• Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
Paul Fogaca named GUT COO & partner
Paul Fogaca
MIAMI -- 

Paulo Fogaca, former managing director and global chief operating officer of DAVID Miami, will join indie agency GUT as COO and partner.

Fogaca will be responsible for overseeing the entire GUT operation across its three offices in Miami, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires. He will work closely with founders Anselmo Ramos and Gaston Bigio.

Fogaca was one of the main drivers of DAVID Miami’s success in recent years, helping to elevate the creative reputation of the agency and executing breakthrough ideas for clients like Burger King, Coca-Cola, Kraft-Heinz, and AB InBev. He helped DAVID Miami open its doors in 2014 and has been key in growing the agency’s client roster, talent and business over the years, leading to the agency winning five Cannes Grand Prix honors. Prior to joining DAVID, Fogaca worked for Ogilvy in various roles in New York, São Paulo and Miami as well as for Havas in Paris. Fogaca holds a Master’s degree in Business from IAE - Universite de Nice in France.

GUT has a team of 50 across its three offices, with a roster of clients including Tim Hortons, Domino’s Pizza, Mercado Libre, Netflix and Nestlé. GUT will also announce new global brands soon. GUT opened its office in São Paulo earlier this year. GUT Miami and Buenos Aires were formed in April 2018

  • Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
Ludwig Ortiz named head of strategy at Nobox
Ludwig Ortiz
MIAMI -- 

Nobox has brought Ludwig Ortiz on board as head of strategy, a new position at the Miami-based independent digital and social content agency.

Ortiz has been a planner and strategist for agencies such as Energy BBDO, Mindshare, mcgarrybowen, DDB and Ogilvy for clients in several different categories, including CPG, automotive, telecommunications, banking, and travel and leisure. Clients he’s worked with include Kraft-Heinz, Disney, Procter & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark. 

Jayson Fittipaldi, Nobox co-founder and chief innovation officer, said, “Not only does Ludwig come to Nobox with tremendous experience, but under his guidance we have the opportunity to focus on ideas that are truly rooted on insights, helping aim our creative and innovation guns in the right direction. Plus his experience at leading U.S. agencies working with top U.S. brands also helps our new focus on that market.”

In addition to its world headquarters in Miami, Nobox maintains roots in Latin America and Jamaica, having offices in Bogota, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Kingston. Over the last two years the agency has expanded its offering in the U.S. as a Pepsico roster agency and through work on campaigns for such American brands as Netflix and Marriott.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
MPC's LA studio promotes Dimitri Zola to colorist
Dimitri Zola
LOS ANGELES -- 

Dimitri Zola has been promoted from color assistant to colorist at MPC LA, bolstering its color team which includes U.S. creative director of color Mark Gethin, sr. colorist Ricky Gausis and colorist Kristopher Smale.

Zola has been in the industry for over a decade, starting out as a runner and then joining MPC as a color assistant in 2014. Since then, he has quickly become a sought-after colorist, working with acclaimed directors such as Nadia Lee Cohen and global brands including NBA, Beats by Dre, Banana Republic and FIFA. Zola’s work includes the “Yo! My Saint” campaign film for Kenzo and Kali Uchis’ music video “After the Storm,” which became a Vimeo staff pick.

The MPC color team in Los Angeles has turned out such recent notable work as episodics Atlanta directed by Hiro Murai (colorist Gausis) and Black Monday (Gausis), exclusive beauty work such as Vanity Fair’s 25th Hollywood issue directed by Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki (Gethin) and music videos such as Leon Bridges’ “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” which was shortlisted as the UK MVAs for Best Color Grading (Gausis), Childish Gambino’s “This is America” directed by Murai (Gausis) and Janelle Monae’s highly praised and culturally significant music video motion picture Dirty Computer (Smale).

  • Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
The Mill Chicago appoints Hilbert as managing director and Khan as head of production
Erica Hilbert (l) and Tracey Khan
CHICAGO -- 

Erica Hilbert will be taking on the role of managing director and Tracey Khan will become head of production at The Mill Chicago. 

The two senior appointments will work closely to ensure The Mill’s continued growth within the Midwest Market and reinforce its full-service creative production offering. 

