Thursday, June 27, 2019

People on the Move

  • Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019
Deutsch NY promotes Oakley, Morgan, Plunkett, Quay 
Deutsch’s (l-r) Husani Oakley, Andrew Quay, Jeff Morgan and Oliver Plunkett
NEW YORK -- 

Deutsch’s New York office has promoted Husani Oakley to EVP, director of technology and innovation from SVP, director of technology. In addition, the office elevated Jeff Morgan, Oliver Plunkett, and Andrew Quay to VPs.  

Oakley will continue to spearhead technology efforts across clients including AB InBev, Siemens, and Reebok, among others.  He is also a lead practitioner at Great Machine, Deutsch’s A.I. innovation Studio. Oakley’s start-up experience includes founding online investing platform GoldBean, design and technology firm Oakley + Partners, and the cultural event newsletter Flavorpill. And he’s held key technology positions at agencies including Wieden+Kennedy, Euro RSCG, and Omnicom’s Evolution Bureau.

Morgan becomes VP, executive producer. He oversees all production at Steelhead, Deutsch’s in-house production arm, and has directed and produced content for clients including Busch, PNC Bank, and Acuvue.  

Plunkett is now VP, media director. And multidimensional strategist Quay becomes VP, planning director.  He works on Busch, DraftKings, and new business, including Deutsch’s recent Reebok win.  

“Husani, Jeff, Oliver and Andrew are all business leaders within their respective departments and have fully embraced our explorer mentality,” said Deutsch’s NY CEO, Val DiFebo.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019
Andrew Ratzlaff joins Union as staff editor
Andrew Ratzlaff
LOS ANGELES -- 

Andrew Ratzlaff, who has cut high-profile comedy spots for Hotels.com, NBA2K, and more, has joined bicoastal Union Editorial as a staff editor. Ratzlaff began editing with Union on a freelance basis last year, turning out such work as: Honest’s “Unpack” (via Mother and directed by Conor Byrne); Schwab’s “Gym” (via Mekanism and directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay); and celebrity-driven ancillary spots for Amazon (“Ordering Dog Food” with Harrison Ford, via D1 Amazon and Lucky Generals) and Oculus GO (“Penguins” with Wiz Khalifa, via Anomaly), both directed by Wayne McClammy. Ratzlaff’s first assignment since joining Union full-time is for the “Acura Super Handling Challenge featuring Jay Williams,” created via Mullen Lowe and directed by Hungry Man’s Amir Farhang.

Ratzlaff’s relationship with Union was cultivated by partner/editor Christjan Jordan, who joined the company last July. “I’ve been a fan of Andrew’s work for a while. He has a great eye for both comedy and visual work and it’s been fun collaborating with him on jobs,” said Jordan. “Andrew is such a talented editor and a rising star in our industry.”

“I’ve found Union to be one of the most supportive places I’ve worked, in terms of the atmosphere and the talent,” Ratzlaff observed. 

Originally from Denver, Ratzlaff attended University of Colorado and graduated in 2006, before moving to New York, where he began his editing career with NBC Universal, cutting documentary projects. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2013, joining CP+B as an in-house editor. Ratzlaff credits the agency’s emphasis on comedy with his own gravitation toward the genre. Among his first comedy spots at CP+B was Hotels.com “Airport,” directed by Ruben Fleischer. Subsequent to CP+B, Ratzlaff returned to docs for a bit, including a project for RPS Entertainment. “Documentaries are rewarding in many ways, but it’s nice to have a script, while finding the unexpected jokes in the story.”

For Acura, Ratzlaff once again edited a celebrity-driven narrative. This time, former NBA player and current television analyst Jay Williams welcomes viewers to the Acura Super Handling Challenge. Acura wants to see who are the masters of super handling off the road. Williams asks his audience to post their best basketball moves on Twitter and Instagram using #SuperHandling and tag @Acura to join the challenge, with Williams breaking down all the best clips.

Union Editorial has offices located in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and London, where it maintains an alliance with Marshall Street Editors. Union also develops and produces original content through its Union Entertainment Group banner. Other Union companies include Resolution, which provides finishing services, VFX, graphics and mix for commercials, features and gaming.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019
Christoph Schröer joins Artjail as VFX supervisor
Christoph Schröer
NEW YORK -- 

Creative visual effects boutique Artjail has added VFX supervisor Christoph Schröer to its Chinatown, NYC studio. Previously a VFX supervisor/sr. compositor at The Mill, Schröer brings over a decade of experience and an eye for design in VFX to his new leadership role at Artjail. His work has been featured in internationally acclaimed spots for brands such as Mercedes Benz, Visa, Volkswagen, Samsung, BMW, Hennessy and Cartier. 

