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  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Reza Rasoli joins Laundry as creative director/live-action director
Reza Rasoli
LOS ANGELES & SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Design-driven animation and production company Laundry--under the aegis of partners PJ Richardson and Tony Liu--has brought Reza Rasoli on board as creative director and live-action director. 

After steering the creative direction of Laundry since its launch 13 years ago, Richardson and Liu knew the time was right, given the company's growth, to welcome their first full-time staff creative director in Rasoli. Over the past decade, Rasoli has produced award-winning content for broadcast, web, social, print, and events worldwide. Prior to Laundry, Rasoli was creative director and live-action director at Pet Gorilla, where he helmed a mix of live-action and interactive projects for such clients as Google, IBM, HBO, and METRx. His animated piece for Vans’ 50th anniversary, entitled “The Story of Vans,” was honored with a One Show Merit Award and D&AD Award, and was shortlisted for an AICP Award for Design. More recently, his anthem spot for UnityPoint Health aired during the Super Bowl in the Midwest region.

As a director, Rasoli has also collaborated with such studios as Brand New School and Blind. He has also served as co-creator, co-writer, and co-producer on scripted comedy-driven animation for Disney and Nickelodeon.

While studying Digital Media at Otis College of Art + Design, Rasoli co-founded Three Legged Legs with two other artists. The collective became known for their pioneering and innovative work in short-form content, catching the attention of Green Dot Films, where they were repped as directors for three years and worked on notable projects, including the GE “Samurai” short, and a spot for Method and Virgin America.

Since 2015, Rasoli has been an adjunct teacher at Otis College of Art + Design, where he leads classes in Storytelling, Motion Design, and Experimental Animation. Forever an artist at heart, he regularly contributes paintings to galleries on both coasts, including Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles & New York), iam8bit (Los Angeles), Spoke Art (San Francisco), and Bottleneck Gallery (New York).

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Former Paramount SVP joins DNEG in L.A. as head of production
Corey Turner
LOS ANGELES -- 

Visual effects, animation and stereo conversion company DNEG has hired Corey Turner, former SVP post production at Paramount Pictures, to head up the film team at its Los Angeles facility. Turner, who joins DNEG as head of production L.A., has years of hands-on experience in both VFX and stereo conversion. He will lead DNEG’s drive to establish its front-end creative services for film in Los Angeles and to set up a new base for the company’s L.A.-based VFX supervisors.

Working as a creative collaborator alongside directors such as Michael Bay, Christopher McQuarrie, JJ Abrams and Barry Sonnenfeld, Turner is known for his work as executive stereographer on all of Paramount’s 3D releases since 2011, including projects such as Bumblebee, Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Terminator: Genisys, as well as the Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises in 3D. Turner has previously received award recognition from the Advanced Imaging Society for his work on projects such as Katy Perry: Part of Me and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra said of Turner,: “His experience in VFX and stereo conversion, along with his creative approach to his work and his extensive relationships in the LA filmmaking community, make him the ideal person to lead the charge in building DNEG’s film presence in Hollywood.”

In his new role Turner will help to build DNEG’s film VFX presence on the West Coast, including the establishment of concept art and previsualisation services at DNEG’s L.A. facility.

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity and to working with this incredibly talented team!” said Turner. “DNEG has been humbly capturing Oscars for the past several years. With each accomplishment DNEG stays true to its ambition of being a creative haven for filmmakers to make their visions, their designs, and their dreams a reality for television and movie fans around the globe. Joining DNEG is not just another job – it’s an opportunity to work with my friends and to join a family of like-minded creatives who are doing what we all love... creating amazing productions that provide joy and amazement to all who witness them.”

DNEG was recently honored with two Visual Effects Society Awards, for its work on space biopic First Man and Netflix cyberpunk sci-fi series Altered Carbon. First Man is also nominated for the Best VFX Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards on February 24. DNEG’s stereo work on Mission: Impossible – Fallout was recently singled out for an award; director McQuarrie picked up the Advanced Imaging Society’s “Best 3D Scene of the Year” Award for the stereo work delivered by DNEG and supervised by Turner for the helicopter chase sequence.

