Sunday, February 17, 2019

People on the Move

  • Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
Shauna Bryan joins Luma Pictures As VFX EP
Shauna Bryan
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Luma Pictures, an independent creative studio with offices in Los Angeles and Melbourne, has added Shauna Bryan to its visual effects team. She will lead client acquisitions and develop and oversee production strategy as a senior leader of business development and executive producer of VFX.

A 25-year industry veteran with diverse accomplishments, Bryan has led large visual effects operations in the U.K. and Canada. Prior to joining Luma Pictures, Bryan served as VP of new business and production executive for Sony Pictures Imageworks, as well as VP of Method Studios, Vancouver. At the forefront of the visual effects industry in Western Canada, Bryan was one of Vancouver’s first to produce visual effects on high caliber, internationally recognized feature films including The Da Vinci Code, Blades of Glory and Angels & Demons. Bryan’s recent credits include Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The MEG, Suicide Squad and The Maze Runner.

Prior to moving into visual effects, Bryan worked for over a decade in physical production as well as in film development. She studied film at the University of British Columbia and graduated with honors from the Vancouver Film School.

Bryan takes an interest in contributing to the film community and is involved in promoting the art and science of visual effects as a member of the executive board of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and as a section chair for the Visual Effects Society.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
Megan Dahlman joins PS260 As EP In L.A.
Megan Dahlman

Postproduction and editorial company PS260 has hired Megan Dahlman as executive producer in its Los Angeles office. She has more than 20 years experience in the commercial advertising industry.

Dahlman will be reporting to managing partner Zarina Mak and editor/co-founder JJ Lask in her new role, and will be responsible for growing the L.A. business and working with PS260’s agency and brand clients. She joins PS260 from Cutters Studios where she served as EP, overseeing projects, negotiating vendor rates, ensuring complete efficiency of all projects, and maintaining client relationships. She previously held producing roles at Union Editorial, Harley’s House, and Jigsaw Editorial among others, producing work for top brands including Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Toyota, Volkswagen, Lexus, Mercedes, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Honda, McDonald’s and Facebook.

Outside of her experience as an EP, Dahlman has served on the AICP board as an advocate to help maintain best practices for postproduction workflows and regulations, and has served on the AICE board over the years as an active voice to address all issues postproduction that editorial companies face on a daily basis.

Dahlman joins at a time of strong growth for PS260, as reflected by the launch of creative content studio, We Know The Future, and the recent hiring of India Wadsworth in the role of new business development, inaugural to PS260, over the past year. 

  • Monday, Jan. 28, 2019
Mark Kovacs joins BODEGA as NY EP
Mark Kovacs

Production company/content creation studio BODEGA--with bases of operation in NY, L.A. and San Francisco--has added veteran executive producer Mark Kovacs to oversee production in its NY office. Kovacs’ hire follows BODEGA’s recent expansion to the Los Angeles market.

Kovacs joins BODEGA after many years as EP at Humble. Prior to that, Kovacs spent 20 years as a global line producer for brands including Chevy, Cadillac, Audi, BMW, Verizon, AT&T, TJX, and Procter & Gamble. He is also entering his second term as a board member of the AICP East.

Kovacs said, “I was attracted to BODEGA because their integrated company model is what the future of production looks like.”

  • Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
Editor Marcos Castiel joins Nice Shoes
Marcos Castiel

Creative studio Nice Shoes has signed creative editor Marcos Castiel for his first U.S. representation. With over two decades of experience as an editor, he has cut for such clients as Coca-Cola, Adidas, Vodafone, ASICS, McDonald’s, Whole Foods, Nivea and Comcast. His work ranges from enigmatic athletic-driven spots--featuring global icons such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi--to poignant narrative spots for international brand campaigns. Castiel will be available via Nice Shoes’ headquarters in New York City and via any of its satellite or remote locations throughout North America. 

A passionate cinephile, Castiel entered the filmmaking word with an eye towards directing, but quickly discovered the storytelling power of editing and made the switch, never looking back. He began his career on the agency side, cutting his teeth editing global campaigns at Publicis, before moving to the production side where he spent a decade at top production and post houses, developing his reel across multiple genres.  Looking to further broaden his creative output, he made the shift to freelance and continued editing top international campaigns, earning industry acclaim including making a Cannes Lions shortlist for his work with Visa and a Cannes Lions and LIA shortlist for Editorial for a 2017 project with Amnesty International.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
Rachel Bradley joins ATK PLN as production operations manager
Rachel Bradley

Strategic creative group ATK PLN has hired Rachel Bradley as production operations manager. Bradley fuses an artistic background with an affinity for structural organization to her role that will include streamlining internal workflows and structures, internal and external creative resourcing and talent recruitment. 

