Sunday, November 18, 2018

People on the Move

  • Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe joins exodus from Facebook
In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe speak during the Oculus 2 conference in Los Angeles. Iribe, a co-founder of Facebook's virtual-reality division, is joining the exodus of executives to leave the company after striking it rich in lucrative sales of their startups. Iribe disclosed his decision to leave Facebook in a tweet posted Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

A co-founder of Facebook's virtual-reality division is joining the exodus of executives to leave the company after striking it rich in lucrative sales of their startups.

Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe disclosed his decision to leave Facebook in a tweet posted Monday. His departure comes 2 1/2 years after Facebook parted ways with Oculus' other co-founder, Palmer Luckey.

Both Iribe and Luckey joined Facebook in 2014 after selling Oculus to the company for $2 billion. Iribe had been Oculus' CEO until 2016 when he shifted to a lower-ranking job in the virtual reality division.

Facebook issued a statement Monday hailing Iribe for pushing virtual reality "far beyond the boundaries of what people thought possible and it's because of his vision that we're all here working on VR today. We're thankful for his leadership, his dedication to building the impossible, and he'll be missed."

Oculus is considered a pioneer in making the virtual reality headsets that immerse users in artificial, three-dimensional worlds. Despite Facebook's backing, virtual reality remains a niche field of technology popular primarily among video game fans looking for even more compelling entertainment.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is hoping to expand virtual reality's appeal with next year's release of the Oculus Quest headset.

It's not unusual for startup founders such as Iribe to leave much larger companies several years after selling to them.

But Facebook has been hit with a wave of departures over the past six months, raising questions whether Zuckerberg's push for new areas of revenue growth beyond the company's social networking service is raising tensions in the executive ranks.

In April, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum left Facebook four years after selling the messaging app, and last month Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and fellow co-founder Mike Krieger bolted . Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.

Systrom hinted there might have been some discord during an appearance last week.

"No one every leaves a job because things were awesome," he said.

  • Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Eugene Marchio joins, Caitlin Jeffery returns to Westside Studio
Caitlin Jeffery (l) and Eugene Marchio
TORONTO -- 

Westside Studio, a Toronto-based commercial studio that is home to photographers, directors, producers, and other creative thinkers, has brought Eugene Marchio on board as executive producer. Marchio’s 18-year career in advertising has included production roles at JWT, TAXI and Topix VFX. He joins Westside Studio from Toronto’s Someplace Nice, where he spent the past two years as exec producer.

His expertise spans multiple disciplines including account services, postproduction and animation. During his career he has worked on campaigns for clients such as TELUS, Coca-Cola, Walmart, Volvo, Kellogg’s, Canadian Tire, Unilever and McDonald’s. At Westside, he will oversee process, talent and the quality of work produced by the fully integrated studio.

“Eugene brings a deep understanding of the agency and production sides of the live-action equation,” said Westside Studio partner Tom Nesbitt of the company’s newest hire. “Not only is he well suited to lead, but he is accountable, insightful and has a wide circle of influence.”

Westside is also welcoming back director of sales Caitlin Jeffery from maternity leave. Jeffery, lead sales agent for photography, but equally comfortable on the production side has spent 10 years with the company. During this time, she has been a key player in helping shape the careers of the Westside roster. She was also instrumental in the 2016 rebranding of Westside and its original push into broadcast.

  • Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Buck adds creative director Robert Bisi
Robert Bisi
LOS ANGELES -- 

Robert Bisi has joined Buck’s L.A. team of creative directors.

Bisi began his career as an illustrator and 3D generalist working at Brand New School (BNS). He ultimately took on the role of creative director and partner, helping build and lead the team in the L.A. studio. In his near decade-long career at BNS, Bisi developed a versatile approach to his work, employing the use of multiple techniques including 3D and 2D animation, puppetry, stop motion, and live action. With a passion for animation and design, Bisi has refined a distinct style of storytelling that is evident across his body of work. 

This multi-faceted approach to visual narrative makes Bisi an ideal addition to Buck, along with his years of experience leading initiatives for global brands.

While at BNS, he helmed projects for clients including Google, Ebay, Target, Toyota, National Geographic, Chips Ahoy, and McDonald’s. He has drawn recognition from D&AD for his work on Ebay’s “Toys for Tots” interactive installation, which was also shortlisted for a Cannes Silver Lion. His work for National Geographic’s Brain Games mixed CG with puppetry and garnered an Emmy nomination.