The DNEG TV teams in L.A., Vancouver and Montréal are currently working on a number of high-profile TV shows such as Catch-22, The Boys and Star Trek: Discovery. DNEG is also in production on a slate of highly anticipated film projects, including Avengers: Endgame, Hobbs & Shaw and Wonder Woman 1984.

  • Monday, Feb. 18, 2019
Brittnell Anderson joins Cogs & Marvel as design director
Brittnell Anderson
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Brand experience agency Cogs & Marvel has brought design director Brittnell Anderson aboard its San Francisco office. A creative technologist and designer, Anderson will collaborate with the agency’s U.S. and Dublin, Ireland teams to further expand and strengthen its ability to deliver impactful brand moments in physical spaces.

For much of his career, Anderson has excelled at navigating the line between design and technology, using his knowledge of 3D modeling, motion-graphic animation and effects, filming and editing, and emerging tech to help brands better connect to their audiences. At Cogs & Marvel, he will continue to leverage these skills to conceptualize, prototype, illustrate and develop events, spaces and experiences. This will also include the creation of materials for initial client presentations and refining experiential concepts to inform final design and implementation. 

“I joined Cogs & Marvel because I really enjoy the brand experience space and feel it’s a very dynamic and varied area to be in, full of so much opportunity for rich media storytelling,” explained Anderson. “The potential clients and areas for exploration are nearly limitless. I was also drawn to the fact that here I’ll have the opportunity to have some real impact on our direction and growth.”

Before joining the West Coast hub, Anderson was the longtime design director and creative technologist at brand consulting and design agency Landor. There he worked with a variety of clients, from Fortune 10 corporations to local non-profit organizations, on projects ranging from international brand launches to rapid internal prototyping and concept work. Most notably, Anderson helped concept and create a recent AR-activated launch experience for Accenture’s Innovation Hub in India and assisted in visualizing Accenture’s new office space within San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower.

He also co-founded the animation studio Cinematico, and created the Japan-based streetwear clothing line Numlok. Over the course of his career, his work has earned multiple awards, including a Gold and Bronze Cannes Lion and a Graphis Design gold for his work with ODC Dance Company. 

“Britt will be tasked with helping us communicate the big ideas required to create transformative experiences that deliver on our goal to change people, whether that means assumptions or behaviors,” said Cogs & Marvel’s U.S. CEO Roisin Callaghan.

“Britt’s skill set pairs environmental design and 3d modeling with motion and animation chops,” adds Cogs & Marvel creative director Jamie Shaw. “Because we’re interested in pushing the creative possibilities, it made sense to bolster our capabilities in terms of mapping and rendering any idea we dream up, no matter how fantastical. Britt delivers that and much, much more.”

  • Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
Andrew Voss promoted to design director at MONO
Andrew Voss
MINNEAPOLIS -- 

MONO has promoted Andrew Voss to design director, a newly formed position at the Minneapolis-based agency. In this new role, Voss will work closely with executive creative director Vanessa Fortier to continue to elevate the creative and design work coming out of the agency. A former creative at the shop, he is now responsible for managing the MONO design team, leading all design-driven work and mentoring creative staff, while working closely with chief growth officer Jeffrey Gorder and chief talent officer Julie Vessel to bring in new business opportunities and recruit top creative talent. 

“Design is at the center of MONO and has been since day one,” said Chris Lange, founder and chief creative officer. “Andrew is not only a fantastic designer, but a leader and inspiration to people across our entire agency.”

Voss, who’s been with MONO for four years and spent 14 years in the industry, has a proven track record of executing award-winning work ranging from television to quick turn social media visuals to digital and experiential concepts. Client work includes Walmart, Target, Cadillac, Polaris and H&R Block. Voss also led the recent MONO rebrand, which was unveiled this past summer. 

“MONO truly respects and honors the design process,” said Voss. “By engaging everyone on our design team – an art director, designer, and copywriter – in the very beginning stages of a project and building trust, communication, and consensus, we’re creating exciting work and an exceptional team culture.”

