• Thursday, Sep. 24, 2020
Editor Jen Dean Joins Cut+Run
Jen Dean
NEW YORK -- 

Cut+Run has added editor Jen Dean to its talent roster. She will be based out of the company’s New York office but is available everywhere through Cut+Run.

A native Texan, Dean went from studying experimental cinema with Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon in Boulder to assisting Hank Corwin for many years at Lost Planet. Both experiences proved invaluable as she became an editor in her own right, developing a personal style that embraces her interests in fashion, documentary, and the blending of multimedia.

Raised on a diet of MTV, music is an ever-present part of Dean’s approach to projects. Throughout her career Dean’s love of music and knowledge of film history have always been at the forefront of her collaborations in the edit. Dean’s passion for storytelling can be seen in her work with a wide range of clients including Google, Instagram, The New York Times, Samsung, M&Ms, Olay, and Cotton. In each, she conveys her affinity for developing candid, open moments that celebrate humanity with expressive style.

“Jen is a massive talent whose work reflects her originality,” said Cut+Run editor/partner Gary Knight. “And while Jen’s incredible editing style makes her a great creative fit, it’s her dedication to community and nurturing young talent that makes her a natural addition to our team.”

Dean won the first AICE Award for best editing in a music video and continues to enjoy music-driven work, most recently with her longtime-collaborator, director Danny Clinch.  A huge believer in the value of mentorship, Dean takes great pride in her time spent with assistants and getting to know the next generation of editors and creatives.

“Cut+Run is thick with people I know and admire, and the work that comes from all of the locations is constantly outstanding,” said Dean. “I look forward to when we can all be together, but already feel very connected which speaks volumes about the welcoming, creative culture.”

Prior to joining Cut+Run, Dean was with Consulate. She had earlier tenures at Arcade Edit and The Whitehouse.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020
Editor Carla Luffe joins Rock Paper Scissors 
Carla Luffe
LOS ANGELES -- 

Editor Carla Luffe has come aboard the roster of Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) for representation in the U.S.

Luffe has quickly established herself as one of the leading young editors in Scandinavia, known for work that is simultaneously contemporary, graceful, and emotionally pronounced. She frequently collaborates with international commercial directors including Niclas Larsson, Jonas Lindstroem, and Nina Holmgren for brands ranging from Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz to Vogue and Sephora. Her latest edit for Larsson--Volvo’s September launch with Forsman & Bodenfors Sweden, “Safety First”--is a skillful use of cadence that ends with an emotional narrative twist. 

Beyond advertising, Luffe edited writer/director Gustav Möller’s 2018 high-suspense crime drama The Guilty; the intelligently crafted film was selected as the Danish submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Eve Kornblum, RPS’ managing director is enthused to now “finally lean into the U.S. chapter of Carla’s career,” describing her as “a master storyteller.” Kornblum had hoped to bring Luffe aboard RPS in the spring but those plans got pushed back--as did so many others--by the pandemic.

Luffe began her career at Lars von Trier’s Zentropa Entertainment after graduating from The National Film School of Denmark in 2015.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2020
Jamie McGarry named chief growth officer at Havas Chicago
Jamie McGarry
CHICAGO -- 

Havas Chicago has named Jamie McGarry as chief growth officer. She becomes part of the agency’s leadership team. 

McGarry brings a strong track record of winning new business and building and leading successful pitch teams, and has a deep understanding of client needs in an ever-changing consumer landscape. As chief growth officer, McGarry will be responsible for driving continued growth for Havas Chicago, Annex Chicago and Annex Experience, as well as partnering with other Havas agencies to drive integrated growth opportunities within the Havas Village model. She will lead a coordinated business development practice and will also oversee agency brand and communications.

McGarry joins Havas Chicago after leading business development at DDB US, where she was repeatedly promoted and increased her scope and responsibilities over the course of her six years there. Most recently at DDB US, McGarry served as EVP, director of business development, with responsibility for integrating new business efforts and driving growth across the agency’s U.S. offices, including Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

Throughout her career, McGarry has secured substantial wins, including the U.S. Army, McDonald’s, Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Fiat Chrysler, Symantec, iShares by BlackRock, Kroger, Big Lots and Jiffy Lube.