Hilbert first joined The Mill Chicago as a sr. producer in 2015, having previously worked at Digital Kitchen and Method. Her experience within the local market propelled the development of The Mill’s Chicago offering. Before stepping into the role of managing director, Hilbert built the studio’s award-winning production team as head of production. 

With Hilbert’s new appointment, EP Khan will be stepping in to lead the production team as head of production. Khan moved from The Mill London to Chicago in 2014 to pioneer the inception of the Chicago studio, where she champions The Mill’s vast roster of directors and artists across the globe, developing end-to-end production solutions for brand and agency partners alike.

  • Monday, Jun. 24, 2019
Nick Litwinko hired as EP of Nice Shoes' new film and episodic VFX division
Nick Litwinko
NEW YORK -- 

Creative studio Nice Shoes has hired Nick Litwinko as executive producer, helming the launch of the New York-based company’s new film and episodic VFX division. Litwinko, who has built a career on infusing a serial entrepreneur approach to the development of creative studios, will grow the division, recruiting versatile talent to bring a boutique, collaborative approach to visual effects for long-form entertainment projects. 

The division will focus on projects spanning feature film and episodic, that are marked with highly stylized visuals as a vehicle for conceptual exploration. Since coming on board with Nice Shoes, Litwinko and his team already have three long form projects underway and will be announcing a major talent signing in the coming months. 

Litwinko noted, “While our focus will be on feature and episodic work, we’ll also be available to collaborate with agencies and brands on advertising and branded content.”

Litwinko launched his career at MTV during the height of its cultural zeitgeist, working as a sr. producer for MTV Promos/Animation before stepping up as executive producer/director for MTV Commercials. His decade-long tenure with the media giant during this transformative period led him to launch his own company, Rogue Creative, where he served dual roles as EP/director, overseeing a wide range of animated, live action and VFX-driven branded campaigns. He was later named sr, producer for Psyop New York, before launching the New York office of BL:ND. He moved on to join 1stAveMachine as executive producer/head of production as they widened their expertise at the intersection of technology and entertainment on a global scale. He was then recruited to join ShootersINC as managing director, leading a strategic rebrand and building up their NYC offices and playing an instrumental part in the rebrand to Alkemy X.

Nice Shoes managing director Justin Pandolfino cited Litwinko’s penchant for creative challenges and “wealth of knowledge and experience in building and scaling new divisions.”

  • Friday, Jun. 21, 2019
Editor Dody Dorn voted to Academy Board of Governors in runoff election
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Dody Dorn has won the runoff election for the open Film Editors Branch seat on the 2019–20 Board of Governors.  Dorn joins incumbents Carol Littleton and Michael Tronick in representing the branch and will assume her post as of July 1.

Dorn and Mark Goldblatt tied for the seat in the Board election last week, and Film Editors Branch members were asked to vote in the runoff.  This is the fifth time in Academy history that a tie occurred in the balloting.  Runoff elections were held in 2009 in the Directors Branch, 2015 in the Writers Branch, 2016 in the Film Editors Branch, and 2018 in the Producers Branch.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.  The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019
Geoff Macnaughton appointed TIFF's new director of industry
Geoff Mcnaughton (photo by George Pimentel Photography)
TORONTO -- 

Geoff Macnaughton has been appointed TIFF’s director of industry. Macnaughton will oversee the organization’s industry programming and talent development initiatives, as well as industry-related sales and services. He will continue to act as lead programmer of Primetime, the Toronto International Film Festival’s program highlighting the best in international television series.

Macnaughton has been with the organization for 12 years, as a sr. manager on both the industry and festival programming teams. His balance of artistic vision and business acumen has allowed him to build strong and strategic relationships with partners, including distributors, sales agents, producers, and promotional agencies, both local and international.

“Geoff worked his way up on TIFF’s Industry team, winning the trust of buyers, sellers and creators as he helped grow our reach and impact every year,” said Cameron Bailey, artistic director and co-head of TIFF. “He brings a wealth of experience to his new position as director of industry, and recently adding Festival programming to his portfolio has expanded his expertise and network.”

“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to help shape what TIFF offers to the local and international industry,” said Macnaughton. “The film and television landscape is constantly changing, and it’s important for us to be mindful of these developments in order to provide meaningful business, talent development, and networking opportunities for all.”

Macnaughton will begin his new post immediately, reporting to Bailey, and will work closely with the Festival programming team on transition plans.

