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  • Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Light Iron adds sr. colorist Nicholas Hasson
Nicholas Hasson
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Light Iron--a postproduction creative services provider and member of the Panavision family of companies--has added sr. colorist Nicholas Hasson to its roster. Hasson will be based in the company’s Los Angeles facility.

Peter Cioni, Light Iron’s general manager, said of Hasson, “His background in color, online, and VFX ensures success in meeting clients’ creative objectives and enables flexibility in working across both episodic and feature projects.”

Hasson colored the upcoming Tiffany Haddish feature Nobody’s Fool and season 2 of HBO’s Room 104.  Additional past credits include Boo 2: A Madea Halloween, Masterminds, All About Nina, and commercial campaigns for Apple, Samsung and Google. Hasson worked most recently at Technicolor, but his long career has included time at ILM, Company 3, and Modern VideoFilm.

“I had been following the work of Light Iron’s colorists, as well as admiring the company’s progressive approach toward technology, for a long time,” said Hasson. It’s a pleasure to work alongside such a talented group of artists and producers.” Like the company’s other LA-based colorists, led by Ian Vertovec, Hasson is able to support cinematographers working in other regions through virtual DI sessions in Panavision’s network of connected facilities.

Hasson joins the company during a time of high-profile streaming releases, such as Netflix’s Maniac and Facebook’s Sorry for Your Loss, as well as feature releases garnering awards buzz, such as Can You Ever Forgive Me? and What They Had.

  • Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018
Rhea + Kaiser adds ACD MacNerland, media assistant Sears
Paul MacNerland

Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) has added associate creative director Paul MacNerland and media assistant Melissa Sears.

An alumni of agencies JWT and Element 79, MacNerland has produced and executed advertising campaigns for clients including Ritz Bits, Lunchables, Cricket Wireless and Harris Bank. In addition to his design and illustration talents, MacNerland has received gold-medal recognition for his work in interactive design. 

Sears comes to R+K from Public Media Marketing Inc., where she was a traffic coordinator. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
National CineMedia names Rick Butler chief digital officer
Rick Butler

National CineMedia (NCM) has named Rick Butler to the role of chief digital officer. Butler will lead the company’s digital products and data initiatives to deliver both innovative consumer experiences and new ways for brands to connect with movie audiences.

Prior to this, Butler had been working with the NCM Digital team as a consultant as president of Playa Vista Consulting, serving as the visionary behind NCM’s new movie search and discovery destination. 

Butler has extensive experience in the digital entertainment space and is perhaps best known as the executive behind Fandango, building that $500 million e-commerce revenue channel both as chief operating officer, and later as EVO (NBCU) & general manager, Fandango following the company’s acquisition by Comcast.

Butler will be based in Los Angeles and will report to NCM CEO Andy England, who noted that, “Rick is an expert in B2B and B2C products and platforms and has a terrific track record of building award winning web and mobile applications. He’s the right man for the job of taking our Noovie digital ecosystem and data initiatives to the next level, creating exciting new content, commerce and gaming products like Noovie ARcade, and Fantasy Movie League designed to reach movie audiences.”

Butler also previously served as CEO of Outbox Enterprises, an AEG/Cirque du Soleil joint venture that provides web and mobile box office solutions as well as back office systems for some of the largest concert and sporting venues in the world. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Director Olof Lindh joins Biscuit Filmworks UK
Olof Lindh

Biscuit Filmworks UK has added director Olof Lindh to its roster. Lindh has earned international accolades for his compelling storytelling and was shortlisted for the Young Directors Award earlier this year. She shifts his UK representation to Biscuit from B-Reel Films (BRF) which continues to handle him in the U.S. and Scandinavia.

After studying at the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Lindh cut his teeth on commercial shoots in Los Angeles before establishing a career as a director of commercials and music videos. In 2014 he received Sweden’s prestigious Kycklingstipendium award for top emerging creative talent. His 2016 award-winning tourism ad “This Is Sweden” went viral around the world, sharing poignant vignettes of the country’s unique qualities and receiving air time from New York to Istanbul. Lindh has also worked with top brands worldwide including Samsung, Spotify, Nike, H&M Group, and Gradifi. His making the aforementioned Young Directors Award shortlist was based on his work for Gradifi, among others.

“Olof has a keen eye for both the visual compositions and the emotional journeys that make for powerful storytelling,” said Rupert Reynolds-MacLean, managing director at Biscuit UK. 

Lindh added, “I’ve had the great pleasure to get to know Rupert and the Biscuit team in recent months, and joining the Biscuit roster feels like the perfect fit. I’ve always admired Biscuit’s ability to curate a roster that’s at once elegant and downright funny. Joining Biscuit marks an exciting new chapter in my career and I couldn’t be happier to work with their talented team.”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
Editor Bill Cramer joins Northern Lights
Bill Cramer

Veteran editor Bill Cramer has joined New York-based postproduction boutique Northern Lights. His experience spans commercials, network promos, co-branded and content assignments, with a keen sensibility for comedy/dialogue driven projects.  Cramer comes to Northern Lights from a 20-year tenure at Crew Cuts. His diverse client list includes BBDO, Publicis, Grey, USA, MSNBC, Nickelodeon Creative Advertising, and ESPN. Cramer has also collaborated with directors such as Andrews Jenkins, Greg Bell, Phil Joanou, and Chris Hooper.

