Monday, August 19, 2019

People on the Move

  • Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2019
Cut+Run promotes Ellese Shell, Marcia Wigley to EP, head of production, respectively
Ellese Shell
NEW YORK -- 

Cut+Run’s New York office has promoted Ellese Shell to executive producer and Marcia Wigley to head of production.

Shell started her career at Cut+Run. Working her way from front desk to head of production, Shell has been an integral part of the company from the beginning. 

Wigley is a New York native whose life-long passion for film was explored as a Cinema Studies major and in her early career in production for Paramount and Viacom. She found her true calling and community in postproduction, producing a wide variety of projects at Lost Planet and the Whitehouse before joining Cut+Run. 

Cut+Run operates under a borderless philosophy making its editors available worldwide on location and via its locations in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin. The company and its editors have contributed to many category-defining and award-winning projects including those honored by AICP, D&AD, Cannes Lions, Clios and more.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2019
Bindery adds producer Jason Goldman
Jason Goldman
NEW YORK -- 

Indie film and content studio Bindery has brought Jason Goldman on board as a producer. The hire comes at a time of momentum and growth for the seven-year-old NY-based company, which recently won two Sports Emmys for its Netflix original documentary, Zion.

Reporting to EP Carter Collins, Goldman will be tasked with managing all aspects of day-to-day production on select Bindery projects--from development to physical production to post--on both branded content and original films. He will work across Bindery’s roster of clients that include Apple, Facebook, Google, Nike and Sony.

Prior to Bindery, Goldman was a producer at Brooklyn-based production and entertainment company Public Record. While there, he produced a short documentary, Sidelined, that premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The film was developed and produced with AE Indie Films and premiered on Lifetime. It was also nominated for the 2018 IDA (International Documentary Association) Best Short Doc Award.

Throughout his career, Goldman has produced award-winning short films, feature length documentaries and countless brand campaigns shot around the world. Some of his earliest producing work came under the tutelage of acclaimed documentarian Albert Maysles, where he learned the foundation of vérite filmmaking firsthand. Since then, he’s collaborated on storytelling with brands such as IBM, Samsung, L’Oreal, Prada and Uniqlo.

In 2014, Goldman was selected to participate in Binger Filmlab, an Amsterdam-based international feature-film development center, allowing him to develop projects while being coached and mentored by internationally acclaimed advisors. He was also accepted into the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker program at the Cannes Film Festival, a prestigious spotlight of upcoming filmmakers.  

  • Wednesday, May. 29, 2019
Dave Garcia joins Band Pro as sr. service engineer
Dave Garcia
BURBANK, Calif. -- 

Band Pro has added industry veteran Dave Garcia to its Burbank service department in the role of sr. service engineer. 

An 18-year Sony service and repair professional, Garcia started his career at Sony in the display group servicing PVM and BVM series monitors. He then transitioned to Sony’s VTR group, working with the Betacam BVW, before ultimately advancing to the camera group, repairing Sony’s top professional camera lines including the PMW & PDW series and Sony VENICE.

Available services at Band Pro include firmware upgrades, fast hardware trouble shooting, and state-of-the-art camera, recorder, and lens repairs. Band Pro is an Authorized Sony Warranty Service Center. Additionally, Band Pro’s service department can manage service for most major cinema or broadcast manufacturers. 

  • Thursday, May. 23, 2019
John Kilshaw joins Framestore as sr. VFX supervisor/creative director for TV
John Kilshaw

Framestore has added sr. visual effects supervisor and creative director John Kilshaw who will be based in New York and continue to build the company’s presence within episodic television.

With more than 15 years of experience, Kilshaw comes to Framestore after previously holding roles at a number of VFX facilities including DNEG, ILM, Lucasfilm, Method, and Zoic. His extensive film credits include several Harry Potter installments, The Avengers, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and he has worked on hit television shows such as Marvel’s Iron Fist, The Defenders, Cary Fukunaga’s Maniac and FBI thriller Quantico.