Prior to DDB, McGarry served as director of new business development at O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul and helped rapidly build the startup agency’s client roster by winning key national accounts. Previously, McGarry spent 10 years at FCB Chicago, where she rose through the ranks from business development coordinator to VP, director of new business.

As part of the marketing community at large, McGarry serves as the chair of the 4A’s National Large Agency New Business Committee and was recognized as a Working Mother of the Year by She Runs It in 2019.

McGarry’s appointment is the latest addition to the Havas Chicago leadership team. In 2019, the agency appointed award-winning creative veteran John Norman as chief creative officer, former Facebook executive and client-side marketer Nikki Laughlin as president and chief client officer, and Allison Ciummei as chief talent officer. The Havas Chicago Village executive leadership team also includes Lisa Evia, president of Havas Media, and Angelo Kritikos, chief financial officer.

Havas Chicago’s clients include AutoZone, Bel Brands, Citi, Cracker Barrel, Hefty, Michelin, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Moen, National Association of REALTORS®, Pillsbury Baking and Reynolds Consumer Products.

  • Friday, Sep. 18, 2020
Droga5 London promotes Damien Le Castrec to head of strategy
Damien Le Castrec
LONDON -- 

Damien Le Castrec, strategy director at Droga5 London, where he has worked for the past two and a half years, has been promoted to head of strategy.

The move comes as Droga5 embarks on the next stage of its growth plan--for which it will need to be able to cover the entire customer experience end to end, and to do so at the speed of culture.

In his new role, Le Castrec will have specific account responsibility for Amazon, Cupra and Barclaycard and indirectly support account strategists across the entire agency workload.

Notable accounts he has worked on in his previous position include Barclaycard Business, Amazon and Cupra

Before joining Droga5, he was at BBH, where he was Strategy Director on Audi (UK and global) and Perfetti; Publicis London; and Lowe Paris.

Dylan Williams, chief strategic officer at Droga5, said: “These are uncharted waters for our agency and for our clients and we will need brilliant strategic thinking to steer us through. We will need to adapt and evolve in ways we cannot yet know. What we can control is the talent we place at the heart of the challenges to come. In Damien we know we have a head of strategy who is ready to step up and help lead us forward. In his time with us he has proved himself on every occasion.”

  • Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020
Editor Katie Cali joins The Den
Katie Cali
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Den has added editor Katie Cali to its roster.

With her seamless cuts forming an intuitive flow, Cali has edited for dozens of clients and agencies on everything from national commercials to social media content. Global brands she has collaborated with include Beats by Dre, Samsung, Reebok, Google, Under Armour, Disney, Lincoln, and McDonald’s, and such agencies as Leo Burnett, BBH, Saatchi & Saatchi, Y&R, 72andSunny, and Funny or Die. She has worked with directors like Danny Boyle, Clayton Vomero, Rupert Smith, and Duncan Wolff on everything from 30-second spots to 30-minute documentaries. 

From a young age, Cali dreamt of producing, scripting, and designing. Her parents taught her to absorb art as a whole rather than focusing on only one discipline, which led to her discovering her passion for editing. Pursuing this creative outlet, Cali found a career as a freelance commercial and video editor. She now brings her love for both the creative and technical process of communicating feeling and information to the viewer as an on-staff editor.

The Den is an independent boutique edit house founded by editor Christjan Jordan and veteran exec producer Mary Ellen Duggan.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2020
Shantanu Rana joins Green Stone as managing director
Shantanu Rana

Distributed design consultancy Green Stone has brought on industry vet Shantanu Rana as managing director. Rana comes to Green Stone with expertise across production, business development, and operations. He will work closely with founder and CEO Matt Walsh to continue to connect brand clients directly to top-tier talent through its uniquely designed remote model.
 