She returns to the ATK PLN family after launching her career as a P.A. for Reel FX (which helped launch ATK PLN), working her way up to production manager and lending her diverse skill set to projects for clients including AT&T, McDonald’s, Home Depot and Disney. She also worked closely with the interactive team developing its in-house 360 pipeline for a wide range of VR projects such as the Shinola VR factory tour featuring Luke Wilson, Pacific Rim Oculus Experience featured at Comic-Con, the interactive Dell Alienware VR experience that launched at CES, the GMC #enlistme 360 Skydive and the immersive VR experience “Air Force Performance Lab.” Bradley’s hybrid skill set of creativity and problem-solving allows her to expertly facilitate communication between the artist and production teams, artfully balancing creative integrity with workflow efficiency.

After graduating with a degree in Environmental Design at Texas A&M University, Bradley made her way to Dallas where she found her way to Reel FX by chance and was immediately taken with the world of creative production. She spent five years there, flexing her creative and technical muscles, before accepting a gig as director of operations at Nexos. She wore a number of hats at the commercial audio visual integration startup, gleaning comprehensive knowledge in running a boutique company. She returned to her entertainment roots as a production manager with Brazen Animation, supervising multiple projects and ushering in major studio pipeline and structural revamps.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
Arcade Edit adds Laura Sanford to its roster
Laura Sanford

Arcade Edit has added editor Laura Sanford to its roster. Sanford hails from Orlando, Florida. She created short videos for friends in high school, developed an early interest in editing, and pursued a degree in media production. After graduating from Florida State University, Sanford moved to Los Angeles, where she found work in the service industry while beginning her freelance editing career. 

In 2012, Sanford was hired as a jr. editor at Arcade Edit. She has spent the past six years honing her skills as an assistant, most recently with Geoff Hounsell. During her time at Arcade Edit, she worked with brands such as Google, Apple, Old Spice and NBA2K, for agencies Wieden + Kennedy, Media Arts Lab and Crispin Porter & Bogusky. Notable work includes Steve Roger’s recent Turbo Tax campaign “Free” out of Wieden + Kennedy, NFL’s Fantasy Football campaign out of GS&P directed by Aaron Stoller of Biscuit Films, and the short film “Unzipping,” written, directed and featuring Lisa Edelstein. 

“I’m so incredibly grateful and excited to be able to start this next chapter of my career with a company that feels like family,” said Sanford.

Sanford comes aboard an Arcade roster which includes Dave Anderson, Kim Bica, Jeff Ferruzzo, Will Hasell, Geoff Hounsell, Sean Lagrange, Ali Mao, Paul Martinez, Nick Rondeau and Brad Waskewich. Damian Stevens is Arcade EP and managing partner.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
Editors Entrup, Osborne join Spot Welders' roster for U.S. representation
Benjamin Entrup

Bicoastal Spot Welders has signed editors Benjamin Entrup and Matt Osborne to its roster for exclusive representation in the U.S. For both editors, this marks their debut roster spot on an editorial company in North America.

Entrup’s credits include campaigns for Apple, Audi, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Fila, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Sony, and Volkswagen. Currently, he’s working on director Ryan Staake’s latest project filming in Europe. 

A Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg film school graduate, Entrup grew up in Berlin, where he began editing at ad agency Springer & Jacoby before moving on to intern at Final Cut in Los Angeles during his studies. It was working there where he fell in love with the precise and innovative way to tell stories. Since then, he has traveled the globe on assignments and cut numerous projects for directors Andreas Roth, Hanna Maria Heidrich, John X. Carey, Thomas Garber, and Jared Leto’s Paradox Productions.

Osborne’s work spans such clients as Porsche, Reebok, Volkswagen, Nike, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, Sony, Lexus, Samsung, and Chevrolet.  Most recently, he was awarded a Bronze Clio for his work on Chevrolet’s “The Hunt Alone.” He’s presently at work collaborating on director Rob Chiu’s next project in London.