“I like comedy/dialogue editing best, especially the challenge of crafting the funniest story possible,” says Cramer.  “It’s super satisfying to take a concept and make it more memorable or more moving than expected.  I am also a former DJ who loves music and collects way too many vinyl records.”

Bill studied at Florida State University Film School, with a double major in creative writing and film.  Shortly after arriving in New York City, Cramer landed a job as an assistant editor at Crew Cuts, eventually working his way up to editor. While there he won Silver Lion at Cannes for his work on Showbound Naturals dog food, and a Gold Promax/BDA award for a Law & Order campaign he cut for Cloo.

Northern Lights EP Robin Hall noted, “I’ve known Bill for years. He’s disciplined, creative, passionate, dedicated to his craft and to making every project a success.  It’s been exciting to watch his career develop from afar. It’s even more exciting now that he’s joined us here at Northern Lights.”

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
RSA’s Black Dog Films adds EP Ochsenreiter, talent manager Bohas
Julia Ochsenreiter

RSA’s Black Dog Films, a multi-disciplinary production company which built its reputation on breakthrough music videos for emerging and established artists, has brought on board Vox Media and Vice Media alum Julia Ochsenreiter as executive producer. The seasoned new media producer will focus on cultivating opportunities for non-traditional content targeting youth culture across music, art, fashion and social issues, and developing new directorial talent.

Ochsenreiter brings experience creating content for Millennial and Gen Z audiences as sr. producer at Vox Media, where she developed and produced branded content campaigns for verticals Vox,  The Verge, SBNation, Racked and Eater in partnership with clients such as Infiniti, Chase, Marriott, Reebok and Lincoln; and as creative producer at Vice Media, where she helped launch initiatives such as Vice News and the YouTube Music Awards directed by Spike Jonze and Chris Milk, as well as various  partnerships with Google, Live Nation and other clients. Ochsenreiter cut her teeth in marketing at Columbia Records, where she worked with top musical artists including Adele, J Cole, One Direction and Beyoncé, and media partners MTV, VH1 and BET.

“With her background producing for tastemakers like Vox and Vice Media, Julia brings great experience and insights about creating content for youth culture across today’s most relevant media platforms,” said David Mitchell, managing director, RSA Films. “She also has a great track record working with leading labels, artists and directors.”

To complement both Black Dog’s core work in music videos, and recent push into documentaries, branded content, short films, photography and experiential content, the company has hired Molly Bohas of secret |] door to represent the Black Dog U.S. roster. A music industry trailblazer, Bohas brings well-honed experience and relationships with labels, publishers, brands, artists and pioneering directors. She founded creative collective/management company secret |] door in 2016, working with  award-winning  directors Chris Hopewell and Alan Ferguson.

Prior to secret |] door, Bohas worked at music publishing company North Star Media as a sr. creative director, finding music for content and sync licensing deals across all media platforms.  She also worked as an independent rep, managing award-winning music video directors including Alan Ferguson, Jesse Dylan, Chris Hopewell, Alma Har’el and Omri Cohen.

Bohas spent nearly a decade at Anonymous Content representing pioneering directors (e.g. David Fincher, Mark Romanek, Jake Nava, Alan Ferguson, Wong Kar-Wai, Gore Verbinski and many others) on scores of high-profile music videos--Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” NIN’s “Only,” No Doubt’s “Hella Good,” Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold,” DJ Shadow’s “Six Days” and Audioslave’s “Cochise,” to note only a few. She also associate produced six LIVE EARTH short films at Anonymous  including those by directors Chad Lowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Mac Carter and Malcolm Venville. 

  • Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Veronica Parker-Hahn named SVP, growth & innovation at Effie Worldwide
Veronica Parker-Hahn

Veronica Parker-Hahn has joined Effie Worldwide as SVP of growth & innovation, a new position for the non-profit organization that's best known for the Effie Awards.  

Parker-Hahn is charged with expanding the brand’s educational initiatives throughout the world, working with marketers across all stages of their careers to become more effective practitioners.  Her first big projects will be launching the second U.S. program for the Effie Academy (early career professional development) in February and a future-focused Summit on effectiveness in May 2019.  She will also work with partners to feature Effie case studies in programming, such as industry associations, business schools and media. In addition, she will oversee the Collegiate Effie program which is a hands-on learning experience for college students to create marketing campaigns for brands.  

Parker-Hahn’s nearly 20 years of experience span both client and agency side, having worked at large holding company agencies such as FCB, DDB and BBDO on blue chip brands Pepsi, Nabisco and Mars, as well as smaller creative shops including mcgarrybowen and Droga5.  Parker-Hahn became the first VP of marketing at Oscar Insurance, where she was responsible for launching and scaling the health insurance startup’s marketing program, before most recently consulting on marketing strategy for various early stage startups and established organizations. 

“Effie is evolving to build a strong educational platform. With Veronica in place, we’ll be able to harness our resources to help marketers be more effective,” said Traci Alford, president and CEO at Effie Worldwide.  

“The marketing industry is changing rapidly but every marketer, from startups to massive companies, have similar goals when it comes to marketing effectiveness. They want to know ‘does it work’,” said Parker-Hahn.  “Effie is no different. We must adapt and evolve. I look forward to reintroducing the importance of having the Effie organization as a marketing resource for all kinds of marketers. And giving them the tools to better understand what effectiveness looks like.”  


  • 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)

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

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

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.

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