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  • Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018
Karen Staughton named associate director, strategy, for AnalogFolk
Karen Staughton
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Independent digital creative agency AnalogFolk (AF) has hired Karen Staughton as associate director, strategy for its Portland office. She will report to AF partner/managing director Kunal Muzumdar.

A digital marketing strategist for over 12 years, Staughton has worked on both the agency and client side in the U.S. and abroad for global music, entertainment and lifestyle brands. Most recently, she was a senior strategist at Swift Agency in Portland, where she worked on adidas, PayPal, YouTube Music and Blue Apron, providing category, consumer and cultural insights to creatively solve business problems while strategically building the brands in social and digital.

Prior to Swift, Staughton spent time on the client side as head of marketing at Spotify UK (London). Before that, Staughton was digital and communications director at Cornerstone Agency (London) where she led strategy and creative campaigns for Converse and Coca-Cola. Earlier in her career, her first stint on the client side was at Columbia Records (Sony) in London as head of digital marketing. While there, Staughton established and developed the label’s digital team--responsible for all digital marketing, planning/strategy and social teams that oversaw a roster of 90+ artists --and delivered multiple award-winning campaigns including for Calvin Harris and Daft Punk.

The hiring of Staughton comes as AF closes out a strong year of new biz including landing AOR duties for Nike U.S. Football, Blink Fitness (experience AOR) and Guardian Life (digital AOR).

  • Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
Karen Barragan named head of marketing at Blumhouse
Jason Bateman in a scene from the series "Ozark," one of the many original series promoted by Karen Barragan during her tenure at Netflix (photo by Jackson Davis/Netflix via AP)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Karen Barragan is leaving Netflix, where she served as VP of publicity for original series programming, to become head of marketing and communications at Blumhouse Productions. 

Barragan will work across film and TV at Blumhouse which is headed by Jason Blum, nominated for two Best Picture Oscars for producing Whiplash and Get Out. Blumhouse has produced such films as The Purge, Insidious, the Ouija and Paranormal Activity franchises. Blumhouse also maintains an independent television studio.

During her six-year Netflix tenure, Barragan promoted such original series fare as House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Ozark and Stranger Things. She also publicized major Netflix deals such as its exclusive agreement entered into earlier this year with Ryan Murphy and Ryan Murphy Productions (Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson) to produce new series and films.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018
Christine Simmons named Motion Picture Academy COO
Christine Simmons
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Christine Simmons to the position of chief operating officer. Simmons, president and COO of the Los Angeles Sparks, will assume her new role in January, reporting directly to Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

Simmons will be responsible for the day-to-day management and enhancement of the Academy’s internal organization and infrastructure, with focus on the Academy Foundation, comprised of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy Film Archive, its educational programs and the Science and Technology Council. She will join leadership in collaborative efforts to fulfill and further the Academy mission, that is to recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures. 

“There has been--and continues to be--a sea change in our film community, our Academy, and in the culture at large. Christine brings both nonprofit and corporate management expertise, an ability to implement creative solutions, and a love of film to our Academy. It’s the perfect moment for an innovative thinker,” said Hudson.

“I look forward to joining the team and contributing to the innovation and growth of the operational excellence of the Academy. The organization’s efforts to support filmmakers and programs where every person’s story can be told are invaluable,” said Simmons. 

The LA Sparks, a founding team of the WNBA, are three-time League champions and one of the League’s most successful franchise business operations. Prior to becoming president and COO, Simmons served as EVP of Magic Johnson Enterprises where she led the day-to-day operations of the Sparks throughout the team’s first season. Before working at MJE, she held senior positions managing and expanding supplier diversity at both Disney and NBC/Universal Studios.

Simmons serves on the advisory councils for Women in Sports and Events and Next Play Capital. She previously served as Board president of the UCLA Alumni Association and is a member of the UCLA Foundation’s Board of Directors and the UC Regents. In October 2018, Ebony magazine included her in its “Power 100” list of inspiring African Americans.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
Leviathan adds Cody Tilson, promotes Kyle Shoup
Cody Tilson (l) and Kyle Shoup
CHICAGO -- 

Specialized creative agency Leviathan has added creative director Cody Tilson and promoted Kyle Shoup from creative director to executive creative director.

Most recently an associate creative director for Digital Kitchen in Chicago, Tilson has been an artist and designer for over 15 years.  Previously he served as a sr. art director for both Blast Radius and Designkitchen. His projects span innovative developments for such clients as Blizzard Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, HBO and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Over the years, Tilson has also illustrated hundreds of book covers, gig posters and other projects on the side.

All these achievements build upon Tilson’s original claim to fame as senior designer--and later, art director--for Playboy Magazine, from 2006 to 2012. Working alongside the world’s finest illustrators and photographers, Tilson also contributed illustrations, ran photo shoots, and designed scores of provocative and visually inventive feature stories for the publication. Chicago born and bred, Tilson studied design and illustration at Columbia College.