An Australian native, Osborne made his editorial debut back in 2006, and has been editing campaigns for brands and agencies across his homeland as well as Asia and Europe. Since, he has gone on to win numerous awards including a Cannes Gold Film Lion, Grand Prix, and Australian Screen Editors Guild Award for editing. His music video, “Medicine,” with director Salomon Ligthelm, won Gold at the Cannes YDA.

Entrup is repped in Europe by SEC.Studio and Osborne is handled internationally by Nicholas Berglund.

  • Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
EP Garrett Braren joins Brand New School
Garrett Braren

Garrett Braren has joined bicoastal Brand New School’s NY office in the role of executive producer. 

Prior to joining design and production house Brand New School, Braren worked as EP for 1stAveMachine, Los York, and animation studio Laundry. His experience spans live action, design and animation, with work for such clients as Facebook, Google, Sonos and Volvo. The latter’s “Highway Robbery” received several Cannes Lions.

  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
Beardsley named chief production officer at Swift; Chase promoted to CSO
Marni Beardsley
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Marni Beardsley has joined creative agency Swift as chief production officer. She will oversee studio and operational production across all projects. Beardsley comes to Swift after a 25-year run at Wieden+Kennedy, where she most recently was director of integrated art/content production, supporting the global W+K network.

Additionally Swift has promoted Meredith Chase to chief strategy officer. Chase joined Swift in 2015 as VP of strategic planning. She has since built a world-class strategy team that originates smart integrated marketing solutions for clients and robust inspiration for creatives; and led intensive primary research projects to inform brand and business strategy for Swift’s roster of global brands. Chase will continue to lead on business development efforts and direct large primary research projects.

Previously, Chase was founder and principal of the strategic marketing firm Guidance Counsel, which partnered with Under Armour to help reposition its women’s business and developed the strategy that drove the company’s “I Will What I Want” campaign which won the Jay Chiat Grand Prix for Strategic Excellence, 11 Cannes Lions including Cyber Grand Prix, Effie Gold, four One Show Golds and 2014 Marketer of the Year.

Meanwhile during Beardsley’s last 17 years at W+K, she led the integrated art production team. While there, she was instrumental in transforming the range of studio expertise from a focus on still photography and illustration to an expanded skill set that included film, animation, events, experiential and activations. Her client list at W+K included Nike, Shiseido, Target, Levi’s, Samsung, Verizon, Coca-Cola, P&G, Chrysler/Fiat and Delta Airlines.

Beyond the award-winning work she’s overseen for the past two decades, Beardsley is a direct conduit to an international creative community, having forged long-standing relationships with world renowned artists, photographers and directors.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
Glen Freyer joins Alkemy X as SVP, TV & digital content
Glen Freyer

Alkemy X has added veteran producer and development executive Glen Freyer as sr. VP TV & digital content. Freyer will work alongside EVP TV & digital content, Andy Singer, atop the company’s rapidly expanding Originals division. Freyer will develop scripted and unscripted content for both linear and digital platforms, including broadcast, streaming, web and branded. Freyer joins a team that is already leveraging Alkemy X’s success in original content and VFX into the emerging fields of web series and branded entertainment.

Freyer has held senior roles with Loud TV, Bobby Flay’s Rock Shrimp Productions, Atlas Media and TruTV/Court TV. He has been consulting with Alkemy X for several months and has already played a key role developing and producing recent projects for Google, Discovery Networks and other clients. With 20 years in the industry, Freyer has personally executive produced or produced more than 800 episodes of network television and created and/or sold an additional 350 episodes. His credits include the hit Travel Channel series Hotel Impossible and Investigation Discovery’s Stalked: Someone’s Watching.

Alkemy X’s Originals division produced the long-running Food Network series Restaurant: Impossible, Velocity’s Unique Rides and Fuse’s recent The 212.  Alkemy X is currently producing a project for TLC slated to debut in 2019 and is actively developing new series for Discovery, Food Network and others.

At Rock Shrimp Productions, Freyer served as EVP of development, working with celebrity chef Bobby Flay. He spent six years as SVP for development at Atlas Media and three years as the sr. buyer for Court TV/TruTV. Freyer was also a development executive and executive producer at 20th Television’s Fox Lab, and began his television career as a writer/producer on the hit reality series Blind Date. Freyer has also sold numerous screenplays over the years to Fox 2000, Icon Films and Shoreline Entertainment, among others.

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