 

  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
Graham Dunglinson joins Framestore as exec producer
Graham Dunglinson
NEW YORK -- 

Framestore has brought Graham Dunglinson aboard as executive producer, based out of the company’s New York office. 

Dunglinson will work alongside EP Dez Macleod-Veilleux to help grow the business as well as oversee New York-based projects. Framestore’s NY office--under the aegis of its managing director, Charles Howell--is set to continue its growth in 2019 as the company will be moving to the Financial District from its Soho offices. 
 
Dunglinson began his career in VFX at The Mill in London. With over two decades of experience he has produced award-winning projects for global brands, including M&M, Old Spice, Microsoft, Captain Morgan, and Geico. In 2018, he was sr. VFX producer on IHOP’s first campaign with Droga5.
 
He has regularly worked with companies such as Eight VFX and Method, as well as Framestore. He said of Framestore, “The company has expanded so much since I first began working with the team, and I am continually impressed by the growing caliber of work. I am looking forward to working with our outstanding talent and further exploring creative ways of telling stories with our clients.”

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
Wild Card hires Evan DeHaven as ECD
Evan DeHaven
LOS ANGELES -- 

Wild Card, a creative advertising and entertainment marketing agency, has hired Evan DeHaven as its executive creative director.

In his new role, DeHaven will oversee the overall creative function and vision for 3AM, the company’s innovation group. In addition, he will be responsible for continuing to grow the business, establish the tone and pace of the company, and build a team environment that delivers on their mission of shaping the future of entertainment marketing. He will partner with current ECD Chris Eyerman and report directly to Wild Card’s CEO, Alison Temple. 

“As we strive to be as innovative as possible in how we tell stories for films, TV, games and brands, Evan’s diverse experience is critical,” said Temple. “We will look to Evan in his new role to help us continue to deliver experiences our clients and their audiences are seeking.”

Prior to landing at Wild Card, DeHaven managed internal production for 72andSunny as a CD in Hecho En 72. In his two years there he worked with brands including Google, Activision, Murad, Instagram, Coors, Starbucks, Infiniti, Adidas, Syfy, YouTube, the city of L.A., and Carls Jr. 

Before that DeHaven was the global brand director at Nike overseeing marketing across categories and territories world-wide for Nike’s customization efforts and NIKEiD.  Prior to Nike, he spent time working at agencies including Genex, 65 Media, DNA Studios, Chiat\Day, JWT, Ogilvy, W+K, Schematic, and CPB. 

He brings more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment and advertising industries to Wild Card.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
Kelly Martin named head of production at Wondros
Kelly Martin
LOS ANGELES -- 

Kelly Martin has joined Wondros as head of production. She will collaborate with a diverse roster of directors--under the aegis of EP of commercials Sophie Gold--that includes Gerald McMorrow, Antoine Fuqua, Jesse Dylan, Dennie Gordon, duo Riess|Hill, and recently signed Jeff Yeats, Sean Thonson and Henry Littlechild.

Martin’s career began at MTV Networks in New York, before jumping continents to work for MTV Networks Australia. Afterwards, Martin worked as a line producer on projects for clients such as Marriott, Stella Artois, Levi’s, and Sony. Before joining Wondros, Martin was with B-Reel Films as head of production, where she oversaw all in-house and freelance production teams from prep to wrap.

“I’ve been a fan of Wondros for a long time,” noted Martin, “and I am excited to work with not only the very talented roster of Directors, but also alongside its inimitable executive producer Sophie Gold. I hope to support Wondros’ robust directorial roster with my years of experience in executing commercial film production, as well as producing episodic domestic and international television. We want to produce competitive bids that open our directors up to new and exciting clients and opportunities, shooting here on U.S. shores and beyond.”
 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
Bill Tlusty joins Method Studios as global head of production
Bill Tlusty
LOS ANGELES -- 

Method Studios has brought veteran production executive and features VFX producer Bill Tlusty on board in the new role of global head of production. Reporting to EVP of global features VFX Erika Burton, Tlusty will oversee Method’s global feature film and episodics production operation, leading teams worldwide with a focus on developing and deploying creative talent strategically across client projects, delivering top quality work within the most advantageous cost structure, and ensuring consistent best practices.   