Fusing together a knack for computer technology and a passion for graffiti design, Schröer applied his degree in Computer and Media Sciences to begin his career in VFX. He cut his teeth in VFX at some of the biggest shops in Germany and Switzerland, catching the eye of a wide range of European auto clients with his natural eye for technical design and precision. His credits from his tenure in the European market include Lead Compositor for multiple Mercedes-Benz spots, two global Volkswagen campaign launches, and BMW’s “Rev Up Your Family”. 

In 2016, Schröer made the move to New York to take on a role as Senior Compositor and VFX Supervisor at The Mill. There, he teamed with notable directors such as Tarsem Singh and Derek Cianfrance, and worked in leading VFX roles on campaigns for clients including Hennessy, Nissan Altima, Samsung, Cartier and VISA. His work has garnered numerous industry accolades, such as five shortlists, including one for VFX, from Cannes Lions for Hennessey “Major” as well as recognition from the Clios, and ADC.

Noted Schröer, “The team at Artjail brings a collaborative, boutique approach to every project that they work on and their work is consistently top notch. I’m looking forward to working with their talented lineup of artists and producers to continue to elevate the output of creative work.”

“Christoph is that rare breed of artist, technically very capable, and comes with a strong creative eye. He’s a great lead who understands the desires of the agency, director, and client,” added Artjail managing director John Skeffington. 

  • Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019
Sanchez named sr. director, Film at TIFF; Ryan, Frees promoted to VP roles
Diana Sanchez (George Pimentel WireImage Getty for TIFF)
TORONTO -- 

Diana Sanchez has been appointed to the newly created role of sr. director, Film, at TIFF effective April 15. Sanchez will oversee the programming strategy for the Toronto International Film Festival; TIFF Cinematheque; Film Circuit, the organization’s nationwide film network; and theatrical release programming at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Sanchez has a long-standing relationship with TIFF that began in the Festival’s guest office in 1998. A lover of Spanish-language cinema, she has been responsible for selecting the Festival’s films from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal since 2002. In that time, Sanchez has developed strong relationships with a wide range of filmmakers, including Pedro Almodóvar, Lucrecia Martel, Guillermo del Toro, and Sebastián Lelio. In addition to her work at TIFF, Sanchez has worked as the artistic director of the Panama Film Festival since its inception in 2011, and programmed for the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Miami Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, where she served as programming director. 

“The senior director of Film position was created to bring our curatorial strategies for the Festival and year-round film programming closer together,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF artistic director and co-head. “Diana and I will work with film programming teams to amplify the cumulative impact of TIFF’s singular resources: a prominent film festival, a globally respected cinematheque, one of the best art-house cinemas in the world, and a national network of Film Circuit groups that reaches film lovers and knowledge seekers across Canada.”

On the operational and revenue-generating side of TIFF, Laura Ryan, who has been with the organization for four years, takes on the role of VP, Visitor Experience. Ryan’s responsibility encompasses all teams that curate customer experience at every touchpoint at TIFF, which include the event, technical production, ticketing operations, retail, and customer service teams. Prior to TIFF, Ryan worked in Finance and IT, leading groups responsible for sales and customer service globally.

Jennifer Frees takes on the role of VP, Partnerships, which oversees over 100 partner accounts. Frees, who has been at TIFF for eight years, will continue to provide senior sales, negotiation, and property-development direction for the organization’s corporate, festival, event and hospitality partnerships. Under her direction, TIFF Partnerships has become one of the most successful partner programmes in the film festival world. 

Joana Vicente, TIFF executive director and co-head, said of Ryan and Frees, “Both of these individuals possess an incredible business acumen and overall leadership vision that will benefit the organization for years to come. Their hard work is a large part of the current day success of TIFF, and we are privileged to have their voices on the senior management team.”

  • Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019
Havas Media Group adds Minc, Zaleski
Ellen Zaleski (l) and Thomas Minc
NEW YORK -- 

Havas Media Group has made two additions to its global team: Thomas Minc as managing director, global strategy, and Ellen Zaleski as managing director, global insights. Both Minc and Zaleski report to Havas Media Group’s global chief strategy officer, Greg James. The duo will co-lead Havas Media Group’s ongoing initiative to translate data into tangible next steps through updates to processes, media metrics, and tools for the entire Group.

Zaleski joins Havas Media Group from footwear and apparel giant Nike, where she was director of consumer knowledge. In her new role at Havas Media, Zaleski will work to build and further develop the insights-based services for Havas Media Group and its clients.

Minc first joined Havas in 2010, and over seven years worked in various roles, from research analyst up to VP group director leading Havas Sports & Entertainment. In 2016, he left to become managing director of Sopexa USA, a global integrated marketing agency.

Minc will focus on the implementation of a new strategic planning process, support local and global strategy teams, and share thought leadership across the Havas Media network and wider industry.

  • Friday, Mar. 15, 2019
Oscar-nominated sound editors Sullivan, DeCristofaro join Sony Pictures Post Services
Becky Sullivan
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Supervising sound editors Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, who share a 2015 Academy Award® nomination for their work on Unbroken, have joined Sony Pictures Post Production Services. The pair have collaborated on numerous films over the years, including this year’s Best Picture Academy Award® winner Green Book, with DeCristofaro as supervising sound editor and Sullivan as ADR supervisor. Sony Pictures is building theater-style studios with sound design and mixing capabilities for the two sound artists on the studio lot.

DeCristofaro and Sullivan are the latest in a long list of top sound talent to join the Sony Pictures roster in recent years. “We’ve built an environment where sound editors and mixers have all the resources they need to push the limits of creativity,” said Tom McCarthy, EVP, Post Production Facilities, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Artists appreciate the studio environment and the proximity it gives them to filmmakers and their peers.”

Sullivan is one of the few women serving as supervising sound editor on high-profile studio films, including, most recently, Columbia Pictures’ A Dog’s Way Home, Holmes & Watson and Ghostbusters (2016), Paramount Pictures’ The Big Short, Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor and Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades of Grey. Alongside her Oscar® nomination, she is the recipient of a BAFTA Award (The Fugitive) and two MPSE Golden Reel Awards (Unbroken, Under Siege) among 10 other award nominations.  Sullivan began her career at SoundStorm where she tapped into an acting background to become a top ADR supervisor. She earned her first credit as a supervising sound editor in 2008 on Universal Pictures’ Baby Mama.

DeCristofaro was nominated for a 2019 MPSE Golden Reel Award for Feature Film Dialogue/ADR for Green Book. In addition to his Oscar nomination, he is the recipient of five Golden Reel Awards and 16 nominations, and five Giant Screen Cinema Association Awards. He has supervised over 120 feature films, including Columbia Pictures’ Ghostbusters (2016), Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, and Disney/Marvel’s Iron Man 3. He also created sound for the Netflix series The OA.

DeCristofaro became interested in joining Sony Pictures based on the favorable experience he had working at the studio on Ghostbusters

  • Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019
Trevor King joins Greenpoint Pictures as exec producer
Trevor King
BROOKLYN, NY -- 

Greenpoint Pictures, with bases of operation in Brooklyn and L.A., has added Trevor King as executive producer. 

A Los Angeles native, King brings diverse experience and deep relationships to his new role at Greenpoint. A producer at Spontaneous Combustion for six years, King then transitioned into sales working at BlueRock. He went on to Click3x for a tenure of eight years before working with RSA Films as its East Coast sales rep.

Greenpoint Pictures’ roster of director talent includes directors Ghost + Cow, Nina Meredith, The Hudson Dusters (consisting of Niles Roth & Greenpoint founder Michael Kuhn), E.J. Mcleavey-Fisher, Renee Mao, The Roos Brothers, TJ Misny, Micah Perta, and Jesse Heath. Recent honors include Davey Awards for Mao’s work for March of Dimes and The Hudson Dusters’ work for Meals on Wheels, and Vimeo Staff Picks for Ghost+Cow’s “L1ZY” and Heath’s “Little Rats” and “Sola.”

  • Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019
Vickie Sornsilp named head of production at 1606 Studio
Vickie Sornsilp
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Veteran postproduction producer Vickie Sornsilp has been hired by San Francisco-based 1606 Studio, formerly MADE-SF, to serve as head of production. Sornsilp, whose background includes senior positions with One Union Recording and Beast Editorial, will oversee editorial and postproduction finishing projects for the studio, launched last month by executive producer Jon Ettinger, editor/director Doug Walker and editors Brian Lagerhausen and Connor McDonald.

Sornsilp brings deep experience in post for commercials and other advertising media, and has managed projects for all the major agencies in the Bay Area, and many others around the country. 

A graduate of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, Sornsilp began her career as a copywriter with agency DDB. She got her start in postproduction in 2014 with Beast Editorial, where she produced work for such brands as Amazon, Clorox, Doritos, HP, Round Table Pizza, MINI Cooper, Toyota, Visa, Walmart and Yahoo! She joined One Union Recording as executive producer in 2018.

Launched under the interim name MADE-SF, the company is rebranding as 1606 Studio in anticipation of moving into permanent facilities in April in San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood. Currently undergoing a build-out, that site will feature five editorial suites, two motion graphics suites, and two postproduction finishing suites with room for further expansion. “We want to underscore that we are a San Francisco-centric company,” explained Walker. “Service companies from outside the area have been moving into the city to take advantage of the boom in advertising and media production. We want to make it clear that we’re already here and grounded in the community.”

Even as it awaits completion of its permanent headquarters, 1606 is busy with multiple projects for local advertising agencies and brands. 

  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019
Editor Joe Siegel joins LVLY
NEW YORK -- 

Editor Joe Siegel--whose interests in visual storytelling have taken him from DC Comics to his current incarnation as a sought-after creative editor--has joined LVLY, the recently rebranded content creation and creative studio in New York. He comes over from Crew Cuts, the New York editorial shop where he launched his career in post. 

As an editor, Siegel has a feel for the ebb and flow of human stories, as seen in a B&W spot for Coach which follows a skateboarder as he travels on his board from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back. Siegel’s deft sense of rhythm and timing is also seen in his short film for the Range Rover Evoque and its “City Evocation” series, which profiles artists as they work in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Siegel says the move to LVLY makes sense in terms of where the industry is headed, as well as where he’s going as an artist. “LVLY is the next logical evolution in postproduction, bringing so many of the dynamic elements that go into creating great work under one roof,” he explained. “Collaboration is a hugely important aspect of post-production, and that’s at the forefront of their new structure and identity.”

LVLY EVP and managing director Wendy Brovetto, who leads LVLY’s editorial and live-action teams, said Siegel’s skill sets and versatility are a perfect match for the company’s purview. “We’re looking for artists and producers who want to experiment in varied genres and disciplines, and we clicked with Joe on that level immediately,” she noted. “His work reflects a wide range of styles, and while he’s well-versed in the thirty-second spot, he was looking for a home that would afford him not only the chance to work in different forms, but also one that could provide all of the collaborative services a project or client needs, such as VFX, design and finishing.”

Siegel said, “Joining LVLY presents an opportunity for me to stretch and work on projects outside of the traditional definition of a ‘commercial.’ They’re involved in so many things, from fashion and beauty to experiential and VR – I see all of this as opportunities for me to enhance my skills and broaden my craft.”

At LVLY, Siegel joins a talent roster that includes Olivier Wicki, Chrissy Rabe, J.P. Damboragian, Bruce Ashkinos, Geordie Anderson, Noelle Webb, Aaron Dunkel and Bryan Andes.

  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019
Grace Francis joins Droga5 London as chief experience officer
Grace Francis
LONDON -- 

Droga5 London is expanding its offering into brand consultancy with the hiring of Grace Francis as its first chief experience officer.

Francis joins from Grey London, where she was head of experience design and planning and a founding partner of Grey Consultancy. In her new role she will be responsible for ensuring that clients express themselves creatively throughout the consumer experience as well as lead on the Barclaycard account, reporting to chief strategy officer Dylan Williams. She is also a former head of UK and content at Isobar.

Williams said, “After three years at Droga5, Bill, DK and I felt we were now ready to broaden our offering and help brands express themselves creatively across the consumer experience. We interviewed extensively and Grace won hands down. We’re very happy to make her our first C-suite hire.”

Francis added, “As Droga5 enters a next phase of growth, I’m joining to develop an experience design offering that will see us drive innovative and meaningful human-centric design solutions for all our clients and create meaningful experiences between brands and people.”

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