“Cody’s conceptual art traverses power and beauty, whimsical storytelling paired with contemporary design,” said Leviathan chief creative officer Jason White. “Already we’re seeing the impact of his magical touch on the digital experiences we’re building together.”

ECD Shoup’s diverse range of portfolio projects spans from broadcast work for clients such as HBO, MTV, SPEED Network, Sundance TV and VH1, to commissioned video installations, music videos, video games and groundbreaking experiential installations. Having joined Leviathan in late 2013 from Foundation Content, he has been a vital contributor to many of the company’s most acclaimed experiences, including installations for Airbus Americas, Art Institute of Chicago, Jabil and MSI Chicago. Highly skilled across the disciplines of identity/branding, environmental wayfinding, motion, interactive and experiential design, Shoup earned his BS in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati.

Since launching Leviathan in 2010, White, now CCO, had served in the ECD role now occupied by Shoup. White said, “Kyle and I share a collaborative bond that spans over a decade, resulting in some extraordinary projects and a solid relationship. His design talent, entrepreneurial spirit and creative leadership are already essential in Leviathan’s work.”

White continued, “The explosive growth occurring here has resulted in a reinvention of my role as well. Moving forward as chief creative officer, I will be focusing on the direction of our brand, culture and relationships with our growing universe of phenomenal collaborators.”

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018
Method Studios brings Hans ten Cate aboard to drive games biz
Hans ten Cate
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Hans ten Cate has joined Method Studios as VP, sr. business development, games. The former Sony PlayStation manager and Electronic Arts studio executive and producer will focus on bringing Method Studios’ award-winning creative talent and deep technology resources to game developers and publishers to produce cinematics, trailers and teasers, marketing and social content.

“Video games have become more film-like in recent years,” ten Cate said, “with tremendous attention paid to realism and details in character models, animations, cinematics, and effects. Concurrently, the film industry has started using game engines as essential tools in the production process. Method is right at the crux of both of these worlds, with expertise and technology in both, and creative work that has earned Oscar and Emmy recognition. They can also create, direct, produce and deliver every aspect of a project. I’m incredibly excited to bring this very special combination of capabilities to partners in the games industry.”

A long-time game industry executive, ten Cate has produced and designed AAA games for PC, console and mobile and negotiated business and technology partnerships for the industry’s largest publishers as well as startups. He spent a decade at EA, as an executive producer creating award-winning games and later as sr. director of business development for EA Partners. Ten Cate contributed to such game franchises as The Sims, The Simpsons, and Dante’s Inferno.  At EA Partners, he built relationships with hundreds of game development studios and partners. Ten Cate later co-founded MaxPlay, a games technology company, where he was VP of business development and was instrumental in building and growing the company’s partnerships and developer relations organization. He is an executive board member of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and is based in San Francisco.

“Hans has been on both the business and creative sides of the games industry,” said Andrew Bell, Method Studios MD, integrated advertising and immersive experiences, Los Angeles. “He’s done everything from leading creative teams to negotiating partnerships at the highest level. He brings deep knowledge and relationships that really complement our team and open new doors for our talent.”

Method Studios’ games trailer work includes standout pieces for Fallout 76, Evony, Game of War and other top titles. The company completed visual effects work on recent features including Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald, Christmas Chronicles and Welcome to Marwen

Method Studios, a Deluxe company, maintains a network of facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Montreal, San Francisco, Atlanta, Melbourne, and Pune, India.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018
Deluxe promotes Holt to EVP of global operations, hires Smirnoff as EVP, sales
Mark Smirnoff
LOS ANGELES -- 

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) has announced that Chris Holt has been appointed to the new role of EVP, global operations, and Mark Smirnoff has been hired as EVP, sales for the Post-Production unit led by president William Sherak and chief operating officer Mike Gunter.

In making the announcement, Gunter said, “With Chris and Mark we have added two incredible talents to lead Deluxe Post-Production. William and I are thrilled that they are on the team that will lead us in the successes we see ahead.”

Holt most recently served as SVP and general manager for the division and previously held that position at Company 3 in Los Angeles. He has held executive positions at Sony Colorworks and Technicolor, and served as digital intermediate producer on feature films for Disney, Fox, and Universal. He will be responsible for the overall management and strategy for the global EFILM and Encore studios, as well as for the Deluxe Post-Production businesses in New York, London, and Toronto.

Smirnoff meanwhile reports to Holt and will lead the global sales teams at EFILM, Encore, Editpool, Level 3, EC3, Mobilabs, as well as the sales teams at Deluxe’s London, Toronto, and New York offices.

Smirnoff comes to Deluxe from Technicolor where he was VP of episodic services. He previously was president of creative services for Modern VideoFilm, and has served as the post executive in charge of many critically acclaimed feature and television projects.