‘Episodic gives us the opportunity to create fantastic visual effects for an audience whose expectations have never been higher’, said Charles Howell, managing director, Framestore New York. ‘I’m looking forward to welcoming John, his passion, and experience in the field as we continue our global expansion in this area.’

Framestore’s episodic division has been working on a roster of shows that include His Dark Materials for BBC and HBO, The Boys for Amazon Prime Video and See for the new Apple TV+ streaming service, Framestore is providing VFX work on several other BBC, Channel 4, and Netflix productions.

Kilshaw holds a BA in photography and design from North Staffordshire Polytechnic and an MA in 3D computer animation from Bournemouth University.

  • Thursday, May. 23, 2019
Andrew Gordon joins DNEG as head of character animation
Andrew Gordon
LONDON -- 

Visual effects, animation and stereo conversion company DNEG has appointed industry Andrew Gordon as head of character animation for its feature animation team, at the shop’s headquarters in London.

Gordon joins managing director of feature animation Tom Jacomb, animation director Troy Saliba and VFX supervisor Philippe Denis in leading DNEG’s rapidly growing feature animation team.

With more than 20 years’ experience in feature animation at Pixar and Warner Bros., Gordon has an impressive credit list that includes many blockbuster animated franchises such as Ratatouille, Monsters University, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Cars and The Incredibles 1 & 2.

Throughout his career, Gordon has received global recognition for bringing to life iconic characters such as Mike Wazowski--the green, one-eyed star of the hugely successful Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University films, for which he was animator/character designer and directing animator, respectively; and Marlin in Finding Nemo, for which he won a VES Award for Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture.

Jacomb said of Gordon, “His natural and inspirational leadership style, combined with his knowledge and creativity, particularly when it comes to creating characters that audiences really connect with, are invaluable assets that will strengthen our capabilities and play a crucial role in the future growth of the team.

“DNEG has a global reputation for helping storytellers capture audiences’ imaginations through our combination of industry leading technology and an internal philosophy focused on creativity, which has helped us to win four Oscars in the last five years. Now, we want to emulate this success for feature animation. Andrew is joining us at the perfect time, and alongside Troy and Philippe he will play a crucial role in elevating DNEG’s feature animation capabilities on the global stage.”

(The alluded to four Best Visual Effects Oscars in the past five years were for First Man, Blade Runner 2049, Ex Machina and Interstellar.)

In his new role, Gordon will help to foster a culture of creativity that allows animators to thrive by actively promoting and encouraging the sharing of ideas and new ways of thinking. Well known among industry peers for creating the “Lucky 7 Lounge” at Pixar, a secret room accessible through a small hatch in his office frequented by the likes of Steve Jobs, Gordon will focus on harnessing the team’s diverse experience and talents to develop a bespoke look and feel for each feature.

Gordon said, “I am delighted to be joining such a dedicated and hardworking team, led by the amazing Tom Jacomb, at an exciting stage in its journey. Together we are creating a working environment where each film is not just treated as a task, but rather as a collaboration--a chance for everyone to input their individual creativity and character.

“I’m excited to be here in London, which is one of the most diverse capital cities in the world. I believe that London’s rich history provides the perfect environment for our team--a melting pot of creativity that lends itself perfectly to feature animation.“

Gordon will be delivering a masterclass entitled “Acting and Gesture in Animation” at Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 11.

  • Wednesday, May. 22, 2019
HouseSpecial signs director John Robson 
John Robson
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Animation studio HouseSpecial has signed director John Robson. He brings a digitally rich portfolio that includes the Vimeo Staff Pick CG short Quality Time and memorable content for brands including Xbox One X, Nike, IBM, Apple, Gnarls Barkley and Campbell’s Soup. A Southern California native, Robson refined his accomplished narrative sensibilities in Los Angeles at studios such as Blind, ManvsMachine, Brand New School and Motion Theory.

Robson is also the founder of Late Lunch Inc, a studio specializing in live action and post production, including 3D animation, conceptual design, compositing and virtual reality.