Bisi joins more than 100 designers, artists, and storytellers in Buck’s Los Angeles studio, with additional offices in New York and Sydney. Buck has turned out work for global brands like Apple, Facebook and Google.

  • Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Former deputy UK leader Nick Clegg takes post with Facebook
In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Facebook has hired former U.K. deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region.

Clegg, 51, will become a vice president of the social media giant, and report to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Clegg will be called upon to help Facebook and other Silicon Valley stalwarts grapple with a changing regulatory landscape globally. European Union regulators are interested in reining in mostly American tech giants who they blame for avoiding tax, stifling competition and encroaching on privacy rights.

Clegg led the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015, including five years in the coalition government with the Conservatives. He lost his Sheffield Hallam seat at last year's general election.

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Joan Creative adds creative, strategy, account mgt. staffers
Joan Creative’s (l-r) Chris Turney, Rebecca Patrick, Lindsey Lanpher, Hannah Lewman, Boris Opacic, Luisa Bundy and Gonzalo Hergueta.
NEW YORK -- 

Joan Creative has made eight key hires spanning creative, strategy and account management. The moves reflect the agency’s significant organic growth, as well as an influx of new business wins.

Joining the creative roster are award-winning creative director Lindsey Lanpher who comes from Anomaly and BBH; director of creative services Rebecca Patrick from BuzzFeed and Ogilvy; executive producer Laura Lepre, who prior to joining the agency had been at Mother, Ogilvy and the Tyra Banks Show; sr. designer Gonzalo Hergueta, previously at Johannes Leonardo, was an ADC Young Guns Finalist and whose work has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and art director Boris Opacic who joins from Fallon Minneapolis.

Also coming aboard are strategy director Chris Turney, formerly from Argonaut and BBDO, group account director Luisa Bundy who joins from Anomaly, startup creative entertainment agency Sunshine and Wieden+Kennedy, and jr. strategist Hannah Lewman.

To accommodate its growing staff, Joan will be relocating to a new NYC office at 44 Wall St. by the end of the year. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Snake Roth promoted to director of integrated production at MARC USA
Snake Roth
CHICAGO -- 

MARC USA has prommoted Snake Roth to director of integrated production with oversight of all broadcast TV, digital video, radio, print and social content. Roth has been at the agency since 2015 as an executive producer leading the agency’s work on many retail and other accounts, including Ruby Tuesday, Payless ShoeSource and Rite Aid.

Joe Burke, SVP/executive creative director at MARC USA’s Chicago office, said of Roth, “She brings the unique combination of extensive experience and fresh eyes to every project. As a former ACD/art director turned producer, Snake elevates the level of everything we do here at MARC USA.”

Prior to joining MARC USA, Roth was an executive producer at VML, Digitas and FCB. She is also the co-founder of KnowNo, a movement to bring greater awareness and understanding of sexual consent, which launched in 2016--well in advance of #MeToo and #TimesUp. KnowNo has spread globally through social media and been adopted for use on numerous campuses by My Sister’s Keeper and other women’s advocacy organizations.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Infinite Fiction adds lead designer Clack, EP Aitken
Infinite Fiction's (l-r) Cody Clack, Jason Vigue and Amy Aitken
DALLAS -- 

Creative studio Infinite Fiction has added seasoned lead designer Cody Clack and executive producer Amy Aitken to its roster. The two join lead artist Jason Vigue and a team of high-end designers, artists, modelers and compositors.

Clack gained his expertise in the industry working at shops like Post Op Editorial and Man On Fire. In 2017 he teamed up with editor Adam Henderson to win 2017’s Adobe’s prestigious “Make the Cut’ competition, which launched Imagine Dragon’s highly acclaimed ‘Believer’ music video. “Cody is a great designer first,” said Vigue, “but it’s his amazing skillset that allows him to elevate whatever challenge we get handed quickly, with a fresh modern tone. He brings an infectiously novel attitude that perfectly complements all the different personalities on our team.”

With over 20 years of postproduction know-how under her belt, Aitken brings a strong combination of sales, marketing and management experience to Infinite Fiction. A career that began on the West Coast at shops like The Finish Line and Mad River Post eventually found Aitken returning to her Texas roots. After a stint at Dallas’ Post Asylum, she was brought on at Infinite Fiction’s sister company, Republic Editorial, as senior producer, before taking on her most recent post as EP for Rising Fall.

