and Jamaica, having offices in Bogota, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Kingston. Over the last two years the agency has expanded its offering in the U.S. as a Pepsico roster agency and through work on campaigns for such American brands as Netflix, Marriott and Playstation.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019
Deutsch NY promotes Oakley, Morgan, Plunkett, Quay 
Deutsch’s (l-r) Husani Oakley, Andrew Quay, Jeff Morgan and Oliver Plunkett
NEW YORK -- 

Deutsch’s New York office has promoted Husani Oakley to EVP, director of technology and innovation from SVP, director of technology. In addition, the office elevated Jeff Morgan, Oliver Plunkett, and Andrew Quay to VPs.  

Oakley will continue to spearhead technology efforts across clients including AB InBev, Siemens, and Reebok, among others.  He is also a lead practitioner at Great Machine, Deutsch’s A.I. innovation Studio. Oakley’s start-up experience includes founding online investing platform GoldBean, design and technology firm Oakley + Partners, and the cultural event newsletter Flavorpill. And he’s held key technology positions at agencies including Wieden+Kennedy, Euro RSCG, and Omnicom’s Evolution Bureau.

Morgan becomes VP, executive producer. He oversees all production at Steelhead, Deutsch’s in-house production arm, and has directed and produced content for clients including Busch, PNC Bank, and Acuvue.  

Plunkett is now VP, media director. And multidimensional strategist Quay becomes VP, planning director.  He works on Busch, DraftKings, and new business, including Deutsch’s recent Reebok win.  

“Husani, Jeff, Oliver and Andrew are all business leaders within their respective departments and have fully embraced our explorer mentality,” said Deutsch’s NY CEO, Val DiFebo.

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