Burton said, “Bill has a stellar reputation for guiding the delivery of big, challenging feature VFX productions. He’s an amazing conduit between all departments in the studio and gives everyone involved peace of mind knowing that he understands and is watching out for their best interests. He’s a strong addition to our leadership team.”

Tlusty’s career as both a VFX producer and executive spans two decades. Most recently, as an executive with Universal Pictures, he managed more than 30 features including First Man and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. His new role marks a return to Method Studios, as he served as head of studio in Vancouver prior to Universal. Tlusty also spent eight years as a VFX producer and EP at Rhythm & Hues. In this capacity he was lead executive on Snow White and the Huntsman and the VFX Oscar®-winning Life of Pi. His other VFX producer credits include Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor Dragon and Yogi Bear, and he served as production manager on Hulk and Peter Pan, and coordinator on A.I Artificial Intelligence. Early in his career Tlusty worked as a production assistant at American Zoetrope, working for its iconic filmmaker founders, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Tlusty’s VFX career began at Industrial Light & Magic where he worked in several capacities on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, first as a VFX coordinator and later, production  manager on the series. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.

Tlusty said, “Method has pursued intelligent growth, leveraging the strength across all of its studios, gaining presence in key regions and building on that to deliver high quality work on a massive scale. Coming from the client side, I understand how important it is to have the flexibility to grow as needed for projects. I’m excited to work with and develop the great talent at Method, and bring that depth and capacity to clients.”  

Tlusty is based in Los Angeles and will travel extensively among Method’s global studios which include Vancouver, NY, Montreal, Melbourne, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Pune, India.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
Dick Gordon joins Carousel as sr. editor
Dick Gordon
NEW YORK -- 

Dick Gordon has come aboard NY-based integrative creative company Carousel as sr. editor. He’s spent the past 15 years at Spot Welders where he served as partner/editor and turned out campaigns for the likes of Geico, Amtrak, Volkswagen, ESPN, Heineken and Budweiser.

Gordon has contributed to assorted memorable projects, including collaborations with such noted directors as Joe Pytka on Anheuser-Busch’s “Applause” Super Bowl spot, Simon McQuoid on “Enemy Weapon” for Xbox’s Halo 3, and Traktor for MTV’s The Jukka Brothers. “It’s amazing to remember that all those spots started with me sitting down and screening that first frame of film which began the whole process,” Gordon recalled. “I feel lucky that every day still starts with that same sense of possibility.”

According to Carousel managing director Dee Tagert, Gordon’s hiring reinforces the company’s ongoing mission to bring together the brightest minds and most valuable talent from agencies, production and post. ”We have assembled a collaborative group of incredible talent that can execute everything from soup to nuts, so it was natural to have someone with Dick’s caliber in the mix. He, like the rest of us, sees the changing times as a great opportunity.”

  • Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019
Louise Gray-Murray named head of production at Saddington Baynes
Louise Gray-Murray
LONDON -- 

Louise Gray-Murray has joined Saddington Baynes as head of production, bolstering the London-based studio’s creative team with over 25 years’ experience in postproduction, animation, and CGI.

Gray-Murray comes aboard Saddington Baynes following a two-year stint as managing director of Virtual Light Production, delivering brand development, marketing communications and content across a range of high-profile brands.

She spent eight years as head of TV at SapientNitro, working on campaigns for BSkyB, ESPN, Vodafone, and LG. While working at SapientNitro, Gray-Murray set up the company’s in-house postproduction facility, specializing in Flame, Maya, AfterEffects and Cinema 4D. This venture resulted in significant growth and profit increases across the TV department.

Gray-Murray has also played a key role in the creation of two award-winning short films, Viking and Whisper; the former won Best Global Short at the Arizona Film Festival and was recognized by the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

She will play an integral role across all campaigns for Saddington Baynes’ roster of global clients.

James Digby-Jones, ECD of Saddington Baynes, said Gray-Murray “will help accelerate our growth and ambitions in CG and VFX commercials production.”

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