Aitken’s previous experience with Republic Editorial allowed her to seamlessly begin collaborating with a welcoming and familiar client base that she’s looking to build upon. In her new role, Aitken will focus on developing Infinite Fiction’s sales and marketing strategy, growing its client roster and further developing the team and its capabilities which include the conception and creation of motion design, 3D animation and high-end visual effects. The studio has already tackled projects for Samsung, McDonald’s, Universal Studios, Dairy Queen, SMU and Pizza Hut, and has new projects for AT&T, Audi and Capital One in the pipeline. 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Chris Rodgers joins Encore London as sr. colorist
Chris Rodgers
LONDON -- 

Sr. colorist Chris Rodgers is joining Encore London, adding to Deluxe’s international roster of world-class color grading talent. 

Rodgers has been a fixture in the London post scene for many years and boasts extensive grading experience. Prior to joining Encore, Rodgers was at Molinare, having previously worked at Splice, where he helped launch their color grading department. Rodgers has graded numerous high profile projects, across both TV and theatrical genres. His recent credits include The League of Gentlemen, Class, The Last Kingdom, Doctor Who and Fungus the Bogeyman (which earned him a BAFTA TV Craft nomination). He recently completed an eight-part mini-series The Widow for Amazon and ITV, which was graded in both SDR and HDR.

Encore director of operations Johnny Whitehead described Rodgers as “a hugely talented and creative grader, as well as a technical innovator.”

Rodgers brings a deep knowledge of color finishing techniques to Deluxe, including the nuances of working on HDR projects. Based in Encore London’s Wardour Street location, Rodgers joins the global team of Deluxe colorists, who out of locations in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Madrid and Barcelona are responsible for many of the studio blockbusters, independent film favorites and high-profile episodic series. In addition to final HDR and SDR color, Deluxe’s London facility also provides dailies color (including UHD dailies), online editorial and sound post services.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Sina San named creative director at FuseFX
Sina San
LOS ANGELES -- 

Sina San has been appointed creative director at FuseFX, working out of the effects studio’s Los Angeles headquarters, and serving concept design and art direction to global clients.

San brings more than 17 years of experience in visual effects and computer animation to her role at FuseFX. In addition to winning the Emmy Award in 2017 for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role for the television show “Gotham,” San was also nominated for the Emmy in 2015 and 2018 for her work and creative vision on “Gotham.” Some of her other credits include “Westworld,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Her career began in video games where she was a 3D artist working on titles and credits for “Star Trek: Dominion Wars,” “Shrek Super Party” and “Sponge Bob Square Pants: Battle for Bikini Bottom.” She then joined In-Three, a software technology company that developed stereoscopic 3D, where she trained 100+ VFX paint artists in India for Reliance Media Group. Later, San joined Digital Domain’s matte painting department. In 2012, San came aboard CoSA VFX where she played a significant role in growing the company in the United States and Canada.

Joseph Bell, chief operating officer and EVP of production at FuseFX, said, “Sina is a master at taking material from script to screen, creating just the right mood, tone and aesthetic. She and her teams have an impressive track record of delivering striking visuals for award-winning television shows, feature films and commercials. Sina is also great at partnering with showrunners, visual effects supervisors and other filmmakers to realize their creative vision.”

San added, “Part of what stands out for me about FuseFX is the incredibly diverse projects and genres on which we work. There’s tremendous demand from our clients for imaginative concept work and strong art direction. At FuseFX, this comes hand in hand with a very robust pipeline capable of delivering feature-quality visual effects on even the most aggressive television schedules.”

  • Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Ad agency vet Bill Goodell joins Brickyard as EP
Bill Goodell
BOSTON -- 

Brickyard Filmworks has named Bill Goodell as executive producer. He comes over to the company after many years of managing production groups at Arnold Worldwide where he led teams in both Boston and New York. 
    
Over more than two decades with Arnold, Goodell worked on many of its most award-winning campaigns for clients that included Volkswagen, Truth, Jack Daniels, Volvo and ESPN, which won numerous awards including multiple Cannes Lions, and a Cannes Grand Prix.

“Bill brings his 25+ years of experience working on global brands and we’re so thrilled to have him here in house with our team,” said Dave Waller, Brickyard’s founder. “It was Bill himself who convinced me to open Brickyard back in 1999. Over the years he’s trusted us with many of his best projects, and now we have the opportunity to bring him on board here and work side-by-side to do more great stuff!” 

Goodell said of Brickyard, “I have long admired this artist-owned company. Working with a highly creative production and post collaborative seemed like the next logical step for me in continuing to make the best content possible for agencies and brands across all platforms.”  

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