Both Holt and Smirnoff will be based in Los Angeles.

  • Monday, Dec. 17, 2018
Yuki Kani joins BETC Etoile Rouge as creative director
Yuki Kani
PARIS -- 

Yuki Kani has joined BETC Etoile Rouge in the role of creative director and as part of the creative teams helmed by ECD Jasmine Loignon. BETC Etoile Rouge is an agency within the BETC group, dedicated to luxury, fashion, and beauty brands. 
 
After graduating from the Tama Art University in Tokyo, Kani began his career at Carré Noir, before joining BETC and later BETC Luxe as art director. During his 12 years at BETC he worked for brands like Air France, Evian, Lacoste, Giorgio Armani fragrances and Van Cleef & Arpels.

In 2013 he joined Mazarine as sr. art director and worked exclusively on luxury, fashion and beauty brands such as Carolina Herrera, Baume&Mercier and Issey Miyake. 

After a stint with the McCann Beauty Team for l’Oréal Paris, he returned to Mazarine as sr. art director and art supervisor for Diesel fragrances, Cacharel, DKNY and Chopard.

At BETC Etoile Rouge, he will be in charge of creative for Le Bon Marché, on both advertising and publishing, as well as luxury brands from AccorHotels group and the Coty group. He will also be working alongside Delphine de Canecaude with former Etoile Rouge brands like Ofée, Dior Fragrances and Louis Vuitton.

  • Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Editor Aika Miyake joins Cut+Run
Aika Miyake
LOS ANGELES -- 

Editor Aika Miyake has joined the roster of Cut+Run for representation in the U.S. She is based in the company’s L.A. office.

Miyake, a member of Free The Bid, has collaborated with the likes of Wieden + Kennedy, Nike, Dentsu, TBWA, Mercedes Benz, and BMW. Her Nike Air Force 1 “Force” was shortlisted at Cannes for editing and her “Mom’s first birthday” for Pampers was honored at numerous award shows including Spike, New York Festivals, ACC and Ad Stars. Prior to coming aboard Cut+Run, Miyake was with Cutters.

The Tokyo-raised, California-educated Miyake is a former drummer who professes to see edits like rhythms. “I am in love with the craft of film editing. Weaving all the beats, movements and feelings together to create a bigger wave is what I live for. The more you edit, the more you learn. Editing has taught me nothing in life is ever completely black or white, and with every project I discover another dimension of this world.”

Cut+Run operates under a borderless philosophy making its editors available worldwide on location and via its shops in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin. 

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Sr. colorist Walter Volpatto joins EFILM
Walter Volpatto
LOS ANGELES -- 

EFILM has added sr. colorist Walter Volpatto, a 15-year industry veteran whose credits include “Dunkirk,” directed by Christopher Nolan; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” directed by Rian Johnson; and, most recently, Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed series “Homecoming.” As a colorist, Volpatto’s style gravitates toward an aesthetic of realism, though his projects span genres from drama and action to comedy and documentary, such as the just-released “Green Book,” directed by Peter Farrelly; and earlier exploits including Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight; “Independence Day: Resurgence,” directed by Roland Emmerich; and “Bad Moms,” directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Volpatto joins EFILM from Fotokem, where he started in digital intermediate before progressively shifting toward fully digital workflows while navigating emerging technologies such as HDR. 

“Walter’s talent transcends formats and his work on some of the most visually stunning films in recent years speaks for itself,” commented William Sherak, president of Deluxe Post Production. “He understands color on a fundamental level and we’re fortunate to have him on board.”  

Volpatto said, “The global reach and talent pool of EFILM is impressive; it’s been on my very short list of places I want to work.” 

Volpatto found his way into color finishing by way of visual effects, a career he initially pursued as an outlet for his passion for photography. He began working as a digital intermediate artist at Cinecitta in Rome in 2002, before relocating to Los Angeles the following year. Since then, he’s continued honing his skillset for both the film and digital worlds while also expanding his knowledge of color science. Though known for his feature film work, Volpatto periodically works in episodic television and is drawn to quality cinematography, regardless of the intended medium. Based at EFILM’s Hollywood facility, he can accommodate clients at many of Deluxe’s color grading suites, including the newly opened, state-of-the-art Stage One.  

  • Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
Garth Bender named director of customer experience at Marcus Thomas
Garth Bender
CLEVELAND -- 

Independent creative agency Marcus Thomas LLC has named Garth Bender as its director of customer experience, a new role at the shop.  He will ensure that customer experience remains at the forefront of all marketing and brand strategies.

Bender is a 21+ year veteran of the ad industry and has led digital transformations for a variety of brands including Kimberly-Clark, Bayer, SC Johnson, and Altria. He now returns to the Cleveland area from Chicago where he was most recently the relationship lead on Digitas’ Altria business. Earlier in his career, he held roles at Havas Helia, Energy BBDO and Cramer-Krasselt.

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