A former UC Santa Barbara Film major, Robson is looking forward to discovering Oregon’s lush natural scenery while working in a globally known maker culture that embraces tactile creation and digital experimentation.

  • Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
VMLY&R names Gilroy, Nadarajah joint directors of global diversity, equity and inclusion
Suba Nadarajah (l) and Tasha Gilroy
NEW YORK -- 

VMLY&R has appointed two leaders to spearhead the agency’s expanding diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives across its global network. Tasha Gilroy and Suba Nadarajah, joint directors of diversity, equity and inclusion, will lead VMLY&R’s global DEI strategy. They will be focused on introducing new programs and partnerships that build on the agency’s inclusive culture and diverse workforce, and drive continued cultural literacy, awareness, and acceptance across the organization. Both roles will report to Ronnie Felder, executive director of human resources.

Gilroy will lead talent and partnership initiatives that build VMLY&R’s pipeline of top talent in North America and globally. In this role, she will guide the vision and execution for an equitable talent recruitment and retention strategy across the network. She will continue managing and growing the agency’s many existing relationships with partner organizations such as 4A’s MAIP, ColorComm, AAF Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism, One Club for Creativity, and 3% Conference.

Nadarajah will lead the development and implementation of internal strategies that nurture a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable global culture. In this role, she will cultivate independent employee networks and programs and wider industry support systems in collaboration with organizations such as NAAAP, Mid-America GLCC, and GLAAD. She will also lead in-agency advocacy, identifying and advancing best practices, education, and employee engagement programs that promote progressive environments where all talent can thrive. 

“Our goal is for the diversity of our teams to reflect the diversity of the world we create for,” said Jon Cook, VMLY&R global CEO. “While we’ve taken many steps forward—as a Top 100 Best Adoption Friendly Workplace and committed partner to organizations like the 3% Movement—we know how much work we have left to do. DEI is a critical dimension of our success as an agency and industry, and we will continue our education and investment to support an inclusive, diverse workforce and pipeline of leaders.”

Gilroy and Nadarajah will work together to introduce new programs across the U.S. and global markets such as Brave Questions, Safe Spaces (BQSS) a platform designed to promote intersectional dialogue, awareness, and community. It encourages employees to engage in respectful conversations about cultures or perspectives they may otherwise feel nervous discussing. BQSS has sponsored thought-provoking conversations with notable guests such as Academy Award-winning “BlacKkKlansman” co-writer Kevin Willmott and Telly Leung, star of Fox’s hit series “Glee” and Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway.

Gilroy has served in culture and inclusion roles for the past 13 years. Most recently, she was director of inclusion and community for Y&R. Over the years, she has introduced a range of high-impact programs including unconscious bias executive training and employee programs that have forged access and opportunities for women, people of color, and the industry’s most underrepresented groups. Gilroy is a member of ColorComm and an active supporter of Advancing Women Executives and The Bougie Brunch Group. 

Nadarajah has been an influential thought leader on the role of design and creativity in promoting equality. She previously served as the director of design for VML, leading design and branding counsel for client teams. Her experience spans senior design roles at Hallmark, River City Studio, Bernstein-Rein and Blacktop Creative. Over the years she has worked on major brands such as Walmart, McDonald’s, Sprint, and Bayer, and earned recognition from The One Show, Art Directors Club, and Addy Awards for her work. Nadarajah has also been an adjunct professor at the Kansas City Art Institute and University of Central Missouri, where she taught branding and design systems.

  • Wednesday, May. 15, 2019
Jolene Pinder named exec director of Kartemquin Films
Jolene Pinder
CHICAGO -- 

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary nonprofit organization, has named Jolene Pinder as executive director. Pinder will begin on June 10, overseeing all aspects of operations, programs, and serving as executive producer on Kartemquin’s documentaries.

Founded in 1966 as a documentary collective, Kartemquin helps develop filmmakers, produces films, and advocates for the field of documentary. The six-time Emmy® Award-winning organization has received three Oscar® nominations in the past two years for Minding the Gap, Edith+Eddie, and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and on May 18 it will become the first independent nonfiction production company to receive a Peabody Institutional Award, “for its commitment to unflinching documentary filmmaking and telling an American history rooted in social justice and the stories of the marginalized.”