After a career spent in traditional agency structures, Rana is drawn to the consultancy’s different approach--a model that draws on a decentralized network of experts rather than the standard processes and hierarchies that have since been upended by the current pandemic. “During these challenging times, everyone’s had to move to a distributed model--with remote working, remote learning, and remote production,” explained Rana. “But Green Stone was built on this model and they’ve been doing it successfully for many years. It’s part of their DNA and overall culture. Would you rather fly with a pilot who has seven years of flawless service, or with one who just learned a few months ago?”

Using finely-tuned collaboration methods, the firm proves out brand promises through innovative customer experiences that earn long-term relationships through the delivering of meaningful value. “Earning loyalty through a better experience is more impactful than buying loyalty,” Rana added.
 
Prior to joining Green Stone, Rana spent four years founding, and building his own firm, Louder Communications, which worked with brands like Prudential, Bayer, Cox, and McGraw Hill. Before then, he led award-winning digital practices at KBS, Rosetta, and R/GA after starting his career at PwC.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020
Cory Davis returns to Sarofsky as VFX & finishing supervisor
Cory Davis
CHICAGO -- 

Cory Davis has returned to design-driven production company Sarofsky where he assumes the new title of VFX and finishing supervisor.

Most recently 2D lead artist at The Mill in Chicago, Davis was a key member of Sarofsky’s staff from mid-2016 to late-2018, contributing to the studio’s biggest projects during that stretch. This includes Sarofsky’s celebrated title sequences for Marvel blockbusters Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, main titles for TNT’s Animal Kingdom, and Super Bowl ads. At The Mill, he earned credits on more high-profile brand campaigns for such clients as Capital One, Lunchables, Samsung, State Farm as well as a large-scale rebrand for the U.S. Army.

Among those Davis reunites with at Sarofsky are company principal and executive creative director Erin Sarofsky and executive producer Steven Anderson.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020
Hue&Cry adds Matt Darnall as creative director
Matt Darnall
RICHMOND, Va. -- 

Hue&Cry has brought Matt Darnall on board as creative director.

Having spent nearly seven years at The Mill, Darnall relocates from Chicago to join the Richmond-based animation and design studio. where he will drive creative development and steer its growing group of designers and animators.

With 10-plus years of a diverse, rich background in the animation and design field, Darnall has climbed the industry ranks, holding posts from illustrator, animator, and designer to creative director and animation director.  Working and shepherding both large and small teams, Darnall has had a hand in projects that have spanned from broadcast television to film and entertainment and run the gamut of traditional animation and film title sequences to CG character pieces, VFX driven creative, and motion graphics. 

Darnall cut his teeth freelancing in studios such as Digital Kitchen, Filmograph, Vitamin, Daily Planet, Sarofsky, and Radar for several years before taking a full-time design post at the expanding Mill office in Chicago in 2014.  He was the first hire for the design department, and quickly emerged as a key player where he began to lead jobs and art direct as the studio exploded from 15 staffers to more than 65, becoming a go-to animation director for The Mill Group.

Known for his animation prowess, appealing character work, whimsical storytelling, and attractive visuals, Darnall has designed and developed identity for an array of leading clients and entities including Sony PlayStation, Jack Daniels, Coors Light, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, McDonald’s, Extra Gum, Nike, State Farm, VISA, Tag Heuer, Chicago Bulls, HBO, and The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.  Notable TV and film properties he has had a hand in creating visuals for include HBO’s “True Blood,” Warner Bros.’ “The Conjuring,” Sony Pictures Screen Gems’ “Deliver Us From Evil,” and Summit Entertainment’s “Snitch” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Of late, Darnall has also been a leading creative voice for the Wholly Guacamole and Dairy Queen accounts with BBDO San Francisco and Barkley, respectively, where he’s been directing fully CG character driven spots.  His Wholly Guacamole and Visa spots were recently shortlisted at the AICP Show.

 

  • Friday, Sep. 11, 2020
Tom Suharto to lead strategy at Forsman & Bodenfors NY
Tom Suharto
NEW YORK -- 

Global creative collective Forsman & Bodenfors has named Tom Suharto to lead strategy for its New York office. Suharto will touch all agency accounts, which include Saucony, Oatly and YouTube, as well as focus on new business development. 