  • Monday, Jun. 17, 2019
Yoomin Lee joins MPC’s London studio as sr. colorist
Yoomin Lee
LONDON -- 

Moving Picture Company (MPC) has bolstered its color team in London with the arrival of Yoomin Lee.

She cut her teeth working for some of Australia’s leading post houses including Frame, Set & Match, The Lab and Cutting Edge, before joining Jogger Studios London in 2016. As Jogger’s resident colorist, Lee worked on campaigns for Google, Valentino, FIFA and Samsung, among others. A notable collaboration with director Anton Corbijn has seen her grade projects for Depeche Mode and U2--including the visuals for the latter’s 2017 Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour, which played across the world’s largest concert screen. 

Lee comes aboard MPC London as sr. colorist. Welcoming her to the team are Jean-Clement Soret, global creative director of color grading, and Ellora Chowdhury, head of color production. The latter described lee as having “the perfect balance of creativity and technical knowledge on the art of color grading which is invaluable.”

  • Monday, Jun. 17, 2019
Sherman, Moore, Willis join The Escape Pod
Derek Sherman
CHICAGO -- 

Independent agency The Escape Pod has named several new executives to its leadership team. Derek Sherman has been appointed executive creative director, Tyler Moore is director of integrated strategy, and Holly Willis is VP account director. 

Sherman, is a creative Director, writer and novelist who has led breakthrough integrated marketing campaigns for Apple, Corona, Google, Coca-Cola, Canadian Club, Miller Lite, Kellogg’s, Jim Beam, McDonald’s, Abbott Labs, Amnesty International and Sprite. His work has won multiple Gold and Silver Cannes Lions, D&AD pencils, Gold Effies, and the One Show.

Moore comes over from R/GA. He has worked on innovative campaigns for LIFEWTR, SVEDKA, Maytag, Sprint, Nike, and Corona Extra across digital, social and traditional. He has won multiple awards including an Epica creative award, multiple Webby Awards and a North American Effie.    

Willis brings more than 10 years of experience on blue chip brands across CPG, spirits and beverage, entertainment, retail and electronics. Her expertise spans digital, shopper marketing and traditional brand-building campaigns. Most recently, she spent five years with FCB leading the Samsung Mobile & Services business, as well as agency marketing and new business efforts for the retail/activation division, FCB/RED. She has worked on brands including Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Target, Netflix, Kraft Foods (now Kraft Heinz), Mondelez International, Jack Daniels, Tyson Foods, GE Appliances and 21st Century Fox.

The new executives join Ryan Dickey, who assumed the post of creative director at the agency last year. Dickey is an award-winning 15+ year creative veteran who has created cross-channel, integrated advertising for a diverse range of brands including Apple, Google, Volkswagen, Sony PlayStation, Orbit and Purina. He cut his teeth at agencies including Leo Burnett, Deutsch and Energy BBDO.

Celia Jones is CEO of The Escape Pod while Norm Bilow serves as founder and managing director of The Escape Pod Group.

  • Friday, Jun. 14, 2019
David Bedford appointed digital strategy director at Cheil UK
David Bedford
LONDON -- 

Cheil UK has appointed David Bedford as its digital strategy director, a newly created role at the agency.

Bedford, who is the former head of planning at Gyro, will be responsible for leading the strategic output and the future direction of Cheil’s digital platform business including setting direction for Samsung.com, Members loyalty platform and digital retail strategy across the UK and Europe.

He joins the Cheil board’s digital leadership group providing direction to internal teams as well as building strong client relationships. He reports to David Coombs, the head of strategic services at Cheil UK.

Bedford was also previously head of planning at Geometry. He most recently served as a freelance strategic consultant at Lida where he worked on Costa Coffee and Experian, and Wunderman, where he was strategy lead on BT’s CRM and Shell’s global CRM. 

Along with Shell and BT, Bedford has led strategy for brands including HSBC, Visa and Vodafone. He was also behind the creation of Vodafone’s content hub “Your Ready Business.” His work has won the IPA Social Works best practice content effectiveness in social media 2015, and he led the Government “Act FAST” campaign which won an IPA Effectiveness Gold. He has also won two Business Marketing Association Awards of Excellence for Thought Leadership and Content Marketing.

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