Pinder joins the organization having served as executive director of #CreateLouisiana since 2017, where she spearheaded statewide and regional advocacy efforts and grantmaking initiatives. Pinder previously led the New Orleans Film Society as executive director between 2011-2017, where she increased the budget by 400% and grew annual attendance at the New Orleans Film Festival by 250%; launched signature programs to support Southern storytellers and advocate for a more equitable, inclusive landscape; and conceived of and secured funding for the acclaimed Southern Producers Lab. Pinder also has independent production experience as producer of 2018 DOC NYC selection All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk and the forthcoming Sundance Institute and IDA-funded Hollow Tree, and from earlier in her career producing (A)Sexual and working in various roles on documentaries such as Arctic Son and Election Day during her period as a staff producer at Arts Engine/Big Mouth Productions.

Kartemquin’s distinctive production process has guided over 65 award-winning, socially impactful films to completion. Its acclaimed filmmaker development programs serve over 40 filmmakers annually and have launched over 500 alumni into careers in documentary filmmaking. The films and filmmakers it supports are known for the social importance of their stories, the quality of their storytelling, the inclusive, respectful, and ethical ways in which they work with their subjects, and the impact of the films on communities, audiences, and policymakers.

Pinder was selected by Kartemquin’s board of directors following a national search conducted over a seven-month period.

  • Tuesday, May. 14, 2019
Anonymous Content opens UK office under aegis of MD/EP Tor Fitzwilliams
Tor Fitzwilliams
LONDON -- 

Anonymous Content has opened a London commercial production office and appointed Tor Fitzwilliams as its managing director and executive producer. The outpost will offer the UK access to Anonymous’ talent pool which includes such sought-after directors as Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, Armando Bo, Autumn de Wilde, Brett Morgen, Cara Stricker, Chris Sargent, Daniel Kaufman, Dee Rees, Grant Singer, John X. Carey, Johnny Green, Malcolm Venville, Mark Romanek, Pantera, and Tim Godsall.

Fitzwilliams brings 15 years of production experience, having worked across sales, strategy and talent management with leading filmmakers and creative agencies globally. She began her career at production company Blink, where she spent five years working with some of the U.K.’s most prolific directors and on some of advertising’s most iconic work. She then joined Smuggler London as head of sales, before moving to Smuggler New York to head up their East Coast sales. In 2015, Fitzwilliams returned to London as executive producer at Stink Films. She has also served on many juries, including Film Craft at Cannes Lions and, most recently, last year’s Film Craft jury for Creative Circle.

Eric Stern, Anonymous Content partner and managing director, cited Fitzwilliams’ “myriad experience” as making her “the perfect person to be leading this office and our commercial partnerships in the U.K.”

Fitzwilliams is enthused about opening the London office, sharing, “No other production company has proven how to bridge the gap between the commercial and entertainment world better than Anonymous Content. They have world-class talent on their books, which is accessible to all agencies and brands.”

  • Tuesday, May. 14, 2019
Marcus Thomas promotes Scott Chapin to COO
Scott Chapin
CLEVELAND -- 

Independent creative agency Marcus Thomas LLC has promoted former SVP of analytics Scott Chapin to chief operating officer.

Chapin joined the Marcus Thomas team in 2011 as a digital strategist and was promoted to SVP of analytics the following year. He became an agency partner in 2015. As COO of the 200+ person, Cleveland-based agency, Chapin will oversee all operations including process, staff utilization and leadership initiatives. The COO’s day-to-day tasks will include leadership of the project management team, developing and deploying operational policies, ensuring compliance and legal review, and managing the facilities operation at all Marcus Thomas offices. Chapin will continue to support the agency’s clients directly as partner-in-charge on several key accounts. 

With an extensive background in data analytics, Chapin will prepare Marcus Thomas to address client challenges in a rapidly changing digital landscape.

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