Suharto has spent nearly 15 years working in advertising and market research, with the past nine years at Wieden+Kennedy leading brands such as Nike, Samsung and Facebook. He has broad experience with global markets, having been based in Shanghai for a solid portion of his career.  

“In addition to his extensive research and strategy background, Tom brings with him an entrepreneurial spirit that fits nicely within the Forsman & Bodenfors culture,” said Guy Hayward, global CEO of Forsman & Bodenfors New York. “He has a deep understanding of how people interact globally with brands, which will be invaluable as we further grow our existing and new clients.” 

Suharto shared, “I get really excited about ideas that impact culture and have spent my career helping brands unleash their voice in ways people actually care about. I know Forsman & Bodenfors shares this vision. I love how committed they are to true collaboration in pursuit of provocative ideas.” 

In addition to nearly a decade at Wieden+Kennedy, Suharto spent nearly five years at Hall & Partners as a research director. He also created Airpocalypse, an air quality app designed to help people survive and thrive in heavily polluted China. 

A native New Yorker, Suharto is looking forward to returning home after a career forged in Shanghai and Portland. “I grew up just a pizza snob, and now have added xiaolongbao, dim sum, coffee and IPAs to the list of things that I’m annoyingly picky about. So it’s about time to come home.”

  • Friday, Sep. 11, 2020
Daniel Perlin joins HUSH as director of strategy
Daniel Perlin
BROOKLYN, NY -- 

Experience design studio HUSH has added Daniel Perlin as director of strategy.

Before joining HUSH, Perlin served as the experience director for both Local Projects and Droga5 as well as the strategy director for Imprint Projects. He is the founder of perlin studios and his own design agency, Make_Good_Design, dedicated to creating experiences that address critical issues surrounding humanity and the planet. Perlin is also an adjunct professor and has taught at New York University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. 

Lauded for his creative intuition at Local Projects, he helped create  the interactive redesign of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, winning a National Design Award for Best Interaction Design. Most recently, his “I Will What I Want” campaign with Droga5 for Under Armour garnered a Cannes Cyber Grand Prix, a Clio Award, and a D&AD Award. In addition, Perlin and his teams have won several Webbys, FWAs, and Awwwards for projects including “Look Up,” an interactive wall installation for Smartwater, Android’s “Leap Second,” and “Harmony Mastered From Chaos” for Hennessy.

“Strategy to me is really just being aware of oneself, others and the world,” shared Perlin. “I believe there’s a real business value to listening closely — that is, paying attention: first to myself, then others, and then to the data and the world. For brands, it really begins with asking not just ‘what do I personally want or need,’ but ‘what do people want and need? How can we better listen to them to help their lives?”

Perlin’s work has focused on how design can serve a public good. In 2007, after a series of conversations, listening sessions and workshops with the with Mexican artist and architect Pedro Reyes, he moved to Mexico City to take on the challenges of traffic and pollution that were inhibiting so many residents.. There, he co-founded and built a ridesharing app, predating Uber and Lyft, to help stem those issues. Since then, he has worked on numerous cultural institutions and socially active projects, such as  XQ, a project from the Emerson Collective to help transform public school education for the US, UNICEF Tap Project with Droga5, and works for cultural institutions such as the Met Museum and others. 

Now, in the face of the pandemic and the long overdue attention being given to social movements, he believes there is an even greater urgency and opportunity for human driven design to help support disenfranchised communities across the globe. “What spaces and experiences are needed that will help people feel safe and prosperous in their life journeys? “For HUSH,” he asks, “how can we translate or directly address those needs in the areas of spatial design and technology to truly address a key question: ‘how can we help make lives better?’ It is a very dynamic, challenging time, but with focus on the people, we can actually make a real impact with lasting effects.” 

For HUSH founding partner David Schwarz, Perlin is a natural fit for the company’s evolving strategic needs. “I’ve known Daniel for some time as an industry colleague, thought leader, artist, musician, and educator, among many other things. In every interaction we’ve ever had, I’ve been incredibly impressed by his warmth and vision, his thoughtfulness and insights, and his almost palpable energy and enthusiasm. He’s consistently demonstrated our cultural values in many of our interactions.”

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